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Telltale Signs You’re Going To Be Happy At Work, No Matter What Your Job

When it comes to jobs, the grass always seems to be a little greener on the other side. We see what other people have, and companies offer, and we want a part of it. 

Often, when we finally land the role we think we want, it turns out that it’s no different from the one we had before. 

Wouldn’t it be helpful if there were ways to improve upon your workplace happiness

Interestingly, it turns out that the reward you get from your job doesn’t relate much to the position at all. Instead, it has to do with your attitude. For instance, food service work can be just as enjoyable as running a company or being an artist. 

Does that sound a little strange? Well, it’s true. And in this post, you’re going to find out strategies for increasing workplace happiness. 

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Love The Infinite Detail Of Your Work

People often talk about plateaus in their careers – boundaries that they can’t push past, no matter how long they work. 

Interestingly, though, these glass-ceilings are frequently self-imposed. It’s not that opportunities suddenly run out. It’s just that they’re not pursued. 

Reality is infinite in its complexity. You can take pretty much any role and pick it apart, looking for improvements, efficiencies, and new ways to add value. Even the simplest of tasks present you with ways to improve on a formula or design a new system. 

People who probe their roles deeply are usually the happiest. There’s always a new mountain to climb and something new to do. It applies to both creative and procedural work. Fundamentally, creativity can be applied to any procedure. 

Seek Out Meaning

Another common career bugbear is the idea that your work lacks meaning. Usually, when people say this, they’re comparing their life to those they deem extraordinary – actors, politicians, or even social media influencers. 

Virtually no career that adds value to the lives of others, however, lacks meaning. It’s just a perception. And that’s why people who seek out meaning in what they do are the happiest. They go to work every day, safe in the knowledge that they’re making progress. 

Please note that meaning doesn’t even have to relate to the work itself. It can, in some instances, refer exclusively to the effects that the financial reward brings, like raising a family. Even so, it’s still valuable. 

Love To Grow

People who love to grow are usually happy in new jobs, even when they present them with serious challenges. That’s because resistance creates its own satisfaction. 

Growing as a person is a fun experience. Once you go through it, you feel like you can do things that would have once been way outside your capabilities. 

You also feel like a stronger person – more robust to the pressures of life. 

All jobs – no matter how hard – are a chance to grow. And a lot of people are grateful for the opportunity. It provides them with daily fulfilling experiences that they can cherish long into the future.

Are you happy at work these days? Are there ways you could apply the tips above to increase workplace happiness?

P.S. Can using crystals really boost your happiness and well-being?

10 Brutally Honest Tips About Online Content Creation

10 brutally honest tips about online content creation

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again — content is king. Online content creation and marketing was once just a way to set yourself apart, but nowadays it’s pretty much a necessity. And if you’re a small business or solo-preneur, your online content can make or break a successful marketing campaign.

Over the years I’ve worked with a ton of brands (both new and old) to develop meaningful online content strategies. Here’s what I can tell you — everyone, from a dog-walker to a CEO who writes bestselling books, can create valuable and relevant online content that will connect with potential customers.

And it’s not too late to get in on the action! But it can certainly feel overwhelming. Do you make YouTube videos, start a podcast, write a weekly newsletter? What should you share? And how often? While there’s no one-size-fits-all formula, I’ve put together a list of my top 10 tips:

1. Have fun!

This one may seem obvious but you’d be surprised how often I find myself offering this simple piece of advice. In terms of building and maintaining your audience, personality matters. Nobody wants to hang out with the person who isn’t having a good time. And they’ll probably be able to tell if you’re faking it, too. But more than audience, you have to consider sustainability. Can you keep something up if you don’t enjoy it? Create the content you enjoy making, at the rate you enjoy making it.

2. Invest in ways to make it easier and more fun.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create online content. Work with what you have to start out. But when you’re ready to invest, consider spending your money on things that will make the process easier and more fun. If the aspect you enjoy most about is photography, maybe you spring for some camera gear. Whereas if drafting written content to accompany those photos is taking up too much of your time, consider outsourcing to a freelancer.

