PositivityChange Post : Issue 36 : Vacations Are Good for You!

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Today is Memorial Day which is the start of summer. You know what that means? VACATIONS! Although I preach going hard to manifest positive change, vacations and breaks are actually a good thing. I have even done a podcast about why vacations are good for you! 

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Verywell documents why vacations are important stress relievers.

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PositivityChange Post : Issue 35 : Finding Positive Change on Social Media

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Welcome to an all-new PositivityChange Post issue! Here I am going to discuss how to find positive change on social media. The Internet can be a nasty and demoralizing place where people are doxing (term for posting personally identifiable information on the Internet without their permission). However, there are beacons of hope that I want to highlight!

But, first I have a big announcement to share with everyone: My Increase Your Career Savviness article has been added to Medium’s Personal Branding channel! This is huge news because Medium is one of the biggest blogs out there. Moreover, as an Amazon bestseller with a personal branding book (shameless plug!),  being added is confirmation that I know what I am talking about.

Now here are some of my great positive change places to go on the Internet:

PositivityChange Facebook Page: Hey how can I NOT plug my own page!? This is a dynamic and robust community where you can experience more positive change in your personal and professional lives!

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My Article Has Been Added to the Medium Personal Branding Channel!

More good news community! I have received an invitation to add my Increasing Your Career Savviness article to Medium’s Personal Branding Channel! This is a very big honor because Medium is one of the highest profile blogs. It is the place where top influencers and New York Time bestselling authors write. Therefore, I am extremely honored that someone has read and thought enough of my article to include it in the personal branding channel.  You can read it here:

https://medium.com/your-brand/increase-your-career-savviness-by-writing-your-own-personal-swot-analysis-b36badaa7dbe

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PositivityChange Post : Issue 34 : You Want to Learn How to Positively Pivot Your Career? Read Here!

Welcome to an all-new issue! We are talking about pivoting and positioning yourself for greatness! This is a very appropriate message with all of the many college graduates receiving their degrees. Even if you have been over a decade removed from Pomp and Circumstance blaring in the background while you cross the stage, pivoting is still important. Now is just as a good time as ever to evaluate your career. Maybe you have graduated from your current work life and feel the need to do something different. I am feeling just like you today. This morning I have awakened to learn that my Increasing You Career Savviness article has received 100 views and 50 likes on LinkedIn! It is a career pivoting experience for me because I have implemented changes that my sales coach has requested. Also unlike last year, now I know how to build upon this momentum. I have learned that alluring titles and posting to related LinkedIn groups spread my message farther than by myself. In 2016, I didn’t have a strategy for capitalizing upon receiving high recognition whenever one of my posts went viral. Now with nearly two years of blogging under my belt, I know have a social media strategy. There will be a follow-up article delving deeper into S.W.O.T. Analysis coming soon this week. As a loyal subscriber, you will get the article link as soon as I publish it. However, I will say that content is still king! I magnify this because there is an abundance of spam posts and bad writing on LinkedIn Pulse. I have always taken the approach that I have to post my best work on LinkedIn because it is the business social media site.  When you post into groups, your peers are judging the cohesiveness of your post. You don’t want to embarrass yourself through spam.

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Increasing Your Career Savviness Article Has Received Over 100 Views!

I am very proud to announce that today, Increasing Your Career Savviness by Conducting a Personal S.W.O.T. Analysis article has received over 100 views and 50 likes on LinkedIn. I am grateful that people have read and liked increasing their career savviness. I have also written to share and exchange ideas. This milestone has been a learning experience. I have learned the importance of alluring titles and posting in the right LinkedIn groups. These two things have helped spread my message. Look forward to seeing my next installment of the S.W.O.T. Series.

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PositivityChange Post Issue 33 : Pushing for Positive Change in Your Professional Career

Welcome to an all-new issue. I am to spread positive change in your personal and professional lives.

Great Blog News: Last Friday I published Increasing Career Savviness by Conducting a Personal SWOT Analysis, republished it on LinkedIn and it started going viral. As of Monday, it received over 30 views and 14 likes. There will be a follow-up article coming this week. Check out the image below.

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PositivityChange Post: Issue 32 : May Your Experience More Positivity

Happy May everyone! I have returned with an all-new issue. And with this being May and us being on the cusp of summer, I hope that your 2017 is heating up! My newsletter is always here to help! As always I am bringing you the best in positive change because I want you, name. to experience way more of it.

You have to start somewhere. If you are currently in a funk this May, here’s Success Magazine article giving you 7 tips on achieving a positive mindset.

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Increase Your Career Savviness by Writing Your Own Personal SWOT Analysis

Career savviness is learned not taught. You learn through trial and error. After a while, you get the hang of things. This is not a one-time event. You have to continually stay current regarding your own skills and your industry. Whether you feel like it or not, you will have to reinvent yourself in order to keep working. This requires an easy to use tool to make the process easier. A personal SWOT analysis is just the tool to smoothly guide you from one career reinvention to another.

Everyone knows what a SWOT analysis is. This is a tool where you assess your business’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. However, do you know that you can apply this same tool to yourself? Yes, indeed! You can conduct a personal SWOT analysis.

Here are some reasons why you should conduct a SWOT analysis.

o   Survival of the fittest: You need to know your weaknesses before your enemy does.

o   Capitalize upon industry trends (opportunities)

o   Learn where the market is going. You have to know which industries are contracting versus expanding.

