Manage Kohls Card How Passion and Energy Attract Opportunities To You

Where do you go next when you miss out on a new job you expected to get?You had even got some coaching beforehand to ensure you performed better than you did at the last interview. You acted on what you and your coach agreed would be a good approach. You thought the interview went very well. But, no, you didn’t get it.When you telephoned for some feed-back, you were told that the person who got the job was more passionate about the position and showed more energy for what he wanted and hoped to do if he got it.Passion? Energy? Is that an interviewing skill I need to learn? I’m actually a bit of an introvert. How do I bring passion and energy into an interview? I have considerable experience. I have good relationships with everyone with whom I work. I have always had great performance reviews. I have gained extra qualifications and just completed an MBA. I thought I was doing everything to line myself up for a new work opportunity and a new challenge.

Every week I talk to someone just like you. Highly qualified technically and very experienced, yet you feel your career is plateauing. You just don’t seem to be able to move on and up any further.It was your technical skills and your experience that got you the interview but organisations now want people leading and managing them who can inspire and motivate their people to move on and up. It sounds like they didn’t see that in you. You didn’t let them see that you can do that. It takes passion to inspire and motivate people, to capture their imagination, to make them want to work WITH you, not just FOR you. They want leaders and managers who can engage people to give discretionary effort because they see that when the organisation’s goals are met, they are part of its success and their goals are met as well.

So what do you do? First thing, and make it a high priority, discover your WHY. When you apply for your next job, ask yourself why you want it. What can you offer to this job that no one else can? What is the difference you can make that no one else can? What inspires you about this organisation? Let the interviewer see that something about you that sets you apart from the crowd.If you don’t think you can do that at this stage, or it sounds too hard, get yourself a coach or a mentor to help you unpack it and help you tap into that part of yourself so you can bring it to the next interview.

Bold Money Conversations That Can Change Your Life

I recently returned from Kendall SummerHawk’s Feminine Money Mastery event, where women from all around the globe (and a few cool guys as well) gathered to improve their relationship with money. One of the most interesting aspects of this conference for me was learning to identify where we need to have “courageous money conversations” in our lives. These conversations are the ones we often avoid, as they bring up all sorts of disempowering money beliefs. We discussed how to make these conversations a routine practice and give them a methodology so that they aren’t as daunting to embark upon.

Powerful conversations can follow a format that eases some of the tension. Follow these steps and engage in, rather than avoid, the money talks that change your life.

1. Take a moment before the conversation to breathe and set your intention for the way you want the discourse to go. Decide on the outcome you want ahead of time and be very clear in your own mind before the other person is present.

2. Be free from emotion and set the agenda with the other party. Inform them as to the reason for the discussion, the outcome you desire, and the discussion points you plan to cover.

3. Stop and listen. Make sure the other party has a chance to say their piece and that they know you hear them. Repeat back and summarize their ideas – whatever you can do to establish that you understand what they are saying.

4. Offer several options for resolving the situation in various ways, if at all possible.

Find agreement, even if it’s to go to another decision-maker, and detail the subsequent steps, including who will do what, by when. Be sure to close the conversation positively.

After returning home from the conference, I immediately put this methodology to use and had two such conversations. I have been breathing a sigh of relief ever since! While it is important to take on these conversations under any circumstances, if you are intent on making a career shift or growing your business, this is a skill that is especially helpful and will pull you forward dramatically.

When you avoid courageous money conversations, you can be inadvertently sabotaging your own success. For example, a mom was recently telling me about her daughter, who has a job she loves. She is appreciated by her employer, coworkers, and customers, and received a promotion four months ago. She has not, however, received a salary increase to go with the promotion. Instead of having the conversation that needs to be had about the salary increase, she decided to look for another job. Objectively, this seems ridiculous, but she is so averse to having the necessary salary conversation that she has created a story in her head about what this all means and is taking a somewhat misguided action in response. For her, she believes it may actually be easier to land a new position than to have a money conversation where she would be championing her value to the company.

Similar to this case, when I work with clients, I often see two primary challenges:

1. Putting a voice to owning their value, and believing it as well. Examples include stating their fees, saying no to a discounted fee, or negotiating their salary.

2. Speaking honestly about an issue that makes them feel vulnerable. For example, discussing business plans with a spouse or renegotiating a loan they are having trouble paying.

Of course, taking a stance for your money will feel awkward at first. However, once you get a few of these conversations under your belt, you will be looking ahead for the next one! It’s about building a muscle over time that will increase your power across the board. Don’t be afraid to jump in headfirst – I promise you will be glad you did.

Michelle is the CEO and founder of Limit Free Life®, a coaching and personal development company designed to help clients discover and transition into careers or business ventures that satisfy their souls. As a former CPA, business consultant and now a certified business coach,she combines a strong background in finance and transition management with an intuitive coaching style.