3. Provide value within your niche.

People aren’t going to care about your brand or your products right away. Until you’ve developed a bit of a fan base or a sense of community within your audience, they’re going to scroll right past that blog post about your company vision or the video covering your life story. That’s not to say there won’t be a place for those things eventually! But you’ve got to start by providing value. This can be as simple as a blog post with relevant tips & tricks or an infographic with useful information. But could also include things like printable PDFs, detailed templates, or an inspiring podcast.

4. Have patience!

Organic growth and ROI will come, but it won’t come over night. It takes time. Building up your online presence or brand is dependent upon also building up that community of followers. So, you might hook them with valuable content but now you have to give them time to get to know you. Put out the the content that lets them do so. (And take time to get to know them, too! ) This also means you have to be consistent. You have to tell them when content is coming and then follow through.

5. Track your analytics.

Yes, this is a creative endeavor. But you can have a little more method to your madness than throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. Look at the numbers. Create a spreadsheet to chart growth in key areas and keep track of what worked and what didn’t so you can modify as needed.

6. Develop a relationship with your audience.

I’ll say it again — you’re building a community FIRST. The brand will blossom from there. One very simple way to do this within online content is online COMMUNICATION. Reply to comments, answer emails, tag people, reach out to other brands and people when you feature them in your content. Folks love recognition, whether that be clicking the heart next to their Instagram content or writing a LinkedIn article about how much you love their business. Another way to build relationships is by engaging with other creators in your niche. Your voice is amplified when it’s in a chorus of others!

7. Be authentic!

It’s going to be hard to develop lasting relationships with a community of loyal customers if you keep changing who you are and what you stand for based on passing whims (or paychecks). Be yourself. Only communicate what you believe and stand for. Again, people can tell when you’re faking it. You’re interesting and enough just as you are!

8. Don’t be afraid of the ask.

Yes, you want to consistently provide your audience with value when it comes to your online content. But here’s the thing. You got bills to pay! You can’t give everything away for free! So, now that you’ve built up that community that loves and trusts you, you’ve shown time and time again that you’re a reliable source of [information, advice, inspiration], someone out there is probably going to want to actually pay for one of your goods or services. Probably a LOT of someones. But…not if you don’t ask!!! So many of my clients over the years have expressed hesitation when it comes to the sales aspect of their online content strategy because they, “Don’t want to sound sales-y.” And I get where they’re coming from. You don’t have to shove sales pitches down peoples throats 24-7. But you won’t get a sale if no one knows you’re selling. My advice? 1) Keep your content diverse — a fun post here, a value add there, this product, that service, etc, etc. 2) If you think of your overall online content strategy as a novel, make sure you’ve written your audience as the protagonist.

9. Start now.

There’s no “right” time to begin incorporating online content into your marketing plan. You could wait for that new camera, website redesign, or social media intern — but those things may never happen. And you’re missing out in the mean time.

10. Keep learning as you go.

Need inspiration? Look to other content creators. See what YOU enjoy watching and reading, what resonates with YOU, who is providing value in YOUR life. What are they doing that you can incorporate in your content? Without copying them, of course! Need more resources? There are a plethora of educational materials available about online content creation, many of them completely free.

Keep trying new things. Keep creating. Keep seeking out additional knowledge and strategies. You got this!

If you ever want to talk strategy, my inbox is open! Send me a message at ebeth.berger@gmail.com ❤ Let’s work together to make some internet magic!

P.S. 10 Tips for Working an Event.

10 Tips for Working an Event

One aspect of work-life that I look back on fondly now that I’m a work-from-home freelancer is working events. From hosting speech tournaments on college campuses when I was a forensics coach to planning and executing a street fair during my days on the marketing team at a food co-op, these all day affairs used to be a pretty common occurrence for me. They were always stressful. Always a lot of work. But oh so rewarding at the end of the day when you pulled it off.

After a lot of years, and a lot of trial and error, I feel like I eventually got working events down to a fine science. Whether you run conferences, host all-day trainings, or volunteer at your kid’s model UN tournaments, you know the deal! Here are my top tips —

Preparation –

1. Get plenty of sleep the night before.

I’ve worked plenty of events in a state of exhaustion and, let me tell you, it ain’t fun. Do everything in your power to show up bright eyed and bushy tailed. It will feel like way less of a slog and the hours will fly by if you go into the day feeling energetic. If the event starts later in the day still get plenty of rest the night before and make sure to eat well and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

2. Eat a hearty, well-balanced breakfast.

When you’ve gotta go, go, go – sitting down for a decent meal isn’t always possible. Waking up just a tiny bit earlier is totally worth it if it means you won’t have to scarf a pop-tart in the car on the way there.

