Our Corporate Life
November 11, 2014   •   Volume 5, Issue 23   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Confuse, You Lose
Ask Amanda: How can I proactively handle friends who guilt me?
♦   Practical Tips: Thank-You Notes
Confuse, You Lose

As the holiday season approaches it’s a good idea to construct the message(s) you want to communicate to family, friends, and industry acquaintances. Are you looking for a new job? Hoping to get invited to speak? Interested in reinforcing your “brand”? As you can imagine, your message would be different depending upon the situation. One of the benefits of the holidays is that there are usually a lot of gatherings within a short period with people you don’t necessarily see all the time. It’s an ideal time to get your message out.

The most important rule to remember—and the most difficult—is to simplify. “If you confuse them, you lose them” is a selling truism for a reason. Think about what is most important about what you’re looking to communicate and then follow these steps:
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Thought to Ponder

Avoid costly game playing.

Practical Tips:
Thank-You Notes

Most job seekers don’t understand that they can influence the interview even after it’s over. Follow-up communication needs to demonstrate why you are the right person for the position and remove any objections that may have been raised. Sending a typical thank-you note is just not going to cut it.

When you leave an interview, take a few minutes to jot down the topics discussed and any issues that were raised.
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 ask Amanda

I am a very senior executive at my firm. This is the time of year when I really start to get pushback from my friends about my work habits. It's just not possible for me to attend every holiday function. How can I handle this proactively? M.F., San Francisco, CA

Amanda Mitchell

Friendship guilt is a common problem for executives. The truth is that running a group/department/company takes time—typically more time than most people expect. And when you consider all the other responsibilities on your plate (significant other, kids, etc.), not to mention mandatory family holiday events, it’s understandable why quality friend time often doesn’t make the cut.
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