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Lauren Simmons

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At just twenty-three years old, Lauren Simmons is the youngest woman to be a full-time trader for the New York Stock exchange. In addition to that, she is the second Black woman in 226 years. This is no small feat! While she had her goals in mind, being a pioneer was not one of them. She sought out what she wanted to do and the and the titles came afterward. In an article by CNBC, she refers to her experience as surreal and “if you would have told her five years ago that she’d end up working on Wall Street, she wouldn’t have belied the news herself.” She actually studied genetics and statistics in undergrad, but soon discovered the medical field was not for her. One thing Simmons did know, though, was that she liked numbers. Without studying finance in college Simmons was able to study for a month and pass the exam floor brokers need to earn their badge called Series 19. She taught herself financial principles and shocked everyone when she passed. The full article comments on the “locker room” banter and ambiance of the male dominated broker floor. Everything from the jackets to the far away bathroom…

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Presentations and public speaking (TED Talks)

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This is a skill for more than just those people looking to host a TED Talk. However, there is a lot to learn from those who give TED Talks. It’s not that all the topics involve pop culture or are universally interesting. Rather, it’s because those that are good at them follow a formula. You want to make a connection with the audience, not only as a whole, but to the individuals as well. This can be done with five simple steps (in fact, there are TED Talks on how to give a TED Talks, but we won’t go into those paradigms now). First step is to create a story. One of the most successful speech makers is Steve Jobs who would seldom tell his audience to buy his product. What he did instead was, tell a story involving the Apple product and then voila!—the audience was captivated and moved enough to invest. The next step involves using humor keeping in mind that senses of humor vary. Go with safe and charming jokes because everyone loves to laugh. Don’t make a joke at the expense of someone else, but if you’re willing to make fun of yourself people usually like…

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Retracing your steps

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This is an important tool for more than just when you’ve lost something. It’s always a good idea to record your moves and be able to retrace your steps. It can come in handy for taxes, in the court of law, and in business. But for example’s sake, let’s say you have lost something—or better yet, someone. Picture this: an essential member of your team will no longer be a part of your mission or project. Not only is this person leaving, but they are going away with the experience they have to tackle familiar problems. In order to avoid a panic, you should always record process. Even if you think it’s cumbersome—that person’s knowledge is invaluable, at least until someone else knows how. You don’t’ have to reinvent the wheel by holding the next person accountable—instead, have the indispensable skills recorded in a binder. It can be used as a training manual and exist for years to come. Arguably the most important step after actually committing to the “manual” is testing it out. If at all possible, try to utilize the documentation in real-time while the author is still available to make edits. You can measure success qualitatively by…

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Maximize your meeting minutes

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Depending on where you are coming from you might love meetings or you might hate them. It’s no secret that meetings can take up a lot of time, especially when they are irregular or not scheduled long enough. From the beginning you should know what the desired outcome. Meetings should produce tangible results—and hopefully this blog post can help with that. Depending on what you are meeting for, you’ll want to create an agenda for each meeting. This should be visual and can either be handed out or presented and revisited throughout the meeting. There are options such as GoToMeeting or WebEx if you need help with a platform. The move through the agenda one by one in order to accomplish the end goals in mind. Decisions should be made and finalized and make sure everyone is on the same page. Any future actions that has to be made should be as clear as possible with the person in charge of the task well notified with the due dates. Send the meeting minutes to everyone so that way everything actually gets done. The purpose of the meeting should boil down to a sentence and try to limit the meeting to…

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Great graphs (for visual learners)

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Communication is a skill that is invaluable especially when it’s done effectively. In order to do that, you may have to cater to an audience that is receptive to a multitude of mediums. That means you have to work on how to present words and numbers in a way that is ubiquitous but also concise. If numbers are involved you’ll definitely want to use charts. Familiarize yourself with the Microsoft Office application called Excel. You can do this via YouTube and learn to manipulate the data in order to present it in the most presentable fashion. If you decide Excel is not the application for you, there are other options available which can be used online. You’ll have to think about the characteristics of the graph and what you’re trying to portray. What exactly is the message you’re trying to get across? Remember, not everyone is astute with numerical information, so you don’t want to make it too convoluted. Think about the axis and what margins or intervals you need. Make sure to label the axis with units and title the graph. Sometimes it’s not necessary to have grid lines and sometimes it is. Always go for the simpler comprehensive…

