How to build your personal brand on LinkedIn?

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I had the pleasure to interview LinkedIn expert Petra Fisher of Petra Fisher Consulting about building a powerful personal brand on LinkedIn. She is an international LinkedIn trainer, consultant and public speaker of Dutch-Australian origin. Her popular no-nonsense method helps you to create a LinkedIn presence that naturally attracts your tribe. The thought of being successful by just being yourself appealed to me so I went investigating further.


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Chasing Perfect

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Us humans have a natural tendency to aim for perfection. We admire it’s sublime beauty in architecture, literature, music and very much in science like mathematics. But when it comes to natural sciences like biology of psychology, suddenly the exceptions becomes more interesting than perfection.

There is no charisma in the absoluteness of black and white but in lies in the various shades of the rainbow somewhere in between.

Chasing perfection in your appearance is a futile attempt because once you have reached it, you have already lost the game. There is nothing tangible in perfection and we can’t relate to it. We put it on a pedestal -and just look at it. It becomes an object of admiration. Continue reading

Field Notes About Ageism

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Ageism means stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age. In many countries people are protected by law against discrimination by age, gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, disabilities etc. but in practice there are sneaky ways to go around the law. Discrimination at workplace and during hiring process can be difficult to prove.

Global studies show that especially women are facing persistent age discrimination at the workplace as they get older. This Financial Times article from December 2018 quotes Professor Lynda Gratton, co-author of The 100 Year Life: Living and Work in an Age of Longevity, “ageism at work began at 40 for women and 45 for men”. Continue reading

How to Dress Things Down?

Is your wardrobe full of formal work wear from the time when business style was far more dressier than it nowadays is? Predominant IT and start-up culture have molded the way we dress to work a lot in the recent years and suddenly a suit with a pair of heels can feel somewhat stuffy.

But throwing away fine tailoring just feels wrong, and if it still fits then perhaps you could just wear it in a less formal way.

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