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Author: Kelli Nottingham

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Welcome to the Career Speakeasy, a casual, fun, and irreverent place to share ideas about career development, the world of work, and life in general. Hosted by Kelli Nottingham, a talent management & training consultant and public speaker, with (many!) years of experience in corporate learning & development. We'll chat about ways to make your career more enjoyable, meaningful, and impactful. So come on in and pick your poison!
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Whether it's knee-knocking terror or just butterflies in your stomach, fear of public speaking holds so many people back in their careers and life in general. In this episode, I share 4 practical approaches you can take to manage (and even conquer!) your fear of public speaking. Don't hide your voice and ideas - the world needs them now more than ever! So listen now and get ready to speak up!  "Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking" is out now, wherever you get your podcasts. If you like the Career Speakeasy podcast, please help me spread the word by rating the podcast on your favorite podcast directory, and telling your friends.  It's greatly appreciated! Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!   If you want to grow your professional skills, either 1:1 or through workshops at your company or organization, let's chat!  For a 30-minute complimentary consultation, email me at kelli.nottingham@gmail.com, go to Kellinottingham.com, or reach out to me on LinkedIn, so we can see if I'm a good fit for your needs.   
Conflict is NOT a 4-letter word!    If your reaction to conflict is either:Slip on the ol' boxing gloves orRun away as fast as possiblethen today's episode is going to change your perspective (with no anger or yelling at all!)  The truth is, most of us don't like the idea of conflict - we think it'll feel messy, personal, and damaging.  But it doesn't have to be that way.  Conflict can be a wonderful opportunity to learn about ourselves and others around us, and it gives us a chance to make the world a better place.  No really!  It can!  No martial arts skills required.  So listen now to find some new ways to approach the inevitable conflicts that show up.  Subscribe to be notified of all new episodes! Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!  If you're interested in working with me, either 1:1 or in conjunction with your company or organization, let's chat!  For a 30-minute complimentary consultation, email me at kelli.nottingham@gmail.com, go to Kellinottingham.com, or reach out to me on LinkedIn, so we can see if I'm a good fit for your needs.  
Humans are emotion-driven creatures, whether we want to admit it or not.  And many of the most challenging situations that come up for us aren't based strictly on fact - they're based on feeling: managing conflicts, change, influencing others, sales, delegating.  Trying to fix a feeling-based problem with a fact-based solution, ain't gonna help.In this episode we dig into the work of Daniel Goleman, who wrote (arguably) THE book on Emotional Intelligence (EQ).  He says:"The rules for work are changing. We’re being judged by a new yardstick: not just by how smart we are, or by our training and expertise, but also by how well we handle ourselves and each other.”So let's learn about that new yardstick!Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!   If you're interested in working with me, either 1:1 or in conjunction with your company or organization, let's chat!  For a 30-minute complimentary consultation, email me at kelli.nottingham@gmail.com, go to Kellinottingham.com, or reach out to me on LinkedIn, so we can see if I'm a good fit for your needs.  
Does the thought of networking make you feel:  Icky  Grumpy  Queasy  Terrified  All of the Above   Well fear not, listener!  In this episode we're going to bust four common myths about networking that keep many people from building the strong, mutually beneficial relationships that great networks provide.  No pushy or smarmy behaviors needed.  Who knows?  You might even learn to *gasp* LOVE networking!  In this episode I mention a book that's been a great resource: Elaine Biech's Skills For Career Success: Maximizing Your Potential At Work.  If interested, you can buy it here.Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!   If you're interested in working with me, either 1:1 or in conjunction with your company or organization, let's chat!  For a 30-minute complimentary consultation, email me at kelli.nottingham@gmail.com, go to Kellinottingham.com, or reach out to me on LinkedIn, so we can see if I'm a good fit for your needs.  
