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Author: John Neral

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Are you considering a career change and are getting frustrated and overwhelmed by the process? I'm here for you. I help my clients navigate their mid-career transitions to prepare, position, and promote who they are and what they do, and #SHOWUP and find a job they love or love the job they have. I'll share relevant, useful, and strategic tips to help you decide on what's next for your career and create a career "GPS" to help you get where you want to be. You'll hear inspirational stories about leveling-up and changing careers so you can step into your worth and value to create your next advancement opportunity.
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I’m going to need you to brag for a bit. And yes, this isn’t going to be an easy exercise, but you will want to listen to this episode to help you get very clear on your professional value and how best to communicate it.  You’re having two conversations. One is focused on what you do. The other is focused on who you are as a professional. There are a lot of people who can do what you do. They have the technical skills and experience, but only you can bring your Unique Professional Value to that position, which will create the value add and the results you and your company desire.  In this episode, I’m talking to you about why your professional value matters and why you must gather data points that demonstrate and exemplify your work quality. Stay until the end because I will walk you through an exercise I do with my clients to create their Unique Professional Value Statements.  Key Topics & Time Stamps: ·      Why your professional value matters (3:28)·      Communicating my value during an interview (7:12)·      Gather your data points about your value (10:09)·      An entrepreneurial lesson on value (13:16)·      Creating your Unique Professional Value Statement (16:25) List of Resources:·      SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career Calls to Action: ·      If you’d like to get weekly information about leadership and career topics, sign up for my email newsletter here.·      Get notified when new podcast episodes drop. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts here or wherever you listen. And don’t forget to rate and review to let me know what you are enjoying or learning. ·      Let’s stay connected by following me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral.·      Visit https://johnneral.com for more information.   
If you are struggling in your career, please know you are not alone. We ALL struggle at some point in our profession – and often – multiple times throughout our careers. There are many reasons and influencers that directly contribute to your stress and struggle. When you struggle, you face a pivotal moment in your career where you learn who you need to go to get rid of that struggle and be better for those experiences on the other side. You don’t have to have everything figured out for your career right now at this moment. Remember when math got difficult? You learned how to deal with it. The same principles hold in your career.  If your professional identity has taken a hit, listen to this episode to gain valuable tips to help you acknowledge your struggle, and create some tangible action steps to help you end the battle and move your career forward. You can decide to play this safe or go big and take your career to the next level because of the lessons you’re learning dealing with this struggle.    Key Topics & Time Stamps: ·      Defining and identifying your professional struggle (1:12)·      Do you remember when math got difficult? (6:25)·      Addressing professional identity issues (10:23)·      Struggling during the pandemic and what you’ve learned (14:00)·      Play it safe or go big! (15:39)  List of Resources:·      Seven Mid-Level Career Struggles That Every Young Professional Goes Throughhttps://lindseyruns.medium.com/7-mid-level-career-struggles-that-every-young-professional-goes-through-72ca21f5f52a·      SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career Calls to Action: ·      If you’d like to get weekly information about leadership and career topics, sign up for my email newsletter here.·      Get notified when new podcast episodes drop. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts here or wherever you listen. And don’t forget to rate and review to let me know what you are enjoying or learning. ·      Let’s stay connected by following me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral.·      Visit https://johnneral.com for more information. 
Sometimes your career takes you to places you never considered or dreamed, but are so grateful it did because you are doing work you genuinely enjoy and love. For Sarah White, having a career in the restaurant industry wasn’t something she sought out to do, but her journey led her there, and she’s found her passion. Additionally, Sarah recently announced she is running for political office as a district representative for Virginia.  Listen to Sarah’s story and how she clearly defines where she can add the greatest value to her organization, clients, and customers. Her passion is infectious, and it’s that kind of energy we could all hope for in our careers.  John gets on the mic to talk to Sarah White about how she got involved in the restaurant business, helps restaurant owners transform their restaurants from “good” to “great,” and her desire to pursue her passion for political office in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Also, Sarah shares her big takeaways from being a member of John’s #SHOWUPChallenge and how it helped her define what it means for her to #SHOWUP in her career and her life.  You can connect with Sarah White on social media @Sarah4VA and visit her website https://Your-White-Knight.com. Key Topics & Time Stamps: ·      Why working in the restaurant industry is something she loves, even more so because of the pandemic (5:10)·      Sarah's professional and industry outlook for 2021 (7:10)·      Sarah’s thoughts on what makes a good restaurant great (9:00)·      Sarah's desire to launch her restaurant consultant business (10:49)·      How Sarah uses her genius (14:54)·      Sarah's ambitions for political office (19:24)·      Sarah’s participation and takeaways from being a member of John’s #SHOWUPChallenge (23:14)·      Sarah describes her mid-career journey and what advice she would give to her younger self (28:55)  List of Resources:·      Visit John’s website for information about his one-on-one and group coaching programs https://johnneral.com or email him at john@johnneral.com. ·      Get John’s Book - SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career Calls to Action: ·      If you’d like to get weekly information about leadership and career topics, sign up for my email newsletter here.·      Get notified when new podcast episodes drop. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts here or wherever you listen. And don’t forget to rate and review to let me know what you are enjoying or learning. ·      Let’s stay connected by following me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral.·      Visit https://johnneral.com for more information.    
