Episode 010: Day in the Life of a Learning and Development Professional

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There’s something for everyone in this episode, and I’m so excited to be able to share it with you.

 

We have Garvey Chui, Founder of the Verb Group, among many other things that you’ll learn about in this episode, on the show this week to talk about two things:

 

  1. What it’s like to be in Learning and Development, as part of our ongoing “Day in the Life” Series
  2. How to weave together a narrative that may seem “all over the place” to the untrained eye (and by extension, how to do all that you love in your work and life)

 

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The Career Passport is about NOT having your dream job, and Garvey is an excellent example to underpin how important I think this crucial idea is. One of her major life influencers, Gary McPherson (read about this crazy inspiring dude here, here or this book here), taught her the importance of not sticking to one career. He also taught her that connecting ideas, best practices and people from around the world is what makes work exciting and leads to lasting and continual change. So, along with her mother teaching her to challenge the status quo, Garvey set out to create quite the career for herself.

But being a learning and development professional is not all that Garvey does. In the second part of the show, we delve into the complicated topic most people like to avoid- how to weave together a narrative when you do a bunch of different things. You’ll see she also helps people with legacy planning and helps people transition to the startup/entrepreneurial world, among other things.  We’re talking with her about:

  • Her 3 key influences that keep her moving everyday
  • Key skillsets for someone looking to get into learning and development
  • A week in the life of a learning and development professional (We created a tool here that’s a dossier of sorts to get you started with your L&D research)
  • How to package your narrative when you do a lot of different things?
  • Why Knowing your Audience is KEY for narrative work
  • How she gets around pigeonholing herself (but still creates a story that resonates and moves her forward)

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Like I said, there’s something for everyone in this show, whether you’re into L&D or not. So grab a listen and grab the tool and let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

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Show Timings (Timings are Approximate)

 

Garvey’s Intro & Notes on Her Narrative: 2:15

Digital Nomad & Inspiration to Do It: 5:20

Ebbs and Flows of Digital Nomad-ding 11:10

What it’s Like to Be In Learning and Development: 12:15

What are the core things needed and what can you learn on the job? 17:40

Typical Week in the Life of L&D Professional: 21:00

What Goes Into Creating an L&D Program: 24:00

Part 2 of the Show:  Crafting Your Narrative for a Diverse Background: 28:55

You Don’t Need to get it Just Right: 32:10

If Your Narrative Feels Untidy, Do This: 34:20

Working with Garvey on Your Transition 38:40

 

 

 

Resources Mentioned In the Show:

 

Garvey Chui’s information

http://theverbgroup.com 

garvey@theverbgroup.com

Instagram: @nomiz & @influencersoftheweek

Intel on Digital Nomad Communities: http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/pro-tip-for-digital-nomad-wannabes-watch-out-for-the-scammers/76169 

Gary McPherson:

https://www.lieutenantgovernor.ab.ca/Aoe/athletics/gary-mcpherson/index.html 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/gary-mcpherson-a-stubborn-hero-who-saw-ability-not-disability/article1372173/ 

https://www.amazon.ca/Rolling-Story-Amazing-Gary-McPherson/dp/0888644051 

https://www.amazon.com/Every-Breath-Take-Persons-Extraordinary/dp/096867240X 

Recent stats show 50% of the US workforce holds a job that lets them telecommute at least partially. Majority of these individuals travel while they work remotely, introducing them to the Digital Nomad community. 

Here are some resources if you want to learn more on what to do, how to do it, and where to go for reliable wifi and comfortable  accommodations:

Nomad Forum – the go-to Q&A site for digital nomads and remote workers to exchange information on working remotely

Remote Year brings together professionals from across the globe to spend a year working, traveling, and exploring 12 cities around the world, spending one month in each location.

Unsettled offers the ability to live and work month-to-month across destinations in multiple countries.

