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Episode 88, Michelle Lederman, The Likeability Laws for Teens

Alexis Avila talks to Michelle Lederman.

Michelle Tillis Lederman is a bestselling authormedia expertkeynote speakerexecutive trainerprofessional coach, and founder of Executive Essentials, a training company that provides communications and leadership programs, as well as executive coaching services.  Michelle Lederman is author of The 11 Laws of Likability and Heroes Get Hired. She has delivered seminars internationally for fortune 500 companies, universities, high schools, and nonprofit organizations including; JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, J&J, Deutsche Bank, GE, Columbia Business School, MetLife, Target, Sony Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The Museum of Modern Art.  Michelle was an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and serves on the faculty of the American Management Association and Rutgers Executive Education.  In partnership with Rutgers EPE, Michelle is launching the 11 Laws of Likability: A Business Impact Accelerator as a live and online training event.

 

Michelle’s has appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox, and hundreds of radio shows across the country including; Gayle King, NPR, and Martha Stewart Living.  She has been quoted in the New York Times, The Star Ledger, Working Mother and Real Simple magazines, US News & World Report, on MSNBC, and Monster.com among others.  Her book, articles, quizzes and videos have been featured on USA Today, AOL, Forbes, CNBC, and About.com.

 

Michelle spent ten years in finance beginning her career as a CPA in Arthur Andersen’s audit practice, later joining Primedia as a mergers & acquisitions analyst.  Her experience ranges from venture capital to hedge funds and includes positions as a financial strategist with Deloitte Consulting, a hedge fund investment adviser for HypoVereins Bank, and a director of communications at Investor Analytics, an alternative asset risk management firm.

 

She received her BS from Lehigh University, her MBA from Columbia Business School, and her coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching.

 

On today’s episode Michelle talks about how networking and forming authentic relationships with others is a vital part of success, a philosophy that’s especially relevant for teens getting ready for young adulthood and the workforce.

Michelle’s advice for teens who want to learn how to be more likeable?

  1. appreciate your unique charms and embrace who you are
  2. be more giving
  3. try harder to look for what you admire in other people

 

When applying for jobs remember Attitude over Aptitude.

Take home message: Network for life, when one door closes, another one will open!

Episode 88, Michelle Lederman, The Likeability Laws for Teens

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August 14th, 2015
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Episode 66: Frank Bruni, An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

On episode 66 of The Prepped & Polished Podcast Alexis talks to American journalist and New York Times Best Selling Author Frank Bruni. Frank is author of “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania”. Frank was chief restaurant critic of the New York Times, from 2004 to 2009. He is the author of two bestselling books, Born Round, a memoir about his family’s love of food and his own struggles with overeating, and Ambling Into History, about George W. Bush. In June 2011, he was named an Op-Ed columnist for the newspaper. Frank received his undergrad from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Masters degree in journalistm from Columbia. On today’s episode, Frank talks about college admissions mania, the anxious parents of college bound students, and why top tier schools are rejecting even straight A students.
Frank’s advice for college-bound teens, “Remember a college education if it’s part of a life plan that you can execute is an extraordinary opportunity and adventure regardless of what that colleges acceptance rate is and there is a bevy of colleges that can give you an extraordinary education”

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May 21st, 2015
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Episode 64: Julia Wojnar, How Students Can Unleash Their Public Speaking Presence

On episode 64 of The Prepped & Polished Podcast Alexis talks to Julia Wojnar, Founder of Unleash Your Presence, a Public Speaking coaching firm. A natural performer and speaker since a young age, Julia helps students and professionals break down speaking prep into manageable pieces from start to finish. On today’s episode Julia shares her best tips for any student getting ready for any type of public speaking engagement, from classroom presentations to those dreadful college interviews.

Some of Julia’s words of wisdom:

  • If you want to rock your presentation or interview front load your work AKA Prepare in advance
  • Do mock interviews before you go into a college admissions interview
  • Try not to be funny and instead focus on your strengths
  • Make sure your PowerPoint presentations are more visual than text heavy

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May 15th, 2015
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Three Interview Etiquette Tips

Interview Etiquette Tips

Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished asks Janet Parnes of Etiquette for Today to list three important interview etiquette tips.

1. Come armed with questions to show that you are interested and engaged.
2. If the interviewer offers you a cup of coffee, decline it.
3. The only appropriate cell phone mode is off.

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August 27th, 2010
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9 Quick College Admissions Interview Tips

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Congratulations, you submitted your application and heard back with interest from a college of your choice! Now it’s time for you to go onto the next vital step; an interview with an admissions officer.

Here are a few tips to help you stay cool, calm and collected!

1. Be on time.

2. Dress professionally – no jeans, t-shirts, sandals or flip flops.

3. When shaking hands make sure you make eye contact.

4. Keep your sitting posture straight but relaxed.

5. Be mindful of your body language. Make sure you aren’t fidgeting.

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6. When responding to interview questions make sure your answers are thoughtful and insightful. Language such as “you know”, “like”,  and “ummm” should always be avoided.

7. Remember that you are at the interview because you were invited. You can ask your interviewer questions about the institution! It is true that he or she will be deciding between you and other students to admit, but you are also deciding between schools.

8. Exit the interview by saying thank you. Remember to give your interviewer a firm handshake and to make eye contact.

9. It is critical for you to ask for a business card since it will contain the interviewer’s email and mailing address. You should always send a thank you note later that day.

Sandy Avila is Director of Operations at Prepped & Polished. She can be reached at sandy@preppedandpolished.com


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May 17th, 2010
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