Let's start digging into building our professional and personal networks.  Here's a mini episode  to prepare you for next week's full episode on Networking The Non-Icky Way. I'm on vacation this week, visiting with family I haven't been able to see in 1 1/2 years (yay for vaccines!), but I didn't want to leave you hanging.  Next week we'll have a full episode on how to network professionally without feeling salesy or pushy, and in ways that feel comfortable and beneficial for everyone involved. Talk to you next week!Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!   If you're interested in working with me, either 1:1 or in conjunction with your company or organization, let's chat!  For a 30-minute complimentary consultation, email me at kelli.nottingham@gmail.com, go to Kellinottingham.com, or reach out to me on LinkedIn, so we can see if I'm a good fit for your needs.  
Are you a Take This Fun Quiz kind of person?  If you said yes, today's episode is especially for you.  We're digging into different ways that people communicate, using a modified DISC assessment that we'll do right here!  In this episode!  No complicated test needed!But if you're afraid of being labelled as Type X or Style_______, no worries - we'll also explore how we aren't really putting ourselves into a self-limiting box by dissecting the way we communicate.  In fact, we'll learn some ways to flex our natural default communication style to be much more effective communicators.Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!   If you're interested in working with me, either 1:1 or in conjunction with your company or organization, let's chat!  For a 30-minute complimentary consultation, email me at kelli.nottingham@gmail.com, go to Kellinottingham.com, or reach out to me on LinkedIn, so we can see if I'm a good fit for your needs. 
The world is so much more open to remote work, to being a digital nomad, and that's fantastic!  If that way of working is calling to you - great!  Go for it!  Bon voyage! But there are some really important things to keep in mind.  {Cue sad trombone} One of the most crucial concerns about remote work is the lack of VISIBILITY that comes with it.  And I don't just mean turning your camera off during video calls.  We're talking career-stalling, Wonder Woman's Airplane types of invisibility to the decision makers in your organization. Invisibility might be a superpower to some heroes, but it's NOT going to get you very far in your career.  If you work remotely, invisibility becomes an enemy to your success. In today's episode, we're going to discuss a number of strategic ways to keep yourself not only visible when working remotely, but to actually grow your career while working and living where you want.  From excelling in your current job to finding new opportunities for career growth and advancement, we're going to get tactical in this one.  Let's go!Want more?Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!   If you're interested in working with me, either 1:1 or in conjunction with your company or organization, let's chat!  For a 30-minute complimentary consultation, email me at kelli.nottingham@gmail.com, go to Kellinottingham.com, or reach out to me on LinkedIn, so we can see if I'm a good fit for your needs. 
I’m all for individuality - doing things your own way!  Forging your own path through life!  Woo!  Unique Rules! But hey. If someone has learned a lesson the hard way, or has figured out an amazing technique for dealing with a situation, why reinvent the wheel?   We may be unique, but it doesn't mean we're remote desert islands in a sea of I Gotta Figure This Out By Myself.   We're more like an Archipelago of Shared Knowledge, washed in a sea of Human Experience.  This metaphor is going off the rails fast.  Ahem. In this episode, we'll learn how to learn from other people's best practices using the Mimic and Model approach.  This method will shorten our learning curve to improvement, by practicing and adapting the ways other people have succeeded.  Think of it as Incognito Mentoring.   So get out your magnifying glass - we're going to do some investigating!************I'm trying some new stuff with our episodes this year, and want to make sure this podcast is filling your needs.  Feedback is appreciated!  Email me at careerspeakeasy@gmail.com Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!   If you're interested in working with me, either 1:1 or in conjunction with your company or organization, let's chat!  For a 30-minute complimentary consultation, email me at kelli.nottingham@gmail.com, go to Kellinottingham.com, or reach out to me on LinkedIn, so we can see if I'm a good fit for your needs.  You'll walk away with some clarity on your own situation, and we can decide at that point if you want to continue working with me.   