 Throughout your career, there will be times when you feel “stuck,” “undervalued,” and “underutilized.” These aren’t pleasant feelings, but they are important along your career journey. You’ll know when you are doing work you love and are thriving. You’ll also know when you are not. I’ll share some key indicators to help you assess how stuck you are.   What if you love where you work, but there is no clear path upward so you can get the promotion you want. It’s an interesting situation, and I’m going to talk about that with you because you can either wait it out or take full control of your career and do something about it.  In this episode, I’m going to help you gain clarity on what these terms mean, signs when they are happening to you, and how to get yourself out of these situations to help you navigate your career toward the goals you want.  These are normal feelings and things that happen to all of us. But there are ways to get out of it, and if you don’t have a stretch project, you might want to get one.  Key Topics & Time Stamps: ·      What does “stuck,” “undervalued,” and “underutilized” mean? (4:09)·      Being stuck is a significant part of your career growth (6:13)·      Reasons you might be feeling stuck in your job (6:53)·      Actions steps to take to stop feeling “stuck.” (8:32)·      Examining your professional brand (10:11)·      Tom Llamas leaving ABC News (12:11)·      Why being stuck in your job may be the best thing that has ever happened to you (14:19)·      Some suggestions to help you get professionally “unstuck” (15:25) List of Resources:·      To Tell The Truth – Rosa Parks Episodehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZRNeok021g·      7 Reasons You Might Be Feeling Stuck at Your Job – by Serena Kappeshttps://www.themuse.com/advice/7-reasons-you-might-be-feeling-stuck-at-your-job·      ABC News Anchor Tom Llamas Will Likely Jump to NBC Newshttps://variety.com/2021/tv/news/tom-llanas-nbc-news-abc-news-tv-1234892905/·      SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career Calls to Action: ·      If you’d like to get weekly information about leadership and career topics, sign up for my email newsletter here.·      Get notified when new podcast episodes drop. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts here or wherever you listen. And don’t forget to rate and review to let me know what you are enjoying or learning. ·      Let’s stay connected by following me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral.·      Visit https://johnneral.com for more information. 
One of the most frequent questions you’ll ask yourself is, “When is it time for me to leave my job?” This question is a natural progression in your career development. Don’t be scared of it. Embrace this question and lean into what your inner voice is telling you about leaving.  You’ll leave for various reasons such as wanting more responsibility, an opportunity to lead, more pay, leaving a bad boss, greater work-life balance, or a chance to better align your professional life with your values and goals. All of these are practical examples, and I’m sure there are a few others, but you will question whether or not now is the right time to leave.  In this episode, I’ll share how you can acknowledge all of the mind drama and your inner critic to help you make the best decision. I’ll help you take a look at your career progression and see where a move potential aligns along your career path. And, I’ll share my experiences about how I’ve always trusted my gut and knew when it was time to leave.  We all go through these events and question when is the best time to leave our jobs. Gather the information. Process what you’ve learned. Make the decision and know you’ll land on your feet.  Key Topics & Time Stamps: ·      Our career paths are filled with changes (3:30)·      4 Common Reasons to Change Careers by Christine Bernier Lienke (FlexJobs) (8:20)·      Gathering information about leaving your job (9:18)·      Lessons from 16-year old, Bowling Phenom, Jillian Martin (15:20)·      Stepping into your power and value (17:54)·      What would you do if you knew you could not fail? (22:28) List of Resources:·      Episode 3 – Navigating Your Mid-Career Transitionhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mid-career-gps-podcast/id1548327541?i=1000505139202·      Episode 7 – You’ve Got the Dream Job. Now What? https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mid-career-gps-podcast/id1548327541?i=1000506729886·      4 Common Reasons to Change Careers by Christine Bernier Lienke (FlexJobs)https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/common-reasons-to-change-careers/·      Interview with 16-year old Bowling Phenom Jillian Martin – https://bowl.com  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQg6nIQk5mc·      SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career Calls to Action: ·      If you’d like to get weekly information about leadership and career topics, sign up for my email newsletter here.·      Get notified when new podcast episodes drop. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts here or wherever you listen. And don’t forget to rate and review to let me know what you are enjoying or learning. ·      Let’s stay connected by following me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral.·      Visit https://johnneral.com for more information.  
