Archive for May, 2008

Aspirantes

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
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They are the energetic, professional leaders of the future and they are here now! The high school students members of ASPIRA, called Aspirantes, develop a strong bond amongst themselves that last a life time. I met several the other day at the Aspira of New York Annual Circle of Latino Achievers luncheon.

Whether they are still in high school or they were Aspirantes 20 years ago, everyone expressed great passion for the people they had met through this organization. And just like when you are a member of any meaningful group, they help each other along the way.

Joining organizations like ASPIRA (www.aspira.org) that help them develop leadership skills while still in high school is a wonderful way for teenagers to open doors. Above and beyond all the mentorship and guidance they received during their years as Aspirantes, all of the students attending the luncheon got scholarships for college.

Sweaty hands

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

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You’re going to a job interview. You are about to meet the interviewer and you notice your hands are sweaty. It is not the first time this has happened to you but you think there’s no solution to your problem.

    I’m sure you know that a handshake is an important part of the first impression you cause when you meet someone and that’s the reason why it’s critical to learn how to offer an effective handshake. But if your hands are clammy, you may affect that first impression even if you apply the correct pressure and position your fingers correctly.

      So for some immediate solutions you can try: carrying towelettes in your pocket, the kind that come in a small sealed envelope with a light alcohol smell. Wipe your hands right before your meeting. You can also carry a handkerchief to dry your hands before a handshake. Or you can wash your hands and then use a light baby powder to absorb the humidity. Make sure you towel any excess off with a dry paper towel so you don’t leave traces of the powder on your interviewer’s hands.

        Now for the longer term solution. Pay attention to what situations trigger your hand-sweating. Unless you have a condition called hyperhidrosis, which causes excessive sweating and can be treated by your physician, sweaty hands are usually the result of fear or anxiety.

          Once you identify the issues that make you nervous or fearful, start working on some relaxation techniques. Try to balance your energy field through meditation exercises. For this longer term solution, you may want to consult different kinds of professionals from a psychotherapist to a reiki practitioner until you find the right person to help you.

          New media and you

          Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

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            I just came back from a great New Media conference organized by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

              It was a fabulous event where journalists got together to learn more about blogging, podcasting and developing slideshows in order to expand their career opportunities.

                The truth is that regardless of what you do, you need to constantly update your skills because no job will remain the same with this rapid technological revolution. Having your own blog or website may be a great way to broadcast your talents to the world. Several of the presenters at today’s conference commented that they received many job inquiries and offers through their website, which is, no doubt, one of the main reasons you should consider building your own. The secret is to keep your blog or your site updated with your latest undertakings so that it’s always fresh.

                  Other good way of using new media to gain wider exposure to your talents is by creating videos that are connected to your expertise and uploading them to You Tube. Just be mindful of the type of information you share so that it reflects who you are and what you do.

                    Sooner or later, all of us will have to be well versed in the new technology and the sooner we all embrace it, the wider the range of opportunities we will have.