Mary Ann Naples of OpenSky on Positioning Your Past Accomplishments

Mary Ann Naples is the Vice-President of Talent at OpenSky (https://opensky.com/). OpenSky is a website that enables individuals to shop for exclusive sales on products endorsed by celebrities and experts. In this video Mary Ann talks to NEXT for Women about positioning your past accomplishments. She talks about leaving Simon & Schuster to start her own publishing company. She tells...

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Be Peanut Butter

I have a dog named Edgar whose whole raison d’etre is to kick cat ass. Unfortunately, I also have two cats.  Peanut Butter and Mozart. Peanut Butter is a cat-hater’s cat. He’s got all the swagger of a cowboy, and the cool detachment of a pouty model.  Tail up, shoulders back, when he saunters into the kitchen, he owns the joint....

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Stand Tall! How Being Proud Can Help Your Job Hunt

“So, what do you do for a living?” When you’re hunting for a new job, this question can be seriously depressing. You might suddenly start mumbling about how you’re “in between jobs” or “it’s really tough out there…” Stop! Stand tall. Seize the moment. This is a perfect opportunity to briefly tell someone what you want to do and subtly seek out his...

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Let Me Hear Your Body Talk: Making Sure Your Body Language Translates

  “It’s not what you say, but how you say it.” When you walk into an interview, you say a mouthful before you even introduce yourself. Experts agree that nonverbal communication – all those subtle messages we send to others without speaking – is just as important as verbal communication for displaying the necessary interview confidence and professionalism. You may...

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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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Don We Now Our Gay Apparel: The Dos and Don’ts To Dressing For That Holiday Office Party

  As December steams steadily towards the holidays, we are once again faced with that age-old question: What should we wear to the holiday office party? Choosing a professional-but-not-dowdy look is hard enough during the workweek – add festive to the equation and outfitting yourself suddenly seems impossible. However, festivity and professionalism do not have to be mutually exclusive. Somewhere...

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When Someone Gives You Harsh, Unprofessional Feedback – Just Stay Cool

Knowing how to receive feedback gracefully is a critical skill in working life.  It allows you to learn from constructive feedback, and use it to improve.  And it helps you stay cool when someone gives you harsh, unprofessional feedback. Many of us react instinctively, and often badly, when receiving negative feedback, even if it is constructive.  Maybe it reminds us...

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Keep it Simple: Presenting with Success

Whether it is a status update with your team or a more formal presentation to a client, a key to a successful presentation is keeping it simple. We take pride in our hard work and the many working pieces of each project, so it is easy to get wrapped up in the minutia. Most audiences will remember very little of...

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