Winter Whites: A Waistline-Friendly Bean Stew

  There’s something about stew in the wintertime. Hearty and bone-warming and nostalgia-drenched, stew is the perfect complement to snowy nights and blustery afternoons. Unfortunately, ultra-filling meat stews are also a perfect complement to elastic waist bands and the mid-winter muffin top. For a healthier alternative, try our resident health coach’s one pot winter white bean stew! One Pot Winter...

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Ted Rubin on Building Relationships With Social Media

Ted Rubin, Chief Social Marketing Officer at Collective Bias and the #1 most-followed CMO on Twitter, speaks with NEXT for Women about building relationships using social media. Ted is a leading social marketing strategist and in March 2009 started using and evangelizing the term “Return on Relationship™” as a way to measure social media efficacy. Find Ted on Twitter at...

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You Asked. Jules Answered: I Hate Public Speaking, But My Job Requires It! How Can I Improve My Public Speaking Skills?

Dear Jules, I hate public speaking, but my job requires it! How can I improve my public speaking skills? -Savannah NEXT for Women’s resident life and confidence coach, Jules, weighs in below: This is one of the most-asked questions I receive – from students and CEOs alike! Developing your presentations skills is a step-by-step process, and needs to start from...

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Why Everything You Think You Know About Office Emotions Is Wrong

    I know, I know – “Keep emotions out of the workplace” WRONG!! Let’s take a closer look at emotions. First, let’s clear up a common misperception. The words “feelings” and “emotions” are not interchangeable, although most people use them that way. Feelings are physical – for example, a pit in your stomach, tightness in your throat, or simply...

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When The Job You Have Is Just A Job. And You Want A Career.

  Following graduation, Whytney knew she wanted to find a job as a nonprofit communications specialist. She landed an internship at a small nonprofit organization, where both she and her employers were pleased with her work. The internship evolved into a job offer, which Whytney readily accepted. She was quickly disillusioned by her role as Special Projects Manager, however. The...

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Gtrot’s Travel Tip: Beating The Airline Food Blues

Carry rations rather than buy (less healthy, more expensive!) airport food. This is a win-win for your wallet and your waistline. Pack your snacks and bring along an empty water bottle. You can’t bring a full bottle through security, but if you bring an empty one plus a stash of crystal light packets, you can have some extra flavor on the cheap,...

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Gtrot Travel Tip: Safety First

Whether you’re traveling solo or in a pack, it’s important to take measures to maintain your personal safety. We ALWAYS recommend taking a taxi rather than walking in the dark, talking to someone while you are walking, keeping at least one person updated on your whereabouts, and making yourself familiar with the language, customs, and location before you hit the...

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Gtrot’s Travel Tip: Making Sure Your Body Language Translates

Body language matters! When traveling, especially overseas, make sure you understand the difference between respectful and offensive body language. Do your homework before your embark: if you know what to expect, there won’t be any accidental miscommunication. You are a guest in a different culture, so act accordingly. Be respectful, alert, and conscientious. The U.S. Department of State has a...

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Gtrot’s Travel Tip: The Wanderer’s Wardrobe

Make the most of your travel wardrobe by basing all of your outfits around a few basic, neutral pieces. Then, mix and match with colorful blouses, tops and scarves to create many looks and reduce the amount of clothing packed. Black can be your best friend. The best clothes are wrinkle-resistant, black and easily washed. To spruce things up, bring statement scarves, belts or...

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Gtrot’s Travel Tip: Neat Feet

When traveling, always pack shoes that are light, conformable, and easy to slip on and off. You’ll be glad you chose slip-ons when you see fellow travelers fussing with shoelaces and zippers in the security line and even more glad when you don’t have to pay additional baggage fees for hard-to-pack shoes. Our favorite easy-travel shoes? TOMS. These funky canvas...

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Gtrot’s Travel Tip: Pack It In

Keep it to a carry on. We know its tempting to fill your big suitcase for your trip, but try to resist. Limiting yourself to a carry-on will save your time and stress at the airport, plus practically eliminate the risk of becoming one of those “they-lost-my-luggage” horror stories.    To make this work:     Wear your heaviest layers on...

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