An “elevator pitch” is so called because you’re supposed to be able to summarize your pitch so quickly that you can effectively get it across in an elevator ride. The idea here is if you’re ever lucky enough to trap Richard Branson in an elevator for three minutes, you can pitch him on your killer […]
Build your social network and supercharge your career
We believe that “networking” will only get you so far — that true connection is actually based on building great relationships. In this section, we share our fun, practical approach to meeting new people, creating authentic connections, sharing value, and capitalizing on your social network.
Listening is the currency of rapport, and the window into trust, connection and mutual engagement. The quality of our conversations, our relationships, and our reputations all hinge on how well we can do this one simple activity.
Photo by Alan Light (with Adam West!) When we get out of college, we usually take any job we can get. After all, it’s not what we’re going to be doing for the rest of our lives, right? But after several years, something begins to shift. Some people’s careers skyrocket out of the blue. They […]
The most powerful stories are the ones we tell other people about ourselves. These stories can be opportunities for emotional connection, venues for healthy self-promotion, or beginnings of new relationships. They can also be vehicles to impart wisdom, moments to entertain at a dinner party, or ways to ace a job interview. As we teach […]
It’s never too late to shed a lousy job description. Learn to bridge the direct experience gap and stop enduring work you hate. “It’s painful to learn new stuff, [but] I learned how to surf and snowboard at 40!” -Kevin Kermes The Cheat Sheet: Why it’s critical to translate your skills (and the #1 way […]
“Networking is a long-term relationship, not a one-night stand.” -Marsha Shandur Networking. The word alone probably conjures up some unpleasant associations. Probably a smarmy guy forcing his presence on you, insinuating himself into your conversation, thrusting a business card into your hand as he suggests, with a false smile, that you “do lunch.” Yuck. Networking […]
We’ve been talking a lot here on the blog about networking in business and life (a word, as you guys know, that I’m not crazy about — but more on that in a moment). Marsha Shandur, a recent guest on the podcast, taught us how to reframe the dreaded networking event and break out of […]
Networking. Putting aside the fact that the word makes me cringe — there’s just something smarmy and disingenuous about “working” to build genuine rapport — we all know that building a network is absolutely essential to being successful. I get it. I’ve definitely found that the “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” […]
Everyone has pondered the question of how to leave a job, but the more important question is how to leave a job on good terms. As a man, your relationship with your career might be even more passionate and intense than anything you’ve ever had with a woman. If it’s not, it’s probably the most […]
Ah, how to be authentic. Authenticity is one of those qualities that has become so desirable, so sought after, that it has been reduced — just like generosity and gratitude — to a meaningless cliché. And yet everything we teach at The Art of Charm, from storytelling to approaching to confronting limiting beliefs, seems to […]