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3 Tips for Fearless Speaking

October 17, 2019

1. See self as a powerful person who makes contributions. Join a speaker’s group to practice speaking.

2. Engage audience. Know their needs and adapt presentation to these.

3. Clarify goals, purpose and outcomes of presentation with host.

Award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, by Carole Kanchier, gives additional tips for succeeding in your life career:

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3 Smart Career Moves

October 16, 2019
  1. Strengthen Questers traits – purpose, intuition, perseverance, risk. 2. Clarify purpose, pursue goals in harmony with purpose. 3. Attend to mind, body, relationships, spirit. Continue to learn, grow.

Award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, provides additional tips for advancing life career:

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–  Strengthen self reliance, resiliency.

– Continue to learn, grow

– Adapt quickly to new situations;  try new things

 Additional tips that address career, work, personal and spiritual growth issues are discussed in award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life:

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©; www.questersdaretochange.oom

 Is your company in flux? Do you fear losing your job, status, security?  Are you afraid of a poor boss, higher workload? Do you manage change well?

Questers who adapt to change:

  • Are self-reliant, resilient, flexible
  • Like learning, challenge
  • Value growth over security
  • Adapt quickly to new situations
  • Like trying new things
  • Handle stress well.

People who are less adaptable:

  • Like stability, structure, predictability
  • Are cautious, dislike fast-paced environments
  • Dislike variety
  • Are bothered when something interrupts routine
  • Are frustrated with time pressures
  • Do things the same way.

 Everyone can learn to strengthen Quester traits

  1. Accept and come to terms with change. Understand the five emotional stages of the change process: shock, denial and disbelief; fear and anxiety; resistance, anger and blame; acceptance and exploration; and commitment to action.

Express feelings. Discuss your concerns, fears and plans with a trusted friend. Dispel anger. Write down negative thoughts and feelings indicating why you feel this way. Note your explanations. When they’re pessimistic, dispute them. Use evidence, alternatives, implications and usefulness as guides.

 Identify and overcome obstacles. Clarify what you fear losing. Barriers could include fear of failing in a new job or guilt that change might create family hardships. Describe ways to minimize these.  

  1. Empower yourself. Although you can’t control outcomes of external events, you can control your attitudes and beliefs. View change as a growth opportunity.

Change perceptions. A major stressor is how you see threats to your well-being, and the perception you can’t cope, don’t have options. Since your perceptual bias is learned, it can be unlearned. Believe you’ll succeed

Identify opportunities created by change. Focus on improvements resulting from change. Find ways to contribute to the team/department.

– T ke responsibility for learning.  Make the job a learning laboratory. Challenge yourself. Learn and experiment with something new, rather than previously mastered tasks. Acquire knowledge/skills in your field, but also expose yourself to information outside your specialty. Surround yourself with diverse stimuli.  Every day, do something to improve yourself.

– Maintain optimism. Reinforce the positive in yourself and others. Associate with positive people.  Expect good things. Watch your self-talk. Replace negative statements with positive ones. Emotionally believe you can control situations. Keep a diary of each day’s good experiences.

– Care for your mind, body, emotions and spirit. Schedule quiet times to think, reassess. Practice stress relievers such as deep breathing, exercise, meditation. Eat healthy, get sufficient sleep.

Choose productive attitudes and behaviors. Identify people, places, activities and conditions that both revitalize and drain you.  Each month, pursue one revitalizing activity and eliminate one depleting activity.

– Build confidence. Acknowledge your accomplishments. Post a list of achievements and positive personality characteristics where you can read it daily. Don’t change for others, or compare yourself with others. Don’t dwell on past mistakes. State affirmations daily.

 Enhance creativity. Relax. Brainstorm ways to manage specific changes. Change routines; for example, write with your non-dominant hand.   Keep your sense of humor. Create a journal of cartoons depicting workplace humor.  Look for humor in negative experiences.  Play.

Perceive patterns, and make connections between seemingly unrelated ideas, objects or events. View commonplace things in new ways.  Take advantage of unexpected opportunities.

–  Develop the will to risk.  Instead of worrying about failure, think about missed opportunities if you don’t try. Don’t fear mistakes. Ask: “What’s the worst that could happen?” Reduce negative outcomes

Live in the present. Let go of attachments. The more attached you are to something, the greater the fear of losing it.

  1. Manage your own career. Clarify your goal and commit to achieving it. Base it on your mission, needs and talents. When possible, create new opportunities. Today’s organizations need your creativity to maintain a competitive edge. Convey what you can contribute to superiors to demonstrate a win/win situation

Explore ways to creatively redesign your job. Participate in cross-functional teams to get exposure to new functional areas and enrich your position. Recognize other company positions. Consider downward, lateral, regional moves. Anticipate changes. Read newsletters. Network.

Prepare for, and welcome the unexpected. You can choose to change your attitudes and situation, or you can complain. Use your power!

Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, by Dr. Carole Kanchier, provides additional tips for flowing with change.   Chapter 1, Questers Dare to Change, is available from Dr. Kanchier’s web site:

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Author bio; Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an award winning author, newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, coach.

Carole Kanchier informs, inspires, and challenges adults to realize potential. Her acclaimed book, Questers Dare to Change, encourages people to review views of career success, and strengthen Quester traits such as purpose, intuition, and resilience to succeed. Dr. Kanchier chaired the Career Change Committee, National Career Development Association, taught at University of California Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other  higher learning instiutions. Her columns have been syndicated by World Wide Media, CanWest Newswire and numerous print and digital publications.  She has been a guest on varied North American media broadcasts.


















– Know your weaknesses.

