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Quick Career Tips for Smart, Busy Women by Hello Ladies

by Hello Ladies, posted to Career & Money

Read our Monday Memos to start your week focused and ready to shine at work and at home.

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Telecommuting: it's good for the planet, and you

Earth Day is a good day to ask to telecommute. It's good for the planet, and your career's, sustainability.

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Get in the game.

Great advice from Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a registered runner. Get in the game. Life is for participating; not spectating.

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Find Your Voice

FInd your voice, then use it. How many times have you had an idea or a question in a meeting, then hesitated only to miss your moment. Speak up!

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Be a Lady Who Lunches

Schedule social lunches at least twice a month. It's a great way to build an informal network, get advice from a peer, and have some fun during the work week.

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Have an agenda

Running a meeting? Use an agenda....more

Running a meeting? Use an agenda. A meeting without an agenda is like a road trip without a map.

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Don't be helpful

Be mindful of your image at work. Don't set yourself up to always be the note taker or the meeting organizer. You want to be valued for your thinking and quality of work.

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Dress for Success

Helen Gurley Brown was right. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

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Volunteering can be a great career boost. It can expand your network, sharpen your skill set and infuse passion and focus into your work.

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Reboot Your Self-Confidence

One simple step can give your self confidence a boost. List your achievements, summarize them and own them.

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Set Goals

Have you set your goals for 2013? Different from resolutions which are often aspirational and unattainable, goals should be smart:specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

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Relax and renew

Take time to relax. Even Santa knows how important renewal time can be. It reduces stress, improves focus, and rejuvenates your enthusiasm for the work you do.

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Practice Compassion

A University of Michigan study conducted by Jacoba Lilius, Ph.D. found compassion at work, “cultivates positive meanings, which in turn induce feelings that connect people to themselves, to each other, and to their workplace.”

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Presenting? Skip the slides.


Presenting? Skip the slides and keep your audience engaged. Use descriptive words that paint a picture. Try a prop. Even a simple piece of paper will do.

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Network through the holidays

The holidays are a great time to network. Here a tips to be successful. Bring a buddy, prepare your talking points and pretend your the host.

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A smile is the quickest way to deal with stress. So before you start a presentation, speech, or tough discussion, or when you walk into a tense roomful of colleagues, smile.

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Avoid V-8® moments

Avoid V-8 moments by preparing for negotiations you know will be challenging. Think about the pushback you are likely to get and plan how you will respond. Then practice — it’s one thing to know what you’re going to say, it’s another to get the words out of your mouth comfortably.

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Keep Listening but Start Talking

Speak up and show your value in every business interaction. It's what's required for women to be game-changers.

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Learn to Negotiate

Learn to negotiate. It's a critical skill, not just during salary reviews, but for working with clients, staff, even your family. There are lots of great negotiating courses for women. Sign up!

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It may feel impossible to add something else to your schedule, but don't skip exercise. It's an investment that pays off in so many ways. Take care of yourself.

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Prepare for Your Child's Sick Days

As a working mom, you need to prepare for when your child gets sick and you can't get to work. Michelle Cove, author of the book "I Love Mondays: And other confessions from devoted working moms," says get the important items done first, so you'll have flexibility if the school nurse calls.

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Mind Your Grammar

Good grammar matters. Make sure your emails, memos and proposals are polished. Consult Grammar Girl at before you hit send.

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Have a Networking Plan

Mondays are a good day to create your networking plan for the week ahead. Consider all-women events like the Mass Conference for Women to meet and share ideas with other smart, busy women.

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