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Career-Life Times, Issue #56--Time for Something Different!
February 17, 2009

Issue #56, February 17, 2009

It's Time for Something Different

As you may have noticed from the lack of a Table of Contents, this month's issue is going to be different from my regular monthly format. I hope you don't mind. I know you'll enjoy the fantastic stuff this issue tells you about!

First off, I want to thank all of you who responded to my invitation a while back to send me your questions ("If you could have a private conversation with me--or any other career expert--what two questions would you ask?").

I've been busy getting the answers for you. Hey, I admit I don't know everything... but I know lots of people who (collectively) DO know just about everything. And several brains are better than one. So I reached out to my colleagues and got some great information for you.

The first thing I did was interview Danny Iny of I asked him several of the questions you sent to me... as many as we could get through within one hour. And, of course, I recorded the interview for you.

That should have been relatively simple, right? I wish!

Danny is in Canada. I'm in California. I work full time and have a life; Danny has several businesses that keep him busy. So scheduling was a bit tricky. But we eventually coordinated a perfect time for both of us. During our first attempt to do this recorded telephone interview, we were about six minutes into it when a blaring siren noise came over the phone! Then I heard Danny saying, "Oh no... I can't believe it! That's the fire alarm!" He had to evacuate, obviously, and thus ended our first attempt. (Fortunately it was a false alarm.)

Take two, several days later. This time we were about 35 minutes into the interview when I heard Danny asking, "Bonnie? Are you still there? I can't hear you." In response, I sounded like an old Verizon commercial: "Can you hear me now? Danny? Can you hear me now?" Something went wrong with the VOIP (voice over Internet phone) service I was using. Dang it! Thus ended our second attempt.

If we'd been recording these sessions ourselves instead of using an online teleconference service, we could've made a pretty funny blooper tape.

During our third attempt, I used the old-fashioned telephone and we actually finished the entire session without any catastrophies! But when we listened to the recording afterwards, we discovered that Danny's voice kept cutting out. Danny's mike had malfunctioned and the recording was unusable. Arrgggh!

But we persevered and tried yet again after Danny bought a new mike. This time everything actually worked! Yay!

You can listen the interview and/or read the transcript here: Answering Career Questions.

You'll notice that's not my website. Yep, I'm creating a new site that expands the scope of career-related assistance I'll be providing. It's called (It's a work in progress.)

Another thing you'll notice when you go there is the opportunity to grab your f*r*e*e* copy of a special report I created: "The Best Career Strategies of 2009: How to Get Hired and Get Ahead, Even When the Economy is Getting Worse."

That special report is also a result of the questions you sent in, and my reaching out to other career experts to help me help you. But instead of asking a bunch of people a bunch of the questions you sent in, I narrowed the focus by asking all of them just one question. Their answers to that question will help you with all aspects of your career.

I asked them, "What do you feel is the single most important career strategy people should use in 2009?"

I have to warn you. Many of the strategies in that report are different from what you might expect. But that's a good thing. After all, many of you have tried the "usual" stuff and are still struggling, right? It's time for something different.

It's also 74 pages long. A bit lengthy, but I promise there's no fluff... it's all seriously helpful how-to information and strategies you need to know if you're going to advance in your career.

All you have to do to get the special report is enter your name and email address in the sign-up form on that site.

Why do you have to do that? So we can stay in touch.

Here's the thing... this new site is... well... new. Like the special report, it's going to be different from what you might expect. It's going to be awesome. But it's also going to take me a while to get it ready for you. (Remember, I'm a working gal and can only do my website activities in my spare time.)

By signing up for the special report, you'll be joining my priority notification list. Once my site is ready to rock and roll, you'll be the first to know about it.

But wait, there's more! :-) In the meantime, I'll be providing more great f*r*e*e* content to the people who are on that list.

So if you're serious about your career, please do these four things as soon as you get a chance:

(1) Go to my new site's blog at;

(2) Listen to (or read) my interview with Danny Iny;

(3) Sign up for and then read my special report, "The Best Career Strategies of 2009";

(4) Let me know what you think of the interview and/or the special report by posting your comments on my blog.

I really value your opinion. Please be honest and tell me what you really think. Don't worry about hurting my feelings. If there was an issue that we didn't provide enough information on, let me know. If you believe the interview or report wasted your time, let me know. Seriously, let me know what you liked AND didn't like. You will be helping me to help you more better!

That's it for this issue. Next month we'll get back to the regular format.

Thank you for reading!


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