As a child, I had a knowing that we are all connected. My parents taught my four brothers and me to be kind and speak positively to everyone we meet and that we are all created equally.
I believe that deep within us positive energy burns bright. When we let this energy fill us and spill over into the world with love and gratitude, we discover that the universe intends for us, and for others around us, to be happy and whole.
After more than 20 years in corporate marketing with great companies including Valleyfair, Knott’s Camp Snoopy / Mall of America, Lifetouch and Carlson, I returned to graduate school to gain a Master of Arts degree at St. Mary’s University in Human Development and Holistic Wellness (an amazing program).
During a course, I met Dr. Masaru Emoto, read his book, The Hidden Messages in Water, and watched a video that he is featured in called “What the Bleep Do We Know?” His message, in his words, “we must pay respect to water, feel love and gratitude, and receive vibrations with a positive attitude. Then, water changes, you change, and I change, because both you and I are water.”
In Dr. Emoto’s important studies, he secured water samples from around the world. He placed the samples in bottles and subjected the water samples to positive words, visuals, and music. When these samples were frozen for three hours and then thawed, Dr. Emoto’s scientists took photos and these samples and the photos showed beautiful hexagonal images. Watch the video and be amazed.
He also subjected to bottles of water from the same sources to negative words, visuals, and music. These samples were also frozen and as they thawed photos were taken. These images were ugly, dark, unsightly blobs.
After my meeting with Dr. Emoto, I was inspired to conduct my own experiment. I used cooked rice (which is 80% water). This experiment provided “proof positive” and was the inspiration for Lovitude®, which is a line of quantum energy products / jewelry that I have created as my tangible representation embodiment of my thought energy.
Here is how my experiment worked – (try it with your kids, your office colleagues, or just test your own energy)
1) on April 15, 2005 – May 15, 2005, I took four cups of cooked rice and put two cups of the rice in one plastic covered container where I wrote “Love, Thank You, Lovitude® and drew my Lovitude® symbol on the container.
2) I put the remaining two cups of cooked rice in another plastic container and I did not write anything on that container.
3) Each day, for the 30 days, I greeted the rice with the positive words on it with my positive energy. I said to the rice, as I held the container “thank you for your beautiful color and your wonderful nutritional value. I love you”.
4) Each day, for the 30 days, I dissed the second container of rice. I did not pick it up. I spoke in harsh tones and I said, “I hate you, you discuss me, you are ugly”.
5) After five days the rice that I dissed started turning black. The rice that I sent loving energy to stayed white.
After one month, the dissed rice was completely black and the white rice stayed white.
Below is an experiment that Dr. Emoto’s scientists recently completed by using rice and not talking to the rice, just writing words on the containers.
During the writing of my master’s thesis, I was inspired to create a symbol, which I called Lovitude®, meaning Love and Gratitude / Compassion and I had the symbol jeweled by Janel Russell, creator of the famous Mother and Child Design.
I presented my Lovitude® necklaces to my professors during my dissertation presentation and they wanted additional pieces to share with their friends, which launched my Lovitude® business and speaking opportunities.
During this Valentine’s Day and every day, I invite you to be mindful of your words and thoughts that you tell yourself and share with others. The energy vibration really does affect your body, mind and spirit and it can change the world for good.
Anne Pryor is the creator of Lovitude®, a soul painting artist, entrepreneur, Top LinkedIn trainer, executive coach and inspiring speaker. She has studied the effects of positive and negative energy. In her words, “If each of us practiced and shared positive thought energy the ripples would be felt throughout the world.”
Watch the interview by Dr. Emoto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujQAk9EM3xg
Anne would love to share this story, for speaking or coaching contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lovitude® is a registered trademark owned by Anne Pryor, Pryority Partnerships Inc.
This article was first published the Gabby Road, The Bucket List Book by Don Orth.
Thank you Dr. Emoto for all of your wonderful work (1943-2014).
At a family party, I visited with my Gen X cousin who works for a major software company in Seattle. She said that she loves her job as a marketing strategist. Then she mentioned that she has had three bosses in 24 months. That is a red flag and she knows it. She also shared that her boss does not seem to be on board with the new bosses’ agenda. I asked how she is preparing for the next opportunity, just in case things do not work out. She said she had not given it any thought.
