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How to Use Conscious Communication to Advance Your Career, with Guest Mary Shores.

What does it mean to use what author and CEO Mary Shores calls “Conscious Communications” and how can this practice benefit your career advancement? Join me in this longer episode where Mary and I talk about exactly that.

Who is Mary Shores?

Mary Shores is the founder and CEO of a multi-million dollar
business, one of the most unique collection agencies in the
country. Recognized as a leader of innovative thought, Mary has
spent over a decade teaching businesses and individuals how to
inspire others, create new ways of thinking, identify and achieve
their goals, and take action to create truly meaningful results.
She is the founder of the groundbreaking
Conscious Communications system, which produces positive
results through positive action.  Check out her contact info and FREE gift for listeners at the bottom of this page.

What we Cover in this Episode:

  • barrier beliefs
  • manifestation
  • taking action
  • having your words, thoughts, beliefs and actions in alignment
  • The Power of Now
  • Mary’s “cleanse or clog” concept
  • fear
  • what YOU can do as an employee to effect change
  • the 80/20 rule
  • the lost gospel of Thomas
  • authenticity
  • goal-setting
  • Hay House Publishers
  • changing your mind
  • how to break through your breakdown
  • Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie and Vishen Lakhiani
  • cultural beliefs
  • getting out of your comfort zone
  • words that work
  • debt as a psychological burden

A FREE Gift for Communication Diva listeners

Mary is offering a Dream With a Deadline workbook and a Daily Desire Diary FREE with the pre-order of her book.
The link for listeners is here: http://maryshores.com/free-bonus

Where to Connect with Mary Shores






Thanks for Listening!

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So You Didn’t Get the Interview…

Well, there are reasons that are entirely beyond your control that would be valid reasons why you didn’t get called. One of these is that maybe they already had someone in mind and the posting was just a formality. That happens, and honestly, there is no way for you to know that, unless you know someone in the organization or you are applying within the organization and know the situation already. That happens, and that is not a reflection of you or your application.

So Many Applications.

Another reason is that sometimes there are hundreds and hundreds of applicants and there are more people with top notch qualifications than they even can look at. If it’s a super popular place to work and everyone and their dog is applying, your chances might not be high, although you never know. And again, you have little control over the numbers game and can only do your utmost best…which brings me to 9 reasons you didn’t get the interview. Now, there are more than 9…but these are 9 of the top reasons, and unlike the first two examples I gave, these things ARE within your control.

Take a Listen.

And if you want to add more, or talk about this or other topics, feel free to leave a comment below, I will always answer!

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Until next time,

~ Jenn




Is it easy to go “green” at work?

I think so. It can be a case of the whole workplace taking this challenge on, or maybe it’s just you doing your part…but truly, any kind of action toward lessening your impact on this earth will help the collective whole.

And we are all connected.

What inspired this episode?

Today’s topic came about as I was in an office waiting to present a live workshop and I noticed that the office had quite a few “green” elements to it.  I asked about it and it seems they had recently decided to do this…go green. There was quite a complicated recycling system set up and there were no actual garbage cans, and apparently all the lighting had been changed.  This got me thinking about all the ways in which a workplace, and an individual, could be more green…easy ways that don’t take up a lot energy or time or effort.

We are “super” recyclers in our home

I don’t know if a “super” recycler is actually a thing…but we pretty much put out one tiny grocery bag of garbage a month, and sometimes not even that. At home we compost, recycle, reuse and make the effort not to buy things that can only be used once. I realize this doesn’t work for everyone, but I am suggesting that even if you can do ONE or TWO things on this list of 25, you will be helping the planet.

Your help matters.

I really believe that. Take a listen to the 25 suggestions of how to save yourself money and time in many cases, how to reduce waste and how to add your efforts to those of others to make a difference.

Tune in to find out how.

I’m also still looking for a few more beta testers for my upcoming course on interview skills. If you would like to take part in this beta testing (at a hugely reduced registration fee) then email me here with “Beta test course” in the subject line and I’ll get back to you.

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Until next time….

~ Jenn







What does Happy, Productive and Healthy look like to you?

