Career Speakeasy

Career Speakeasy

Welcome to the Career Speakeasy, a casual, fun, and irreverent place to share ideas about career development, the world of work, and life in general. Hosted by Kelli Nottingham, a talent management & training consultant and public speaker, with (many!) years of experience in corporate learning & development. We'll chat about ways to make your career more enjoyable, meaningful, and impactful. So come on in and pick your poison!

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June 17, 2021 31 min

Whether it's knee-knocking terror or just butterflies in your stomach, fear of public speaking holds so many people back in their careers and life in general.

 In this episode, I share 4 practical approaches you can take to manage (and even conquer!) your fear of public speaking.

 Don't hide your voice and ideas - the world needs them now more than ever!

 So listen now and get ready to speak up!  "Conquer Your Fear of Publ...

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Conflict is NOT a 4-letter word!   

 If your reaction to conflict is either:

  • Slip on the ol' boxing gloves or
  • Run away as fast as possible
  • then today's episode is going to change your perspective (with no anger or yelling at all!)  The truth is, most of us don't like the idea of conflict - we think it'll feel messy, personal, and damaging.  But it doesn't have to be that way.  

    Conflict can be a wonderful opportunity...

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    Humans are emotion-driven creatures, whether we want to admit it or not.  And many of the most challenging situations that come up for us aren't based strictly on fact - they're based on feeling: managing conflicts, change, influencing others, sales, delegating.  Trying to fix a feeling-based problem with a fact-based solution, ain't gonna help.

    In this episode we dig into the work of Daniel Goleman, who wrote (arguably)...

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    Does the thought of networking make you feel:

  •   Icky
  •   Grumpy
  •   Queasy
  •   Terrified
  •   All of the Above  
  •  Well fear not, listener!  In this episode we're going to bust four common myths about networking that keep many people from building the strong, mutually beneficial relationships that great networks provide.  No pushy or smarmy behaviors needed.  Who knows?  You might even learn to *gasp* LOVE networking! 

    In this episode I mentio...

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    Let's start digging into building our professional and personal networks.  Here's a mini episode  to prepare you for next week's full episode on Networking The Non-Icky Way.

    I'm on vacation this week, visiting with family I haven't been able to see in 1 1/2 years (yay for vaccines!), but I didn't want to leave you hanging.  Next week we'll have a full episode on how to network professionally without feel...

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    Are you a Take This Fun Quiz kind of person?  If you said yes, today's episode is especially for you.  We're digging into different ways that people communicate, using a modified DISC assessment that we'll do right here!  In this episode!  No complicated test needed!

    But if you're afraid of being labelled as Type X or Style_______, no worries - we'll also explore how we aren't really putting ourselves into a ...

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    EXTRA EXTRA (mini-episode!)

    Are you a leader who is now managing remote employees or a blended team of remote and in-office people? You now have even MORE responsibilities, including one very important one: VISIBILITY! (Yes I'm shouting, because this is crucial stuff!)

    Today's video shares one straightforward tactic to start the process of building solid communication and visibility for both your team and yourself!

    Subscribe t...

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    The world is so much more open to remote work, to being a digital nomad, and that's fantastic!  If that way of working is calling to you - great!  Go for it!  Bon voyage!

     But there are some really important things to keep in mind.  {Cue sad trombone}

     One of the most crucial concerns about remote work is the lack of VISIBILITY that comes with it.  And I don't just mean turning your camera off during video calls.  We're t...

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    I’m all for individuality - doing things your own way!  Forging your own path through life!  Woo!  Unique Rules!

     But hey.

     If someone has learned a lesson the hard way, or has figured out an amazing technique for dealing with a situation, why reinvent the wheel?  

     We may be unique, but it doesn't mean we're remote desert islands in a sea of I Gotta Figure This Out By Myself.  

     We're more like an Archipelago of Shared Kno...

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    Picture the scene:  You've been hand selected to participate in a big project!  Woo hoo!  How exciting!  Except a loud voice is booming in your head, saying:

     I am a complete fraud.  They just don't realize it yet.

