HOW WILL I GET THERE?

TOOLBOX OF RESOURCES

These resources are developed by educators and are intended to support you in your quest for personal and career development. Please use them only for your personal or educational endeavors. They are intellectual property that is not intended for sale or commercial use without permission. Educators may reproduce for educational purposes as long as the work is cited and proper credit is given.

Manifesting is visioning what you want the future to look like and considering how to make it happen. Research is finding a connection between the power of the mind and what happens in our life. Many people today are realizing their own power to bring the desires into their reality. Visualization and affirmation are now commonly accepted techniques. In our day-to-day lives, we see many examples of this-athletes using them to improve their performance, physicians in healing, in prayer, and in many other forms as well. (Todd Varnum and Fred Fengler)

Self Talk is the way your mind speaks to you. It is the voice that can either encourage you or stand in your way. By listening to your inner dialog and shifting it to become more in line with what you really want you can transform your life.

Preparing today for tomorrow's labor market realities.

What is the goal of communication?

Is it just to exchange information?
or
Is it to reach a mutual understanding?

Good communication skills require a high level of self-awareness, awareness of your audience, and active listening.
Must have communication skills: Effective questioning, Confirmatory paraphrasing, Summarizing.

IMPROVISATION is all about accepting and giving offers. The key words in improvisation are "yes, and."

FOUR ELEMENTS in Preparing for a Master Presentation
* SOFTEN - Smile, Open Hands, Forward Lean, Touch/tone, Eye Contact
REHEARSAL - it makes a difference between polish and a rough finish
PRESENTATION POINTERS
* PRESENTATION OPENERS
OPENING QUESTIONS - setting the stage with the audience

Environmental Scanning: looking into the future

Big ideas are intimidating. Even your biggest and most daunting goal can be achieved if you simply break it up into bite-sized chunks.

Remember, the sum total of a lot of little efforts isn't little.

Big Rocks - Keep Important Things Important (Covey)
Keep First Things First Time Management (Covey)
Manage Your Time Tool

Key Partners are an important part of your talent development. Create a strong network of experts, collaborators and mentors.

Networking That Works podcast with Daniel Pink and David Burkus. Think about your own personal network, especially your weak or dormant ties. (18 minutes)

A key part of developing your talents is to understand how much it will cost and what your potential return on investment (ROI) might be. It's okay to spend money on something that will benefit you in the future, but it's important to understand if your chosen career path will provide the benefit needed to live in the real world. Benefits can be viewed both in financial reward and satisfaction in what you are doing. Make sure you look at as many financial and life satisfaction variables as you can.

How collaboration and networking mean you will never have to go to an interview again, but are always being interviewed.


Careers: How do I find out what is possible?

Illinois workNet is an online portal providing information about jobs, training and economic development. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Minnesota CAREERwise helps you define your skills, explore careers, plan your education, and find a job.

My Next Move is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor to help in researching careers. Find out about career prospects, knowledge and skills needed.

Occupational Outlook Handbook is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help you find information on careers and employment outlook.

Skoll Foundation drives world-wide social entrepreneurship efforts to solve the world's most pressing problems.

Valley Educaton for Employment System provides support for Career and Technical Education in northern Illinois. It is an intermediate agency with the Illinois State Board of Education.

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