Picture the scene:  You've been hand selected to participate in a big project!  Woo hoo!  How exciting!  Except a loud voice is booming in your head, saying: I am a complete fraud.  They just don't realize it yet. Ah yes, the dreaded Imposter Complex.  In this episode, we're going to face this bully head on, digging into what Imposter Complex is, nine ways that it shows up, and a whole bunch of practical steps we can take to send it on its miserable way. *** If you're interested in working with me directly, either as a 1:1 client or by bringing me to your organization or company for development training workshops, let's chat!  Please email me to set up a 30-minute complimentary consultation at careerspeakeasy@gmail.com Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!  
Do you believe you're smart?  Talented?  Creative?  What happens when your intelligence or talents or creativity are put to the test, and don't make the grade?  Do you focus on what you can learn from the situation?  (This is the answer we know we should give, but deep down inside is that really our reaction?  Or do you question whether you're really smart or talented or skilled? - That's the one that often comes up instead!)In this episode, we dig into some research on fixed vs. growth mindsets, and explore some new ideas about how we can think about ourselves and our possibilities.  Let's get digging!I'm trying some new stuff with our episodes this year, and want to make sure this podcast is filling your needs.  Feedback is appreciated!  Email me at careerspeakeasy@gmail.com Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!  
We behave according to who we believe we are.  So who do you believe you are? Powerful?  Adaptable?  Scatterbrained?  Never good enough?  In this episode, we dig down into the many layers of our identities, and explore our beliefs about ourselves.  Why, you ask? Because our self beliefs shape how we interact with our work, our opportunities, and our relationships, both professional and personal.  Our beliefs can propel us forward, or hold us back.  It's our choice!(p.s. My cat, Loki, decided to make a cameo in this one.  *shrugs*)If you like this podcast, please rate and review! I'm trying some new stuff with our episodes this year, and want to make sure this podcast is filling your needs.  Feedback is appreciated!  Email me at careerspeakeasy@gmail.com Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!  
"I'm unhappy but I'm comfortable with it."  Sound familiar?  This the Siren Call of Occupational Despair, and it keeps us stagnant, sitting alone on our little island of I Guess This Is Good Enough.   But it's not good enough, dear listeners, and in this episode we're exploring a new way to think about developing our careers - the Development Odyssey.  This odyssey is going to take us far beyond what a traditional career development plan would.  Don't have a career development plan?  Don't worry!  In this episode you'll get a quick step-by-step on how to put one together for yourself.  We'll then journey beyond to discover what's on the horizon for us in our long-term odyssey.   Let's have some fun and explore new possibilities!I'm trying some new stuff with our episodes this year, and want to make sure this podcast is filling your needs.  Feedback is appreciated!  Email me at careerspeakeasy@gmail.com Subscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!  
Welcome to 2021!  Let's kick off this year by setting some GOALS!  In this episode, we discuss 3 key aspects to setting goals that are actually going to get you where you want to go (yes yes, isn't that what they all say?)  But if you don't pay attention to these 3 points, your goals will remain more like wishes than reality, your Vision Board more like a Disappointment Board.  And we don't want that.  If you want a much deeper look into goal setting and habit forming, I strongly recommend Atomic Habits by James Clear.  It's an excellent book and his work has changed the way I approach goals and frankly my daily life!I'm trying some new stuff with our episodes this year, and want to make sure this podcast is filling your needs.  Feedback is appreciated!  Email me at careerspeakeasy@gmail.comSubscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!  
Yeah, we might be ready to just say Good Riddance to 2020, but let's take a little time to learn what we can from this bizarre year.Pull out your notebooks or journals, a pen, and a beverage of your choice, and prepare yourself for a virtual coaching session with me!  We'll take our time reflecting on the past year in this episode, both the ups and downs, and you can pause as much as needed to write out  your thoughts and ideas.If you like this episode, please let me know, so I can do more of them (or not, if you hated it)!  Email me at careerspeakeasy@gmail.comSubscribe to our mailing list at kellinottingham.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @careerspeakeasyWe also have a Youtube channel with more content!  
