Mon, 16 October 2017
Today marks the 200th episode of the Happen to Your Career podcast.
Can you believe it? (We hardly can!)
Scott started the podcast 4 years ago, back when he was also working in a corporate job that he liked well enough...but wasn’t his dream.
He had a WAY bigger vision for what he wanted to create in his life, and how he wanted to help people.
So when you’ve heard him talk about how to transition and optimize your life from good to great on this podcast each week for the past four years(!), he’s not just spewing some BS he read that morning on a career site. He’s lived it.
And, so have the people whose lives he’s touched.
(Maybe you’re one of them?)
Josh and I rounded up some of the people who have been an important part of HTYC back from the very beginning (people like Scott’s wife Alyssa, their kiddos MacKenzie, Camden, and Grayson, and HTYC co-founder Mark Sieverkropp).
Then I grabbed some of the people whose lives have changed because of HTYC, including past coaching clients and team members like Erica, Mike, Tracey, Josh, Kirby, and Jacqui.
I asked them each three simple questions:
And their answers Blew. Us. All. Away. So Josh and I wanted to share them with you.
If you’ve been curious about what it’s like to get to know Scott personally -- or to get to work with him -- this episode is a must listen.
Mon, 9 October 2017
Do you want to have an answer to the “What do you do?” question that’s as powerful as that one?
If you do, you can start by asking yourself the question: “what am I on this earth to do right now?”
Give the question some time to percolate in your brain, and then grab paper and pen to start capturing the ideas and language that come to mind for you.
Or, if your brain feels slower than a semi truck with completely flat tires trying to deliver a shipment of molasses, you’re not alone -- and you probably should listen to today’s podcast episode.
Today’s guest, Maxie McCoy, uses this very question to shape how she introduces herself and explains her work. She’s a career inspiration expert who focuses on helping you tap into your own confidence and gifts to go kick some serious butt in the world.
Maxie has confidently navigated quite a few twists and turns along her professional path: going from college athletics to broadcast journalism, to growing one of the highest traffic women’s career and personal finance sites, to launching her own business as a writer, speaker and inspiration to create a life you’re jazzed about living.
We’re busting all the myths about confidence and giving you tactical tips on how to develop stronger self-belief today on the podcast with Maxie McCoy.
Listen to today’s episode to hear her guidance on…:
Today’s episode is like a shot of confidence adrenaline right in your arm.
It’s powerful stuff, especially if you choose to follow the steps we outline in the blog post and downloadable worksheet.
Mon, 2 October 2017
One thing I’ve noticed after coaching for years is that the way you do one thing in your life is usually a sign of how you do everything.
Let me explain: if you put perfectionistic pressure on yourself to pick out your one right career path, you might also put that pressure on yourself to find your perfect, flawless (unicorn) romantic partner, to be the perfect friend, or improve your fitness by being perfect when you work out. (Maybe something super technical and detail-oriented like ballet or Olympic weightlifting...if you can get over your fears of not being perfect so that you can even start!)
Or if you’re afraid of losing out on options in your life, you might be too scared to commit to one career path or job, so you stay stuck in one you don’t like, because unhappiness feels safer than uncertainty of taking away future possibilities. You might be the one who goes out on dates with a ton of people but never wants to initiate the DTR (define-the-relationship) conversation and end up tied down. Or you might be the person who wants to eat at every new restaurant as soon as it opens, so you’ll know all the different culinary options that your city provides.
The way you do things isn’t necessarily a bad thing -- in fact, it can be a secret hint about your strengths hiding in your personality and habits.
You can see this secret strength concept beautifully illustrated in today’s podcast with Angela Wagner. The way Angela does work the the way Angela does life is an example of who she is. She started out her career in the high-powered advertising world, but was seeking to feel grounded outside of work, so she started working at a gym on the side.
Her decision to lean into opportunities that helped her stay active while relieving stress led her to creating community through becoming a yoga teacher...which led her to creating her own yoga studio...which led her to her getting training in yoga life coaching
Creating community for individuals ready to put down their baggage and seek soulful stress relief is Angela’s through-line. It’s how (and WHY) she does everything.
Mon, 25 September 2017
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…
(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!
Mon, 18 September 2017
So, true story: almost everyone on my team here at Happen to Your Career is an introvert.
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:
Mon, 11 September 2017
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.
Mon, 4 September 2017
Mon, 28 August 2017
Writing like a Pro in the business world seems like a huge undertaking that is easier said than done.
Luckily, we have Danny H. Rubin as our guest today.
Danny Rubin is “THE writing guy.” Danny has studied communications since college and has worked as a TV News Reporter and Consultant and has come back around to what he loves most, which is writing. He uses his greatest strength to teach practical writing instruction for the business world. From writing to apply for jobs to writing to start a business from scratch, Danny offers his writing advice as the writing expert in the business world.