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Here are my steps towards conducting a personal SWOT analysis

Look at your current situation. Where are you right now. Don’t judge yourself for lack of progress. Just write down where you are right now. You have to start here in order to start conducting a SWOT analysis. Your current as-is state is the groundwork necessary.

List each attribute from an internal (you as a professional) and an external (your industry)

I know that many people say that you can control your performance, you can control anything; but, you must account for where your industry is going. Using myself as an example, I have a statistical programming background that’s heavy with SAS; however, I have started learning R and SQL because these are important programming languages. It would be myopic to only look at my internal strength without recognizing where my industry is going. You must do the same. Environment is key! In addition, here are some additional questions to ask yourself when writing about your external attributes:

  • What are legal factors that have influence on my business?
  • What are ecological factors that have influence on my business?
  • What are political factors that have influence on my business?
  • What are economic factors that have influence on my business?
  • What are social factors that have influence on my business?
  • What are technological factors that have influence on my business?

Furthermore, look at the external factors for your weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

List your strengths

Add how will maximize your strengths. You have to play up your strengths. These strengths will get you hired in multiple industries. Moreover, magnifying your strengths can deflect employers from looking at your weaknesses.

List your weaknesses

Ask yourself these two questions: how will you minimize your weaknesses? Or how will you ensure that your weaknesses don’t stop or impede your upward mobility? You don’t want the weak to overshadow your strengths.

List your opportunities

When listing your opportunities, ask yourself these three questions:

  • Ask yourself what are the new opportunities in my field?
  • Is my current skillset enough to take advantage of these new opportunities?
  • If not, what skills do I need to acquire in order to take advantage of these new opportunities?

List your threats

Finally, with your threats, you have to get real with listing them. Threats can derail your career.

  • Is there an immediate career threat? If so, how do I deal with it?
  • If this is an industry that I still love, how do I pivot to stay in it?
  • If this is a declining industry, what current skills do I have to transfer to other thriving industries?

Is there an immediate career threat? Handle it ASAP because you want to be a casualty.

Frequency of conducting a personal SWOT analysis

I recommend that you do it every quarter. As the seasons change, so does the landscape and you need to be able to read the signs just in case you need to transition into a new industry. Remember, career savviness is not a one-time event. You have continually do it. However, with a personal SWOT analysis, every time you do it, the process becomes easier and easier.

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PositivityChange Post : Issue 31: Creating More Positive Change

Hey everyone! Welcome to an all-new issue of the PositivityChange Post. In this issue I am highlighting all of the positive changes that are happening in the community around us. Amidst the news reports you wouldn’t think much good is happening; but, it is. People are coming together and implementing positive change in their neighborhoods. This issue provides you with more ways to experience positive change in both your personal and professional lives.

Youngstown (from my home state Ohio) is one of them. They are coming together teaching positive change in their schools which is commendable. http://wkbn.com/2017/04/22/citywide-youngstown-schools-event-promotes-making-positive-change/

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This Week in PCM: Someone Is Always Watching

Someone is always watching. Always. Regardless of what you do. Today I watch my book marketing agent LaTanyha Boyd do a Facebook Live where she complements me on my branding. This takes me by surprise because 1) I have very bad tunnel vision and 2) I have never seen her on any of my Earned Value Management Explained broadcasts. Her compliments get me thinking that people are always watching you no matter how much you think they aren’t. They also reinforce HOW I show up. I show up with a coherent message, signature look and a standard setting. These are three things that will set you a part from everyone else in the video marketing and livestreaming realm.

Have a coherent message

Don’t get on camera and start ramblingly incoherently. I know that sounds simple but you would be amazed at how many people are out there doing just that on video. Although livestream is still in its infancy, you can still present a coherent message by writing down an outline or some talking points. Remember, livestream be it Twitter Live, Periscope, Instagram Live, Facebook Live or YouTube Live, are video branding channels. If you show up rambling, speaking incoherently that’s how others will view your brand.

Have a signature look

This is a must for these reasons: 1) it makes you memorable and 2) dressing is nonverbal communication. Most people don’t  see dressing as nonverbal communication but how you dress communicates to people a whole lot of things. That’s why I wear a black top to all of my livestream videos. Black is a professional color and it is easy to repurpose. Many people on Periscope and Facebook Live repurpose their broadcasts onto YouTube. It is easier to repurpose a black top onto YouTube than numerous broadcasts with you wearing many different colors.

Black is my brand color. Color is very important for personal branding (yes, you ARE a personal brand!). Having a signature look with a specific brand color convey organization. The viewer knows that he or she is watching someone who is pulled together. Remember, as I have stated before: your dress is a form of nonverbal communication. Having a signature look communicates to the audience that you are a real professional.

Have a standard background

I have one place where I do all of my broadcasts. It is comfortable, well-lit and creates a positive customer experience. What goes on in the background is just as important as what goes on in the foreground. Shooting from one place gives the audience a specific kind of experience. Whether it’s your bedroom, home office, corporate office, cubicle or park bench, having a standard background projects stability and consistency with the viewer. If you or the people in your background are all over the place, then your audience will think the same.

Here are my three tips to make sure that you present a positive video image and message. Remember, whether you know or not, someone is always watching. To work with Phenomena Corporation, visit us at www.carlarjenkins.com/work and info@carlarjenkins.com

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