With almost one-third of the year gone, it’s a great time to reassess your goals. If you have a fitness-related goal you haven’t made progress on yet, you’re not alone. When you’re trying to juggle a career and a semblance of a life outside work, finding time to exercise isn’t easy. Here are some tips to help.Read More
Do you procrastinate? This week’s Apochromatik Video of the Week, “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator” features Tim Urban in a relatable and funny Ted Talk about why we procrastinate and what it can cost us.
Studies show that the average professional spends one-third of their work day on work email. That means that email can have a big impact on your career. Read on for eight common—and easily correctable—mistakes you may be making with your emails.
Emails that are too long.
Someone once told me emails should be short enough to fit on an iPhone screen. That isn't always possible or desirable, but it’s helpful to keep that view in mind. (Of course the people who insist on three line emails are often the same people who then complain about emails that sound curt, so take this with a grain of salt.) Longer emails—especially if you aren't using headers or space to break things up—make people more likely to skim and miss the content you've provided. Or they may decide to come back to your email and then forget to do so. And worse than not reading the email, when your emails are too long, people assume you aren't focused.Read More
Apochromatik’s Amy M. Gardner was quoted by QSaltLake in an article on “7 Acts of Self-Care You Should Already Be Doing.” Check out Amy’s advice on how to practice gratitude. It’s an easy habit that costs you nothing but can pay big dividends.
“Doing well in school and in life depends on much more than your ability to learn quickly and easily.” In this week’s Video of the Week, Angela Duckworth explains the importance of grit in success in all aspects of our lives. As she explains, grit is usually unrelated or even inversely related to measures of talent.
If you enjoy this week’s Video of the Week and want to learn more about grit, check out Angela Duckworth’s book by the same name. (We highly recommend it!) Not in the market for a book right now? This short video previews the central ideas of the book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWctLEdIgi4
You’ve come up with a thoughtful job search plan. You’ve prepared your resume and proofread it until your eyes watered. Your cover letter is perfectly crafted. (By the way, if these don’t apply to you, we can help. . . .) Now it’s time to put together your list of references. That will be easy, right? Just type up some names, phone numbers, and email addresses and Voila! You’re done with your application! Right? Wrong.
References don’t need to take long, but they do need to be carefully put together. The good news: so many people just throw their reference list together, that this is an area where it’s easy to stand out. Just follow three steps to improve your reference list.Read More
1/3 to 1/2 of us are introverts. This week’s Video of the Week features Susan Cain, the former corporate lawyer-turned expert on introversion, on “The Power of Introverts.” Whether you consider yourself an introvert, or just work with/manage/know introverts, you’ll learn why introversion matters, what everyone can learn from introverts, and why we might all benefit from a little more quiet.
How do we sound credible? In this week’s Video of the Week, Dr. Laura Sicola shows how your vocal delivery influences how your message is received, and how to use it to your advantage. She notes that when preparing for presentations, we usually focus most on content, when the delivery is actually key to how our message will or will not be received. The tips in her TEDxPenn talk will help you hone your vocal executive presence so you can have the impact you want.
If you find yourself in a job that feels unrelated to your long-term career goals, look for the lessons and skills you can take from it that will carry you far in the rest of your career. After graduating from some of the best universities in the country, and being trained by some impressive-sounding employers, I can honestly say that everything that has made me successful I learned from spending my summers working at a waterpark. More specifically, from Turk Waterman. Turk passed away a few months ago, which has caused me to reflect on the lessons I learned from this wonderful mentor, long before I knew what a mentor was.Read More
Want a free, painless way to appear more competent, reduce stress, and increase your lifespan? In this week’s Video of the Week, entrepreneur Ron Guttman cites research that supports the argument that smiling can achieve all of that and more in his TED Talk, “The Hidden Power of Smiling."
Today’s the day! Join Apochromatik’s Keith R. Sbiral for a free webinar on career transitions today at 12 central. The webinar is hosted by the University of Chicago, but no University of Chicago affiliation is necessary to participate. Whether you decide to leave your current career or stay in it, you will leave the webinar with more clarity and tools to move forward. Please click on the link for more information and to register.
Tomorrow’s the day! Join Apochromatik’s Keith R. Sbiral for a free webinar on career transitions. Whether you decide to leave your current career or stay in it, you will leave the webinar with more clarity and tools to move forward. Please click on the link for more information and to register.
Valentine’s Day is almost here! If you’re stumped on a gift for your significant other, this Brit + Co article quoting Apochromatik’s Amy M. Gardner has some great advice for stress-free holiday gifting.
You probably remember the hilarity and chaos that ensued when a professor being interviewed live by the BBC was interrupted by his kids.
While that situation was extreme, it’s a good reminder that the best-laid plans for video conversations can sometimes go hilariously awry. Here are five tips to help you ace your video interview – and avoid becoming a meme in the process.Read More
How many times have you wanted to speak up, but didn’t know how? Or spoke up inappropriately and wished you could take it back? For this week’s Video of the Week, in just 15 minutes, social psychologist Adam Galinsky teaches how to assert ourselves in both personal and professional situations, how to navigate tricky social situations, and how to expand our personal power.
OK, so that title isn’t 100% accurate – you have 10,080 minutes per week whether you follow our advice to track your time or not. But hear me out.
You may already need to keep track of your time for your job, maybe even in 6-minute increments. But what about when you aren’t at work? And what about all those things you do during the day that don’t get recorded? Tracking all of your time for a week can help you figure out where your 1,440 minutes per day, 168 hours per week are going. Armed with that knowledge, you can evaluate whether you’re investing your time the way you want to and the way you need to in order to achieve your goals. Later, I’ll explain just how to do this. But first, why it’s worth the effort.Read More
In case you aren't familiar with the Video of the Week, this is an Apochromatik feature of a carefully curated video that, in a few minutes a week, can greatly assist your professional and personal development. They post every Tuesday.
Are you guilty of one (or more) of the seven deadly sins of speaking?
In this week’s Video of the Week, Julian Treasure discusses the seven deadly sins of speaking, how to replace them with the four cornerstones of powerful speech, six elements of speech to keep in mind, and six vocal warm-up exercises. The end result — you’ll speak with more empathy and people will be more likely to want to listen to you.
Whether you’re preparing for a big presentation or want to be more effective in everyday communication, the ten minutes you invest in watching this video are sure to enhance your speech.
Starting a new job or hoping to start a new job this year? Apochromatik’s Keith R. Sbiral was quoted by Money Crashers in this article on 23 Expert Tips for Your First Day at Work Starting a New Job.
The Women's Bar Association of Illinois and Loyola Law School’s inaugural Women in the Law Summit will address issues facing women and provide attendees with concrete tips, strategies, and connections for success.
In a profession where women and men enter at the same numbers, but where women hold less than 15% of leadership positions, we need to take action to support women in succeeding as leaders in the law.
Amy M. Gardner will speak at the summit on Friday, January 26th. For more information, to register, or view an agenda, click here.