Sunday, April 25, 2010

The 3 P's of a Winning Interview

In today's job market, the person who "wins" the job offer isn't always the best candidate on paper. To win, you have to demonstrate the 3 P's of a winning interview:
  1. Prepare
  2. Practice
  3. Persuade

Prepare: find out as much information about the company, hiring manager, reason for the opening, needs of the position, key skills and attributes required.

Practice: become Lance Armstrong. Think back to when you first tried to ride a bike-you probably fell (I rode into a fire hydrant...and the hydrant won). After several tries, finally you were able to ride the bike. In today's tight job market, you have to ride like Lance. Practice with interview Q&A in "The Bliss List" at

Persuade: put yourself in the hiring manager's shoes and sell your sock off! Always ask for the order (job offer) before leaving.

People who practice the 3 P's are winning job offers today! Practice makes perfect.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Case of the Yeah, Buts...

I've done eight interviews during the past nine business days with the #1 rated Radio shows in key markets across the country. I've noticed a recurring theme: the hosts all have a case of the "Yeah, buts..."

What is a "Yeah, but?" It's when a guest like me suggests optimism onto the airwaves, and, as if on autoreply, the host automatically responds, "Yeah, but..."

With the mainstream media infecting us with negative news 95% of the time, having an optimistic message like the Business Roundtable CEO Report revealing that 73% of the CEO's see sales increasing this year or Business Week reporting about a dramatic economic recovery that will resemble a "V-Shape," the media can only retort, "Yeah, but..."

Well, to all the doom-mongers who would rather wallow in fear (remember Y2K?), you're running out of steam. I have only one thing to say: "YEAH!"

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Number That Matters

During the past week, I've been doing extensive radio interviews around the U.S., speaking on the positive news in the job market. That's right, I said it: positive news! That's become an oxymoron.

After speaking as the "jobs expert" with very influential and successful talk show hosts around the country, I've noticed a recurring theme (after 5 interviews): the media cannot process or convey positive news. Despite numerous positive signs of an uptick in the job market, the media cannot accept the glass as half-full.

Part of the problem is the paradigm that negative news sells. Almost all of the positive news was met with yeah but...yeah but don't you think its an aberration? NO I DON'T!

Why do we focus on the unemployment number? Shouldn't we focus on the over 90% of the U.S. who are employed full-time? Isn't this the number that matters? for podcast recordings of some of the interviews.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Cure For Tiger Woods

Everyone is talking about Tiger Woods' "problems" lately, but nobody has accurately grasped the essense of his woes. And, it has nothing to do with his putter (pardon the pun!).

Tiger had a Michael Jackson-esque childhood with a father determined to constantly force golfing greatness on his son. Not many 3 year-olds get on The Tonight Show putting golf balls for the host. Eldrick (that's right, Tiger's real name is Eldrick) grew up as the classic nerd you'd expect with that name. He couldn't buy a date - even in college. Then overnight, Eldrick became super-hero Tiger and was cast onto the world stage. He performed admirably on the golf course but failed to achieve The Six Spokes of Bliss (

Tiger carried Eldrick's insecurities into adult life. Any negative emotion that is suppressed festers and repeatedly rears its ugly head until handled properly, especially insecurity.

To achieve greatness beyond the golf course, he needs to go six for six on his Bliss Spokes. Physically, financially, and intellectually, he's fine, but his relational, spiritual, and emotional spokes are broken right now. If his "sex addiction therapy" includes work on these missing components, superb; if not, so much talent will ultimately go to waste.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Job Market Optimism!

According to Business Roundtable, CEO's expect to increase jobs for the first time in over two years! Plus, nearly 75% of the CEO's forcast sales growth over the next half of 2010. The U.S. has been adding 54,000 jobs per month for the last 3 months (compared to a year ago, when the U.S. was losing 753,000 jobs per month!)

Now's the time to prepare for your dream job (or to land that job if you're unemployed). You will need a killer resume, a networking strategy, an understanding of the inner workings of a recruiting firm and how to leverage their help, preparation in handling any interview question; most importantly, you need to develop a winner's attitude: set a goal with enthusiastic confidence.

"The Bliss List, the Ultimate Guide to Living the Dream at Work and Beyond!" will help:

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Happiest Place on Earth

Disney World claims to be "the happiest place on earth," but the real area for human bliss comes from a seemingly dreary, cold, mediocre country. (Hint: it's not the U.S. which ranks an unimpressive #23).

It's also not a tropical paradise with palm trees and beautiful beaches. (Fiji ranks more than 50 spots below Iceland in worldwide happiness rankings).

The happiest place taxes its people at between 50 - 70% of income. Ironically, this perceived negative is the source of their happiness. Give up? Read on.

Denmark ranks #1. Even with higher taxes: the Danes have a thing called "Jante-lov," which basically means, "You're no better than anyone else." Since an accountant can end up taking home as much money as a garbage collector, people don't choose careers based on income or status.

See everyone as one and don't worry, be happy (or "hygge" in Danish). 92% of Danes say they regularly sing, dance, socialize, even deliberately laugh with fellow Danes, regardless of status. It's not about the stuff, it's about the trust in their fellow man; seeing each other as truly equal, and reveling in relationships, spells bliss.

Bliss is not about money, power, or status. You don't need to move to Denmark to find bliss either. Don't worry, be hygge!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Is it Normal to be Natural?

Many people confuse "normal" with "natural." The two words may seem similar, but are diametrically opposed.

Normal means following your mind; natural means following your instinct. It may seem normal to criticize someone, but it is not natural. Arguing may seem normal if your position seems right in your mind; afterwards, though, you realize that it no longer rings "true" inside. This is the essence of normal versus natural. Your true "nature" is bliss, joy, and love. Trying to act normal while bypassing your natural instinct is a counterfeit illusion.

Natural requires no effort. Follow your inner bliss (natural self) and your actions will follow along for the ride of your life!