Following Jean Brittingham’s Co.Exist post on how the world needs female entrepreneurs now more than ever, Brazen Careerist author Penelope Trunk has put up a post on TechCrunch decrying calls for women to become entrepreneurs. Trunk specifically calls out Brittingham: "She says the world needs women entrepreneurs now more than ever. But what has she done? She’s an author and an academic. Of course.
As I point out in Straight Talk for Success, successful people create positive personal impact. If you want to create positive personal impact, you need to do three things: 1) create, build and nurture your personal brand; 2) dress for success; and 3) know and follow the basic rules of etiquette.
Self confidence is one of the five keys to a successful career and life that I discuss in Straight Talk for Success. If you want to become self confident, you need to become optimistic, you need to face your fears and act, and you need to surround yourself with positive people.
Mentors by definition are positive people. They are willing to share their time, energy and expertise to help others succeed. Last week, Penelope Trunk did a great post on mentors on her Brazen Careerist blog.
In a recent blog, Penelope Trunk, author of Brazen Careerist, called upon insight from a friend in human resources to explain why candidates often don’t hear from the company after an interview. Her unnamed source did a great job of getting at the heart of the matter: most recruiters want to avoid conflict. And nothing says "conflict" like telling someone they’re not going to get a job.