October 23, 2014

Now that school is back in session, are you?

College Speaker Dayna Steele and Stepson Cristopher Justiz

Four weeks with your friends and family were fun but now it is time to get back to the work at hand – securing your future so that one day (in the very near future), you can live the life you want to live. Here are five things you can do right NOW to help secure your desired future: Request a meeting with each of your instructors NOW, even those for basic subjects that have nothing to do with what you want to do for a living. Ask about their success – where they went to school, what they … [Read more...]

Assuring Failure is Not an Option!

Dayna Steele - Failure is not an option

As many students are taking a summer and a break from brain work, it is a good time to look back over what you have accomplished since the school year began last August or September. How are your grades? How is your state of mind? How do you feel about the future? Taking all of that into account, think ahead, past the summer fun and picture yourself next August or September. Can you do better? What can you do to think more positively? What is your plan for the future? Plan. There is … [Read more...]

Party Like a Rock Star?

Dayna Steele - Party Like a Rock Star

Wow. You’ve done it. You’ve finally graduated from high school and you’re off to college. You’ll be on your own with a car, an apartment, a college ID, freedom, and the ability to plan your own schedule and make your own decisions. Party! Not so quick. It is never too early to start branding yourself, monitoring your reputation, creating your “personal brand” being the key phrase this week. Whatever you call it, you are in charge of it and now is the time to begin. Print this list and … [Read more...]

The Importance of Naming Your Cow

Dayna Steele - The Importance of Naming Your Cow

In the September 2010 issue of Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine, there is a great tidbit of information about cows. I know because I read it about six times that month. Seems that cows with names produce 68 more gallons of milk every 10 months than cows without names. Farmers who referred to their cows by name saw a spike in production. That made me think of Martha, who is not a cow by the way. I walk into the same post office in the same small town at the same time and say hello to the … [Read more...]

First Impressions: What Your Email Says About You

What Your Email Says About You - photo copyright 2010 Rick Sherrell

What does your email address and signature say about you? In short, everything. Often, your email is the first impression anyone will have of you, from the actual email name and address to the signature in the body of the email. Your email carries a lot of weight when someone is deciding what his or her first impression is of you. Start with your email name. It is probably best to use your full name or first initial and last name. Using just your first name may be a little too informal for … [Read more...]

Homework: Lessons Learned from a Student

Dayna Steele - Homework: Lessons from a Student

A class, a meeting with a mentor or a job interview? Are you prepared? If you are like me, this past year's Spring Break was great but it came and went along with a few dollars out of my wallet. The highlight? A trip to the offices of Roblox, a favorite online game for my teenage son. He had actually made the pilgrimage to the Roblox offices a year ago and was looking forward to talking again to fellow gamers at this fast-growing Silicon Valley start-up. We were ushered into a sparsely … [Read more...]

8 Lessons for College Success From Lady GaGa

Dayna Steele - 8 Lessons for Success from Lady GaGa

The drive to succeed in college can come from a variety of sources. It could have been taught by your parents, it could have been brought on by an event in your past or maybe it was something someone once said that inspired you. For many of us, we were actually born this way! It doesn’t matter what your definition of success is, the formula for achieving it is usually the same. Taking a look at the most successful pop star currently on the planet, here is what we can all learn from the … [Read more...]

Can You Identify a Campus Rock Star?

Dayna Steele - Can You Identify a Rock Star

We rock. You rock. They rock. I am a rock star. He is a student rock star. She is a professor rock star. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah. I spent years around real rock stars and I can tell you they are few and far between. What sets a rock star apart from everyone else is not talent. There are a lot of talented people in every industry, from the music industry to campuses everywhere to the real world. The true rock stars in any industry; the ones truly at the top of their game however, … [Read more...]

I think I know why you don’t have a job

Dayna Steele - I think I know why you don't have a job

One of my posts on this blog  - Are You one of the unemployable generation? - focused on getting a job and staying employed, especially for college graduates. Here is a recent comment on that post. "OK Dayna. You’re clearly out of touch with the times. Getting a foot in the door was a great tactic in days of yore when getting a job meant job security, pay raises, and a career to call your own. Nowadays you’re lucky if your job lasts more than two years. My generation is constantly looking for … [Read more...]

LinkedIn for Success: When You Start to Look for that First Job

Dayna Steele "My First Rock Station"

“It’s not what you know but who you know.” That’s what I used to joke with the other radio personalities about as we sat backstage at the latest sold out show from the comfort of a VIP area with free food and drinks as well as full access to the stars of the band. Little did I know at the time, how true that phrase really is! Most job offers don’t come from strangers or filling out applications blindly online. They come from recommendations and referrals from people you know or people you … [Read more...]