You want a new job or promotion, and you’re putting in a lot of work to make that happen. You need to manage your mind as you navigate toward whatever is next for your career.   If you are a Jeopardy fan! Like me, you are watching closely to see who will ultimately take over hosting duties after Alex Trebek’s passing. In my opinion, Ken Jennings is doing a good job. It would be unfair to judge his performance at the same level as Alex Trebek’s 37 years of experience hosting Jeopardy! and against his entire broadcasting career. Plus, I share my experiences playing a trivia game against Ken.  You could only hope for the same grace and patience as you move into whatever role is next. Feedback is important. You must perform your job duties effectively with the knowledge, skills, and competence to do the job well. And you need time. But you’ve put in plenty of time to get where you want to go. Now, it’s time for you to learn and do your job.  One question I often ask my clients is, “How would you SHOW UP for work if you were acting in this role?” Focus on your mindset and demonstrate you have the skills and abilities to act in whatever new role you choose.   Key Topics & Time Stamps: ·      Lessons learned from Ken Jennings as guest host of Jeopardy! (2:40)·      The time I met Ken Jennings and played against him (9:08)·      You’ve already got the job. Now what? (12:43)·      How to prepare for your promotion (14:07)·      How will you SHOW UP for that new job before you have it? (15:19)  List of Resources:·      6 Ways to Prepare for Your (Someday) Promotion – Adrian Granzella Larssen https://www.themuse.com/advice/6-ways-to-prepare-for-your-someday-promotion-now·      You’ve Got the Interview. Now What? https://johnneral.com/youve-got-the-interview-now-what/·      What Alex Trebek is Teaching Me About My Professional Legacyhttps://johnneral.com/what-alex-trebek-is-teaching-me-about-my-professional-legacy/·      The First Jeopardy! without Alex Trebek: How Ken Jennings Did as Host? https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2021/01/11/jeopardy-without-alex-trebek-how-ken-jennings-did-host/6624540002/·      SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career Calls to Action: ·      If you’d like to get weekly information about leadership and career topics, sign up for my email newsletter here.·      Get notified when new podcast episodes drop. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts here or wherever you listen. And don’t forget to rate and review to let me know what you are enjoying or learning. ·      Let’s stay connected by following me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral.·      Visit https://johnneral.com for more information.   
On January 6, 2021, our nation experienced one of its darkest days. A violent insurrection happened on our Nation’s Capitol, leaving five people dead and numerous people injured. (Source: CNN) As we continue to learn and gather more information about that awful day, many people have been arrested, lost their jobs, and may face fines and other punishments resulting from their participation.  Except for Montana, every state in our Union has “At-Will” employment laws in place protecting both organizations, companies, and small businesses, as well as their employees. These laws protect both parties. As you navigate toward whatever position is next for you, it’s essential to know your rights and your employer’s rights regarding “At-Will” employment.  In this episode, I will break down the information about “At-Will” employment and share a personal story where I exercised my rights as an “At-Will” employee. “At-Will” does work both ways, but you must be careful and protect your brand and reputation in the process.  Key Topics & Time Stamps: ·      Reviewing the Insurrection at the Capitol (0:50)·      Defining “At-Will” Employment (4:20)·      The benefits to both organizations and employees about being “At-Will.” (4:53)·      Repercussions of job loss after the Insurrection (10:19)·      Examining “Cancel Culture” (11:37) ·      Exercising my “At-Will” rights (13:00)·      Managing Your Social Media (15:38)·      Protecting and Promoting Your Brand (16:40)  List of Resources:·      Article from Indeed.com - Indeed.com outlines the benefits of at-will employment to both employers and employees.  ·      CNN Article - people losing their jobs·      Leaving a job without giving two-weeks’ notice – Article from The Balanced Careers·       SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career by John Neral Calls to Action: ·      If you’d like to get weekly information about leadership and career topics, sign up for my email newsletter here.·      Get notified when new podcast episodes drop. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts here or wherever you listen. And don’t forget to rate and review to let me know what you are enjoying or learning. ·      Let’s stay connected by following me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral.·      Visit https://johnneral.com for more information.   
