Change can be one of the most difficult obstacles for any of us to overcome. The problem doesn’t usually lay in the actual need to change, but in the timing and knowing when to change. Maybe you are someone who talks too much and has people walking away often, or you have evolved from the brand you created ten years ago and it’s time for a refresh, or you are ready for the promotion at work and need to show your leadership skills to your company. In any of these cases, change can be a challenge, but one that can really give you a confidence boost that is satisfying and euphoric, bringing you to a new level of success once you have made the decision to make changes in your career.
How to Know if You Talk Too Much
Harvard Business Review Article:
When involved in conversation you have to know when it’s time to slow down and stop talking. We have all been around that person who can go on for a long time, talking about themselves or their experiences, but when our interest has waned, they are still talking and when we are looking to run away, they are still talking. If you haven’t been around that person, you probably are that person. Studies show you only have full attention of another person for about twenty seconds and a little less than their full attention for another twenty. If you find you have carried on well beyond forty seconds you really need to figure out how to put yourself on a clock and limit the amount of talking you do without a break, doing so will help others give you their full attention without losing interest.
4 Signs it’s Time to Rebrand Yourself
Your career can sometimes take a turn and your views change from one decade to another. Every so often you should review your brand and see if you need to rebrand and figure out if you need to be sending a new message to the world. When the tag line on your website no longer fits what you do, it’s time for a change and revision of your brand. That doesn’t mean you are giving up the old you, but when your passions change course and what was important to you no longer is, you have to update, refresh and rebrand to present to the world who you are what you are going after to become a happy, productive person in your life and your career.
How to Show You’re Ready for a Promotion
How do you best show you are ready to lead? First you have to display your leadership abilities. You can do this by volunteering to lead a team during a stretch assignment or to work with a cross-departmental team on the next big project. Either of these activities will help you display your leadership. The stretch assignment will showcase long term that you can lead, handle decision making, overcome obstacles and finish a project strong. A project that takes you across the proverbial departmental divide gives you the chance to meet new leadership and get your face out there in front of more heads of the company than before. Either way, go for the gusto and show your company you are ready for that next step.