Happy New Year!
Thank you to everyone who has supported me and the Awaken Your CAREERpreneur community since the launch of my book in 2010. While the AYC blog has come to a close, feel free to check-out posts from the last year-and-a-half from my team of writers and me regarding how to make career success a way of being.
If you haven’t visited me over at AlexiaVernon.com, I hope you will stop on by. You will learn how to make heart-centered, high-impact communication and presentation skills a way of being through my Step Into Your Moxie programs. Be sure also to check out my keynotes, presentations, and workshops. And most importantly, hop onto my Obstacles Into Opportunities list so that you can have a 3-5 minute burst of Alexia delivered straight to your inbox each week!
I believe that ALL sectors have MANY pros; however, the nonprofit sector has more pros than cons. The nonprofit sector offers:
- A LOT more exposure because it allows for the opportunity to interact with individuals from all types and levels of organizations, such as government, corporate, and the community at large.
- Nonprofits also offer more flexible working conditions and environments, which can be favorable to sector switchers, women and those just starting their career journey. Although the government and corporate sectors are looking at alternative options for its workers, and has started making some changes to their work cultures, the nonprofit world is light years ahead of them on such issues as working from home, flexible scheduling, job sharing, various types of leaves of absence, and other benefits.
- Bright individuals who are passionate and committed to their cause. They are working for their nonprofit organization because they believe they are making a difference in the world, or because they believe in the direction of their organization, or that they have a lifelong passion for the work that their group does. This is not often the case in the private sector, where money always is the bottom line, and many co-workers can be unhappy with their salaries, work conditions, and upward movement (or lack thereof) within the company. Continue Reading »
I published the first issue of my e-newsletter, Financial Profundities, in 2003. In eight years, I’ve never, ever, added someone to the distribution list without their permission; they either signed up after a workshop, gave me verbal permission, or were added as a result of a purchase of a product or service. And, I never added someone simply because they gave me their business card at an event. I unwittingly followed the rules of permission marketing (opt-in) before it became industry standard for email marketing.
Which is why it always stings just a little bit when someone opts-out or, worse, opts-out with a complaint. Thankfully, neither happens frequently but even just a 0.29% opt-out rate unnerves me. Someone has just logged a vote that they don’t want what I’m offering…they don’t want me! Gasp!!
Whether personally (e.g., dating) or professionally (e.g., job interview, client development), we all have done our share of rejecting, and we’ve all experienced being rejected. At some point we have heard or said a variation of the phrase: “It’s not you, it’s me.” For some odd (and misguided, in my opinion) reason, those words are uttered as a way of bringing comfort in hopes of lessening the blow that comes from hearing, in effect: “I’ve changed my mind; I am not choosing you.” Continue Reading »
Earlier this month, Alexia, the brainchild behind Awaken Your Careerpreneur, wrote a thought-provoking post – “I’m Sorry, and Here’s Why.” In it, she talked about our cultural tendency to say, “I’m sorry,” as if on autopilot – without much regard for explaining what exactly it is for which we are sorry. She then offered a few tips as she encouraged us to either come up with alternatives to ‘I’m sorry’ or to be explicit when we say it.
I know that as a result of reading her piece, I have been more aware of the times when I automatically say, “I’m sorry,” and I’ve been practicing being clearer about what it is I am asking forgiveness for when I say those three words to people close to me. A side benefit: It is helping to raise my consciousness, which is helping me be more present and aware. Continue Reading »
In a nonprofit organization, the mission, not the profit is the driving force behind the organization. Many of the smaller nonprofit organizations usually also have a founder’s leadership and vision to keep in mind, fiscal constraints and fewer opportunities for career advancement simply due to their size. To many these conditions may be perceived as a negative, but this is what makes nonprofits excellent training grounds for millennials, women and/or sector switchers who want to add some skills to their career toolbox, or advance to a leadership role.
There are always LOTS of tasks and roles that need to be filled and completed. However, there is often not enough human capacity on staff or someone with the right skills to get the job done. This is a great opportunity for a staff person to stretch their skills, volunteers to assist, a consultant to be hired and/or for someone to get some valuable hands on training in that area to ensure that the organization is able to get the work done. I truly attribute my many talents to working in the nonprofit sector and having to learn on the job or during a time where we did not have enough hands on deck to do things I never thought I’d ever have the chance to do (or want to do for that matter) and glad I had the opportunity. Continue Reading »
I am an avid runner, logging approximately 12-15 miles most weeks. Yet, I’ve never run a marathon, let alone THE marathon – as in the New York City/ING Marathon. But each year, you can find me on the sidelines in Brooklyn cheering on the runners. I get so excited for them, inspired by the discipline and dedication I know it takes (took) for them to reach this point, and am awestruck by those running with a physical impairment.
