Understanding Surprise Feedback

Any type of criticism can be unsettling and difficult to accept, especially when it is unexpected. According to Peter Bregman from the Harvard Business Review, “surprise feedback” is criticism that seems to come from nowhere, about an issue we haven’t perceived ourselves.     In the office, you may receive surprise feedback from bosses or coworkers in regards to a...

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Texting Is Convenient – But Not Professional

(Networking Hopeful):  (7:39 P.M.) Hey Whitney!!! we met at that ntwrkng event last month. I’m still lkng for work. Do u know of ne jobs? J/w Thx With the conveniences of technology, it is easy to remain connected while in and out of the office. However, it is important to be mindful of the proper etiquette when reaching out to...

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Making Connections: Play to Win

Remember the days of playing volleyball, basketball, or any number of team sports when you were still in school? Not only was it great exercise but most likely you were able to develop a common bond and some great friendships with your teammates. Becoming involved with a recreational sports team as a working adult is just as beneficial. Opportunities with...

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Communication Between Generations

Understanding your own communication style is crucial to recognizing how others perceive your messages and making improvements. The NEXT for Women community consists primarily of Gen X and Gen Yers. Begin by identifying yourself with one of the following groups: Gen X – born 1965-1981 : Gen Xers are born between Boomers and Gen Yers. They easily relate to both...

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Make Contact – Stay Relevant

You have heard us say it before – making new contacts is crucial to your success whether you plan on remaining in the same job or seeking out a new one.  The initial connection is important, but meaningless if you don’t stay in touch. Follow up within 24 hours of the initial meeting. •       A handwritten note is best, but...

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Writing Your Way to Success

What does it mean to be an “effective communicator”? Effectively communicating determines how you are viewed by your colleagues and friends. Since the business world relies heavily on email, your written skills should be polished and professional. Follow these tips to sharpen your written communication: Limit sentences to 17 words or less. A journalism professor once taught me to “keep...

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Ways to Request and Get a Face-to-Face Meeting

By Cindy Alvarez (Head of Products and Customer Development, KISSmetrics)   True or false? If you’re asking a favor of someone, it’s best to give them plenty of freedom in terms of how and when they do it. I mean, it seems awfully presumptuous to not only ask for a favor, but also to ask that it be done in...

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Ask The Wrong Question, Get Meaningless Answers

By Chris Shipley (Co-Founder, Guidewire Group) Oy. My head is about to explode. I’m at an event listening to a panel that had such wonderful potential. I suppose it was inevitable, though, that an audience member would ask that question that makes my eyes roll like an exasperated teenager: “Why are there so few women in tech?” For some seemingly...

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10 Skills New Grads Must Have to Work at Startups

By Alicia Morga (Contributing Writer, The Huffington Post) Soon, another wave of eager college graduates will hit the shores of companies everywhere. The best and the brightest will find jobs at startups. Well, actually, I don’t know if they are the best and the brightest, but when it comes to working at startups, you pretty much have to be.  ...

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