Jennifer Romolini, chief content officer for Shondaland.com, is a self-proclaimed misfit. Even while killing it in her career she has never felt that she looked or acted like she was supposed to, and just couldn’t shake the awkwardness and anxiety that has always been a part of her. So she wrote a book about it called, “Weird in a World That’s Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures.” Jenn joined us in the studio for an amazing conversation about herself, her book, and gave us a little sneak peak into the upcoming world of shondaland.com. You’re gonna love it.
She walked into the conference room and within seconds she was smiling and chatting easily with the others. There’s an ease, a magnetism, an instant desire to be in her presence. How DOES she do that? You might want to say– well she just has a charismatic personality. And while that may be true, she is likely putting a few techniques into play. In this episode, Rachel and Suzanne break it down and share their 3, foolproof moves that will help you win the room.
Does this sound familiar: “I worked all day but got nothing done.” It’s the worst feeling ever. Right? Our guess is that you did everything BUT the work you needed to get done. This isn’t procrastination– which is when you knowingly clean the house instead of writing that report. This is Work Avoidance. It’s sneakier. Rachel and Suzanne have identified 3 work avoidance time sucks to help you avoid the rabbit hole and get sh*t done.
You’re focused on the one negative comment your boss made about a piece of work you just turned in. You keep getting in the same fight with your kids (or your spouse/partner) day after day. You wonder if you are even on the right career track. It can be exhausting. So on this podcast, Rachel and Suzanne pose a different set of questions. Instead of asking if you are good at what you do, or if you like what you do, ask yourself: am I getting better? Am I showing up every day with a focus on improving? Am I “coachable?” Take a listen. Give it a try it. It works!
“What should I wear?” is one of those questions that has a lot beneath the surface. What it reveals is the anxiety we have when we’re headed into a new situation. The real bubble over our head is: “I’m not sure I’ll be comfortable walking into that room. Who is going to be there? What will I say? And who am I supposed to BE?” Okay, maybe that’s just Suzanne’s internal dialogue, but we are all familiar with those feelings. If you’ve ever stood in a cocktail line to avoid having to schmooze, or escaped to the bathroom rather than working the room, then this show is for you. With Michelle Smith’s help, Suzanne and Rachel learn some great tips for how to walk into any room with confidence, and even better, how to be the hostess with the mostess.
We’re back! We took our vacation hypothesis on the road and put our 4 specific theories to the test so that we could tell you what we learned. (It was a tough assignment, but for you dear listeners, we made the sacrifice.) Our goal was to create a vacation experience that could result in something truly shifting inside you so profoundly, that it goes home with you and is better for you than that suntan.
Rachel and Suzanne have packed their Louis Vuitton bags and are going on vacation. Together. For the first time ever. Here’s the problem– they’ve never been very good at taking a break from work so being together certainly won’t help matters. The good news for you is that this event has led them to radically rethink the purpose of a vacation from work, and they have some insights to share. Rumor has it that they are then going to try to apply it while they are away, and tell us all about it when they return. Yup…taking one for the team. Bon Voyage!
This is between us. I shouldn’t be telling you this. Don’t tell anyone I told you, not even your dog…We’ve been there– more than we want to admit. Why do we do this? What do we think we will gain? As it turns out, not much. In fact, there’s a lot to lose. Michelle Smith from Source Financial joins us for an honest conversation about what sharing a secret will cost you. This is behavior that can change– we’ll tell you how.
Last year photographer Kate Parker was on our show to talk about her amazing “Strong is the New Pretty” photo campaign. Her breathtaking new book has recently been published and it is EVERYWHERE. To date, this episode with Kate has been our most popular, for good reason– she has helped to change the way women see themselves, and most importantly, teaching girls that they are to be celebrated for being their fearless, confident, independent, authentic selves.
Listen again to our conversation with Kate, and then go buy her book for yourself, your friends, and every young girl you know.
We all want to be liked. But when we work too hard at it, we pay a price– at work, in our personal relationships, and even at places like the doctor’s office. Ever used this phrase when you didn’t really mean it: “No problem.” Yup. Us too. To the rescue: our resident financial therapist, Michelle Smith of Source Financial. She doesn’t care if we like her as long as we listen to her.