By the time the runners reach me, they are about one-third through the 26.2 mile race. Some people are running with ease, while others show visible signs of needing a little boost. And the Brooklyn onlookers certainly don’t fail them there! -;o)
As I reflect on this year’s race, I can’t help but think about the role of cheerleaders in our lives – personally and professionally. They are absolutely invaluable and indispensable! Continue Reading »
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”–Paul J. Meyer
Work hard..and don’t play. Or just plain work but how much have you done? Between surfing the internet for work, checking email, reading the news or whatever you spend your time online doing. What have you really done? If you’re looking for a job this is super important to know. If you are a small business owner you definitely need to know if you are spending more time on activities that make you money or not.
Three tools to help you figure out what you are actually doing:
1) RescueTime is a web-based time management and analytics tool. It’s automated to track how you spend your time, so that means no actual data entry is necessary.
One of my favorite features is the RescueTime Focus Mode; it allows you to selectively block the distracting parts of the internet..(Email, Facebook, Twitter…or whatever site you spend too much time on) for a period of time you specify.
Fear not if you want to give this a try Mac and PC versions are available.
View the Intro to RescueTime below:
2) iDoneThis is frankly the easiest tool there is. You sign up for an account and you get an email everyday to find out what you’ve done. You just respond to the email. No logging into the site to update. Just type and send. No complicated settings to deal with. It’s a simple way to stay on track and see what you’ve done to motivate you to keep going. No operating system issues to worry about this tool lives on the web. Nothing to download.
3) If you can’t get anything done and money motivates you I would recommend giving StickK.com a try. Here you create a contract with yourself to achieve a goal/task. There are predefined goals or you can create a custom task. You can ask for support and have a referee who makes sure you stay on task (you can pick a friend you trust for this role or you can do it yourself but if you’re at this point outside assistance might be a great idea).
Here’s what I love about StickK, you can tie success to a dollar amount each week. If you are successfully you get to keep your cash. If you aren’t you will give that amount to charity. Some people have found picking an organization they hate motivating…they have zero desire to give their money to them; so they make sure they complete their tasks and submit reports on time.
There are certainly other tools out there – more complex, etc; anyone with a iPhone, iPod touch or iPad can start using the new Reminder app where your to-do list shows up in your iCal calendar. Tools are only good if you are consistent and actually use them. Don’t switch to something new if your old method already works. Try something new if you aren’t getting the results you want and need to stay motivated.
My system involves multiple apps, sites and plain ole paper…too complicated for some but it works for me. I’ve adapted methods, tools and tips from a variety of sources and take what works for me and forget the rest. Productivity tools are only useful if they help not hinder your process.
Have you recently had an experience that seems to continually reveal itself as being powerful, instructive, and profound for reasons you never would have guessed? Well, that is precisely what the Financial Intimacy Conference is turning out to be for me. The more I reflect on what went into planning the recent launch in New York City – especially as I prepare for the next city on the tour (Los Angeles) – the more I realize just how much I have/am learned/learning via this process.
As I was working on the last minute details leading up to the September event, a good friend of mine who calls me by my last name kept saying, “Timmons keep it simple.” A good example of where his words of wisdom came in handy: my catering selection. I was initially planning to hire a private chef and while it would have added a nice touch, truthfully, it would have significantly increased my food and beverage budget. Costs aside, it also would have required much more effort and coordination than the route I ultimately took…ordering salad and sandwiches from a gourmet shop and wine from a local wine store. I kept it simple.
On the surface this example may not appear to be a big deal, but if we move beyond the “it” of the example to its “message,” it is HUGE! Why? Because keeping it simple requires discipline and it is not always such an easy thing to do. So with this as a backdrop, here is why keeping it simple is important; simplicity: Continue Reading »
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What’s stopping you?
Is it fear, commitment, insecurity, laziness?
I know that you have a desire to flirt with the idea of creating your own business. I know that you have a crush on being a changemaker that brings real impact to your corner of the world. I know that you would say yes if social good and business savvy asked you to have an affair.
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Are the nonprofit and private sectors really that different or just doing the work differently?
As a career coach focusing on millennials, women, entrepreneurs and sector switchers, I get asked about my experience working in the nonprofit sector all the time, from all kinds of people. They are either curious, interested in changing their career path or trying to find out if the various things they heard about the nonprofit sector are true.
If you have never worked in the nonprofit sector, you might not know how different a career experience in the nonprofit sector can be from one in the corporate world—both in culture and in structure—but depending on the type of organization and position you desire, you’d be surprised just how similar they can be. Most people who come from the private sector don’t believe that you can make money in the nonprofit sector and those from the nonprofit sector believe that just about anything that is not nonprofit is evil or the “dark side.” Continue Reading »