Sunday, March 7, 2021

Combining Your Interests: A way to become more special, professionally and personally

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Former TIME editor-in-chief and head of the Aspen Institute, Walter Isaacson, has written a series of biographies and wrote that a criterion he uses for choosing his subjects is whether they have combined disparate interests. For example, Da Vinci merged art and science. Ben Franklin excelled in invention and politics. Steve Jobs described Apple’s philosophy as the intersection of technology and the liberal arts. When Einstein was stuck on a physics problem, he often pulled out his violin.

Few people will rise to such accomplishment, but the concept of combining interests and expertise remains useful to us all. It can build a personal identity that differentiates you from the crowd, and it can facilitate your having an unusual career niche, making it easier to brand and market yourself.

My Psychology Today article today offers examples from my clients as well as from my own life.

Friday, March 5, 2021

3 Approaches to Public Speaking

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A talk, even if it’s just a one-minute report at a staff meeting can catapult a career.or hurt it. So the stakes are high. No surprise that public speaking tops the list of fears.

The good news is that public speaking is learnable and it's made easier because there are three ways to prepare a talk, so you can choose one that fits you and the occasion. I describe them in my Psychology Today article today.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Tips for Aspiring Leaders: Landing and succeeding in your first management job

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The Fellows in a leadership training program at two top universities will be reading the following article that | wrote for that program. I thought it might be of value to others who are aspiring to management or leadership. So, it's my Psychology Today article today.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Suicide:An Interview with Dr. Mark Goulston


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In this installment of The Eminents series on PsychologyToday.com, I interview Dr. Mark Goulston. He  is a psychiatrist, former Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA-NPI and inventor of Surgical Empathy, an approach he used with suicidal patients for more than twenty five years and none of his patients died by suicide. He is the co-author of the recent book,  Why Cope When You Can Heal?

Monday, March 1, 2021

Your Day-to-Day Philosophies: 16 choices we should make consciously


William Murillo, Noun Project, CC

We all operate under various day-to-day philosophies, perhaps unconsciously. If you make those choices consciously, you’ll more consistently live by your philosophies and occasionally decide to change one.

To encourage that consciousness, my Psychology Today article today lists 16 issues on which people’s philosophy varies. For each, I offer two people's quite different philosophies.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Making the Most of Counseling

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Two identical twins could see the same counselor for the same issue yet one twin derives far more benefit. My Psychology Today article today offers ways to make the most of your counseling, whether career, personal, relationship, whatever

Friday, February 26, 2021

Reflections on My Life as Career Coach

Marty Nemko

I’m in my 36th year as a career and personal coach, having had the privilege (and yes, that's not just a cliche, it's true) of helping more than 6,000 clients with a central part of their life.

Perhaps it's time to share some candid reflections in hope they might be helpful not just to career counselors and coaches but to any helping professional as well as to clients. I offer those reflections in my Psychology Today article today.