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Business Growth Summit - Taking Your Business to the Next Level!

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Added by Carrie Robinson on March 4, 2014 at 8:53am — No Comments

When Does a College Student Become Financially Independent?

This article was written a while back and I wanted to share it again.

When does a student become financially independent?  This is a question I keep struggling with.  I am dealing with this same question in my life.  My husband and I are working with our son, a sophomore in college, to help him obtain financial independence. Why are we doing this?  Our son told us he would like to be financially independent and asked for our assistance to work towards this goal.



Added by Carrie Robinson on September 30, 2013 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Time Management Tip: Practice the 90-Minute Rule

A number of studies show that most of us can work productively and creatively in blocks of time ranging up to about 90 minutes.  After that, our mind needs a break, a quick recovery period, a "micro-vacation" from the task or project at hand.

Practice the 90-Minute Rule. Purposely schedule your time and activities in blocks of up to 90 minutes.  Batch sets…


Added by Carrie Robinson on July 17, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments

Personal Advice: Take Time to Celebrate Special Times in Your Life

July 4th is upon us and it is a wonderful time of year. My advice is to take time and enjoy your friends and family for a day. Celebrate the holiday and celebrate life in general.

Tomorrow is my birthday and I always reflect on life on my special day. I am planning on taking the whole day off from work which is not the norm for me. I am visiting my parents on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and my mom and I are planning on spending the entire day doing what we love best together.…


Added by Carrie Robinson on July 1, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Take This Advice: Let Your Hair Down A Little and See What Happens

I met with a friend yesterday and we had a very deep discussion about being so busy and how difficult it was to enjoy the things we truly love at times. We also gave each other ideas on how to change how we were feeling. Our time together reminded me of a few of things...

  • It is great to have a friend to talk to and share ideas (It just feels good)
  • Don't sweat the small stuff
  • I will be OK
  • Put down the technology stuff like phones, iPads, etc... and have…

Added by Carrie Robinson on June 26, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Graduate School - Is It Right For Me?

Recently, I was asked by a friend in her 30's what I thought about her considering graduate school in today's economy and what her future possibilities might be.

First of all, I would start by saying if you really want to go to grad school, do it now before it is too late. Many adults consider this option and never do it and eventually regret it. As you know, grad school will affect your life for 2 to 3 years so it is a very serious decision. Here are some things to…


Added by Carrie Robinson on June 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

When Does A Good Brand Go Bad?

I tend to take everyday experiences and use them to illustrate business or career issues. This story is interesting because of the brand message this company obviously has spent time working on but failed to execute properly.…


Added by Carrie Robinson on June 7, 2013 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

TRUTH AND FACT OF LIFE: I Will Never Be Completely Caught Up

After taking a few days off, I realized that I will never, ever be caught up with work. In today's busy world with a constant flow of assignments, projects, tasks, etc... things are "CRAZY BUSY ALL THE TIME." In the old days, when there was very little technology, things moved at a slower pace and it was easy to leave your office and be done for the day. Not the case anymore.…


Added by Carrie Robinson on May 15, 2013 at 10:13am — No Comments

"How to Wow" - Tips for Amping Up Your Image and Personal Brand

Career Success Radio Show

Interview with Frances Cole Jones, Author of "How to Wow - Proven Strategies for Presenting Your Ideas, Persuading Your Audience, and Perfecting Your Image"

Carrie and I interviewed author Frances Cole Jones on the Career Success Radio Show, which was broadcast this past Tuesday,…


Added by Carrie Robinson on April 30, 2013 at 5:57pm — No Comments

How To Make Someone FEEL LIKE a Million Bucks!

Million Dollar Bill

Andy Robinson's blog on listening is a great reminder about a skill that we all need to practice.

Andy says...Listening, truly listening with your heart, with empathy, with care and interest is a natural talent for some and an acquired skill for others.  Gifted leaders who inspire others to be the…


Added by Carrie Robinson on April 29, 2013 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Everyone Has A Natural Born Brand!

