I had an amazing meeting yesterday that was amazing. It made me realize how important it is to have a book on Project Management and work on my expertise about building this skill set in terms of careers and entrepreneurship.
I have in my mind the plan to create a book about project management and how to implement this career path for new and seasoned professionals, too.
My four books are published and I have two in the Entrepreneur-ING series and two in the College and Career Readiness series. I am working on another book in the College and Career Readiness Series all about how to be successful in the workplace for those new to careers, too. I think this next series will be the Project Management Series with two books - one about how to be a project manager and one about passing the PMP exam, which I did in 2004.
For the first book in Project Management, I would start off with just the same 11-12 chapter outline that I have used for my other books that are published and my word count would be the same 15k-22k that I have been doing with my other books.
I am considering the following chapter plan:
Chapter 1 What it Means to be a Project Manager
Chapter 2 Skills Needed to be a Project Manager Planning Scheduling Motivating
Chapter 3 Career Options in Project Management
Chapter 4 How to Position Yourself in Project Management
Chapter 5 Industries to use Project Management
Chapter 6 Hacks to PM Skills (such as planning scheduling motivating)
Chapter 7 Continued Learning in Project Management
Chapter 8 Why You Need to be Certified in Project Management
Chapter 9 Pitfalls in the PM Career Path
Chapter 10 Positives in the Career Path
Chapter 11 Preview of Next Book on Passing the PMP exam
What do you think? Happy Hunting!
As I prepare for a meeting today and tomorrow and Monday, I am thinking about what I do as an entrepreneur.
I spend a lot of time promoting my company, my expertise and my books. I was asked to create something to be sent out about what I do and the resources and/or recommendations I need as an entrepreneur.
I created this email newsletter:
Using constant contact to create an overview of what i do
This email really hits on who I am and what I do. I wanted to share it today as I continue to "hustle" to build my business - making contacts and presenting what The Next Step can do for this borough.
First and foremost, I am an educator. I use my books, lessons and life experiences to teach people how to be college ready, how to kick butt in college and how to be an entrepreneur (among other things). I am always available to meet new people, schools or other organizations that need an educator or speaker.
In addition to being an educator, I am someone who has spent over 20 years' helping people craft the perfect resume, cover letter and now LinkedIn profile, too. This is still a huge part of my business and my mission and is something I get to work on more one on one with people as opposed to my college and career readiness training which are more group sessions.
And of course, I am interested in speaking engagements which help me to reach more people about my company's mission and help people, too. I am focused on helping people get to the next step whether it be in careers, education or launching their own business.
I love this email newsletter because it is succinct yet powerful - it is almost another better version of my mission statement or my elevator value pitch. What do you think? If you know of anyone I should meet with, please let me know at email@example.com.
Helping a small business grow is helping the community around you - more local businesses means more opportunities for local people. For instance, if things continue to grow as they are for me, I will be hiring soon - and that creates a local job. Thank you for all of your support of my small business and for being a part of the journey as I grow into a larger business!
I was honored to speak at the Staten Island Rotary yesterday about college readiness. As a professor/educator for the past 13 years and a public speaker since uhhh 1976, I truly love having the opportunity to speak about my small business and what I am doing to help Staten Island students be ready for the next step. Find out more about my Speaking Engagements.
The audience yesterday was receptive and had amazing questions. No matter how long I have been a public speaker, I still worry before any engagement - and it kind of is what motivates me and keeps me authentic and enthused. Mr John Amodio from Score invited me to speak there and kindly introduced me to the group with amazing words about all I have been doing to help students be "ready".
I shared with the crowd how I do this using my books, lessons and life experiences and we had an amazing discussion about what is going on in the education system today and how a small business like mine is the key to helping with the essentials of being college and career ready like application essays, being involved, cover letters and resumes. I was blown away by the audience's enthusiasm and how they just "got it" - they immediately saw how a business like mine is both needed and on the verge of big successes in helping students take the next step.
Each person got copies of my college readiness book and I look so forward to getting feedback on the book. As a member of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, a GROWSI member for the SIEDC and with my mentors and supporters, I am so looking forward to helping many more students be college and career ready.
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advice, career growth tips and more. Read my books to help you be ready for the next step into being entrepreneurial for your career (The Prof's Guide to Entrepreneur-ING: How to use entrepreneurial skills to launch your own business OR be the boss of your career), going from zero to launch (The Prof’s Guide to Going from Zero to Launch – Everything You Need to Know to be an Entrepreneur Starting Today) and college (The Book on College Readiness: The Prof's Guide to Surviving High School and Kicking Butt in College) and career readiness (The Book on Career Readiness: The Prof's Guide to Graduating College with a Job Offer).
Topics for Career Readiness
Topics for Workshop on Workplace Culture (book being written)
What do you think about the combination of college AND career readiness? Have you read my books or taken my training - if yes, please share your thoughts!
Many people forget about the power of the informational interview and how using these can help you build relationships, find out important information AND potentially uncover opportunities for your next step.
As an entrepreneur, I am constantly hosting and taking part in informational interviews but it was not until one of my trainees from the Ladders for Leaders Program emailed me with the request for an informational interview that I recognized how important it is to share this lesson with you, my readers. Special thanks to Rachel Wong for being the inspiration behind this post.
You can work on building informational interviews with your first circle of contacts (I talk a lot about circle of networking and who belongs where in my book The Book on Career Readiness: The Prof's Guide to Graduating College with a Job Offer) but the quick overview is that your first circle are friends and family.
Ask, using your elevator value pitch, if you can spend some time either in person or over email with a few questions you have. So first you need your EVP AND you need to know the questions you would like to ask.
The individual you reach out to might suggest meeting in person or just answer your questions via email - either way is useful for you and can help you build out a potential next step for your career.
Your questions should be insightful and also potentially more about the other person than about you. Try to not ask “Where do you think I can find a job?” Instead ask, “What made you pick your career?” or “How did you find the culture at X company?”. These type of questions encourage the interviewee to answer things about themselves that might apply to you or help you rule out a particular career plan or company based off of their feedback.
My recent informational interview by Rachel was all about my previous corporate experiences at Marsh and McGraw-Hill and in answering the questions, I think we landed on a few potential exciting new next steps for the interviewer! Consider trying this today and if you have ever been one of my students either through The Next Step training or even just reading my blog or via actual classroom at St John’s, CSI, Wagner College and Caldwell University, ask away at Lisa@thenextstep1234.com.
Lisa Vento Nielsen