Today we're discussing self care, but not the heavily marketed, commodified, Buy-Expensive-Luxuries version of it.  Please don't pummel me with fancy scented candles!  (Unless they're lemongrass scented).This episode reveals a much broader, truer way of caring for ourselves, so that we can be the most vibrant, powerful, and authentic versions of ourselves that we can.  Yes, pampering ourselves is a part of caring for ourselves, it's just definitely NOT the whole package.  So light a candle (or don't - your choice!) and let's focus on a different, fuller way to care for ourselves - a way that will help us in every area of our lives, including work, home, and friendships.  Sign up for our mailing list: kellinottingham.comWe have a video playlist too!  Check it out here: Career Development Videos - YouTube
Does the idea of a 'Gratitude Practice' make your eyebrow pop up in cynicism?  When you think of practicing gratitude, do you immediately think of tedious meditation?Does "feeling grateful" feel a bit arrogant or self-centered to you?Well, dear listeners, it doesn't have to be that way!  Trust me, I'm not a meditation person, but even I've found ways to bring more gratitude into everyday life.  Here are some key points from this episode:Gratitude doesn't require religious/spiritual faith.  Really!Gratitude doesn't need to be deeply philosophical to workGratitude doesn't have to be all about you and your lifeWe'll also discuss some Deep Thoughts about gratitude, but don't worry - we don't get heavy in this episode.  So listen now to learn about Gratitude by Proxy, what the enemy of gratitude is, and how you can Do Gratitude today.Subscribe to the podcast today to be notified of new episodes!To sign up for our mailing list, go to Kellinottingham.comWe also have videos with additional content!  Click here to check them out.  The podcast is also on Instagram and Facebook.
It's the spooky season and this episode is Filled With Fear!  No, it's not scary (I promise!), but we are going to chat about how we can use our fears productively.  Fear is there to help us - it keeps us safe and makes us alert to possible dangers, but sometimes gets so big and so all-encompassing that it holds us back in our lives and careers.  In this episode we explore: The Benefits of Fear Three ways Fear can go haywire and control us too muchHow Fear can show up in our livesA handful of ways to get to know your Fear FriendDon't be scared to look your Fear Friend in the eye!  You might find you have a lot to chat about.Subscribe to the podcast today to be notified of new episodes.To sign up for our mailing list, go to Kellinottingham.comWe also have videos with additional content!  Click here to check them out. 
It's our first Top Ten List!  Even if you don't do training full time, you've probably spent time at work teaching someone new skills, even if it's just how to work the coffee maker.  This episode is here to help, with ten tips that I've learned (often the hard way!) in my career.   I also bust a common training myth in this one - a myth that everyone has heard and probably believed (I know I did)!Subscribe now to keep up with the most current episodes.  To sign up for our mailing list, go to Kellinottingham.com
Our brains are efficient, squishy little machines that can do amazing things!  But they can also go on autopilot and default to thinking processes that reinforce stereotypes that can hold us back from living in an equitable world where everyone can thrive.  In this episode, we explore my straightforward formula to understand how implicit bias is formed, and how we can rewire our brains away from negative biases and toward positive thought patterns.  We also discuss growing up during the Cold War in the US in the 80s - it'll be flashback time for Gen X!  Working to conquer our individual implicit biases isn't the answer to all of the equity issues we have in the world today, but it's one step we can take individually to make the world a better place.  Listen now, and subscribe to keep up with new episodes!Want to know what else Kelli has in the pipeline, and be on the list for new & upcoming development resources?  Join the mailing list!  I swear I won't spam.  I hate it as much as you do!  www.kellinottingham.com
Sometimes mentoring requires talking about RBF.  Not sure what that is, or (gulp!) how to mentor someone about it?  Listen and learn, grasshopper!  If you're interested in growing your mentoring skills, this juicy episode is for you.  We cover the 4 key best practices for being a great mentor, with some examples and questions to help you get ready for your mentor responsibilities, and give you ideas on how to find a mentee.  And yes, we do address challenges that can come from a mentoring relationship, including how to talk about The Dreaded Career Derailer.  Enjoy!
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