I have been reading a lot about personal branding and started looking at my own brand. One of the things that really strikes me is that we are all born with a natural brand or brands. That natural brand is your natural talent, your natural persona, or some characteristic that is unique to you. I think it goes beyond brand attributes. It is the meat and stuffing inside you, the DNA... it is what you were born with. It is that magical something only you have that makes you…


Added by Carrie Robinson on April 16, 2013 at 12:42pm — 2 Comments

Are You Getting the REALLY Important Things Done?

One of the very common themes I come across when coaching my clients is the challenge of staying focused on the IMPORTANT at work.  With so many "balls in the air" these days, the "magnetism" of the constant email "bell," the phone beeps and rings, the drop-bys in your office, and the many distractions common to all of us, most busy professionals have a very hard time focusing their efforts on the things that are truly most important -- those things that are the highest and…


Added by Carrie Robinson on April 9, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Empower Your Contact Network and Create "Magic"

Over the course of a week, a month, a year we come into contact with dozens, maybe hundreds of people.  In our day-to-day worklife and personal life we connect directly and indirectly with a constant stream of people - collegues, clients, vendors, business partners, advisors, friends, club members, etc.  Any one of these people COULD be the key that opens the door to a new opportunity, a new client, a new business idea.

Pause for a minute and ask yourself…


Added by Carrie Robinson on March 27, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Add-Value Tip: Maintain an "Add Value!" Mindset

Add-Value Tip: Maintain an "Add Value!" Mindset

As an employee and business professional you must create real value on an ongoing basis....significant value at that. Your job must be one that is truly necessary to the success of your employer and you must be performing job in an exemplary way. It is absolutely essential that you create the value that customers/clients of your employer will be…


Added by Carrie Robinson on March 15, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

What Would YOU Do With an Extra 15 Hours This Month?

What would you do if you were "given" 15 extra hours each month?  We're talking about more than four weeks of extra PERSONAL time each year!  What would be the highest and best use of that time?

Consider the following as your gift:  Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier beginning TOMORROW morning and for every morning going forward -- that's it WAKE UP EARLIER -- When the Rooster Crows!…


Added by Carrie Robinson on February 25, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Power of Presentation Preparation

At Career Success, my partner, Andy Robinson is the main presentation guy. I am usually behind the scenes putting together the materials and helping make sure things run smoothly. I have sat through several of his Presentation Workshops (how to actually give a presentation). So, I knew I would put to test what I learned in Andy's workshop when I was recently asked to do a presentation on LinkedIn to a woman's group in Naples, Florida.

First, I was very excited to be asked to speak but…


Added by Carrie Robinson on February 19, 2013 at 6:42pm — 2 Comments

Handwritten Notes - Personal Branding "Magic" - An Excellent Habit

The Power of Handwritten Notes and Cards by Our Founder Andy Robinson

We've all heard this IDEA before, but read on about 

how to make this a HABIT that will transform

your Personal…

Added by Carrie Robinson on January 30, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Are You in Transition? 12 Ways to Shorten Your Unemployment by 90 Days

Many senior executives have never faced the prospect of prolonged unemployment. Add to that a hyper-competitive job market and the realities of not generating income for the foreseeable future, and we all tend to get overwhelmed.

But if you look at it from a different perspective, this just might be one of the most opportune times in your life to grow as a person and as a professional.  For perhaps the first time since college you have an opportunity to focus your…


Added by Carrie Robinson on January 9, 2013 at 4:16pm — No Comments

5 Steps to Super-Charge Your Career Success This Year

It's 2013; a New Year; a new decade; and it's time to take control of our career.  Why now?  Why not?  If you haven't taken steps to take command of your career, no time is better than RIGHT NOW.  Why wait?

quick self-assessment before we begin:

  • Are you fully leveraging your strengths and maximizing your earning potential?
  • Do you LOVE what you do for a living? 
  • Are you clearly on the road to achieving Career Success…

Added by Carrie Robinson on January 2, 2013 at 4:47pm — No Comments

What's The Biggest Hiring Mistake Companies Make?

This blog has been reposted with the permission of Deborah Shane, Career Transition Expert and Branding and Media Strategist.

What has happened to common courtesy, respect and appreciation for people in the job and career search process? I have been seeing and hearing how job seekers are ignored, not communicated with and jerked around by companies they are seeking…


Added by Carrie Robinson on December 6, 2012 at 11:24am — No Comments


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Lee Iacocca Quote on Listening

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