Ep. 063: Credibility Busters That Can Ruin Your Career, with Julie Broad
Are you a person who is thinking about the question you are going to ask more than you are thinking about the person who will be answering the question? Have you considered how your question or problem sounds to the other person? Guest expert Julie Broad says “People often think about themselves when they are communicating, when they should be carefully considering what matters to the other person.” Considering what perspective the question should be framed in so it matters to the other person, can make it a very different conversation AND increase your credibility. Job seekers should know that their vocal pace, vocal tone and body language, can erode their credibility when communicating. Julie encourages job seekers to not worry so much about what they say and to focus on how they are saying it. Making a confident statement can elevate your message. If you are not sure how you are communicating, try recording your side of a business conversation, or ask a trusted colleague to critique you during a networking event. Your Cadence Matters: Talking too fast may make it difficult for people to understand you. Talking too slow may be perceived as lower intelligence. Too many filter words (ah, umm, like) may derail your credibility. The most important things about your communications are that your message comes through clearly, and you demonstrate you know what you are talking about. Listen to the podcast to find out how the company you keep, and your appearance may also affect your credibility. Pro Tip - Dress in a way that makes you feel confident! Julie Broad Bio Julie Broad is a successful entrepreneur, speaker, and workshop trainer. Her company, Have More Influence, helps people build personal brands that get results, and move forward in their careers and businesses. She is the author of the Amazon best-seller,The New Brand You: Your New Image Makes the Sale for You, which helps people get comfortable with communicating and attract the business they want to attract. Ben’s Job Search Resource: In today’s job market, employers are not only looking at your resume but your entire online presence. Ben’s resource this week is a Mac’s List original. The completely free, 3-session online course How to Wow and Woo Employers Online details easy tips and tested tactics for making your personal brand, and getting the most out of your online and social media presence. With 87% of employers checking into you online, it is best to be prepared by using this efficient Mac’s List tool. You can also visit the Mac’s List Facebook page to see a video of our listener LinkedIn upgrades. Jenna’s Find Your Dream Job Listener Question: Today’s question comes from Susan Parson. Susan asks, “What is the current wisdom about the elevator pitch, and if you want to be authentic, is the elevator pitch still feasible?” If you would like the team to answer a job-related question, email it to email@example.com, or call her at 716-JOB-TALK. If we use your question on the air, you will receive a copy of our new book, Land Your Dream Job Anywhere (to be published February 2017). Or, if you’ve found a job resource you think everyone should know about, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell him how it has helped you find your dream job. Ben and Jenna’s segments are sponsored by Hack the Hidden Job Market Course. The course is now live, so register today but hurry because the course closes on December 1, 2016. If you like this show, please help us by rating and reviewing our podcast on iTunes. We appreciate your support! Opening and closing music for Find Your Dream Job provided by Freddy Trujillo, www.freddytrujillo.com.