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Carve out some dedicated time for your goals once a day

  High performing executives are so busy killing it for everyone else, that many times they forget to direct that same energy into goals for themselves. Try carving out 20 minutes a day to focus on those things that will move you forward, and see what a difference it makes. Sign up for the NSC Spring Cleaning Group Coaching that kicks of Monday, April 12, 2021. We’ll take…

It’s time you were intentional about your leadership goals.

“I’ve never looked for a position in my entire career.” That’s an excellent position to be in, but what if you decided to be intentional about your direction and leadership aspirations? Are you allowing your path to be plotted by someone else? Selective, yes, but still simply taking it as it comes… if it comes? Are you wondering why that “tap on the shoulder” hasn’t come your way…

NEW BOOK: No Thanks, 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just Include Myself
A Guide to Rockstar Leadership for Women of Color in the Workplace Order the Kindle Edition Now "I've launched my new book, No Thanks, 7 Ways to Say I'll Just Include Myself: A Guide to Rockstar Leadership for Women of Color in the Workplace.  If you are an ambitious and  overqualified woman of color, you can probably relate to and need this book."-- L. Michelle Smith   Get your Branded…
5 Ways to Power Up Your Digital Footprint

  Googled yourself lately? What did you notice?  Are you satisfied with the impression you leave for those who find you?  Are you non-existent?   In the article about “Un-Networking…,”  I shared the idea of being attractive. A good way to do that is to be intentional about your digital footprint. It might be the most efficient way to deliver a positive and notable personal brand. According to…

ELC: Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work as a Black Woman– Unpacked

March 7, 2018 ELC Institute Fellow L. Michelle Smith pens an article for BlackEnterprise.com titled, “Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work as a Black Woman – Unpacked.” The article features a Q&A with four high-powered black female executives, all of whom are ELC members, each giving their perspectives on what it takes to bring your authentic self to work as a black woman in the workplace. Smith’s Q&A…

5 Keys to Thriving (not just surviving) in Strategic Communications for Journalists Wondering How to Get the Best PR Gigs

Returning to the National Association of Black Journalists Convention this year was exciting because for the first time since joining a student chapter at the age of 18, I was invited to sit on a panel to speak.  When the organizer and I spoke, we agreed that this wouldn’t be the same PR panel that happens each year–the dialogue that talks about transitioning from journalism to PR with a…

5 Tried-and-True Ways to Build Great Business Relationships

(Image: iStock/mapodile) Building business relationships that will propel your career does not come naturally to most. Face it: superficial networking leaves some professionals wondering what could be a better use of their time. What is required in building great business relationships is having great people skills. Before you say to yourself, “I have that,” are you wondering what to do with all the business cards you’ve collected? Does LinkedIn still have…

5 Keys to Power Rapport Building for Networking

Networking is all the rage, but if you’re introverted, the idea of meeting someone cold is not appealing. So how do you optimize a brief meeting with a prospect, an industry colleague, or potential employer? In these popular speed-networking events, 5 minutes may be all the face time you get to establish a rapport — which, let’s face it, is the very beginnings of a relationship. However, it is the very foundation…

“Un-networking” for Those Who Hate the Thought of the Other Word

Not long ago, I received a call from the chief of staff (CoS) of an officer at my company, inviting me to speak to her mentoring circle about networking. Now if you are like me, I shun the idea of classic networking. I believe that I have something in my DNA that is just simply diametrically opposed to the idea. I just wasn’t built for it. I’m certain…

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