– Remove temptations

– Set clear goals and have an execution plan

Award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, provides additional career and personal growth tips for advancing life career:

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Mastering Self Discipline

October 6, 2019

© Carole Kanchier, PhD

 “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi

Willpower is the ability to control oneself and determine one’s actions, displaying self-control within and without. You can learn to have control over yourself to attain desired success.

Although there are many important qualities that can contribute to a person’s achievements and happiness, there is only one that begets sustainable, long term success in all aspects of life: self discipline. Whether its in terms of your diet, fitness, work ethic or relationships, self discipline is the number one trait needed to accomplish goals lead a healthy lifestyle, and ultimately be happy.

Research suggests people with high self control are happier than those without self discipline. They did not allow their choices to be dictated by impulses or feelings. Instead, they made informed, rational decisions on a daily basis without feeling stressed.

Self-Discipline Tips

  1. Wake up early and make your bed every morning. This sets the tone and the pattern of discipline for the rest of the day.
  2. Know your weaknesses. We all have weaknesses Whether they are snacks like potato chips or watching video games. They have similar effects on us. Acknowledge your shortcomings, whatever they may be. You can not overcome these until you own up to your flaws.
  3. Remove temptations. ”Out of sight out of mind.” This phrase offers powerful advice. By removing your biggest temptation from your environment you will improve self-discipline. If you want to eat healthier, don’t buy junk food
  4. . Exercise. Do something physical. This gives you momentum in the right direction. Exercise also has real physiological impacts on the body and mind that pay dividends all day. Eat healthy food.
  5. Create a to-do list and complete the tasks. Outline a schedule or task list and execute it. Write the list the night before, and then do what you said you would do.
  6. 6. Do the things that make you uncomfortable (your weaknesses) Don’t let your preconceived ideas of who you are get in the way of growing into who you want to be. If speaking to a group is uncomfortable, find opportunities to practice it. If running at the track makes you uncomfortable, go run.
  7. Set clear goals and have an execution plan. Have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. Break the goal down to small, doable steps. Create a mantra to keep yourself focused. Make a commitment to yourself and keep it. When you really want something, you will find a way. When you don’t really want something, you’ll find an excuse. Set yourself a standard and adhere to it.
  8.  Be gentle with yourself. Realize everyone experiences setbacks as they work toward goals. View setbacks as learning experiences as you work toward your goal, not failures.
  9. Watch “self-talk.” Each time you catch yourself saying something that fuels your lack of confidence, say “cancel,” and replace it with a more positive statement. Shift your vocabulary from being a victim to someone with power and strength.
  10. Track progress. Write the action you want to accomplish daily (make your bed, read a chapter of a book, journal, exercise, call a friend, complete to-do list, etc.) and color in the box corresponding with the correct date once you’ve completed the action.

Work.  If you want to transform your life in a positive way, you need to make it happen. Put in the hours, the days, the weeks, the months, and the years. Get on the path to a better you and stay on the path. The road requires discipline and work.

Expand your horizons. Go beyond borders. Prepare for and welcome the unexpected. Innovate, adapt, explore, seize opportunities. Nothing is beyond reach!

Follow the examples of Questers in “Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life”:

Paramahansa Yogananda gives good advice. “Proper visualization by the exercise of concentration and willpower enables us to materialize thoughts, not only as dreams or visions in the mental realm but also as experiences in the material realm.” 

Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, coach and author of award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions of higher learning. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential.



Breaking the Rules

September 28, 2019

 Do you hold old or new views of career development and work? What views does your organization have? Is it important to think about career and work in new ways?

Carole Kanchier, PhD, registered psychologist, educator, and author of newly revised Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, describes people who have innovative attitudes and skills needed adapt and succeed today and tomorrow.  Kanchier’s research on lifelong career decision making is described in award-winning, Questers Dare to Change:

 Old and New Rules

Old Views New Views
Preserve Traditionalist qualities Strengthen Quester qualities
Career change — instability Career change — growth
Other-directed Inner-directed
Career growth – up corporate ladder Up – down – sideways
Employers look after workers Questers take charge
Identity is tied to what you do Who you are is important
Success means money, power Success is defined personally
One occupation for life Varied lifestyles
Retirement at 55 – 65 Retirement is age-irrelevant
To job search respond to ads Create own employment
Wait for layoff notice Anticipate layoffs
Use tests for career decision making Use varied strategies
Fear mistakes Learn from setbacks
Formal education needed for job entry Many routes to entry
Too old to learn Lifelong learning
Don’t question status quo Think critically







Check Questers traits with self scoring quiz.

Request a gratuitous copy of chapter 1:  www.questersdaretochange,com/free-chaptet-1/

A complementary pdf review copy of Questers is available from author, Carole Kanchier

Questers is the recipient of book award for excellence and innovation. Paper back and  Kindle editions available from amazon.

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3 Smart #Career Moves

September 28, 2019

– Strengthen Questers traits – purpose, intuition, perseverance, resilience, confidence. risk.

– Be genuine. Clarify purpose, pursue goals in harmony with purpose.

– Attend to mind, body, relationships, spirit. Continue to learn, grow. Create jobs that fit strengths.

Award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, provides additional tips for advancing life career:

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– Identify needs, skills and other personal qualities you want met in your job.

– Redesign job to match personal qualities.

– Demonstrate skills that match desired job to company decision makers, and volunteer for projects.

Award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, provides additional career and personal growth tips for advancing life career:

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  Be honest. trustworthy, accountable, maintain confidentially

– Adhere to Golden Rule

– Work diligently, follow company policies

Award-winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, provides additional career and personal growth tips for growing life career:

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