30 day immersion – useful whether you’re an entrepreneur or to increase your cultural intelligence – Taiwan specific

Hailley Griffis provides a great summary of some of these “digital nomad plug and play” communities

 

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Communities) platforms to  up-skill  (for free!) online:

Notable ones in the US are:

Here’s more info on MOOCs.

-Lastly, here is a course on Cultural Intelligence (with is the capacity to relate and work effectively across different types of cultures) with Common Purpose and FutureLearn.

 

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Episode 008: Get the Job, Own the Meeting & Slice Through Office Conflict With One Simple Tool

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The day ran me, rather than the other way around.
This is how I used to live my life, when I’d tear into work like a bat out of hell and without stopping to take a breath or have a sense of presence, I’d plunge straight into the dozens of emails I’d invariably gotten since 9pm the previous night. Then I’d work (in a super stressed out way, thinking everything was urgent) straight through til the second I had to leave, when I’d race to the next thing.

 

Years later, I’m still dealing with the chronic pain those old pesky habits (and many others) have left me with.
Which is why I’m VERY eager to share this week’s Career Passport episode with you, “Your Presence Can Open Career Doors”

 

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We have Minna Taylor, CEO and Founder of Energize Your Voice, on the show today to talk about how presence – both vocal and physical – can really open doors for your career and your life.

 

We’re talking about all types of professional contexts where presence – or a lack of it – can be the very thing holding you back. And we’re giving you tools to start making some quick fixes now. You can grab the tool we created for this show here, which has scripts and checklists for the scenarios we mention in the episode.

 

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On the show, we’re talking about:

  • How to use presence to answer the often dreaded, “So, what do you do?” question
  • How to own your upcoming interview
  • What to do to show up with more presence at meetings
  • Using presence for conflict resolution in the office
  • Quick ways to use preparation to enhance your presence in meetings
  • How a lack of presence and bad habits can ‘show up’ (and not go away!) in chronic ways over time

 

This episode is a must-listen for anyone who:

  • Has been on tons of job interviews where they’re perfect for the job, but can’t understand why they’re not getting call backs
  • Is exhausted by all the running around and feels run by their day
  • Is nervous to speak up in meetings and doesn’t know when or how to interject a thought or idea
  • Wants to progress their career and have been given feedback that they need to speak up or “own” more but they’re not sure how or are afraid.

 

Listen to the episode by clicking the  button below

 


So, if you’re reading this on your way to a meeting, grab the episode now and grab some pointers!

 

 

 

Show Notes (Timings are Approximate

 

0:43 Introduction to Minna Taylor

1:30 How she got to be doing presence work

3:50 Why is having a strong presence so important for your career?

7:50 Bringing these unconscious behaviors to the conscious level

9:50 How do you handle the “What do you do?” question when you’re between jobs or don’t like what you’re doing?

13:55 How do you own the interview process using vocal and presence techniques?

16:50 Using storytelling as a tool

17:50 How to come up with interview questions to ask your interviewer through curiosity and presence?

18:57 Other work situations –conflict resolution and meetings

27:00 Long-term ramifications of NOT having presence

27:50 Minna’s Go-To Resources and tools

30:20 Minna’s Workshops & Offerings for Personal Goals and For Companies

 

 

Resources Mentioned On The Show

 

Our downloadable tool we talk through on the show!

Minna’s Humming Series Videos

Minna’s Workshop Offerings

Minna’s Corporate Offerings

 

Improv Classes in NYC:

The Magnet– if you want community and lower stakes

UCB: More rigorous

The Pit

 

How to Find Minna:

Web: www.energizeyourvoice.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/energizeyourvoice/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/energizedvoice/

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Episode 006: Creating a Life Design that Works for You…Travel Edition

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What happens when you cross someone who knows what they want with not having any clue how to actually get there? Well, you get Lynze Ballay, Founder of She Works Abroad and AVP at Sprinklr. After she got her first taste of travel as a college student, she was hooked and knew that travel was a non-negotiable she’d carry through the rest of her life. But just being happy with the 2-3 weeks of vacation that a large number of American companies give to employees was not in the cards for Lynze. Nor was she necessarily looking for a consulting gig where she’d travel weekly.