3. If you can, spend some time outside and/or do some form of light exercise before you go or when you get a break.

This will give you a nice boost of energy and stamina. It seems counter-intuitive, especially if you know you’re going to be running around and doing a lot of set up throughout the day, but I promise those exercise endorphins are worth it. And the sunlight part is a no brainer if you’re going to be spending the next million hours inside.

During the event –

4. Wear comfortable shoes.

If the event is a more casual situation and you can get away with rocking walking shoes, by all means! But even if this is a biz-cas affair, make sure your shoes are selected for comfort and not style. (I mean, you can have both…but you know what I mean.) I spent way too many years rocking ballet flats at events before I realized those aren’t the BEST option for gallivanting from one end of a college campus to the other and being on your feet all day.

5. Hydrate.

I’ll say it again for the people in the back — HYDRATE! Keep a water bottle close at hand and just keep guzzling. Nothing takes the pep out of your step like thirst.

6. Keep your pockets stocked.

I always want to remain incredibly mobile when working an event…and I don’t really want to carry a bag everywhere I go OR have to add even MORE steps to my daily total to run to a “home base” for what I need. For me, this means keeping some cash and my debit card on my person throughout the day.

7. Have portable snacks on hand.

Sometimes your only downtime when working events is when you’re walking from one place to another. So, I like to bring along portable snacks that I can eat on the go. Bananas and granola/protein bars are great for this. NOM.

8. Avoid the urge to pound caffeine and sugar all day.

Another reason to show up well-rested. All the caffeine and sugar crashes just aren’t worth it…not to mention it will mess with your sleep after the event is over. Don’t you want to sleep like a baby after your marathon day? I think yes.

9. Say “Thank you!”

Successful events truly take a village. Show your gratitude as much as possible. Even if you’re not the one at the tippy-top running the whole shebang, there are certainly people who are making your part in the whole thing easier. Tell them you appreciate them!

10. Don’t bark orders.

And if you ARE running things, be considerate with how you manage and delegate. Events can feel way more high stakes than day-to-day work for everyone involved. Tensions will run high. Ask for help with a specific task instead of giving an order. Slight rhetorical shifts can make grunt work sound a whole lot less demeaning.

What tips would you add? xoxo

P.S. 11 Ways to Sneak in Healthy Habits When You’re Traveling.

Career Satisfaction: What You Need To Know

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Career satisfaction is an extremely important element of your career, no matter what you do or who you are. If you’re doubtful about the level of career satisfaction you have at the moment, now could be a good time to assess your work and how you feel about it.

Below, let’s chat about a plan for evaluating career satisfaction and what you can do if your current role is falling short…

Know Yourself and Your Values

You need to know yourself and your values if you’re going to ensure you’re working in a job  in alignment with what’s meaningful to you. Think about what you like and what you don’t like.

What are your values? What makes you want to show up at work every day and do a good job? 

Identifying these values will help you pinpoint what to look for in a new role or what you need to work on in your current role.

Do Your Research On Jobs That Meet Your Expectations

If your current role just isn’t matching up with the values you’ve identified, it’s time to do some research on jobs that might.

There are a lot of great quizzes and tests online that can offer insight about potential careers. (Everyone seems to be into enneagrams lately…delving into what makes you tick personality-wise is also a wonderful place for brainstorming!)

[Related: If you find out that social work is a great match for you and your values, looking at online courses on msw online could be a way to get started on your ideal career path.]

A professional career counselor is another option if you’re coming up short on your own. Book an appointment and be as honest as possible about your likes and dislikes, working style, personality/disposition, and values. 

Know What Kind Of Trade Offs You’re Willing To Deal With

Every role has trade offs that you’re going to need to be prepared to deal with. For example, a job you truly love may mean having to work super long hours, or not being able to leave work at work when you get home.

By knowing what you may have to deal with in terms of negatives, you’ll have realistic expectations for any role you take on and far more satisfaction.

Do You Feel Appreciated In Your Current Role?

