EQ vs. IQ Podcast Conversation with Pluralsight

February 21st, 2020

Jeremy Morgan invited me to the Pluralsight podcast to talk about career stuff as well as one of my newest course topics: emotional intelligence.

I tweeted a few weeks ago that this course, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, might be the most important course I have created. I believe that if we, the whole world, worked to improve our emotional intelligence, everything would change. Work would be better, cultures would be better, people would be more kind (to themselves and others), etc.

Check out my Pluralsight podcast interview here (click the image):

Pluralsight Podcast Jason Alba Emotional Intelligence

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JibberJobber Is Relationships: Job Search, Gig Economy CRM, Just Networking

June 28th, 2019

jibberjobber-networking-professionalsLiz sent an email this morning to JibberJobber users quoting my blog post from 2016. This was from an email that Steve Krum wrote with feedback about JibberJobber. You can read it here.

The point of Liz’s email was this part of that post:

“JibberJobber is a versatile tool that helps you with career and relationship management where you are. Right now it might be in job search, tomorrow it might be in contact management.”

Here’s what I see:

College students use JibberJobber to keep track of important people they come across in their school career. Professors who have industry contacts (believe it or not, some professors have very healthy consulting side hustles), students who are “going somewhere” and have parents who are hiring managers or business owners, and guest speakers who come and share their time with the school. Students might not necessarily be in a heavy job search, but they should certainly be serious about real and long-term networking.

Job seekers, of course. Job seekers should be collecting too much data… and feel confused and overwhelmed. There’s no way around that. But JibberJobber, the job search CRM, helps alleviate a lot of the confusion and feelings of overwhelmed.

Gig economy and side hustle people use JibberJobber for the three main components: Networking, because you get your next customer through people. Target Companies, because consultants need to network with multiple people in their target companies, and Jobs because they might come and go, but tracking the actual jobs and contracts you get in JibberJobber is as key as tracking contacts.

Let me propose a bit of a stretch here… this might show you how crazy I am: I think JibberJobber is great for a grandma or grandpa who wants to track kids, grand kids, grand-nieces and nephews, cousins, etc. with important information like birthdays and when you communicated with them last, and when you should reach out to them again. A stretch, I know :)

My point is, JibberJobber is about relationships and networking and opportunities.

The idea is that you are tracking information instead of relying on your memory.

The idea is that you are networking, and don’t want to forget about or miss opportunities to stay in touch.

The idea is that you are on top of what amounts to a full-time job.

That is JibberJobber. That’s what we are all about, and why people, since 2006, have used JibberJobber.

Regardless of whether you are in a job search today or building your side hustle, do networking on purpose! 

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Funding Your Business Part II: The Benefit of Self-Funding and Sales-Funding

September 2nd, 2016

This week I wrote How much money do you need to start your new business? In the comments, Kim write that it was a liberating post that helped free her mind of the layers of reasons why she couldn’t start her own consulting business.

This morning I had another thought… kind of like a “and another thing!” that just came to me. It’s a simple concept but very, very powerful. Imagine two scenarios:

Scenario 1: Get $100,000 of funding. For whatever reason, you need a lot of money to get started. This could be for equipment, tools, clothes, staff, rent, salary, etc.

Scenario 2: Fund-as-you-go, or funding through sales. You can start today, looking for a consulting customer, and you have everything you need (your brain, a phone, an email account, and… that’s it).

Here’s the thought I had this morning: Stopping a business that you have funded, with your own money or someone else’s, is kind of hard.  Well, stopping it isn’t hard, but what do you do about the $100,000 that you borrowed?  You could sell the stuff you bought, but you might not get dollar for dollar.  What if you have a basement full of stuff (like a heat press machine for making custom designed shirts and hats and stuff), with a payment on them, or an investor that is expecting you to find customers and make sales… that is hard to end.

If you are funded through sales, then it’s easy to “stop.” You have no outbound financial obligations… you just stop working. Take a few days off. Take a few months off. Perhaps pick it up next year… no big deal.  And what’s great about this? It’s just as easy to start it up again as it is to stop it again. I’m not saying to be fickle, but when we are taking about freeing and liberating, having a business that doesn’t start out with tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt is more flexible…

Pretty cool, huh?


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