goal-setting

I occasionally am asked how to break into any field, but especially writing and editing. The referrals come from those who know my work and my track record. I wanted to share some of that advice with anyone pursuing a creative field. These practices and guiding principles worked for me whenever I job hunted. And, they apply to anyone regardless of their stage in life. Do your best, knowing some days will be more challenging...

How to Break into Any Field (Especially Writing or Editing)

As a business, Twirling Tiger Media is required by law to complete the U.S. Census Bureau Annual Services Report. Sometimes, the U.S. Census Bureau requires businesses to drill deeper via additional surveys, such as this year’s 2021 Annual Business Survey (ABS). The statistics collected by the ABS are used by government program officials, industry organization leaders, economic and social analysts, business entrepreneurs, and domestic and foreign researchers in academia, business and government. Annual results are eventually made...

Thanks for the Reminder, Uncle Sam

In a gritty and intense survival show, ten participants attempt to endure 100 days in the Arctic in order to win a $1 million prize in season 7 of Alone: Million Dollar Challenge. (Yes … I missed seasons 1 through 6, but they are on my watchlist after this riveting season.) This gripping season of Alone was set along the shore of Great Slave Lake—the deepest lake in North America at 336 fathoms (2,014 ft.), located in Canada’s Northwest Territories,...

Wisdom from the Wild

Some employers want their workforces to return to the office by September; others are firmly committed to a hybrid or all-virtual work environment. That dichotomy poses potential pitfalls for those who remain at home now that they don’t have to. As someone who’s worked remotely on and off for the past 20 years, I’ve had to build career capital without the benefit of being on site. Here are some tips for those hoping to do...

How to Build Career Capital While Working Remotely

Our latest Knowledge Center contribution focuses on how to have the best vacation ever. We outline specific steps to help ensure you fully enjoy your time away from the office. That includes the ubiquitous Out of Office auto-reply. How you handle these messages highly influences the quality of your break from work. Internal Out of Office Auto-Replies There are two types of Out of Office auto-replies: internal and external. Most popular email platforms offer a...

Do You Really Need That Out of Office Auto-Reply?

Maybe you forgot the very purpose of the work you do or the business you run because of complacency. Perhaps these pandemic times have not only disrupted your work, but have revealed that your purpose has evolved and you simply need to acknowledge its reshaped existence and make new plans in support of it. No matter the doldrums, distractions, or discoveries, demands of customers change and so should you … if you are able. My...

Reconnecting With the Purpose of Your Work

The nature of my work and industry has allowed me to be either a work-at-home employee or an on-site employee for stretches of time. For over a decade of those years, my circumstances were quite challenging as I juggled career and family responsibilities as a single mother of two. Both work environments have their challenges for any parent, but, as a friend told me long ago, “You find a way.”  My children were very young...

How to Manage Distractions During Your Workday

A friend recently posted a social media meme that said, “We are not all in the same boat, but we are all in the same storm. Be kind.” I can’t think of a better summation for how the pandemic has affected people in varying ways, or a better prescriptive: Be kind. As 2020 comes to a close, many people are pretty much worn down to a nub resulting from health, financial, employment and/or childcare issues....

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