Volunteering can strengthen not only your CV and LinkedIn profile, it can also strengthen who you are as a person, and subsequently your position in business. Among the abundant number of skills you will gain from volunteer work, it will give you the opportunity to make a difference in society while developing invaluable leadership qualities.
There are so many volunteering activities to take part in, either relevant to you as a person or something completely new. You could volunteer with children, the elderly, the disabled, you could help the homeless or help clean up public parks.
The volunteering I chose in late 2014 was to be a classroom helper at a primary school. As a writer who has worked several editorial and customer service roles, and having never worked with children before, this was completely out of my comfort zone. The reason I took this was, at the time, when I was debating on what career to take, I wondered whether I could make it as a teacher. So I did it. My experience there allowed me to make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of these children; to manage my time in the structure of classes; to gain confidence; and to develop excellent leadership qualities.
Some of the main skills you can gain from a volunteering role can include…
- Problem-solving and adaptability
- Planning and prioritising work
- Time management
- Interpersonal skills
Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement. The actual sensation of achievement can come about from the fact that you’re not being paid to do it. It’s all in your power to choose to do it and gain something other than monetary payment. This makes it easier to see what you’ve gained from the role.
Many companies hire people on their experience and qualifications, but a key factor is also your other skills and abilities from your personal interests. This is a way for companies to suss you out and find out who you are as a person. Therefore, volunteering can fit in this section and will show you as someone who has gone out there and got things done but also with a good work ethic. Many companies who see that you’ve volunteered will see you in a positive light: someone who is willing to work, willing to help, and willing to forfeit monetary payment for the sake of the work, which they’ll see as someone who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.
Volunteering is a good way to strengthen who are as a person and your moral compass, and subsequently your position in business. Volunteering allows you to make a positive difference in society and have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general. Meeting a variety of people means you’ll essentially be guided through to your position in business and ultimately strengthen it.
If volunteering can strengthen you as a person, it most certainly will strengthen your position in business. You’ll be able to challenge yourself, experience something new, learn new skills, and achieve a set goal. In this way, you’ll be putting your skills to use while developing new ones, strengthening yourself personally while placing yourself higher up on the career ladder.
Written for Dr. Mark D. Yates, the LinkedIn Expert’s Expert
At the age of 54, John B. Goodenough invented the lithium battery which powers all our smart phones, tablets and laptops – as well as electric cars.
With his unique blend of martial mastery and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his premature death at the age of 32, Bruce Lee is one of those rare cultural icons whose ethos and appeal remain timeless.
Many of Bruce Lee’s pearls of wisdom have their roots in Lao Tzu’s classic text, The Tao Te Ching which was written in 6BC.
During our lifetime, we spend more time speaking to ourselves than we do to any other person.
Harvard psychologist Shawn Achor says that the most important conversations we ever have, are the ones that we have with our self. Primarily, because the relationship we have with our self influences the relationships that we have with others.
Cambridge University thinks that play is such an important component of creativity and emotional well-being, that it’s hiring a Professor of Play.
Research shows that a playful mindset at work, free of the burden of office politics and inauthetic hierarchical posturing, significantly enhances creativity and problem solving.
There seems to be an ever growing number of keyboard warriors on social media.
Cyber bullies who are a colloidal carbuncle on the backside of humanity.
Link Business Marketing’s aim is to help you leverage LinkedIn for successful and profitable business growth. Our team of LinkedIn specialists utilise all features that LinkedIn has to offer in order to help our clients businesses grow. We do this using different methods to gain the most traction possible for profitable and sustainable business growth.
LBM creates fresh, brand new LinkedIn accounts for your most senior-level workers, giving them high-quality, presentable and attractive LinkedIn profiles. With the information which you provide us, our LinkedIn specialists create the best possible scripts to upload onto the different sections of your profile. Scripts are sections of your profile which tell people all about yourself. Scripts can be about employment history, educational background, skill-sets etc.
LinkedIn profiles need to stand out against the rest. You want your profile to be the one that attracts other LinkedIn users to view it. You need your profile to sell yourself and sell the business which you work for. Did you know that 75% of B2B buyers use social media to make purchasing decisions? Having that top profile may be the difference between making or losing the sale you were hoping for.
When creating clients’ profiles, LBM’s LinkedIn specialists conduct research to discover what keywords would be most beneficial on your LinkedIn profile. Keywords maximise the chances of your profile appearing amongst the top search results on LinkedIn. The majority of people don’t even move onto the second page of results when searching online, so being right at the top of the first page will definitely increase the chances of potential business growth.
Over half (55%) of buyers search for the vendors they’re looking to buy from before making their final purchasing decisions. If they do their due diligence and cannot find your profile or your profile is only the bare minimum, some credibility might be lost and that is why it’s our aim to get your profile straight to number one.
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Written for the Dr. Mark D. Yates, the LinkedIn Expert’s Expert.
Despite being very clever Jan was, by his own admission, a trouble maker at school and quickly dropped out of college.
Academic qualifications are impressive achievements. Many people spend years at college and university studying for their degree, which is the making of their career path. After school, I spent three years studying for a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and another two years studying for a Masters. But there is more to learn from school than just qualifications: social skills, self-control, motivation, focus and resilience, to name but a few.
My qualifications were some of my proudest life-achievements. But I know that they, alone, weren’t wholly responsible for moulding me as a person. Through school I learnt essential social skills, having an understanding of various types of people, knowing that everyone is different. I developed a sense of empathy, which gave me powerful communication skills, allowing me to communicate on different levels, as I know everyone is different. Facilitating interaction with excellent interpersonal skills is very valuable and very powerful – you can gain a lot from someone from an initial interaction, talking to someone on a personal, friendly level. To me, this also acts as respect. When you communicate effectively and you respect someone, you receive respect back – and that is a strong key to success.
