Cold Office, Hot Weather...Summer Workwear Tips!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Greetings Divas!

Remember a couple of weeks back I was complaining about how cold it is in my office? Well, one of my readers reminded me that I had some pretty good suggestions a couple of years back on how to dress warmly for work when it is scorching hot outside. Check out these options, and feel free to suggest a few more. Enjoy!

For those of you who love a good dress (like me!), pair it with a blazer to keep warm in the office. And then ditch the blazer when you head out into the heat.

Cardigans are great for keeping you warm in the cold office. They come in a variety of different styles and colors, so feel free to pair the with pants and dresses.

The cardigan and tank combo works well skirts.


Sweatworking Is The New Networking!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

True story...I was at a conference when I ran into a former client-turned-girlfriend while checking into the host hotel. She had already been there for a few hours, and she was dressed in workout clothes. Naturally, I assumed that she was heading to the hotel's sports club. After exchanging mutual "hey girls" and briefly catching up with the going ons in our respective families, she told me she was on her way to sweatwork with potential clients...I had questions. But I knew I was going to see her later on at the conference welcome reception, so I waited.

A few hours later at said welcome reception, I found myself in a corner chatting with my girlfriend about this whole sweatworking thing. Apparently, sweatworking (as the name suggests) is the act of networking while working out and breaking a sweat. It has gained popularity over the last few years as an alternative to the usual happy hour...or welcome reception. Much like traditional networking events, the participants are invited to join in on group-oriented fitness sessions while mingling. In some instances, the fitness session is followed by a reception of some sought where participants can catch their breath, partake in post-workout-friendly drinks, smoothies, and snacks, and exchange business cards. It really is a different approach to getting to know folks. One that is conducive to our ever-growing health conscious society.

Interestingly, many health and fitness centers have offered their facilities for sweatworking sessions in much of the same way that restaurants, bars, and hotels offer their facilities for professional events. CrossFit boxes, spinning and rowing studios, and yoga centers are all fertile ground for one to host a sweatworking event. If you are looking to plan and event, simply nail down a location, send out your invites (with instructions to wear activity-appropriate clothing), and wait for the sweat to pour. If you are looking to attend a sweatworking event, reach out to my good friend Google and search for sweatworking events in your area. It's a great way for busy professionals with limited time to kill two birds with one stone. 

Also, sweatworking is not just for big groups. You may also want to invite a current or potential contact to personally attend a workout session with you so that you may discuss business during or after the session; similar to the networking that occurs on a golf course. In these instances, shoot for a workout in which you know your contact participates. For example, if a potential client is known to frequent a barre class, invite him or her to join you for a barre session followed by a light dinner. The point here is to break the proverbial ice during the workout so you can ease into the business chat during dinner.

So what do you think? Would you ever participate in a sweatworking event? Would you plan one? I personally love the idea! It's so much more appealing to me than traditional networking. But, that's just my opinion!


Sleep Your Way to the Top...Read On!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

"And we women are going to lead the way in this new revolution, this new feminist issue. We are literally going to sleep our way to the top, literally."

"...I urge you to shut your eyes and discover the great ideas that lie inside us, to shut your engines and discover the power of sleep."

                                                                                              - Arianna Huffington

I am sleep-deprived...I'm sure many of you are! After a long day at the office (which pays the bills), I come home to my beautiful Mini-Me and start my next shift (which is the best job ever!). My day usually starts around 5:30 a.m., and I usually fall asleep around 1:00 a.m. All in all, I typically get around four and a half hours of sleep each night; more on the weekends. I know that I should clock in a few more hours, and my body knows it, too. 

So imagine my surprise when I came across Arianna Huffington's TED Talk, which essentially promotes the power of sleep to recharge one's mental batteries, and be better in our respective workplaces. One of the things Arianna mentioned is how one's lack of sleep has become a thing of pride. And she's right! I can easily recall some of my good friends and colleagues bragging that they work so hard, and that they can sleep when they're dead. And when you tell them that you too are involuntarily sleep-deprived, they give you the side eye. When did sleep become the enemy!

While I appreciate the concepts of hard work and dedication, I know that I am personally more productive, sharp, and efficient when I've gotten a good night's rest. I work faster, focus better, and I am definitely less cranky. I am almost positive that I am a better professional on 6 hours of sleep than I am on 4 hours of sleep. So why should I feel bad about getting that extra hour...or two?