Reports say that many workers end up resigning from their jobs because they don’t feel appreciated enough. If you’re not feeling appreciated in your job, it’s likely your performance will suffer.

Think about the contribution you’re making to the workplace and whether you believe that you are being recognized and appreciated for that work. What did you identify as the thing that makes you want to show up and do great work? Is this exchange happening? 

If not, it could be time to consider speaking to your superiors or HR about your concerns.

Keep in mind, cultivating a happier life outside of work can impact productivity and provide a happier outlook while in the workplace. However, is this isn’t cutting it, you can take the bull by the horns job-wise. Career dissatisfaction doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Make it a habit to evaluate your position against your values on a regular basis. If your role isn’t stacking up, speak up and make a change. Whether that means asking about a raise, taking on new responsibilities, or going on a job hunt; the choice is yours.

P.S. More on job satisfaction HERE and how to cultivate a mindset of success.

Would you be more satisfied in your career if you could hand a few things off? I save people from having to do it all when it comes to their business. CLICK HERE to find out how I can help YOU! 

How to Find Job Satisfaction (even if you haven’t found your “dream job”)

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Even in the midst of your dreamiest of dream jobs, work can still seem like a chore. Something you have to check off your list along with mopping the floors and getting your oil changed. They call it “work” for a reason, right? And when you haven’t landed your dream job, or still aren’t sure what that ideal occupation even is, finding motivation can be that much harder.

But everyone deserves job satisfaction in their career, whether waiting tables at the very beginning of their ascent or as CEO on that top rung of the ladder. It’s all about attitude, outlook, and a dash of discipline. 

Not too long ago, broke and in debt, I found myself back at a store I worked at when I was 18. Seven years down the line, it felt like a giant step backwards. But by figuring out the tips below (and trust me, there were times I resisted them), I realized I could find satisfaction in my work…no matter what I was doing. This is the attitude that gets you noticed and helps you to make moves. Sure I’d gotten knocked down a few steps, but climbing back up…and then beyond…was so much easier when I enjoyed showing up at work every day and did my best.

So, let me share the tips I utilized to do so…

Being The Best

No matter what your job, you’ll always enjoy it more if you focus on being the best. Whatever, I’ll say it…winning feels good. Does this mean you have to work yourself to the bone? Not at all. There’s always ways to work smarter not harder, no what I mean? You just have to find that willingness to be ambitious.

I’m competitive anyways so I’ve always got my eye out for opportunities where I can beat people (in a gracious way! obvi.). If you’re not, think about the rewards that motivate you most and focus your energies on receiving those rewards specifically. I’m very motivated by words of praise but you might be motivated by public recognition or money or learning something new! Speaking of learning something new…

Educating Yourself

Even the poopiest of jobs can teach you valuable lessons for later in your career. Dive in! Seek out specialized training, put yourself forward for educational opportunities, and tap the knowledge of co-workers. I pride myself on being a life-long learner outside the work place so I relish any opportunity to learn “on the clock.” Depending on your job this could be anything from taking 30 minutes a day to read industry news, signing up for a wine pairing class, or taking part in an online accredited MBA program in your free time if your company is footing the bill.

My rule of thumb whenever someone asked me “Do you want to learn how to do x, y, or z?” Say YES. A downside to working jobs that are more about paycheck than career path? Monotony! But the more you diversify your skill sets…the less bored you’ll be and the more fun you’ll have!

Finding The Value

Finding the value in your job will not only make your daily effort feel worth it, but could also spark passion. How is your work or your company helping people? What are you doing for the greater good? How are you making an impact? Spend some time connecting the dots here. My retail job at a cooperative grocery store prided themselves on keeping the majority of every dollar spent in our local economy. So, I chose to focus on this value. My efforts were always fueled by a desire to promote local farmers and food. I became super passionate about it! And before I knew it, I was working in the marketing office instead of out on the floor…and I still work in marketing today! 

Keeping one eye on the value is a great way to maintain focus when you’re feeling less than pleased about going in or your boss is angry or some task feels pointless. Not to mention, communicating the value YOU provide is an awesome skill to have in an interview setting, hint, HINT.

Do me a favor – Tell us your job in the comments below and the #1 thing you do to find job satisfaction. Thanks!

P.S. Wanna read more of my career tips? CLICK HERE.