I shared five successful tips that have proven successful for my clients:
1) Help the Boss Succeed – set up a coffee meeting with your boss and ask him / her how you can support their success. Be prepared by researching them on LinkedIn and google. Create a list of your key accomplishments that you have top of mind, so that you can be clear about your accomplishments as they relate to the discussed strategies. (See the key accomplishments prep sample template document, you don’t share this document with the boss – it’s a tool for you – unless it’s for your review.).
CLIENT SUCCESS: My Controller client wanted to move into a CFO or VP Finance role. He met with his boss and asked how he could support her success. She was seeking M&A strategy advice for a large retail acquisition. My client had created and implemented M&A strategy for multi-unit retail locations and because the boss was new, she did not know he had those skills. Within three months, my client was promoted to a VP Finance role on the executive team leading the M&A strategy.
2) Meet Up with New Colleagues (regularly) – set up coffee / lunch / walking meetings with colleagues in your department and connect with them on LinkedIn. Get to know them on a personal basis and find some work and personal things in common. Visit their LinkedIn profile and send them a personalized message before the meeting. Like, comment or share something that they posted. You will make more meaningful and lasting connections this way. Put a reminder on your calendar to do this a least once a week.
CLIENT SUCCESS (mine): I was always interested in corporate wellness. I was working on Channel Marketing programs and I reached out to my colleague in our San Francisco office, Christy Consler, who I had heard was doing initial strategy work around employee wellness. Christy was wicked smart, kind, and collaborative. She suggested that I talk to her boss and learn more. He agreed and Christy and I co-developed the first wellness program, with our amazing team. The solution and technology was sold to Steve Case, founder of AOL, who started Revolution Health. (I was then out of a job, but because of my network and leveraging LinkedIn, I was found for another job in 2 months.)
3) Get Known Outside Your Department – introduce yourself to colleagues in other departments that you may be interested in working. Take them to lunch and see they are working on that is interesting and new. Be curious about them and then invite them to LinkedIn and keep in touch – and keep you in mind.
CLIENT SUCCESS – A sales client asked the VP HR if she would be willing to do an informational interview and they had a nice visit. Shortly after that, a new Sales Leadership role as posted in another division the VP HR immediately thought of my client – he got the job. (See informational interview questions)
Informational Interview Questions for Exploring a Career Change
- What are your specific responsibilities?
- How is your time divided? How much is spent with people?
- How would you describe the work environment?
- What do you find most satisfying in your job?
- What’s the one thing you wish you could change about your job?
- Where would you like to go from here?
- What kind of person makes a good paralegal?
- What are the skills required and experience required?
- Are these skills transferable to other types of roles?
- How do you acquire these?
- Who typically hires?
- If this is the job I want to pursue, how do you recommend I best market myself – what would be to my advantage or disadvantage?
- What should be emphasized in my resume?
- What steps should I start taking to make this transition most effectively?
- Is there anyone else you recommend I talk to about this?
- What can I do to assist you?
4) Take on Bonus Projects – let your boss know that you would like to learn new skills and ask them if they would be on the lookout for projects that you could take part in. Ask your boss to support you for the role so you can showcase your skills and learn new skills. (This makes the boss look good, too.) Add these projects to the new Projects area on LinkedIn and include your teammates. They’ll get a message that you gave them a ‘shout out’ and they can add this to their profile, too. My brother, Joe, called these “extra credit” projects and he taught his son, Andrew to this all through high school. It worked great for him as he got many great recommendations from his teachers. (Example of project below. Gen Y loves this!)
CLIENT SUCCESS: A marketing analyst took on a bonus project that allowed her the opportunity to travel with the team to Australia to present data for the bonus project. She connected with all of the people she met on the project, including those in Australia and was offered a job in the Australia office.
5) Volunteer: Participate in projects that the companies support. Take on a leadership role with the charity project; get known in both the company and in the non-profit community. There are over 80,000 volunteer jobs on LinkedIn – visit: https://www.linkedin.com/vsearch/j?orig=JSHP&keywords=volunteer&distance=50&locationType=I&countryCode=us&trk=two_box_geo_fill
CLIENT SUCCESS: One client volunteered for the United Way employee fundraising event and two years later, they invited him to be an Executive on Loan. He now is a non-profile Executive Director and loves his transition.