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Producing Productivity

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For some people it’s very hard to stay productive year-round. There are off seasons when you might just hit a wall for days or even weeks at a time. This post will serve as a reminder of the mannerisms that will aid you in staying more productive in the long run. Thanks to entrepreneur Susan Payton, who appeared in an article on Forbes Magazine, using these tips should lead to quite an improvement in your work life. The first tip is to schedule breaks and stick to them. You can walk around or sit down, but definitely switch to a different position than the one you’re working in. Try not to scroll your break away on social media, you may lose track of time. Give your eyes a rest or do some physical activity. Depending on how long your work day is, you may have multiple breaks, so you can switch it up every time. The next step is to write things down so you won’t forget them. A list is far more manageable than multiple ideas floating around in your head, and it will give you a visual of how much you have to get done. You can use…

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Consulting at its finest

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Beyond Philosophy, was recently named one of the Best Management Consultancy firms in the UK by the Financial Times. CEO and Founder Colin Shaw hosted a podcast, making his secret no secret at all. Shaw has been very open about what he calls the ten-step plan to create an award-wining consultancy. The link to the thirty-minute podcast is below, but I’ll be sure to summarize what was said in hopes of reproducing the pointers that will “take your idea and turn it into an award-winning consultancy too. The first step is to recognize that you are an expert in something and to then communicate that to everyone. He wrote a book called Building Great Customer Experiences and would speak at conferences and his influence began. Ensure that your idea is an original one because you want to add something to the community of business and not mimic it. Be courageous and don’t let fear be debilitating—let it motivate you. Know yourself enough to understand your skills and focus on it. You can then build on those skills and make them your brand. You want to stay within your area of expertise and hone in on it so you’re good at…

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Happier Work Days

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It’s well known by now, if you’ve been keeping up, that the workplace can heavily influence your overall well-being. From deadlines and due dates, to the trap of “hey, do you have minute?” it is easy for work to dictate more than just a third of our lives (which is still a fairly large chunk!). So, with that being said let’s talk about ways to have happier work days. First make sure to make your space your own without overcrowding or allowing to be too cluttered. Next you want to make sure you set small goals and can stay future oriented. If it helps, you can create a list of things you need to do, are in the process of doing, or have completed. Your professional development is your responsibility and you need to claim ownership of it. That means you can only blame a boss for so long! Make sure your interpersonal relationship are well monitored and healthy as those can often seep into your professional life. Develop good habits to cope with life’s many hurdles. Above all else know when you work best. You may be a night owl or an early bird and either is acceptable you…

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Age is more than a number!

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There’s no better teacher than experience and people are social creatures who learn by doing. As the job market approaches another grad season I encourage you to embrace the wisdom that has come with your age and remind you that a fresh perspective is not a trait reserved for young folks. Another form of diversity that is not talked about is age. Everywhere companies are looking to diversity via gender, race, ethnicity and other orientations when there is another one—generational diversity. The latest IPA Census reports the average age of an employee at a member agency is 33 years old. In the creative industry that number is even lower. A post on LinkedIn by Creative Director Louis Loizou said, “I’m not 54, I’m 22 with 32 years of experience” (full article below). Loizou argues that ageism is very prevalent in the creative industry and we should value experience as much as we do expertise. Interestingly enough the fetishism or glorification of the young is a Western societal trait that began with the Greeks and Romans. Ironically, 80% of the wealth in the UK is held by people over fifty yet 80% of marketing budgets are spent on those eighteen to…

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Safer than a safe

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Nowadays people trust banks enough to keep their money there regularly. The use of cash has gone down tremendously since the advent of the credit cards, Samsung and Apple Pay, and money sharing apps like Venmo, CashApp, etc. the current U.S. economic expansion, which started in 2009, is on it’s way to being the longest since the end of the second World War. That being said, what goes up must come down. According to an article by Bankrate, there will be a down turn by the end of the year. The conclusions were drawn using a survey as we are at the end of the first quarter.  The survey consisted of chief economists who were asked whether the risks to the outlook seemed balanced, on the upside or the downside. 76% said they tilted to the downside. The article also reported that, “Employers in February added the fewest amount of new positions to their payrolls since September 2017, signaling that hiring might have peaked, the Labor Department reported last week. Meanwhile, U.S. retail sales in December plunged by the most in nearly a decade and were revised down even more on Monday, questioning the confidence of the American consumer. Global…

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