As the pandemic continues, many Americans are struggling to find work and get back to work. While there are things you can do, it is in your best interest to work on managing your thoughts. Remember that your thoughts create feelings, which then create actions that produce results. How are your thoughts helping or hurting you in your job search process?  For this episode, I’m talking to Project Manager Clare Simmons. Last year, Clare was a member of my #SHOWUPChallenge and joined a dedicated group of professionals committed to working on their job search, interviewing, and networking skills. Clare received multiple job offers after months of hearing nothing. Clare got to choose which job she wanted.  John and Clare discuss her job search process and how she managed her energy and focus when she didn’t hear anything from potential employers. We talk about how she SHOWed UP to communicate her value, communicate her worth during her interviews, and what she learned from the negotiation process.  Key Topics & Time Stamps: ·      Why Clare decided to look for a new job during a pandemic (6:00)·      Clare describes her job search strategy and timeline (9:00)·      Clare’s mindset and resiliency during her job search (11:25)·      How Clare communicated her value during her interviews (14:30)·      Why following-up after an interview is essential (20:24)·      Clare’s advice to help you SHOW UP more energetically and impactfully in your career (25:50) List of Resources:·      Visit https://johnneral.com for more information about one-on-one and group coaching programs·      You can connect with Clare on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/clare-simmons-a8004311/·      SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career Calls to Action: ·      If you’d like to get weekly information about leadership and career topics, sign up for my email newsletter here.·      Get notified when new podcast episodes drop. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts here or wherever you listen. And don’t forget to rate and review to let me know what you are enjoying or learning. ·      Let’s stay connected by following me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral.·      Visit https://johnneral.com for more information.  
You bring specific energy, talents, and skills to your job. While others may possess the same technical skills as you, there is a way you do your job that no one else can do. Yes, you are replaceable. But until that time comes, how you do your job is a big part of how you SHOW UP.  SHOWing UP is more than just physically being in the room. It’s how you connect, engage, inspire, and motivate others to do their work. It’s about the quality of your work and the importance of your client relationships. As a former hiring manager, I used to shutter when I heard a candidate say they were a great team player. I think I know what you mean, but let’s be clear about precisely what you mean by being a great team player. The same is true for how we SHOW UP. This episode is going to help norm the conversation. In this episode, I’m sharing six specific strategies to help you SHOW UP more energetically and impactfully in your career. These strategies will help you define your daily interactions and chart a path to achieving your career goals. I’ll share a defining and influential moment in my life that taught me what it meant for me to SHOW UP and what I did after that. And I’ll highlight one specific strategy designed to help you shift your mindset from being a generalist to a specialist.  Key Topics & Time Stamps: ·      My life-changing event (3:10)·      Defining my #SHOWUP6Strategies (3:50)·      Communicating how you SHOW UP in your interview (7:57)·      Identifying your “Genius” (10:50)·      Difference between a “specialist” and a “generalist” (16:20)·      Finding ways to use your “Genius” (19:55) List of Resources:·      SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career Calls to Action: ·      Click here to sign up for my email list and get weekly information related to leadership and career topics·      Subscribe to The Mid-Career GPS Podcast and get notified about new episodes. Don’t forget to rate and review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. ·      Follow me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral·      Visit https://johnneral.com for more details.  
