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Activity Update – September 2010

Posted on September 28, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Time flies when you’re having fun.   What a whirlwind of activity this summer has been and I am only now coming up for air.  Unable to update this blog in a while, I want to provide an update.

Thank you to all of you who have reached out to let me know how much you are being helped by the principles of creating meaningful business connections.  Your generosity and support of my pocket book have brought sales of  The Networking Field Guide: Essential Social Skills for Business to 1000 copies!  Thank you!

My activities for the past few months can be summarized with one word: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  People are connecting with more ease than before thanks, in part, to a number of workshops that I have recently hosted in and around Chicago.  My clients range from trade organizations, educational institutions, corporations, and established networking groups.  To see someone blossom before your eyes is very moving for me.  It inspires me to want to do more.

In addition to the workshops, I have completed two new projects which will air on PBS this December.  In August, I had the pleasure of visiting Yanni at his studio in South Florida for his new PBS special.  Yes, he is back, and he is better than ever!   Then, in September, I visited five different Cirque de Soleil shows in Las Vegas to get a behind-the-scenes look at their athleticism, artistry and creativity for the upcoming PBS special, Cirque de Soleil: Flowers in the Desert.  I hope you will tune in to your local public television station and lend your support to whatever level possible.

Finally, I have been tending to my own self-improvement.  It is to my advantage to continue the learning process by taking a good, hard look at myself every once in a while.  I like to think of it as my way of taking stock, stopping to smell the roses, and staying connected to what really matters in my life.   I read, walk, reflect, listen to music, meditate, and write.  Best of all, once I feel recharged, I am able to better connect with friends and family.  You may want to give it a try yourself.

Looking ahead, I will be posting a new article this week based on the concepts of The Circles of Control, Influence and Serendity.  In our lives, there is only so much that we can control, so we need to be prepared to make our own luck.

Remember…Be well.  Be yourself.  You are enough.

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CHANGE AGENTS: Now Recruiting!

Posted on June 22, 2010. Filed under: Books, Branding, Business, Career, Civility, Corporate Ethics, Environmental Disasters, Field Guides, Job-Seeking, Life, Manners, Network, Newly-minted Graduates, Pocket-Books, Recruitment, Self-Help, Social Skills, Uncategorized, women |

There’s a reason why BP Amoco is ruining the planet: short-sightedness.  It seems epidemic today.  Whether it is a matter of how and where to drill, or a matter of how to handle business relationships, companies seem to be focused on short-term improvements to their bottom line rather than lay the groundwork for long-term rewards.  Is it a lack of ethics?  Is it a sense of entitlement?  Or, is it just poor manners?  While I cannot solve the problems of many of these afflicted companies, I have thrown my hat into the ring to return a bit of civility back to the business world.  My feeling is that now more than ever, our planet needs us to take a good long look at ourselves.

Companies that are sick with short-sightedness are no different than those voted the best by their employees; both types are comprised by the people who run them.  With my new pocket book, The Networking Field Guide®: Essential Social Skills for Business, I have assembled a modern style guide to civility.  Among its pages, I share my own field-tested methods for becoming more effective at making meaningful connections with the people each of us needs in order to succeed.  The book takes the long-term view that our business relationships need to be cultivated long before we need them, then nurtured with honesty, and honored above all.

What ever happened to teamwork? Offering and listening to constructive criticism?  Joining with our colleagues and clients to create the win-win? Job performance and merit increases need to include measurements of open communication and effective teamwork.  Management needs to set an example of good leadership, sportsmanship and ethics from the top down.  It is imperative that the company policy reflect the intolerance for those who throw a blind eye at constructive criticism, those who wantonly abandon a sense of corporate conscience, and who thereby place the company at risk.  Moreover, management needs to reflect a more expansive view of the big picture and commit to a strategy whereby the projected outcomes, be they short-term or long-term, favor a number of interested parties without causing irreparable harm to their competitors or the environment in which they operate.  By looking for the win-win, everyone will come out better in the end.

An admitted optimist, I believe that a better business world is possible.  It can happen.  Change may come one person at a time, but things can change.  We need only make the decision, each and every one of us, that the outlandish selfishness that has brought our world economy to the brink of collapse, that has raised a generation of children convinced of their own entitlement, and that has lead to the pollution of our oceans with millions of gallons of oil can be stopped.  It seems a bit too simple, perhaps, to suggest that my small, little pocket book might be a tool in shoring up the vast leak of personal ethics.  Or, perhaps, it may be just that simple.  The Networking Field Guide®: Essential Social Skills for Business may, in fact, be just enough to start the conversation: a catalyst to better social graces, to more meaningful relationships, and to more well-meaning corporate citizens.  If only one person buys just one book and forges one ethically-sound business relationship as a result of reading it; change can come, if we choose it.

Until the next time, this is your Networking Field Guide® reminding you to be well, be confident, and be yourself.

© Kathy Corday and The Networking Field Guide®, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Kathy Corday and The Networking Field Guide ® with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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It’s a Done Deal: We’re Living the Dream!

Posted on May 1, 2010. Filed under: Books, Business, Career, Field Guides, Life, Network, Pocket-Books, Recruitment, Self-Help, Social Skills, Uncategorized |

Snap!  Just like that the web sites for Alchemy Media Group, Inc. and The Networking Field Guide(R) are up and running.  We never cease to be amazed by how quickly we can accomplish something when we when set our minds to it. We are living our dream!

Initially, the Alchemy site serves as a gateway to The Networking Field Guide(R); it is full of information about the pocket book, the author, and a little background on how the book came to be.  You take a peek at the Table of Contents, Corday’s Top 10 List, and a sample chapter entitled, Be Yourself.  You’ll discover information on our Presentations and Workshops, News and Events, and a selection of Corday’s recommended reading list in Resources.  Moreover, Testimonials about the book are also shared.  It’s all at your fingertips!

With at least one image per page, the site communicates with a design aesthetic and loads quickly.  Navigation buttons at the bottom of each page keep you only one click away from whatever you want to see.  Finally, a site map is provided should you prefer to have a bird’s eye view of what is available.  Best of all, the site has been designed to load easily on a variety of platforms.

Here are the web addresses:

  • thenetworkingfieldguide.com

Please stop by and have a look.  We think you’ll like it as much as we do!

Until the next time, this is your Networking Field Guide reminding you to be well, be confident, and be yourself.

© Kathy Corday and The Networking Field Guide™, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Kathy Corday and The Networking Field Guide ™ with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. For more information visit http://www.thenetworkingfieldguide.com.

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Live & let LIVE!

Posted on April 30, 2010. Filed under: Books, Business, Career, Field Guides, Life, Network, Pocket-Books, Recruitment, Self-Help, Social Skills, Uncategorized |

The Alchemy Media Group, Inc.  web site is about to go LIVE!  With the technical expertise of my Web Masters at Grace Printing in Chicago, the online presence for Alchemy is about to become a realization. Designed with you in mind, the layout is clean and easy to navigate.  Moreover, we will revise the Procurement Page for the book to coordinate with the sleekness of the main web site design.

Although our fingers may be worn, our creative juices are free-flowing.  We push forward and remain focused.  We are so close to a full launch, we can taste it!

Please stay tuned for more information, I’ll keep you posted!

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