In business, it is key to have good self-control. To be able to regulate your own thoughts, emotions and behaviour. I think that, when dealing with a variety of people: clients, customers, colleagues, high-end businesspeople, it is important to stay level-headed and in control of, not only the situation, but your own thoughts too. This is something that doesn’t come from a qualification. You learn this essentially from school, in interacting with different people in different classes. You would have felt under pressure for the first time in your life, which would have helped develop you to handle yourself, a maturity you can transfer to a professional level. An admirable attribute that will help you keep your cool, concentration and control your emotions in high-pressure situations.
As someone who works with words, writing content for LBM and our clients, I must keep my creativity going all the time. I could say I developed my creativity from studying English, but to be creative, you must also be focused. I had some good teachers in school and college, and they taught me to keep my focus while working on things. Put pen to paper, don’t get distracted, and using a kind of self-discipline to make sure the work gets done. This skill in focus is essential in the workplace, as businesses and even your own career (whatever that may be) will require a certain level of focus. Keep your eye on the goal and achieve what you set out to achieve. My qualifications didn’t set me up for that. I learnt that from my experience in the education environment, from my teachers, from working hard and paying attention from the beginning.
Other than qualifications, school gives you a certain resilience. It makes you tough. Gives you a thick skin. School isn’t always the happiest place for young people, it’s a time when you’d be uncomfortable and maybe a bit awkward, but it’s what came from that which matters the most. You would have learnt to be tougher, braver, confident and strong-minded than ever. That kind of ability can’t really be taught, but learnt and developed. It’s one of the best characteristics to have, to be strong in the face of adversity, unflinching in failure. This is why you learnt more from school than just qualifications, so you should always remember there are different experiences that make a successful person.
Whilst researching Supernovae as part of his post-doctoral research, 29-year-old Brian kept coming to the conclusion that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating.
But all the research at the time, by some of the world’s leading astrophysicists, came to the opposite conclusion, that the expansion of the Universe was decelerating.
So Brian spent the next few months trying find out where he had gone wrong, because as he says, “I was an apprentice astrophysicist with little experience, contradicting the best Professor’s on the planet. So I must have got it wrong.”
But try as he might, he couldn’t find a mistake.
So almost apologetically, Brian published his research, asking the world’s leading scientists to correct his conclusion.
However, despite years of trying, not one astrophysicist could dispute Brian’s conclusion.
In 2011, thirteen years after his research was first published, Professor Brian Schmidt was awarded the Nobel prize for Physics for “completely changing our understanding of the structure of the Universe.”
Brian now has his own group of research students and one of the first things he teaches them is the words of St. Augustine who some 1,200 years ago said, “Fallor ergo sum”, which translated is, “I err, therefore I am.”
Brian also tells his students that the most successful are not the cleverest, it’s those who are bold, not afraid to make mistakes, and who believe they are good enough.
So if you must doubt something, doubt your limits.
Here is one of the funniest scenes from the movie Life of Brian: Welease Woger
- A Chinese man faked his own death, but his family were suspicious, they didn’t bereave him.
- I tried to start up a chicken dating agency but failed, it was a struggle to make hens meet
- The tiles, A, E, I, O, and U were discovered in a dead scrabble players stomach, vowel play is suspected.
- A Mexican stuntman died while making a film, at the funeral his mother approached the director and said,
“Jesus died for your scenes.”
Live big & love deep.
Moving minds l Transforming performance
Buster had a very big problem.
A Mike Tyson uppercut had just sent him crashing to the canvas at the end of the 8th round. Having staggered to his feet at a count of nine Buster was saved by the bell.
Coming in to the fight Tyson was an overwhelming favourite with an undefeated record of 37 wins with 32 knockouts.
The bell rang for the start of Round 9 and the world waited for the inevitable and another Tyson knockout. But despite a barrage of vicious hooks and uppercuts, Douglas somehow managed to stay on his feet, survive the round and land some blows of his own.
Miraculously, the tide was turning, and in the 10th round Douglas unleashed a heavy four punch combination which knocked Tyson down and left him unable to beat the referees count.
Douglas was crowned the heavyweight champion of the world.
In his post-fight conference Douglas revealed that he had made a promise to his mother on her death bed that he would win the fight. His mother had died 23 days before the fight. Despite Tyson’s intimidating record, Douglas said. “I didn’t know how I was going to win the fight, but I knew I was going to win because I had promised my mom.”
Research by the author and neuroscientist Professor Richard Restak, shows that when we have an all-consuming purpose and reason for doing something, the limbic part of the brain overrides the neocortex. The neocortex rationalizes that it’s time to stop being punched in the face, and wants you stay on the canvas and be defeated, but the limbic brain evokes a dominant fight response.
Also, the adrenalized nature of a purpose driven limbic response means that we’re far less likely to see problems and feel pain, and are more likely to see possibilities and potential.
Hence a mother running back into a burning building to save her child, and a daughter lifting up a one-and-a-half-ton car a few inches so her trapped father can escape.
When your “why” resonates with your soul, the “how” tends to appear.
- I thought it was the tumble dryer that shrank my clothes. Turns out it was the refrigerator.
- An old couple are at church, when the wife leans across to her husband and whispers,
“I’ve just let out a silent fart, what should I do?”, to which he replies, “change the battery in your hearing aid”.
- The writer of ‘The Hokey Cokey” song has died.
It was a struggle getting him in the coffin.
They put his left leg in, then the trouble started.
Live big & love deep.