14 Things You Should Never Say In A Job Interview

14 Things You Should Never Say In A Job Interview

Whether you’re new to the job market or a pro looking for a new opportunity, a job interview can be intimidating.

We all want to make a good impression and meet the potential employer’s expectations during that interview. And the last thing we want is to say or do something that ruins our chances of getting the job.

I, along with other members of the Forbes Coaches Council Expert Panel, were asked for our top tips to help you avoid slip-ups in your next job interview. Don’t invite the interviewer to look for reasons NOT to hire you by making any of these mistakes.

From how to talk about your skills and experience, your past work, your weaknesses and more, here are 14 things you should never say in a job interview.

Read the full article on Forbes.com

And if you do get the job, here are 13 questions to ask before accepting.

Set Yourself Up For Business Success

Set Yourself Up For Business Success

Getting your business off to a great start for the coming year means dedicating yourself to planning and strategy. But while start-of-year planning is important to business success, you can’t ignore the rest of the year.

Sixteen members of the Forbes Coaches Council, including myself, were asked what business leaders should do in January – and beyond – to set themselves up for a successful year.  Among the suggestions, ideas on:

  • Mapping goals and defining potential wins
  • Understanding key trends that can affect your business success
  • Prioritizing human resources strategies and learning from your staff
  • Improving company culture
  • Focusing on customer needs
  • Carving out time to think
  • Responding and adapting to change
  • Taking a critical look at the past year
  • Developing habits that lead to sustainable business success

Read the full article for a wide variety of tips and strategies on what to do – and what not to do – in the months ahead.

More suggested reading on the topic of business success:

6 Growth Hacks to Consistently Grow Your Success
Convert Losses to Wins for Everlasting Success

 

 

Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone and Make the Sale

Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone and Make the Sale

Often, when confronted with situations that are unfamiliar or stressful, we stay in our comfort zone to shield ourselves. But that personal bubble might be holding you back from achieving success.

To reach our goals, in sales and other areas of entrepreneurial life, it is sometimes necessary to take actions that might seem daunting, rather than exhilarating.  So how can you move beyond your comfort zone and achieve your potential?

I believe the combination of passion and purpose is powerful.  Find out how to use them to soar above any personal discomfort and achieve success. More on this, and 14 other strategies and first-hand insights from members of the Forbes Coaches Council in this article on breaking out of your comfort zone.

Learn how to use valuable strategies including:

  • Problem-focused interaction
  • Authenticity
  • Practice and presentation
  • Setting up systems
  • Understanding ‘no’
  • Changing perspectives
  • Experimenting with approaches

Additional reading you may enjoy: Embracing your Inner Salesperson

Overcome Communication Errors In Your Business

Overcome Communication Errors In Your Business

Bad communication can be disastrous for your company. You’ll feel the effects of communication errors in many ways, from minor mess-ups to major bad decisions.

Communication errors run deeper than just being unclear in your messaging.  From using words that can undermine your intentions, to what your body language is saying, it’s a complex problem with very real consequences.

The most common error that I see from those in a leadership role is communicating when not in a clear, rational state of mind. If you’re frustrated, angry or experiencing physical pain, it is not the time to communicate. It will only prevent you from attaining the outcomes you want to achieve.

More on this, and 14 other ways business leaders can overcome communication errors, in this article from Forbes Coaches Council.

13 Ways To Process Emotions Before Making Important Decisions

13 Ways To Process Emotions Before Making Important Decisions

We all have emotions, and they are a big part of who we are. They can even influence our decisions. But when it comes to business, is there a place for emotions? Do they play a role in business decisions, and if so is that OK?

What should you do with your emotions when it comes to making important decisions? It is important to feel our feelings, but we need to remember they are not facts.

More than a dozen members of the Forbes Coaches Council, including me, weighed in on the subject. And while we all have different solutions, most hint at honoring the emotions we are feeling without letting them rule the situation.

For big decisions to be made effectively, implement what I call “rational analysis”.  More on this, plus the advice of other members of the Forbes Coaches Council, in this article at Forbes.com.