Episode 33 – Sher Leen’s Story: How I Learned Communication Skills and Landed a Job Out of 1000 Applicants

Communication skills and confidence CAN be learned. The important thing is to keep an open mind and be mindful of areas where you can improve.

 

Meet Sher Leen. Christina Canters design draw speak sher leenShe’s one listener who has proven that you CAN learn communication skills and achieve awesomeness as a result!

Sher Leen reached out to me because she was feeling very nervous about an upcoming job interview (actually it was an ‘assessment day’, so a whole day of interviews. And that was just the first round!).

She was changing directions in her career and wasn’t too confident about convincing the interviewers of her capabilities, given her lack of industry experience.

But she was determined to do her very best, and was open to learning some tricks to help with her confidence and communication.

She had only been listening to the podcast for a few weeks, but after taking on board a few key lessons (plus a couple of chats with me) and lots of practice, she has already found success in her recent job hunting experience.

Out of 1000 applicants, not only did she make the top 20 who progressed to the final round, but she was offered one of the positions! How cool is that! Big congrats to Sher Leen, you worked hard for it, so well done.

Sher Leen actually sent me an audio testimonial, which she is letting me share on the podcast. I want to share her story with you because it shows that you CAN learn communication skills and totally kick butt in a highly competitive job market! [Read more…]

Episode 30: How To Stop Procrastinating And Get Stuff Done – Interview with Productivity Expert Hugh Culver

We THINK we’re busy…but the reality is…we really only put in a couple of quality hours of work per day.

hugh culverDo you put off the most important tasks until the last minute, resulting in sleepless nights and a whole lotta stress? Or do you get distracted easily by email, social media or delicious snacks? If so, this episode is for you!

Today I’m talking productivity hacks with keynote speaker and best-selling author Hugh Culver (@HughCulver). He helps people bust through procrastination and create real results and success in their lives.

Being a master of productivity means that he also has time to go on awesome outdoor adventures in his home country of Canada! (Surf skiing, anyone?) [Read more…]

Episode 26: Creativity Is Not Just For Your Work! Why You Should Get Creative With Your Communication And How To Do It

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.      –  Steve Jobs

 

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Another way to get noticed – make signs!

As a designer, you’ve already got a lot of creativity in your bones. But have you ever thought about getting creative in the way you communicate?

This is not something I see many people doing, which is a shame, because I truly believe that is it one of the best ways to not only deliver a great and memorable presentation, but to also stand out from the crowd and GET NOTICED.

And I know it works, because I’ve been testing it out at networking events, in my presentations and when asking people to be interview guests on the podcast. And the results I’ve been getting are amazing!

And the good news? It’s not difficult to do. Like Steve Jobs says: the solution will become obvious to you once you start making connections.

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Episode 24: How to Overcome Anxiety and Become ‘Performance Ready’ – Interview with ‘The GPS Girl’ Karen Jacobsen

If you [can] speak to a group of people feeling completely calm about who you are…miracles [will happen] in every area of your life.

Karen JacobsenFasten your seatbelts: this week I am speaking with the wonderful Karen Jacobsen, AKA ‘The GPS Girl.’

Yes folks, she is the voice in tens of millions of GPS units around the world, helping directionally-challenged people reach their destinations.

She also helps people recalculate their personal journeys and work towards their ‘destinations’ (ha!) in life and business at thegpsgirl.com.

Apart from being a coach, speaker and voiceover artist, Karen is also a successful singer-songwriter. Talk about being multi-talented! (PLUS she’s an Aussie. Woo hoo!)

I met her here in New York at a National Speakers Association event, and as I got to know her, I was surprised to discover that she used to suffer from severe anxiety as a child, and struggled with it well into adulthood. So I’m super excited to have her on the show to share with you how she overcame this anxiety, and how you too can learn to manage your nerves in stressful situations. [Read more…]

Episode 23: How To Approach People And Have Incredible Conversations – Interview with Andrew Lovick

Create a positive impact…be excited to meet them, and they will reciprocate and be excited to meet you as well.

Andrew Lovick Design Draw Speak Christina CantersDo you find it difficult to approach people at networking events, parties or even just on the street? Communication skills expert and serial conversationalist Andrew Lovick is here to help!

I met Andrew (@Lovicksandiego) at Social Media Marketing World 2014 in San Diego, and was blown away by his energy, generosity and natural ability to really engage with people in conversation. I just HAD to get him on the show!

In this episode, Andrew and I talk about why it’s so important to practice approaching people, and what you can do to make it much less awkward!

Thanks also to Nik Parks (@Nik_Parks) from Launching Creative for sharing his Story from Studio! (Want to share YOUR story? Click here!) [Read more…]