Career paths are not linear. If anyone tells you that their career path has been straightforward and easy, they are fortunate and blessed. There is no possible way to have everything figured out for our career once we graduate high school or college. Opportunities arise, and things happen that cause you to shift your path, pivot, and make necessary and substantial changes along the way. This is why having a Mid-Career GPS is vital to helping you navigate all of the bumps and detours you’ll face on the road ahead.  You may feel that other professionals or colleagues are farther ahead on their career journey as you navigate your career transition. And some are. But let them have their journey, and you have yours. While real, Imposter Syndrome will not help you build your Mid-Career GPS and reach the goals you want.  In this episode, I’m sharing four steps to help you navigate your Mid-Career transition. These steps will help you prepare, position, and promote who you are and what you do, so you can #SHOWUP find a job you love or love the job you have. Also, I share the importance of and the power of the word “YET.” Your career transition is happening. It just hasn’t happened YET. Knowing that will help you manage your thoughts and keep the mind drama at bay.  Key Topics and Time Stamps: ·      Four Steps to Navigating Your Mid-Career Transition (2:20)·      Making a Mid-Career Transition Twice in Less Than Two Years (8:51)·      Managing Your Mind Drama During Your Mid-Career Transition (10:24)·      Thoughts on Caroline Castrillion’s Forbes Blog - How to Navigate a Career Change with Confidence (15:00)·      The Power of YET (16:55) List of Resources: ·      Your Mid-Career GPS Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124484169416965·      Blog – Why “YET” is a Part of Your Career Journeyhttps://www.johnneral.com/why-yet-is-a-part-of-your-career-journey/·      Blog – How to Navigate a Career Change with Confidence by Caroline Castrillion https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecastrillon/2020/09/30/how-to-navigate-a-career-change-with-confidence/?sh=362167354b15 Calls to Action: ·      Click here to sign up for my email list and get weekly information related to leadership and career topics·      Subscribe to The Mid-Career GPS Podcast and get notified about new episodes. Don’t forget to rate and review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. ·      Follow me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral.   
Positioning yourself strategically in the marketplace can be a bit tricky and frustrating. You look at the job posting, apply, and hear crickets. You question what you need to do to get someone to respond to your application and give you an interview. If you are not positioned strategically, it will take a long time before you get invited.  Career transitions need to be strategic and intentional, designed to showcase your value and expertise to a new organization or company. How you tell your story is based on the totality of your experiences. Without fully understanding those experiences and what you’ve learned and gained, you won’t be able to position yourself accordingly.  This episode will help you figure out how best to position yourself in the marketplace while assessing what’s working and what isn’t as you navigate your career. We will also look at how you are applying your lessons learned from 2020 into your story.  Key Topics & Time Stamps: ·      Five Lessons from 2020 (2:14)·      Taking Those Lessons and Applying Them to Welcome 2021 (8:00)·      Lessons from With Winning in Mind (11:00)·      Re-engaging Your Network (14:10)·      Being Intentional Drives Results (17:30) List of Resources:·      Your Mid-Career GPS Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124484169416965·      Podcast #SHOWUP2020 – https://anchor.fm/showup2020·      SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career·      With Winning in Mind by Lannie Basham Calls to Action: ·      Click here to sign up for my email list and get weekly information related to leadership and career topics·      Subscribe to The Mid-Career GPS Podcast and get notified about new episodes. Don’t forget to rate and review on Apple Podcasts or where you listen. ·      Follow me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral.
Mid-career is defined by experience or age, and by that “moment” when you realized you couldn’t keep doing the same thing. As a mid-career professional, you might be ready for something. Creating a mid-career GPS is a primary step to helping you determine what’s next for your career and why that’s important to you. Key Topics & Time Stamps: ·      Defining what “mid-career” is (3:15)·      My mid-career moment happened when I was teaching a lesson on multiplying fractions (7:00)·      Creating an intentional career goal for 2021 as part of Your Mid-Career GPS (12:30) List of Resources:·      Office of Personnel Management Website – www.opm.gov·      Your Mid-Career GPS Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124484169416965·      Podcast #SHOWUP2020 – https://anchor.fm/showup2020·      SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career Calls to Action: ·      Click here to sign up for my email list and get weekly information related to leadership and career topics·      Subscribe to The Mid-Career GPS Podcast and get notified about new episodes. Don’t forget to rate and review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. ·      Follow me on social. LinkedIn @johnneral, Instagram @johnneralcoaching, Facebook @johnneralcoaching, Twitter @john_neral  
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2021-01-1102:33

I'm excited to launch "The Mid-Career GPS Podcast."If you are feeling stuck, undervalued, and underutilized in your career, you are not alone. These are normal feelings during mid-career, but how you SHOW UP and address these situations is vital to your career success. In this podcast, I'm going to help you prepare, position, and promote who you are and what you do, so you can SHOW UP to find a job you'll love or love the job you have. Learn from me and my guests about how we've navigated these mid-career experiences to increase our job satisfaction and make the impact we want. 
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