 

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No, no, this was gonna be big. Through trial and error, she honed in on what she wanted to do: work full-time for a company doing what she was good at while going abroad to a place of her choosing for a full month at least once a quarter.

 

For those of you keeping score at home, this means she averages working and living abroad 4 months per year in places of her choosing. Oh and she has a husband and a dog in Brooklyn. Oh- and a team of seven at the Sprinklr offices in New York. And her side business She Works Abroad, where she helps people figure out their options for doing this themselves.

 

Sounds crazy, right? Maybe on the surface, but in this week’s episode, “Creating a Life Design that Works for You”, we get into the nitty gritty n how she makes this happen, and we’ve developed a tool you can get here  based on her experience to help you figure it out for yourself.

 

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We’re talking specifically with Lynze in this week’s episode about:

 

  • How she got started trying to figure this out when she had no idea where to start!
  • Her pearls of wisdom like “Do everything in your power to hear “yes”, not “no” and “There’s never a good time to go, so just do it.”
  • The must-have ingredients you must have for success here
  • How she got her boss and management on board
  • What she put in her proposal to get them to say yes
  • How she plans her trips (including travel hacks and budgeting!)
  • How she manages her team from abroad

 

The point here is, if you have a dream or a goal, it’s important to be open and transparent with your company. Even if it’s not travel and it’s another thing you’re looking for from your company- you’re in the driver’s seat and no one is going to hand you these kinds of perks without you asking.  (And if you’re sitting there thinking your company would say no out the gate, it might be worth reevaluating whether the company is right for you.)

 

Enjoy this one, guys! It’s truly a gem to listen to Lynze talk about this.

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SHOW TIMES (TIMINGS ARE APPROXIMATE)

 

1:20- Lynze’s Story- how did she get to this point of infusing travel

4:50: One attempt that didn’t work out

6:30 The turning point/mental shift

9:30: Making the plan sustainable

10:30 Nuts and Bolts of Making it Happen

15:10 Changing Your Strategy As an Employee

17:45 I’m scared to speak up: How do I do what Lynze did?

22:40 How did the team benefit when I was abroad?

26:40 The benefits of being globally aware

29:35 How do you parse out your work time versus your fun time while abroad?

33:25 Brazil trip & Building a Network & Budget & Travel Hacks

38:00 Travel Musings

41:00 She Works Abroad

45:00 Rapid Fire Questions

 

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

Sheworksabroad.com

Episode Tool to learn how to do this for yourself

 

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Episode 005: Using Mindfulness to Run Your Workday: Not the Other Way Around With Emily Bennington Author of Miracles at Work

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What if I told you that there is one thing that we all have access to – every single one of us- that can help us take the workday and own it, rather than leave the day haggard, exhausted and with a giant headache?  Something that will put a little pep in our step, and over time, make even the stickiest work situations float on by? And for those of us in non-ideal work environments (toxic, boring or not aligned with what we want to be doing), something that helps us not just quit and run out of the building like our hair’s on fire?

Oh, and it’s free.

No, I’m not talking about that crate of Tito’s Handmade Vodka that’s left over from your wedding or that crate of Jose someone brought to your Cinco De Mayo party.

I’m talking about mindfulness and the tools that accompany it.

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Before you roll your eyes or think this isn’t for you, bear with me. We’re talking with bestselling author and mindfulness teacher Emily Bennington today about how to stop being led around by your emotions all day and instead come from a place of calm and easy.

What I love about Emily is the way she breaks down mindfulness into digestible chunks so that anyone, even the new-to-the-game lady can pick up some tools and start to practice. Mindfulness is a truly accessible thing with accessible tools, but if it’s not talked about in an accessible way, it can be hard to really grasp and follow, amirite?

