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Have you ever heard of Soccer Tots?

 

In 2011 I hadn’t either.

 

It’s where you take little kids and they jump through hula hoops, run around cones, occasionally kick a soccer ball and sort of attempt to listen to their frazzled looking teacher. (Think; Pre Soccer)

 

I was supposed to leave midday on a flight for work and it didn’t make sense for me to go to the office so Alyssa suggested that I come watch Soccer tots.

 

I showed up at 10am in the middle of the day, not at all knowing what to expect.

 

One of my kids kicked a goal in the cones that were set up over 20 feet wide which made it nearly impossible for them to miss

 

He turned and saw that I was there in the room and started shrieking with excitement!

 

“Daddy did you see me get a goal” (He looked so happy!)

 

It was right then that I realized I HAD to figure out a way to be able to have the flexibility in my work to be able to be around.

 

NOT just for the big things in life (school musicals, family birthdays and weddings), but also the little things too!

 

I hadn’t realized what I was missing out on.

 

After that I became fascinated by the possibility of working remotely.

 

That was years ago and since then I’ve negotiated flexible and remote work for myself and helped many other people get jobs or change careers that allow them to work remotely!

 

We’ve had a lot of people come to us in the last few years that are also interested in doing the exact same thing.

 

For this reason we brought on Adda Birnir, the CEO of SkillCrush.com, to discuss remote work on the podcast. Not only does her company work entirely remotely but also they teach people (especially women) to code (which is one profession that is incredibly flexible)

 

If you want to learn how to make remote work possible for you check out this blog post and the podcast here!

 

On the podcast today, we talked about…

  • What it’s like to work in a remote workforce
  • The lack of diversity and representation in the tech industry
  • How couples negotiate the dynamic between career and relationship
  • The factors that set up a remote team for success...or disaster
  • Adda’s favorite secret vacation spot in Iceland

 

(We covered a lot of ground.)

 

Plus in this blog post we go through step by step the process we use to help clients get to remote and flexible work in their current jobs OR new careers!

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So, true story: almost everyone on my team here at Happen to Your Career is an introvert.

(Myself included!)

 

Which is kind of surprising for a company that teaches people all about how to use relationship-building and presentation skills to create new opportunities in your professional life, right?

 

Well, contrary to popular belief, we introverts aren’t completely socially anxious and hiding ourselves away in a closet somewhere. (Most of the time.)

 

We (and I’m sure you, or people you know) have learned the skills to gracefully survive in a socially-oriented world while still creating space for our “me” time.

 

But one of the things that can feel the hardest for introverts is also one of the ones that makes conversations the most fulfilling.

 

The vulnerability of putting yourself out there (whether you’re an introvert or extravert) is part of what creates deep, meaningful, awesome connection.

 

And connection is why we’re all here, isn’t it?

 

If you agree, you’re going to love this week’s podcast on vulnerability and how to connect with anyone with AJ Harbinger of The Art of Charm.

 

I think this episode has the most value per minute of any podcast I’ve ever recorded, so if you are a person who loves self-development and wants to be a better conversationalist, you’ve gotta take a listen.

 

I consider myself to be pretty good at striking up conversations, and I found myself taking tons of mental notes.

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to use vulnerability as your stealth superpower
  • The 3 phases of connection: an analytical framework for creating emotional interaction (yes, really)
  • How your past, present and future create the stories we tell ourselves -- and share with the world
Direct download: htyc196.mp3
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Ever thought about becoming a coach? If so, press play immediately on this episode where Scott Barlow welcomes back Marc Mawhinney, the founder of Natural Born Coaches program and podcast, where he helps coaches create real, profitable (and real profitable!) businesses.

 

On this episode, you’ll learn how Marc got into coaching (and the books that have been his biggest inspiration), how building a business is a bit like being a modern-day caveman, how to ensure you’re not getting paid in meatballs, and how to know when (or if) you need a coaching certification.

 

Being in love with the dream of calling yourself a coach can be very different from truly having a passion for the day-to-day life of being one.

 

For example, how much do you enjoy sales conversations? Working for yourself is an eat-what-you-kill kind of job, so you’re going to spend time bringing in coaching clients so you can keep the lights on and pay the bills.

 

And, how much time out of your week would you estimate you’ll be on the phone with coaching clients? Whatever you’re guessing, guess again and listen to Marc to hear about what it was like for him (and for Scott) in building their coaching businesses.

Direct download: htyc195.mp3
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Karenina Jahnigen

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