Today’s topic is one that is a popular one all over the place, in magazines, in online publications and in general I think, because it’s what we want to be: happy, productive and healthy. I think we think a secret formula will help us get there or something…if we just follow the steps then presto! We will be. But getting there actually takes work…not impossible by any means, but work nonetheless.

A few questions for you to ponder before you get into the list:

These are big questions…so if you journal or even if you take your coffee and go sit somewhere to think…DO IT…because often we don’t take the time to do that…to just sit undistracted, unconnected to technology, maybe out in nature…to just think.

1. When will you know that you’ve reached “happy”? What are the ingredients that make up your happy recipe? Because we are all different, with different values and beliefs and goals…so what is YOUR particular recipe that once you’ve got all the ingredients assembled, will allow you say, there. “I’m happy”?

2. What does productivity look like to you? Is it a numbers thing? If I get 3 things or 12 things accomplished today, I will have had a productive day? By the time you fall onto your pillow at night…what will have to have happened for you to be able to say, “Wow, I had a really productive day today” ?

3. And my third question…(and you can just guess where I’m going I’m sure) is what is it going to take for you to get healthy? Maybe you already are and are happy with it. Maybe you have some work to do in that area?

4. (Ok, yes, there is a 4th question) What is one small step you can take TODAY toward getting to “healthy”?

Alright…my mini-coaching session is complete…and yes, I am a trained coach in case that’s of interest…check out my coaching page if you want a coach.

Take a Listen

Tune in to hear what the 11 habits are, and how you can implement them today to get yourself heading toward happy, productive and healthy.

You know you want it.

I want it for you.

Until next time, thanks for listening,




On being assertive…

The topic of assertive skills training and how to be more assertive is one that comes up a lot in the line of work I do and so I thought I would like to revisit this again because the last episode I did on this was back in 2012, Episode 28. Now it is currently not in the website archives (I had a technical glitch and lost a whole bunch of content that I have not yet recovered) but is available through the link above, in iTunes, Stitcher Radio and iHeart Radio.

Now that episode from 5 years ago is still really relevant and solid information…so if you haven’t taken a listen to that one, it’s only about 20 mins long and I invite you to do that. But I was thinking about assertiveness particularly in the workplace for this episode and also for the jobsearch…the time around getting into the workplace….when you are looking for a job and going through interviews and communicating with recruiters and possible employers.

In this episode:

I  want to do three things:

  • I want to remind you what assertiveness is
  • I want to talk about the benefits of being assertive especially around work and your career
  • And I want to give you 7 skills to practice….steps you can put into action today to help you get more assertive.I also talk about default behavioral styles and some of the characteristics of an assertive person.

What Being More Assertive Can do For You

Becoming good at being assertive can reduce stress and make for a more harmonious work life (and home life too!) Becoming assertive can actually be transformative…in your career and in your non-working world.

As with everything, it takes practice. Start small. Be patient with yourself and just keep practising. Choose one of these 7 skill-building tips and do it…today. Build on your skill as you go.

Until next time, this is Jenn Swanson, take care friends!



Leading from the Inside

Leading from the inside. Leadership is not the same thing as authority. You don’t need letters before or after your name, or a special title to be a leader. You don’t need a title at all.

Leadership is less about role and all about a choice. We all know and have experienced authorities…people who have manager or boss or charge nurse or supervisor in their titles who are terrible leaders. I’m sure you have experienced this. I know I have. And it’s really unfortunate when that happens…because it doesn’t have to. Great leadership is a skill that can be taught, but being a true leader takes more than just learning some management skills.
Great leadership is not something that comes only from the outside at all….it’s an inner thing. That’s why I called this Leading from the Inside. Leading people is not the same as bossing them around or as managing them. Not at all. It’s more intuitive than that.

In this episode:

In this podcast you’ll hear:

  •  what leadership actually is
  • the 10 top traits of a great leader
  • why being a great leader is to your advantage in the workplace…in other words, what YOU will get out of it
  • 7 best practices of an amazing leader

Feedback welcome!

Send me a note, a tweet, a comment below, an email or a voicemail using the Speakpipe feature. SHARE this episode with someone you think could use a bit of motivation, encouragement or even just a swift kick in the pants!

And, if you have a moment…check out the courses I offer that help you to get the job, love your work and advance your career.

Until next time,