NYWICI Must Reads March 24, 2017

10 Ways to Be Successful

March 21, 2017

Aloud ProIf your life is a constant cycle of cancelled dinners and skipped gym classes as you jump onto the next urgent client project or breaking news story, it’s time to ask yourself a simple question:

Is your drive to succeed professionally putting your personal life on hold?

Arianna Huffington can help you find your answer to that question. She is a remarkable example of a globally successful entrepreneur who practices the art of balance. To hear her advice on moving from surviving to thriving, NYWICI will host Cocktails & Conversations: Thrive with Arianna Huffington from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 30, 2017, at Bloomberg headquarters, located at 731 Lexington Avenue.

Ahead of our discussion with Arianna, here are some tips to get you started on creating the balance you need for personal endeavors in an overly busy work life:

  1. Get organized. Stop wasting time searching old emails and scrambling to meet deadlines you overlooked. Set up an organizational system and commit to it. Consider trying a productivity app for your to-do list, setting up automatic email filing and using calendar reminders to keep you on track.
  1. Put your goals in writing. Sit down with your manager and document measurable goals for the year. This will give you the chance to discuss what you really want to be working on versus tasks that are draining your time and not advancing your career.
  1. Know when to prioritize. No one is going to prioritize your life for you. Yes, think twice about turning down a new opportunity at work because it conflicts with this month’s book club—but don’t sacrifice your mom’s annual visit to volunteer to staff yet another event.
  1. Understand your productivity cycle. Whether you’re at your best at 7 a.m. or 7 p.m., plan your to-do list accordingly. Take care of admin tasks during your low energy hours so you can nail that strategy proposal at your peak.
  1. Tune out distractions. When it’s crunch time, don’t get bogged down with distractions. Find an empty conference room, wear headphones, mark your calendar as busy or limit email checking to once an hour.
  1. Learn when it’s OK to disconnect. Unplugging every night may be unrealistic for you, but having a clear understanding with your boss about which projects and clients actually need immediate responses can help limit after-hours emails.
  1. Work from home. Take advantage of any work from home options or approach your manager about this possibility. Cutting your commute even one day a week can help you squeeze in an extra gym class in the morning or guarantee you’ll be home for family dinner.
  1. Build your circle of trust. Create a network you can turn to for help, from a coworker who can back you up when you’re running late to a mentor who can advise you ahead of your performance review.
  1. Know when it’s time to go home. Break your habit of hanging around until your boss is ready to leave. Tell her what you’ve gotten done that day, ask if there’s anything else she needs and head out the door.
  1. Use your free time wisely. Everyone needs the occasional weekend on the couch, but make sure you’re using your hard-earned free time wisely! What activities charge you up after a long week rather than deplete you?



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Lauren Tran

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Mastering Self-Promotion

February 14, 2017

AloudPro BlogDo you struggle with self-promotion? Are you reluctant to tell others about your success? Women often think that ‘singing their praises’ will be perceived as pushy, and they’re reluctant to embrace their powers. But self-promotion is not taboo — especially if done strategically.  

It is important to remember that society is increasingly embracing women as change-makers and ambassadors for global social issues. On Jan. 21, 2017, millions of women did just that: They made history when at least 3.3 million people participated in the Women’s March in more than 500 US cities and in many other marches around the globe. 

Still, even with women’s success stories on the rise, we are still conflicted with whether or not self-promotion is acceptable. NYWICI tackled the issue in a recent Twitter chat with NYWICI member and Twitter chat cohost Julie Livingston, the founder and president of Want Leverage, a public relations and business development consultancy firm.

Julie shared insights on why women should “sing their own praises,” and strategically promote their way to success.

Should women promote their career successes on social media?
Don’t be timid about promoting ‪[your] career success on social media. Spread the word and form new connections. Actively promote your ‪success on social media using an editorial message calendar. Promote yourself by sharing blogs, personnel news and event photos and showcase your thought leadership. People will notice.  

How should women embrace self-promotion?
Women should reframe self-promotion from negative to positive by asking themselves, “How can I make my work visible?” Instead of “self-promotion”, stress the ways your talents and work are of service. Get excited about having more impact. Ask yourself, “Are my accomplishments visible at work for current and potential clients?” Self-promotion does not equal being pushy. There's power in being known. There’s a difference between empty bragging and confidence that comes from knowing your skills and being optimistic. If you believe in what you're doing, why not tell others?

How does one self-promote without being perceived negatively?
Make self-promotion part of your daily routine. Write down self-promotion goals and set deadlines for achieving them. It's not too late to start! As a communications pro, position yourself as a resource for writers looking for experts. Self-promotion is a powerful tool to gain visibility and credibility. Don’t be afraid to look for opportunities. If you do not take credit for a job well done, guess what happens?

It is important to build networking relationships among coworkers in other departments to increase exposure and credibility. “Show your competency by increasing visibility! Strategic self- promotion is the key.”



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Rodeena Stephens

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Find the Meaning in Your Career

February 7, 2017

Raise your hand if you work in publishing, writing or public relations. Do you care about your work-life balance now and will you care about your work-life balance in five years? These were just a few of the self-evaluating questions raised by Ann Shoket, the former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine and author of the upcoming The Big Life (plus the Badass Babes newsletter) at “New Year, New You: A Chat with Ann Shoket” on Jan. 2, 2017, at The Gander. The event was hosted by NYWICI's Young Professionals Committee.

Ann shared her outlook on finding one’s passions, achieving a stellar work-life balance, the intricacies of the dating game and becoming the badass babes that we really are. Throughout the conversation, Ann touched on everything from her years of experience in the magazine industry to finding a partner whose eyes will light up when you talk about the things that matter most to you.

Here are a few highlights from the discussion:

Make what you do, feel like actual living

  • The best bosses want you to have a life. In fact, you’re a better employee when you have a life outside of the office, so carve out time to do things that matter to you.
  • Your career shouldn’t feel like something entirely separate from your life.

Finding your passion shouldn’t be your goal — but rather finding things that give you meaning

  • Passion is a lot about trial and error. Start out by finding the things that are meaningful to you. Ann discovered her affinity for writing for a young female audience after she wrote an article about a woman who escaped from a cult.
  • You need to have a side hustle at every stage in your career, where you don't get to call the shots.
  • Even with all the time demands on you, you still you need to make time for things that matter to you.
  • What did you imagine your life would be like when you were 16? There's often power in that answer, so hold onto that when starting your career.

Continuously mold and rebrand yourself — just like Ann did by transitioning from being a magazine editor to becoming an author  

  • When you move forward in your career, it’s not about reinventing or pivoting; we’re all getting a broader perspective on what our career trajectory should be.
  • Your portfolio career is what counts. It’s not just your current job that matters, but everything you bring into the fold, including your side-hustle. 


Slideshow images: Jan Goldstoff



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