- The Daily Muse | Secrets to Your Success | Fri, Apr 12, 2013 1:19 PM EDT | Comments
Small details people notice at work
When it's just another day in the office, it's easy to have a "no one's going to notice what I'm wearing, anyway" kind of attitude. And so, every once in a while, you can get away with bright blue nail polish or pants that drag on the ground just a little.
But if you're trying to make a good impression, whether you have an interview, a big presentation, or lunch with the boss, you want to look your absolute best. And besides throwing on a suit and heels, that means paying attention to the little things-the things that someone will notice no matter how "unnoticeable" you think they are.
Read on for the seemingly small style details that can make all the difference in making an amazing first impression.
1. The Length of Your Pants
Yes, I know-it would be much more convenient if you could wear the same pair of dress pants with heels one day and ballet flats the next. Unfortunately, unless you're the proud owner of some Style Snaps, you can't have the best of both worlds. S...Read More »
- Secrets To Your Success | Secrets to Your Success | Thu, Apr 11, 2013 3:49 PM EDT | Comments
Choosing a career is not just about bringing home enough money to pay the bills; it's about finding a job that will play to your strengths, and, most importantly, it's about finding a career that you love. So, whether you're searching for new opportunities or changing paths, how do you choose a satisfying career? Here are a few pointers on choosing a career you'll love from four successful women.
Find your passion. Retired Four-Star Army General Ann Dunwoody says some people are working in jobs they're not passionate about and feeling stuck. "We have to allow people, kids, adults to experiment, and test, and find something they really enjoy doing," she advises. "I believe you'll know it when you do it."
Love what you do. Lisa Price, founder of Carol's Daughter, says success is being able to do what you love and doing what you need to get the job completed. "To be at work from 10 in the morning until 2 in the morning and not b...Read More »
- The Daily Muse | Secrets to Your Success | Wed, Apr 10, 2013 7:55 PM EDT | Comments
Thank you at work
A friend of mine opens doors for strangers. And while I'm sure he's trying to preserve his gentleman-like nature and will be doing this until the end of time, he's always agitated when people don't say thank you. Sometimes he even sarcastically whisper-shouts, "You're welcome!" letting people know that they've forgotten to acknowledge that the door didn't open with special body sensors.
This always reminds me of when I was a teenager, and my mother gave me a small sheet of paper that said: "A smile and a thank you won't cost you a dime, but not doing either may cost you later." At the time, I thought it was a subtle fire-and-brimstone message for some ungrateful action I committed in my adolescence. What do you mean it will cost me later? Will the ghosts of Thanksgivings past come to haunt me, or will I be forever known as the frowning selfish girl?
But a decade later, the words have stuck with me, not only when people hold the door or elevator open for me, but in my professio...Read More »
- The Daily Muse | Secrets to Your Success | Tue, Apr 9, 2013 12:48 PM EDT | Comments
The 1-3-5 Rule
Feel like you always have a hard time actually getting through your to-do list? We've come up with the perfect solution-the 1-3-5 Rule. Here's the gist: On any given day, assume that you can only accomplish one big thing, three medium things, and five small things, and narrow down your to-do list to those nine items.
Sound scary? Well, it is, at first. But like it or not, you only have so many hours in the day, and you're only going to get a finite number of things done. Forcing yourself to choose a 1-3-5 list means the things you accomplish will be the things you chose to do-rather than what happened to get done.
Of course, this can be flexible. If you spend much of your day in meetings, for example, you might need to revise this down a bit. If your position is one where each day brings lots of unexpected tasks, you might try leaving one medium and two small tasks blank in preparation for the last-minute requests from your boss.
But the point is, prioritization works. So,...Read More »
- Secrets To Your Success | Secrets to Your Success | Wed, May 1, 2013 1:46 PM EDT | Comments
Talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael's iconic, over-sized red glasses were purchased out of necessity. She says that when she went to the optometrist, they only had red glasses, so that's just what she bought. Sally exudes confidence. "I knew from the day I was born what I wanted to do," she says. "I wanted to communicate, and I wanted to make a difference in the world."
More on Shine: Sally Jessy Raphael reveals why she bought her famous red glasses
Sally says she grew up in a privileged family with very supportive parents; however, when her father became ill, her family fell on hard times. She says they slept in a car and learned to survive on what they had, but Sally pursued her dreams and went on to study theatre in college. She turned to radio and television when acting didn't work out. In her early career, she worked at 28 different TV and radio stations, often facing discrimination as a woman.
After a guest appearance on "The Phil Donahue Show," Sally finally got her big break i...Read More »