One of the key takeaways from the episode is viewing the job search as an expectations game where employers are going to expect you to do X, but you’re going to learn how to do Y.
Why, you ask? Well, while everyone else is doing X, you’re going to put that little bit of extra effort it takes to do Y. This is your opportunity to do something another way to stand out from the crowd of job-seekers.
All Y is, is a change in the way that you think about what you’re writing. We have all been so conditioned to write a resume and cover letter the same way. So, a hiring manager is going to expect that same template from every candidate.
But, Danny is here to walk you through a process that will show you how to go about writing those pieces in a smarter, more strategic way.
You will see more results when you know how to be interesting when describing yourself in your stories. Your writing should highlight details of your experience that will enhance your overall platform.
Listen to the podcast to learn more about the power of telling YOUR story of success in your cover letter. Danny will help you learn how to write to command attention, prove your ability, and leave a lasting impression on the reader.
What You Will Learn
Mon, 21 August 2017
What do you do when you decide your current job no longer fits your values?
You fill your iPhone with numbers from all of the CEOs you’ve just made friends with by interviewing them for your blog.
That’s just one of the many ways that our client and HTYC Podcast listener Eric Murphy used to make a career change to his dream job. (take a listen below!)
Eric Murphy was working 10-14 hour days in his engineering role for the gas company in Las Vegas Nevada. It was going well… except that every single day he was feeling the urge to work with an organization that was giving back to the world. He even thought the solar industry might be how he should be spending his time.
He had no idea that he was so far off.
How do you make a career change when you’re burnt out, have no time, and don’t know what fits you?
That’s exactly what Eric wanted to know too!
Because he wasn’t just trying to make a career change, he was also trying to figure out what career and what company really fit him.
For every client we work with we help them go through the same process, and Eric was no exception!
1. Determine your Signature Strengths
2. Create Your Ideal Career Profile (What’s most important to you)
3. Target only companies and opportunities that fit
What was incredibly unique to Eric’s story?
That he was both seeking jobs AND trying to discover what his ideal role was at the same time.
This might not sound like a big deal, but if you’re reading this, I bet you feel like you have to already know exactly what you want to be doing before you go talk to peopl about it!
This was the strategy that we helped Eric use.
Mon, 14 August 2017
What is the real goal of having a career anyway?
It’s a topic of conversation that comes up time and time again: SUCCESS.
It should be noted that the definition of success is subjective.
There are some people that are perfectly content on that “traditional” path of success, from getting a degree to landing a job that pays for a fairly decent lifestyle. They get promoted and continue working, perfectly content with their progress.
Or maybe they don’t even get that promotion, yet are still perfectly content with the life and career path they’ve chosen.
Then, there are those people that start to lose interest in their work and even with a promotion (and raise!), they still can’t help but feel like their career has turned into a J-O-B.
It’s become a chore to get out of bed to go and “work” at a place that previously held so much promise, but now holds only daydreams for something better.
What’s better? It could be anything, anywhere…anywhere but where they’re at right now.
If this sounds familiar, don’t sweat it just yet. There is a light at the end of that dark tunnel that you’ve gone down.
The problem isn’t you.
From the day that you started your career, you have continued to learn and grow. You’ve evolved in your role at the organization. The problem is the organization hasn’t shifted the same way you have- the work that you have been doing is no longer aligned with the person you’ve become as you’ve grown in your career.
As you pick up new skills and add more years of experience under your belt, you learn more about what you love about your job and what you could really do without. You begin to look for more work that aligns with what you value.
These little micro-pivots in what you look for in the work that you do help you along your career journey. These shifts in your values shouldn’t be looked at in a negative light. These little shifts bring you incrementally closer to your career goals.
Look at it as an invitation to a bigger path to get to your north star.
If you’re wondering how you’re going to get out of your situation when you’re not even sure what to do next, take it from Lisa and trust that “leaning towards happiness, leaning towards places where you’re already finding flow and satisfaction […] is going to be the best way to start to uncover what direction you’re growing in and what can feel really good for that next step.”
You owe it to yourself to leave your career pain for your career freedom.
If you need help to follow your breadcrumbs to your dream career, visit our career coaching page. Connect with Lisa and she’d be more than happy to help!
About Lisa Lewis
Lisa Lewis, the new HTYC Career Guru, started her career in digital marketing and contemplated going back to school to get into psychology and counseling before finally following her own career breadcrumbs and doing what came naturally to her, which is career coaching.
Here at HTYC, Lisa is involved in all things career change- from her role in the Figure Out What Fits: Career Change Bootcamp, to resume critiques and mock interviews, and also to helping people put all the pieces of their career change puzzle together through one-on-one career coaching. She specializes not only in honing in on your strengths, but also in positioning those strengths for potential employers.
If you want to learn more about our career coaching and other services, head on over to our career coaching page.