How to Sell Your Best You in the Interview Pitch: A Lesson from the Shark Tank

How to Sell Your Best You in the Interview Pitch: A Lesson from the Shark Tank

No matter what it takes, every morning you wake up with ‘this isn’t working, but I’m going to do this.’  I don’t care what obstacles are in my way, it’s not who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.” – Lori Greiner, Shark Tank, investor, entrepreneur   A lesson on how to tell YOUR story – from the Shark Tank. I watched Shark Tank a few weeks ago, and a woman on the show shared why her sales were flat for a few years.  The sharks always chomp on flat growth.  She talked about how there was an issue with manufacturing, an issue with inventory, and another issue with… (you get the pattern).  Her pitch was unsuccessful. I watched another Shark Tank this weekend (yes I love the show) and a woman named Talia Bahr Goldfarb pitched a product called “Myself Belts.”  The problem the sharks found was the product had years of flat growth.  When the sharks asked why, she responded the economy was the issue, stores stopped buying inventory, boutique stores closed, and so she focused her efforts online. Four sharks chomped on her response!  One shark said a good product survives a bad economy and continues to thrive.  And two others said she didn’t have what it took to weather the storm.  One commented that Talia was too strategic and not able to get dirty and deal with the everyday problems of starting up a business.  Another shark, Lori said: “No matter what it takes, every morning you wake up with: this isn’t working, but I’m going to do this.  I don’t care...
Self-Love is not Self-Ish: 5 Self-Love Actions in Work & Life

Self-Love is not Self-Ish: 5 Self-Love Actions in Work & Life

“Give to the world the best you have … and the best will come back to you”   Mirror Mirror on the Wall A yoga teacher shared in class that life is not about changing the world and serving others. Life is about serving yourself with love and then actually that self-love is what creates positive change in others and in the world. Am I at the mercy of serving others so much that I lose myself in the process?   What does that do to my energy and the energy of those around me? We don’t want to give away what we aren’t giving ourselves. The action of over giving and having no boundaries or “people pleasing” leaves us empty. Yet, we worry about focusing too much on ourselves that we over compensate. Self-love is not selfish. Self-love is your energy and your central power system to be YOUR best in service to others. We are mirrors. I need to be patient with me – so I can be patient with you family, friends around me, with the world. I need to take care of me – so I can take care of you family, friends around me, with the world. I need to spend energy (time & money) on me – so I can spend energy (time & money) with you family, friends around me, with the world. I need to LOVE me – so I can LOVE you family, love friends around me, love the world. When I realized this truth above, I realized we are mirrors. How strong is your mirror? How strong is your reflection?...
4 Ways to Combat Uncertainty in Work & Life

4 Ways to Combat Uncertainty in Work & Life

The original post was published here on one of the best women’s business blog: Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling. “If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.” Jim Carrey   The uncertainty in life is paralyzing, is suffocating, is scary, is unknown. Unfound territory and unstepped moments – we are not sure what is next for you and me …. The uncertainty of when we will meet someone special, or if/when we will have a baby, and if/when we will have a second baby, and when we will find a better work situation, and when we will feel better, and when the cancer will go away, and when someone we love will feel better, and if we will get into that school, and when our money situation will improve, and when we will sell our house, and when we will just get to relax – sit back and watch .… Uncertainty has so much energy packed into that space – the space between me typing and what will happen in the next 24 hours. So, we wonder, worry, occupy our time, watch TV, wondering when the next thing will happen. And then, right when we stop wondering-thinking-watching the phone – we get that phone call, we meet, maybe, that person, we get a glimpse of what might be next, and we perk up, we settle down and think – okay – it’s all going to be okay .… So, uncertainty is for sure in this life — and we know when we chase it and try to control...
How to Create Your 5-Second Energy Filter for Work & Life

How to Create Your 5-Second Energy Filter for Work & Life

This article was originally posted here with the blog site: Stilettos On The Glass Ceiling – the ultimate resource for women in business. “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” ― Deepak Chopra   Your Energy Filter is the bridge from your current reality to future possibilities in your work & life. This energy filter is a way to: streamline your energy into what really matters to you in your work & life. prioritize and focus your energy into the few things that matter. remove emotional blocks and fears to get to your inner core. How we manage our energy is up to us … How we respond to anything is up to us … How much we take on, defer, or say no to is up to us … We have more power than we realize in our work & life to manage our day to day. Your energy filter is a way to PROACTIVELY manage energy in your present day to align YOU (your soul) with your work & life priorities. We are bombarded with social media, e-mails, instant messages, text messages, meetings, requests and assignments. We need a custom system to quickly calibrate what is coming in and what to do about it based on what matters most in our work & life. You don’t need to accept everything swirling in your mind. You don’t need to accept all the requests and demands coming at you. Filter to accept the things your soul is...
The Mastery vs Approval Mindset in Work & Life

The Mastery vs Approval Mindset in Work & Life

Also published in “Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling”: http://stilettosontheglassceiling.com/2015/01/the-mastery-mindset-in-work-and-life-by-kara-nordberg-smith.html   “Let desire give birth to aspiration.” – Stephen Cope   When I was a kid, I would compete in music competitions for flute. I would practice and practice for a competition for months and then get a score on the day of the competition. During my junior year in high school, I practiced and performed one of my favorite pieces of all time for about six months. When it came to the state competition, I was literally the last flute standing and was a top 10 instrument finalist. The question I ask myself now is – what was the source of my motivation? Did I need that approval from judges to validate my work? Was I grasping for the outcome or aspiring for mastery, or both? The next year, my senior year, I still achieved high marks in the competition but not like the year prior. Looking back at these years of practice and performance, regardless of the outcome, I remember listening to CDs of the best flute players. I would listen to phrasing and breath work on the CD, and actually play along in practicing. Also, looking back, my parents never told me to practice once. Never. This habit of working toward mastery was born from within me. Or was it? I also had lessons every week that forced me to practice and show improvement from the previous week. The source of my motivation was from within me AND I also desired weekly feedback from my flute teachers on my progress. How did the potential outcome from a...
Creating Space in Work & Life

Creating Space in Work & Life

The month of December is filled with excitement and stress. Traveling to see family over the holidays can be fun and overwhelming. Finding the perfect gifts for the holiday season takes energy and time. Work might be extra busy. Kids are busy writing their wish list for Santa. Our immune systems are low from too much sugar, lack of sleep, and weather. This holiday season, I challenge all of us to give ourselves the gift of ‘Creating Space’. ‘Creating Space’ is all about being REALLY clear about energy boundaries with people at work and in life. This is all about being grounded in your own energy rather than absorb the stress of your kid, the frantic energy of your boss, or the person honking their horn at you. If you are like me, you might get anxious when you are waiting in an extra long line at the grocery store or coffee shop. You can create space as you are standing in line … ANY LINE. Notice your body and just be aware. ‘Creating Space’ is your gift to you … available at any time to give yourself a moment and a breath to just BE. If you keep ‘Create Space’ in your mind as you go about your day, you are learning the awareness of your energy versus others. We tend to cross over and take on the energy and emotions all around us without even realizing what is happening. And, we tend to create stress and anxious energy ourselves through trying to maximize every minute of the day. We leave ourselves feeling overworked and overwhelmed. Give yourself...