THE REST OF THE STORY – Oh, back to my cousin – she took my advice. She met with her boss, who agreed to give her an opportunity to take on a bonus project. She will present to a sales team in London next week. She has already looked up her colleagues in London on LinkedIn and has connected with them. She has three early coffee meetings with them and she will be interviewing them on how she can support their success.
Maybe at the next family meeting she will share with me that she is moving to London. Stay tuned.
Please share your ideas and successes to get ready for the next opportunity.
To an abundant year, my friends,
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Personal Brand and LinkedIn Camp: February 18-20, 2016
I consider LinkedIn to be a Flashing Digital Billboard that I change every Sunday at 3:30. I call this changing my oil.
A resume is an historical document highlighting past jobs, achievements, education, and community involvement.
As a futurist and strategist, career coach and LinkedIn specialist, I teach my clients how to leverage LI to get what they want going forward, not to get what they have always had.
Having written over 7,000 successful LinkedIn profiles for job search and business development clients, here are my tips for making a LinkedIn profile Look Great and Be Found for success, differently from a resume:
1) Know Your Goals – the first and most important tip is to understand the purpose of your LinkedIn profile and the goals for being on this tool. My clients must complete my workbook with many questions that help them discern their goals. Here are seven important questions:
2) Look Great – In Europe, the Vita / resume includes a photo, in the USA a resume does not include a photo. On LinkedIn, a photograph is important as this is a social media tool and people want to know that the profile owner is real, authentic, and genuine. Be sure to get a professional head shot for your LinkedIn profile. (I do not even click on profiles without photos).
ANNE’S EXPERT TIP: Do not use a selfie for the LinkedIn profile.
3) Know Your Branding – Take time to unearth and understand your brand and communicate that in the Professional Headline area on LinkedIn, under your name. This area allows for 120 characters – start with the title that you desire, your brand statement and the industries that you desire. This area is high in search engine optimization.
Headline Example: Technical Project Manager that Every Engineer Loves to Work With in Electric or Industrial Manufacturing. This headline got my client found for a great job within four weeks.
ANNE’S EXPERT TIP: I change my headline based on what I desire, adding and removing keywords, titles, and industries that I am targeting. My branding remains consistent but the keywords may change based on the jobs or industries that I am targeting – i.e. LinkedIn Trainer, Sales Coach | Attorneys Look Great, Be Found, Get Know and Make Meaningful Business Connections. By adding the word ‘Attorneys’ I got two new law firm clients, as the found me on LinkedIn.
4) Be Aspirational – In your Summary area, which has a 2000 character limit, make sure that there are at least 50 keywords. If you are seeking a job and are unemployed start the first two lines (50 characters) with the job title that you are seeking and your contact information. This way recruiters can easily reach out to you. In the Summary let people know what you desire, what your goals are and what you have accomplished. Here are few samples of successful Summary samples that I share, from the Forbes article by William Arruda.
ANNE’S EXPERT TIP: if you are employed, DO NOT say that you are desperately seeking new opportunities.
5) Summarize Achievements in the Experience Section – Do not just copy and paste your resume into the Experience area. I coach my clients to create their accomplishments and rank them based on what they want to do in the future.
Next, study job descriptions that you are targeting and make certain to plant those keywords or requirements from those job descriptions in the Experience Description area.
I coach clients to use my ‘frosting and cupcake’ formatting. That means to create a headline for key accomplishment that quickly tells the story with keywords. This is important because when you apply for a job through LinkedIn or download your LinkedIn profile into an online resume format then the formatting is very easy to read and the keywords stand out. Example:
CREATED STRATEGY TO LAUNCH NEW REVENUE STREAMS
- Created $25 million dollar business – launched the in-store experience, procedures, tools and measurements for the initial launch of in-store gaming software trade-in.
- Developed the sales plan, trainings and tools that supported entry into selling eReaders in-store and online which is now a $60 million business.
ANNE’S EXPERT TIP: Never use the words ‘Responsible for’ in the Experience section. Recruiters want to know what you have achieved and not what the responsibilities were. Always put past job accomplishments in past tense.
