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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Manager Tools: How to Leave a Voicemail

Once again, Mark and Mike at Manager Tools hit a very important pet peeve of mine, how to use voice mail effectively. It amazes me that we still have to educate people about this, but anyone who has received voice mail knows that there is a problem.

My favorite tip from this show, "Move the conversation forward!" For me, this is the main issue. No more "Call Me" voice mails would be top of the list for Christmas this year. (SMILE)

Manager Tools LogoHow to Leave a Voicemail

This cast describes how to leave an effective voicemail.

If you’ve ever gotten a voicemail which sounded like, “[your name], this is [their name], call me,” you know why we’re doing this cast.

Phone manners have been steadily decreasing for decades. When boys used to call for Mark’s daughter Kate, they would slouch verbally through, “Is Kate there?” and Mark would answer, “Yes,” and hang up. He safely assumed that any person who asked that question was a boy, and not enough of a gentleman to be allowed to speak with her. (At first she rolled her eyes, but later she liked the hurdle that Mark’s demand created: those boys that never got it ended up being…well, boys.)

What about at work? The “Bob this is Joe call me” is only one example. It ranks right up there with “saw that you called, what’s up?” answered with, “did you, errrrr…listen to my voicemail?”

In this cast, we have recommendations for how to leave a voicemail. We think of this as the first cast on phone skills…out of several hundred to come.

(Via Manager Tools.)

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

When podcasting is your job - An interview with Kevin Devin

This is a special from Careers in Podcasting and New Media...

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Careers in Podcasting and New LogoIn this interview, I talk with Kevin Devin, founder of Friends in Tech and former co-host of In The Trenches: The Podcast for Sys Admins.

When faced with the outsourcing of his traditional IT position, Kevin was able to use his podcasting skills to create a new position for himself in the company.

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Elsewhere Online: Work: Keep a File of Your Accomplishments

This article from, provides some great advice, much like I wrote about in my column, A Little Recognition, (June 1998) and Make Your Resume A Blog ( Jan 5, 2007). The notes described in the article are just the type of thing you should be adding to your career portfolio, just as an artist adds there work and show reviews to theirs.

Work: Keep a File of Your Accomplishments

If you're doing a good job at work, keep a record. Office productivity site Slacker Manager suggests keeping a "yay-me!" file:
The basic idea is simple: you just keep a file of good stuff you do. When you figure out some trick new process that saves hours per week, you make a note about (don't forget to datestamp it) and drop it in the yay-me file.
There are two benefits of this practice: first, you can always give yourself a pat on the back when you're feeling down. Second, you're storing up good karma for your annual (or otherwise) evaluation. Do you have a "yay-me" file? Share how you've used it in the comments. Yay-me! file [Slacker Manager]

(Via Lifehacker.)

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Attention Career-Op Listeners in Missouri

The second week of July, the entire family is heading off to Columbia, MO for the Stephens College Summer Film Workshop. My wife is the writer-in-residence and I will be speaking on podcasting and online video.

If you are a Career Opportunities listener in the area, let's try to arrange a meetup.

Columbia is about 2 hours from Kansas City and St. Louis and is also the home of the a Univeristy of Missouri-Columbia. Not an easy trip, but I'm up for a meetup if you are.

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I look forward to meeting you!

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Careers in Podcasting - Our New Blog and Podcast

Careers in Podcasting ScreenshotThis week I launched a new blog and podcast here at, Careers in Podcasting.

In some ways, I consider it a spin-off of Career Opportunities, as the growing opportunities for podcasting-related careers are growing dramatically.

I will be highlighting news and events and also detailing my own forays into podcast producing and consulting.

Link: Careers in Podcasting

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

John Braheny and Douglas E. Welch Interview

John Braheny and Douglas E. Welch
Originally uploaded by dewelch.
Here is a shot taken of John Braheny and myself taken after our interview on May 8, 2007. I had a great time with this interview and I hope you found it interesting as well.

If you missed the LIVE edition of the interview, simply scroll down on this page and you will find it.

More pictures from that night taken by JoAnn Braheny:

Douglas E. Welch in his home studio during interview John Braheny John Braheny

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Questions for our next Career Opportunities Guest - John Braheny - May 8

Do you have questions for John Braheny, our next guest on Career Opportunities LIVE? (See complete annoucement for this show) We'll be discussing "A Career in Music".

If you can't join us LIVE, email or phone in your questions. Email them to or call 206-338-5832 any time prior to the event and we will try to get them into the show.

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Learn how to subscribe to a podcast

Learn How To Subscribe LogoEven if you listen to my podcasts directly from the web site, or see the Subscribe links on this page, you still may be wondering what this "subscription" thing is all about.

Well, here is a video that shows you exactly how to subscribe to podcast using iTunes or the Juice podcatching client.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Seth Godin is collecting stories on "Not settling"

On his blog, The Dip, author Seth Godin is collecting some interesting career stories from folks who decided to leave behind what they thought was a great job for something more important. This is the first he has posted and well worth reading and thinking about.

