Author Archives: Valerie Sokolosky

travel tips

Travel Tips: Start Your Vacation with a SMILE

A few months ago, a fantastic speaking opportunity came my way. I presented a keynote speech on Professional Presence at the Global Career Thought Leaders Conference. The host city was Madrid, Spain. Naturally, my husband and I stayed an extra two weeks traveling throughout this beautiful country — one we had… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • August 16, 2018
career transition
Career Transition

Career Transition: Are You Headed in the Right Direction?

Have you ever been in a dilemma about making the “right” decision or going in the “best” direction? I’ve found that when the decision IS right, there seem to be messages confirming you're headed in the right direction, whether in a career transition or your personal life. This reminds me… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • June 20, 2018
best business idea
Career Maker

Best Business Idea: 5 Ways To Create A Spring Spark

I love the descriptive words for spring! Refresh. Renew. Re-energize. Your best business idea could be in bloom right now! Recently our team was talking about how ready we are to tell Old Man Winter to take a hike and ask Spring Sunshine to show herself soon. I echoed their sentiment… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • April 4, 2018
job satisfaction
Career Maker

Love Your Career Again: Job Satisfaction Tools

Gee, wouldn’t it be great to be that battery bunny in the Duracell ads? Then we could saunter up to an electrical outlet, plug ourselves in and wham! Re-energized. That’s not going to happen, so we’re on our own to find ways we can even “like” much less “love” our… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • March 20, 2018
time management tips
Career Maker

Time Management Tips: Eat that Frog

Mark Twain said it: “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, that will probably be the worst thing you’ll do all day.” Of course, we won’t eat one of those little green garden toads. We’re alluding to tackling the nastiest, most disagreeable tasks first. If that means… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • February 12, 2018
stretch goals
Career Maker

Achieve Big Goals and Dreams in 2018 with Stretch Goals!

How do you achieve big goals this year? Challenge yourself. Set STRETCH GOALS. A stretch goal is “Something that cannot be achieved by incremental or small improvements but requires extending yourself to the limit. You cannot cross a chasm in two steps." Why stretch? Imagine what could happen if (while… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • January 11, 2018
office gift giving ideas

Finding Alternative Office Gift Giving Ideas for the Holidays

It was nearly a foolproof way to collect money for the boss’ holiday gift. His admin kept a card in her desk drawer. When you paid your contribution, she smiled, said thanks and opened the drawer so you could sign the card. No money, no signature. Someone at that company… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • December 5, 2017
building client loyalty

Building Client Loyalty: 3 Strategic Branding Tips for Your Business

1. Know Your Client Intimately Intimately means deeply enough to have more meaningful conversations! Our company is based on the premise that people do business with people they know and trust. "Relationships are built on trust and respect – cemented with shared experiences." Valerie and Company Philosophy When building client… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • October 23, 2017
personal brand
Career Maker

Follow These Tips to Give Your Personal Brand a Revamp

The concept of dress for success is dead! Or is it? Strong brands look successful. Granted, looking successful isn't only about what you wear. It’s how you show up in every sense of the word. How you behave. Ways you communicate. Ideas you share. It's the whole package of who you… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • October 11, 2017
engage your network
Career Maker

Are Your Contacts Napping? 3 Tips to Engage Your Network

When talking about how important it is to engage your network of contacts, it has been said, “Networking is not about collecting contacts. It’s about planting relationships.” Just minutes ago, the call came. “Valerie, you’ve been referred by xxxx.” It turns out xxxx is a client from 10 years ago.… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • August 28, 2017
influencing skills
Career Maker

5 Tips to Develop Successful Influencing Skills

Several years ago, a Fortune 100 company asked us to develop a program on how to be more effective at influencing skills. It is a competency we should acquire at any stage of life, since we’re often put in situations where we need to get something done, but we have… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • August 7, 2017
promote yourself
Leadership Growth

Build a Personal Brand: 4 Ways to Promote Yourself – Without Bragging

You never know when opportunity will knock. Wouldn’t it be a shame to miss an opportunity because you didn’t promote yourself when you should have? No one wants to be called a braggart. You know, the ones that are always tooting their own horns and taking all the credit. That… Read More
  • Valerie Sokolosky |
  • June 28, 2017

About Valerie Sokolosky

Valerie Sokolosky

With over 25 years’ experience, Valerie inspires women to Do It Right! – People skills are her business! Author of 8 books on Professional Presence, Personal Branding & Business Communication, Valerie is an ICF Certified Executive Coach & Global Master Brand Strategist whose motto is “companies improve when people improve.”For more information on Valerie’s career coaching services: www.valerieandcompany.com valerie@valerieandcompany.com 214-502-3334

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