Who Needs a Professional Story, Anyway?

A professional story is the story you use to talk about your education, motivation, skills, experiences, goal, and vision of the future. With a professional story, you can change the way you talk about work. Break free from the resume trap and start telling a story about what you do that includes you and not […]

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Your Professional Story is Like a TED Talk

Your professional story is an aspirational story about where you’ve come from and where you want to go in your professional life. It’s a story on a large scale that you can use to tell people about yourself.  The thing is that your professional story is usually long. The story I tell about how academics […]

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A Professional Story Can Help You Find a Job Faster

You can find a job faster by standing out with your story. Your resume or CV doesn’t show your employer what kind of person you are. A professional story does and that’s how a professional story can help you find a job faster. If you’re the person sorting through a pile of CVs, most of […]

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August 2020 Book Reviews

I’ve just spent an extra half hour sitting at lunch to finish a book. Do you do the same thing? Reading on stolen time is one of my favorite things. Being able to wake up in the morning and read before getting out of bed is one of my particular treats. Anyway, looking back over […]

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Personal Stories are Professional Stories

Everything is up for grabs this year, nothing is certain, and a lot of us are in transitions we never expected. People have lost jobs or realize they don’t want to keep working the way they used to.  That means there are a lot of people out there looking for a new direction that probably […]

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How to Customize your Story and Connect with People

In the past, I’ve written about how you can start a story library and how you can pick the right story for the moment. Today, I want to share with you a method to customize your story for your audience while you’re telling them and offer you a free Audience Analysis Worksheet that identifies the […]

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Stack of Books I read in July 2020

July 2020 Book Reviews

The summer’s officially over in the Netherlands and we are firmly in jeans and sweaters weather already. That makes it a bit funny to reach back to my July reading list, but let’s not skip anything! This month, I’m just going to write about the highlights and let myself get into some more detail with […]

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Boring Stories Stink: You can do Better!

We all fear telling stories that seem to go on and on with no point. The stories that jump back and forth in time, the ones that go back to the beginning when you think you’ve reached the middle because you missed an important detail. The ones where you introduce people and situations that seem […]

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How Story Structure Helps You Stay on Topic

We all know that one person who seems to go on for ages when they start a story. They jump back and forth in time. When you think they’re in the middle of the story they jump back to the beginning. They introduce people and situations that seem to have no bearing on the story. […]

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