Not settling

TZ wrote to me today. Here's his story about quitting and then becoming the best in the world:

I rose up the ranks in [name of bank] Bank Financial Group to become a Program Manager in Operations...specifically Change Management.

According to how my parents used to define success: I was a superstar. A 29 year old with a senior level position at a huge company with a safe salary, crazy benefits and a religious adherence to a 9-5 order.


(Via The Dip by Seth Godin.)

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Creativity in All Careers

Career Opportunities podcast logoA few weeks ago, I interviewed creativity consultant Jo Ann Braheny for the Career Opportunities podcast. This interview started me thinking about how important it is to integrate creativity into your career, regardless of the type of work you do. You can no longer divide jobs into "creative" and "functional". Much like my belief that every career has become a high-tech career (See, every career can and should also be a creative career. If you embrace this fact, you can take your career to an entirely new level.

Next Friday: April 12, 2007: Productive Waiting

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Worth a Listen: Tech Nation Talks about the book, The No Asshole Rule

This podcast is well worth a listen for an introduction to Sutton's book and the concepts within.

I have the book on-hold at my library already. Can't wait to read it!

Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Robert Sutton, Author of The No Asshole Rule and the Stanford Professor and author, who has scientific research proving a negative work atmosphere is bad for you. They talk about Sutton's new book which looks at "Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't."

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

When it's time for a new line of work...

Sometimes, it can be a little difficult to tell when you should be investigating a new line of work, but in the case of this developer, the case seems very clear.

Boing Boing and Slashdot point out this story of a Macintosh software developer who is so fed up with the pirating of his software that he programmed in a "nuclear" defense. Instead of simply disabling the software when a pirated serial number is used, the developer included code that will delete a user's home directory (i.e. all your documents, pictures, music, preferences and settings) when it detects certain, pirated, serial numbers.

I do not support software piracy, but it seems clear that this developer has not only destroyed their own business, but may have opened themselves to legal action, up to and including felony charges, if this software bomb is ever activated.

Each business has its issues and software piracy is certainly a concern of any software developer, yet this action is clearly self-destructive. No one how is aware of this issue will ever install another piece of software from this developer, out of fear of what might happen.

You shouldn't wait for self-destructive behavior such as this to indicate when it is time to find a new job or career. Yet, we often find signs of such career suicide in our own lives. Workers who not only do worse and worse at their job over time, but also start actively sabotaging their companies and fellow employees. The truth is, you damage yourself far more than anyone else. In the end the damage to your own life could be so severe that you may have trouble finding any work at all.

If you are unsatisfied with your career, direct your energies to finding something new, not in destroying everything you have created.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Have you talked with your manager (or employees) today?

Career Opportunities podcast logoOne of the most important parts of any job, whether you are an employee, manager or executive is communication. Without regular communication among all the parts of your company, projects will fail, tasks will go incomplete and business will suffer. Furthermore, as an employee, if you are not communicating with your manager enough to know that you are doing the most critical work of the moment, you risk your job, as well. Have you talked with your manager today? Managers? Have you talked with your employees today? Does everyone know the critical path through this day, this week , the month? If not, why not?

Next Friday: March 3, 2007: Playing "the enforcer" could put your career at risk

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Book Giveaway - Treat Your Customers by Bob Miglani

Treat Your Customers: Thirty Lessons on Service and Sales That I Leaned at My Family's Dairy Queen® Store by Bob Miglani.

I received this signed copy courtesy of the InBubbleWrap book giveaway blog. I have (gently) read it and am now offering it up to Career Opportunities readers and listeners.

For a chance to get the book, email me at with a Subject of Book Giveaway by 11:59pm PST, March 3, 2007. I will randomly draw a name from the entries and mail the book to you.


Customer service is the cornerstone of every successful business, and in Treat Your Customers, corporate businessman Bob Miglani reveals winning strategies for sales and service using anecdotes and analogies from his experiences working at his familys Dairy Queen store. Miglani cuts to the essence of what makes great customer service by sharing clear, concise techniques and guidelines for coping with angry customers, minimizing stress, and making customer service providers feel great about doing their jobs. Both charming and educational, Treat Your Customers will appeal to any business owner, manager, or corporate employee who wants to enhance sales, motivate employees, and keep customers coming back.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Career Opportunities LIVE for January 26, 2007

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Recorded LIVE Friday, January 26, 2007

A short show discussing what managers and staffers wished their counterparts knew and more.

This Friday: February 2, 2007: "Just kidding" often means exactly the opposite

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Expectations can, and should, rise with promotions and raises

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Despite the fact that I often talk about attaining raises and promotions in your career, I don't often discuss their ramifications to both your work and your personal life. The fact is, when you move into an expanded role, especially a managerial role, the expectations of those around you are going to rise. Each new position brings about a new level of control and commitment. If you ignore this, your transition into the new role can be more difficult than it should be.

Next Friday: February 2, 2007: "Just kidding" often means exactly the opposite

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