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How Will You Benefit from the Last Boot Camp of 2015?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

28968773_sWildest offer ever from UCLAx and me!  Register for my Personal Branding Boot Camp (October 10 and 11), and use PROMO CODE  W7199 for 10% off PLUS a one-on-one coaching session with me ($495, my GIFT) – and a bonus book, too! Now, let’s talk about boot camps!

A boot camp is a famously crushing work out with a drill instructor yelling at you. Or a personal trainer screaming to do “four more.” Why would anyone go to a boot camp? Because it’s actually an immersion, a totally dedicated and focused period of time when you do all the things you should do – with no excuses or distractions. Surrounded by people with intense motivation, which amplifies your own energy and dedication.

A boot camp is the fastest way to get into shape.

What does this have to do with personal branding, your career or business success?

Twice each year, I give the Personal Branding Boot Camp at UCLA Extension – and it’s about to come up. On October 10 and 11, from 9 AM to 4 PM: you can get down and deep with an amazing group of fellow campers; each stretching their brains and expanding their potential.

Simply put: you accelerate your trajectory toward success.

As UCLAx puts it:

In just two days, master the art of branding you! This seminar is perfect for people in career transition who want to discover their passion, solo-entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to attract new clients, or job seekers looking to attract quality job offers.

Get the secrets of using personal intelligence and reputation-building to reach your goals, and learn to leverage the power of social media.

In a structured, fun and supportive workshop, pinpoint your authentic and most attractive qualities, create a unique selling proposition and learn how to communicate online and on-ground in a powerful, engaging style.

Get tips on creating your own visual brand for your social networking pages and blog, plus advanced techniques for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. Enjoy lots of interaction, personal development exercises, and guest speakers.

Here’s The Gobsmacking Bonus Offer

If you are able to register and make it to Los Angeles for this event, I have a big bonus for you.

I will personally coach you for a one hour, one-on-one session, to make sure you get a huge leap forward on your career or business success. This one-hour coaching session is $495, but if you come to the boot camp: it’s yours FREE. Plus: you get a complete notebook with a personal branding blueprint to continue to build your personal brand, once we jump start the process in camp.

So, come for the amazing transformation you will make over the weekend, and then schedule your coaching session with me for your personal one-on-one follow up. That way you can get all the personal attention you need.

I want to ensure this a huge win for your personal brand. That’s why I am making this one-on-one coaching offer, and the personal branding blueprint materials.

If you’re coming in to Southern California, don’t worry about our follow-up session. I have clients all over the world, so we can use a myriad of ways to hold your session – and record it, too! So you have a refresher whenever you desire. Want a taste? You can even see me coach live on CNBC TV at NanceSpeaks!.

If you want more information – please email me at Nance@NanceRosen.com. Subject line: Camp.

Or, register by going directly to http://bit.ly/1JKN6KK.

See you in Los Angeles, on campus at UCLA!

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What to Do with Labor Day Blues

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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The workplace is a lot like high school. It’s fraught with angst about being in or out, being smart or not, and being liked or not liked.

According to new research, employees are not into liking each other. They are not making any effort to build relationships with each other.

They are there to do a job or at least put in the time, go home and maybe find something better while grazing on LinkedIn or dozens of other job sites.

It turns out the workplace has become “transactional” for almost all employees. There’s an expectation that it’s simply a matter of time before you leave voluntarily or are asked to leave. So there’s a disincentive to build real relationships with your co-workers, to dig in and really get to know one another.

Back in the day, there were bowling leagues, picnics, families becoming “family friends,” and a kind of comfort in seeing the same folks everyday. In essence, the workplace was a second home for many employees.

Now, the expectation is that you will be at that job for a limited time, until something better comes along. Or, it’s a matter of time before you are told your job is no longer part of the strategic vision. “You are out,” to quote Heidi Klum.

It’s hard to be a free agent, in essence signed to a day-to-day contract. It’s hard to bond, and become an enthusiastic team member. It’s even harder if you are working from home or a remote location.

BTW, it’s equally hard to lead under those circumstances, although I bet you find it hard to sympathize with your boss.

There’s something even more insidious about this new relationship to work – or more aptly: the lack of a secure relationship to work and co-workers.

Stress. Impermanence. Insecurity. Instability. Resentment. Anger.

The best way to assuage these very real feelings is to make the effort to bond to your co-workers. Say hi and really find out how they are doing. Ask what they did over the weekend. If they live in proximity to you, ask if they want to shoot pool, grab coffee or take a yoga class with you next weekend.

Build your network of people, and I don’t mean just on social media. Build relationships with people who work with you.

This will raise your emotional state, and create a personal sense of stability. Real relationships with co-workers make any kind of work more satisfying and stabilizing. Make and keep ties with those who come and then go. And those at all levels.

Almost every night that I work late enough to see our maintenance staff, I feel better. They are a father and son team. I always ask how they’re doing, we talk about stuff, and they always play with my monster-sized dogs (yes, my dogs come to work). The son always tells me to be safe on the road home when we pack out for the night.

Over the holiday weekend we ran into each other, as I was heading for the beach. I felt like I was seeing family. That sense of surprise, a happy jolt, a hug and on with the day, feeling tethered to such nice people.

Consider hugging a co-worker today. Just a side-hug: in an appropriate gender neutral way. Or, at least give a fist bump when you hear what they did when they weren’t laboring on Labor Day.

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How to Turn a Bad Job into a Good Job

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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Have you recently gone from no job to a bad job?

A lot of people have emerged from their parents’ basement. They are dressed for work that they loathe. You know why. The crazy boss. Lazy coworkers. Angry customers. Too many meetings. Not enough freedom. The air conditioning is too cold. Someone steals your lunch from the fridge.

Even if the compensation is good enough, there’s no “there” there. Nothing that personally means anything to you.

Why? The job is about productivity not people.

Maybe your keystrokes are counted to ensure you meet quota. Maybe your job is to get on and off the phone as quickly as possible.

Or maybe the product or service is deficient. It does less than it could. Less than the competitors do. It’s not the latest in technology, fashion, approach or media.

Or maybe you don’t like the customers. You can’t relate to their problems. You never use your company’s product or service, because you like something else better.

Or maybe, as we used to say in advertising, your job is to “put lipstick on that pig.” The product or service is truly awful. You are embarrassed to tell people what you do.

There’s at least one theory that gets to the root of the reason you actually want to go back into the basement.

That theory is:

You feel like you don’t matter.

You feel like you are not making a difference.

You have been cut off from a part of yourself that is dying to be expressed.

Before you quit or start looking elsewhere: consider what would boost your personal involvement. What would ignite your feel good emotions? What could you do that is OUTSIDE of your job description that would make you happy or proud?

An enlightened CEO or department head knows how important it is to develop your personal investment in the job. And, we know it has nothing to do with the tasks or skills.

When we can create meaning, we retain employees. And that meaning needs to be genuine, and personally gratifying. In other words, meaning is worth more than money to employees. All the studies have shown that.

A janitor who interacts with employees working after hours might find joy in the jokes he tells to his audience of over-timers. A customer service rep who actually meets a tech-frazzled customer, sees that solving her problem really saves that customer’s business.

Whatever you do, see if you can see yourself as a hero.

So your task is to think beyond the tasks you must do. Think about the results you help accomplish, and how it changes lives. Don’t wait for an enlightened boss to do it for you. In fact, if you do this for yourself, you are likely to become the boss.

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