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Emily makes all of that irrelevant. We sat down and talked about how mindfulness intersects with work including some of the following tidbits (and she’s generously given us access to a free tool to get started with the basic building blocks!)

 

  • A lot of people think their career ping pongs around, but instead, use mindfulness to think about your career as a series of breadcrumbs that lead you to the next breadcrumb….and use that approach in your professional narrative
  • The effects of a lack of mindfulness in the workforce on career progression: Where we go wrong isn’t wild insubordination. It’s what Seth Godin calls “1000 little cuts.” It’s the way you made a situation that wasn’t contentious, contentious or the way you responded to an email…and over time that damages your reputation. Every single interaction you have is an opportunity to stand for who you choose to be in that moment, and it matters for that raise or promotion or new opportunity.
  • How do we stop getting run by our days and instead come from a place of mindfulness so we run the day?
  • How are we relating to other people and how can we use that as a starting point?
  • What should we do when things are feeling untenable or toxic? What tools are at our disposal?

 

SHOW TIMES (TIMINGS ARE APPROXIMATE)

 

1:42 Emily Bennington Introduction

5:20  What happens when you don’t have or use the mindfulness tools?

10:35 What mindfulness tools would you recommend to get started?

13:50 “Positive” traits that manifest in unhelpful ways at work and how it relates to mindfulness

16:00 Triggers For when you have the opportunity to practice mindfulness

18:05 Special tools for mindfulness in generally toxic environments

23:35 Mindfulness while emailing (yes, seriously! Email is challenging!)

27:35 Attaching self worth to your job and where mindfulness comes into play

31:05 Case Study of someone who incorporated these tools with success

35:20 Being versus doing VERSUS being WHILE doing

37:05 Jill’s personal lessons in mindfulness

38:32 Decision making during overwhelm

 

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Resources Mentioned In the Show:

 

Intro guide from Emily

-You can reach Emily Bennington at www.emilybennington.com

Her Twitter

Her Facebook

Book: Miracles at Work

 

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Podcast 003: Finding Your Purpose and Getting Unstuck- With Belma McCaffrey of Work Bigger

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This week I had the absolute pleasure of having Belma McCaffrey on the show. She’s the founder of Work Bigger, an organization dedicated to helping 20 and 30-somethings figure out what they want to do for work by helping them uncover and understand their professional mission.

You may remember from my first episode that I believe that you don’t have to absolutely love your job to have a fulfilling career and/or life, and so every episode of the show helps you think of ways that work FOR YOU on how to navigate…your career and life.

 

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This episode is for those among us who want a fulfilling career or side project complete with a mission of some kind, but they don’t know where to start or how to get unstuck. So this week we’re helping you get started by discussing:

  • How do you get super clear on what you want for work
  • Understanding what pushes your curiosity
  • Helping you take the first massive step to getting unstuck
  • How to test drive potential options
  • Identifying people and resources to tap into to learn more
  • Understanding how to get started if you want to be in a corporate role OR if you want your own thing

 

 

SHOW NOTES (Timings are approximate)

Belma’s Intro: 2:11

The conundrum millennials face: 5:04

How Work Bigger was born: 7:25

How do you get started in figuring out what you care about for work? 9:14

Framework for moving forward: Nexus of values, interests, and priorities 10:25

“What if I’m Indecisive?” 12:05

Examples of How To Test Drive Potential Career Options 13:45

How “But” Can be a HUGE Roadblock 14:50

Finding the Right Communities 16:50

Success Stories – people who’ve figured out what they want to do for work 20:00

Benefits of Knowing Your Essential Intent: 23:00

What if I Like Corporate Life? 25:25

How to Suss Out Culture of a Company- Does it intersect with your mission? 27:00

“I’m Stuck: How do I get out of my own way?” 30:50

 

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Resources Mentioned in the Episode:

 

Belma McCaffrey- Work Bigger

Freelancers Union – Spark Events

Six Degrees Society

Dreamers//Doers

The Lady Project

Essentialism- Greg McKeown: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Unleashed

 

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