Archives for September 2009

Links: J.K. Rowling, Alice Sebold and more

From Sept. 09 Newsletter - sign up at left. Living With the Dead A haunting tribute to the victims of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina by Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones. My original clipping, now yellowing, is the only thing posted on my refrigerator door other than family photos. JK Rowling Harvard Commencement address, The Fringe Benefits of Failure Rowling's personal story from single mother on welfare to probably the world's most popular author is amazing, and she shares it here, along with the important lessons she learned along the way. How Different Groups of Americans Spend Their Days A really fascinating interactive chart. How to Make Employers Want You An excellent article that gets beyond the platitudes and tells you how to boost your chances of getting a job. I take a similar psychology- and sales-based approach in my free ebook, [intlink id="388" type="page"]The HIAPy Guide to Finding Work in a Tough Job Market[/intlink] … [Read more...]

A Confession

(from Sept 09 Newsletter - sign up at left) Dear Friends, I have a confession - I haven't sent out as many newsletters as I should. Bad form for a business person, and especially bad form for a business coach! I've been rationalizing by telling myself that a seasonal newsletter is fine, but that's really not true: monthly is better if you want to convince people to do business with you. The real reason I haven't been sending out more newsletters is that they bore me, which means they have probably been boring you, too. I've done my best to include useful articles in them - and some of you have, in fact, written and told me the articles were useful. But they took a lot of time to write and I was never really sure how many people read them. It's a bit of a conundrum, actually: as a businessperson I need to remind you that I exist, and convey information about my services. But how to do it repeatedly without boring myself or you? The antidote to boredom is authenticity. We are riveted by true, or … [Read more...]