But this is just my opinion! Check out Arianna's TED Talk below (it's really short), and let me know what you think! Have a great week!

How to Rock Your Internship (And Maybe Get a Permanent Gig)!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Greetings Divas! We are right at the beginning of July, and a few weeks into internship season (depending on where you are located on the globe!). All across the country college students, recent college graduates, and professional school students are interning for the summer (or longer). In many cases, these individuals are hoping to transform their internships into a permanent position. Believe me when I tell you that I have been in this position on several occasions. I was once that intern looking for a permanent job after graduation, or, at minimum, a glowing recommendation from my supervisor. So…for those of you currently navigating the intern pool, her are a few tips for rocking your internship and possibly securing a permanent position!

1. Show Up On Time Every Day...Which Means Arrive Early – “Who does that!” is the question many of you asked when you read this one. While this may seem like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised how many interns kill their chances of obtaining a permanent position by showing up late. You are doing yourself a disservice by showing up to your internship late. Not only are you being extremely unprofessional, but you are sending a signal to your supervisor that the internship is not important to you. Additionally, tardiness is the first cousin of unreliable...and neither one of these relatives will be invited to the next family function. The rule of thumb remains the same: to be early is to be on time; to be on time is to be late; and to be late is unacceptable. 

2. Show Interest In the Company - Ask questions about the company. Learn about its history. Be familiar with its products. Let your supervisors know that you are interested in the company, and that you are personally vested in its success. You do not want to give the impression that the internship is merely a resume-filler...those who approach an internship in this manner rarely get a permanent offer.

3. Always Turn In Stellar Work Product - You do want a permanent position, right? So do great work! Give your superiors no other choice but to offer you a permanent position. Treat each assignment like your professional life depends on it. Ask enough questions so that you have all the necessary information to complete your assignments, and be sure to hand them in on time. If the company you are interning with is not in the position to offer you a permanent position, your supervisor may be willing to give you a recommendation if your work product is fabulous!

4. Attend Company Events - Many companies are known to have special activities and events for its interns. Barring any real emergency, you should attend all of these events. Not only is it a great way to network and meet other key company players, but it is also the perfect opportunity for company employees to get to know gauge how you would fit in with the current employees. Enjoy these events, but also treat them like an extension of your internship...remember that you are always being evaluated!
5. Adhere to the Dress Code and Other Company Policies - During your internship, you want to be recognized for you stellar work product...not for your inability to abide by company policies. And certainly not for your inappropriate work attire. Make it a point to review your company's dress code and other policies to ensure that you are giving your supervisor the right impression...that you respect the company's culture and that you are willing and able to abide by its policies.

6. Resist the Urge to Surf the Web – Perhaps this should have been number 1 on my list! I know this is difficult, but please avoid using the company computer to surf the Internet for non-work-related content. You should especially avoid the Bermuda Triangle of Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Even more offensive…exploring the Bermuda Triangle all day from your personal phone. As a general rule, you should review and commit to memory your company's Internet use policy, if they have one, and you should strictly adhere to it.

7. Keep in Touch When Your Internship Is Complete - When your internship is completed, keep in touch with your supervisor and other company employees that you worked closely with during your tenure. Be sure to send them thank you cards when your internship is done, and exchange periodic correspondence. If the company is not in a position to offer you a permanent gig at the end of your internship, keeping in contact with company employees is a great way to ensure that you are "kept in mind" if and when a position becomes available.

I think that’s all! Good luck on your internships; and hopefully it leads to bigger and better things.

Quick Note: Manners Will Take You Where Money Cannot

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Divas, it is no secret that we are fierce! We are well-educated. We are leaders in our industries. We are leaders in our communities. We make the bacon, fry it in the pan, and we take care of our families. We are truly amazing! But let's be clear about something...all of your amazingness does not give you the right to be rude or disrespectful to anyone. ANYONE!

It does not matter how many degrees you have earned, or how many commas appear in your bank account, or what your stock portfolio looks like, or whether you can afford two slices of cheese on your burger, disrespect is always unacceptable. And your amazing self is better than this. Be kind. Be compassionate. Be humble. Set the trend. Be the example. Use your amazingness to mentor, inspire, and groom, and not to belittle, disparage, or destroy. That is all.

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