6) Highlight Successes – There are many new areas on LinkedIn where you can display your experience. Begin adding the Volunteer, Honors and Awards, Publications, Organizations, Certifications, Courses and other sections to the profile.
ANNE’S EXPERT TIP: Each Sunday when I change my oil, I add a new keyword to the Interest area on LinkedIn. This area is high in search engine optimization and I use it as my ‘secret sauce’ to help get picked up in searches. I have hundreds of client success stories about clients who added a new keyword and were quickly found for a great job.
7) Show Your Stuff – In the new media-rich formatting area in the LinkedIn Summary, Experience and Education sections, you can add links, videos, PPT, PDFs or photos. If you do not have any of these, then create some visuals.
Visit www.linkedin.com/in/annepryor to view many media-rich format suggestions. With one client, we created a PPT slide showing how he has been successful in creating business analytics. This visual got him noticed by a potential employer.
ANNE’S EXPERT TIP: You can also create visual resumes to put in this area using tools such as www.branded.me, www.resume.linkedinlabs.com, or by creating a resume on your Pinterest and adding that account (see www.pinterest.com/annepryor).
8) Flaunt Your Skills – The Skills and Endorsements area is important on LinkedIn. Add up to 50 skills and make certain that the top 10 skills get the most endorsements and that they are in the top 10 slots. Get at least 12 Endorsements. Give to receive! You can move these around now by clicking ‘Manage skills’ and then clicking on the skill and dragging it to a new position.
ANNE’S EXPERT TIP: Every Sunday I remove skills that I no longer want to show and add a new skill that I have found on other expert’s profiles or that are in job descriptions. If I do not have that skill, I visit www.lynda.com (LinkedIn owns this company) and take a tutorial about that skill and I add that word to my Interest area.
9) Recommend Others First – Give recommendations to former bosses, co-workers, staff, and vendors. Give three recommendations per week and watch how many you receive back. Recommendations are important as recruiters, HR and hiring managers want to understand your character.
ANNE’S EXPERT TIP: Always highlight their brand attributes and accomplishments in the first 6 words of a recommendation. This is all people can see on a LinkedIn profile and it is all they notice.
10) Invite Top Influencers – Once you have your profile Looking Great, invite your top peeps to your network. Get your targeted list of industries (I call them HUBS) then the top 66 people that refer business to you and that you refer business to.
ANNE’S EXPERT TIP: Always add a personal message when inviting people to LinkedIn. My five step process: 1) say where you knew them from 2) give them a complement or a connection point, 3) invite them to connect, 4) ask what you can be on the lookout for them, 5) sign off with your brand statement, name, phone, and twitter handle (LinkedIn does not allow you to add a URL on the Invitation message prior to connecting).
To you success, my friends,
Anne Pryor is a Universal Connector, Recognized as a Top 10 LinkedIn Trainer in the World, Certified Online Brand Specialist, Future Mapper and Co-founder of Meaningful Connections, a national leader in personal branding, online visibility using LinkedIn, and career and new world of work strategies. See her other blog posts at www.linkedin.com/in/annepryor, www.MeaningfulConnections.com or contact her at email@example.com, @annepryor
Every client has a unique objective from finding a new job to getting a promotion to wanting more speaking engagements to launching a book to selling more software to enhancing the company brand for possible investor attraction to finding more meaning in their life.Whatever the desire, working to put together a targeted strategy leveraging LinkedIn is the key.
Here are three success stories that happened this week. One for job search, one for business development and one for thought leadership that resulted in a great job. I am so grateful to work with amazing clients. (All names and locations have been changed).
1. Steve, my client from LA, was recently out of work and wanted to secure a VP of Sales leadership role in Health IT. He had been a sales executive in top performing companies where he helped his customers gain strategic, actionable insights in revenue management.
He did not have a branded LinkedIn profile and he did not know how to leverage it. His photo was too casual and he didn’t have hiring manager connections in clinics or hospitals, which is where he wanted to target.
Four hours after creating a branded LinkedIn profile Stephen got emails from 11 recruiters in the exact targeted field that he wanted. He accepted a VP Sales job within 3 weeks in a health technology company calling on hospitals and clinics. He loves his new work and accomplished his goal.