     Ah yes, the dreaded Imposter Complex.  In this episode, we're going to face this bully head on, digging into what Imposter Complex is, nine ways that it shows up, and a whole bunch of practical steps we can ta...

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    February 26, 2021 23 min

    Do you believe you're smart?  Talented?  Creative? 

    What happens when your intelligence or talents or creativity are put to the test, and don't make the grade? 

    Do you focus on what you can learn from the situation?  (This is the answer we know we should give, but deep down inside is that really our reaction?  Or do you question whether you're really smart or talented or skilled? - That's the one that often comes up...

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    February 10, 2021 22 min

    We behave according to who we believe we are.  

    So who do you believe you are? 

    Powerful?  Adaptable?  Scatterbrained?  Never good enough?  

    In this episode, we dig down into the many layers of our identities, and explore our beliefs about ourselves.  Why, you ask? 

    Because our self beliefs shape how we interact with our work, our opportunities, and our relationships, both professional and personal.  Our beliefs can propel us forward, ...

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    "I'm unhappy but I'm comfortable with it."  Sound familiar?  This the Siren Call of Occupational Despair, and it keeps us stagnant, sitting alone on our little island of I Guess This Is Good Enough.  

     But it's not good enough, dear listeners, and in this episode we're exploring a new way to think about developing our careers - the Development Odyssey.  This odyssey is going to take us far beyond what a tradi...

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    Welcome to 2021!  Let's kick off this year by setting some GOALS! 

    In this episode, we discuss 3 key aspects to setting goals that are actually going to get you where you want to go (yes yes, isn't that what they all say?)  But if you don't pay attention to these 3 points, your goals will remain more like wishes than reality, your Vision Board more like a Disappointment Board.  And we don't want that. 

    If you want a...

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    December 23, 2020 21 min

    Yeah, we might be ready to just say Good Riddance to 2020, but let's take a little time to learn what we can from this bizarre year.

    Pull out your notebooks or journals, a pen, and a beverage of your choice, and prepare yourself for a virtual coaching session with me!  We'll take our time reflecting on the past year in this episode, both the ups and downs, and you can pause as much as needed to write out  your thoughts and i...

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    Today we're discussing self care, but not the heavily marketed, commodified, Buy-Expensive-Luxuries version of it. 

    Please don't pummel me with fancy scented candles!  (Unless they're lemongrass scented).

    This episode reveals a much broader, truer way of caring for ourselves, so that we can be the most vibrant, powerful, and authentic versions of ourselves that we can.  Yes, pampering ourselves is a part of caring for ou...

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    November 11, 2020 31 min
  • Does the idea of a 'Gratitude Practice' make your eyebrow pop up in cynicism?  
  • When you think of practicing gratitude, do you immediately think of tedious meditation?
  • Does "feeling grateful" feel a bit arrogant or self-centered to you?
  • Well, dear listeners, it doesn't have to be that way!  Trust me, I'm not a meditation person, but even I've found ways to bring more gratitude into everyday life.  Here are ...

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    October 28, 2020 28 min

    It's the spooky season and this episode is Filled With Fear!  No, it's not scary (I promise!), but we are going to chat about how we can use our fears productively.  

    Fear is there to help us - it keeps us safe and makes us alert to possible dangers, but sometimes gets so big and so all-encompassing that it holds us back in our lives and careers.  

    In this episode we explore: 

  • The Benefits of Fear 
  • Three ways Fear can go haywir...
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    It's our first Top Ten List!  Even if you don't do training full time, you've probably spent time at work teaching someone new skills, even if it's just how to work the coffee maker.  This episode is here to help, with ten tips that I've learned (often the hard way!) in my career.   

    I also bust a common training myth in this one - a myth that everyone has heard and probably believed (I know I did)!

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    Our brains are efficient, squishy little machines that can do amazing things!  But they can also go on autopilot and default to thinking processes that reinforce stereotypes that can hold us back from living in an equitable world where everyone can thrive. 

    In this episode, we explore my straightforward formula to understand how implicit bias is formed, and how we can rewire our brains away from negative biases and toward positive ...

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