After landing the sales position, we worked together and re-framed his LinkedIn profile to ‘talk to’ prospective customers. I taught him how to leverage the search functions on LinkedIn for sales success. Good things happened!
TOP TIPS FOR BEING FOUND:
- Project the right images – get a professional head shot – now he looked like a VP of Sales. Leverage the NEW banner image to ensure it represents your brand. Click here for tips to creating a banner.
- Know your brand – know what happens because of you and highlight the three things that he wanted to be known for and wrote a Summary featuring those ‘super powers’ as my business partner Kathleen Crandall, calls them.
- Keywords are key – understand the keywords that your buyers or hiring managers use to search for someone like you. See job descriptions, company websites, Onetonline.org, Google Keywords and other people’s profiles.
- ‘Change your oil’ – I add new keywords each Sunday at 3:30 pm when I ‘change my oil’ on LinkedIn. This keeps my profile fresh and gets my profile coming up in new searches.
- Know your target audience – think about 5 industries that you want to target, find 40 companies in each industry and the targeted titles of the people buy, or hire you. Build your profile to share what you can do for them.
2. Jim is a recruiter targeting the financial industry, seeking top candidates for his great company. He had been using LinkedIn for 10 years and he was open to my suggestions. After asking his about his top 5 industries, he realized that there was a new category called ‘social entrepreneurs’. We added ‘social entrepreneurs to his Professional Headline, Contact Info and in his Summary.
That night, Jeff emailed me that he had a ‘social entrepreneur’ who he had emailed six weeks earlier reach out to him on LinkedIn. They have set up an interview to meet next week. TIP: Keywords are Key! Know what you desire.
3. Barbara is a strategy leader and an executive client from a Fortune 500 company. After leaving her role she had a desire to serve as a adjunct faculty at a prestigious University and lead strategy for a global firm. After creating a branded profile, the next step was to Get Known.
We created a strategy for her to leverage the new LinkedIn long form post, or Publishers Platform. I challenged her to ‘write her book’, 8-12 chapters, that we could then leverage in the posts. She wrote a comprehensive post that received over 3,000 views. Because of this post, she was found be a prestigious University where she is now a Adjunct Faculty. In addition, she was noticed by the head of a company where she’ll now be leading strategy. She met all of her goals and three weeks after she lands her job we will meet again to adjust her strategy for her new role, as it includes some business development.
- 20% Creating Content 80% Sharing Content
- Write long posts (2,000 words)
- Use neutral title (How to.., X Steps to…)
- Use 4-6 images (check sources)
- Provide valuable information
- Use sub-headlines, bullets (make it easy to read)
- Post: Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday (in that order)
- Create a series of posts and tell them at the top: “Note: This is part 7 of 8 in the “Becoming a ‘Leader of Strategy’” series. The views I express here are my own.”
- End with your bio
- Add a call to action or additional links to other blog posts
- Use back links to other popular sites or people
What good things do you want to happen? Let’s come up with your strategy to Look Great, Get Found, Be Known and Making Meaningful Connections for Good!
Be well, my friends,
LET’S MEET – JOIN ME IN PERSON TO SHARE YOUR SUCCESSES!
LIVE EVENT: I will be sharing great success stories and providing practical and actionable tips and insights at the Unleash Your Inner Rockstar Mastermind Event on August 12, 2015 in Minneapolis with nationally known authors including Dina Simon,Carr Hagerman (the famous Rat Catcher from the Renaissance Festival), Deirdre Van Nest, and Cathy Paper. I’d love to see you there.
FALL 2015 DEVELOPMENT and LEADERSHIP RETREATS:
Lifting Up Leadership Retreat at The Collaborative Leadership Center at Sugar Lake Lodge, September 20-22, 2015
Personal Brand and LinkedIn Camp at the Collaborative Leadership Center at Sugar Lake Lodge, October 25-27, 2015
Anne Pryor is a Universal Connector, LinkedIn Trainer, Certified Online Brand Specialist, Future Mapper and Co-founder of Meaningful Connections, a national leader in personal branding, online visibility using LinkedIn, and career and new world of work strategies. Meaningful Connections is a collaborative partner of theCollaborative Leadership Center at Sugar Lake Lodge, Grand Rapids, MN. See her other blog posts at: www.MeaningfulConnections.com or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.