Trill Lessons

Back To Work After A Career Break: An Update w/ Tiffany Samuels

S3:Ep 31

In this episode, my B-School Bestie and I drop nuggets during this update convo. Last year we sat down to talk about how the huge losses of our mothers have shaped our thoughts on career and taking career breaks.

Tiffany and I talk about going back to work after the career break, things we wish we would have done on our breaks, and our biggest life takeaways since our last episode.

Is Corporate America Using US? My #EssenceFest Recap

S3:Ep 29

Two weeks ago, I was in New Orleans, Louisiana, living my best life with my cousins and friends, enjoying my friends work perks, and soaking in all the melanated joy of the 25th Annual Essence Festival. 

In this episode, I’m going to share what I learned during my 4 days in Nawlins and give you some things to think about as we continue on our corporate journeys.

Mid-Year Check-In: How Are You Tracking On Your Objectives?

S3:Ep 27
In this episode, we talk about what you need to do to set yourself up for success for the rest of the year. 
We are past the halfway point for the year.  How are you tracking?  Are you going to hit your deliverables by the end of the year?  Are you working toward your next promotion?  How is that going?   
Even if the first half hasn’t started out so well or gone as planned.  I have intentionally created 3 points of homework for you to implement this month.  My goal is that you go to work with intention and a plan to thrive!

Coaching Call Chronicles: How This Fortune 500 Treated A New MBA Grad Like Trash And Then Pushed Her Out

S3:Ep 24
In this episode, we hear a cautionary tale from an anonymous Corporate Warrior.
After graduating with her MBA from a top B-School, she joined a well known Fortune 500. In one year, she found herself pushed right on out of the organization and living back at home. What went wrong? What were the Red Flags? We talk about it all in an interview you cannot afford to miss.

Intimidating The Whites At Work? How You Can Address This Feedback

S3:Ep 21

In this episode, I address the very annoying, frustrating, and disheartening feedback that we are intimidating to our coworkers….specifically our white coworkers. If you haven’t received this feedback, may you never, but just in case, keep the tips in this episode ready.

I Share:
You are not alone if you get this feedback.
Why Remaining Calm and Smiling is key
Questions I have for the whites… Please chime in, I got questions that need answers
Info about a course I’m building to help you set yourself up to get promoted within your first 24 months, regardless of your company or boss.  If you are starting a new job soon and interested in setting yourself up for success, email me.

Trill Thoughts: What I Have Learned On My Career And Side Hustle Journey

S3:Ep 20

In this episode, I share what I have learned since starting this podcast…which is my side hustle.  It has not been an easy road but it’s been a lot of growth, struggle, and accomplishments.

I Share:
Where I went wrong and why.
Why I wasn’t consistent last season.
What you should do before you start your side hustle.
Why you can be successful at career and side hustle… Spoiler Alert:  Because Slavery!

I’m Scared of Success: One Black Woman’s Journey From the Bottom of the Film Industry with Vonti McRae

S3:Ep 17

In this episode, writer Vonti McRae shares how her career journey in the film industry prompted her to share her truth. 
In March of 2019, published by the WomensENews website, Vonti authored an article originally titled I’m Scared Shitless of Success now titled I’m Scared of Success. Vonti’s article described the Trillest emotions held by black women in corporate America….. fear, courage, self-doubt, confidence, not belonging, resiliency and open the world to a real look at the multifaceted world of the black woman corporate warrior.  Like Vonti, many of us come from very humble beginnings and we continue to work hard to achieve the highest levels of success.

When I read this article, I immediately emailed Vonti and asked her to be a guest on the show…. because I have questions. 

Jesus Wasn’t Crucified On The Cross For Us To Be Miserable At Work: Easter Edition of Trill Thoughts

S3:Ep 16

If you are unhappy at work, this episode is for you. 

In this episode, I share what lessons we as Black Women can take from the story of Jesus’s crucifixion and apply to our career management. There is a lot we can take from this story, regardless if Jesus is your home boy or not.  The lesson of discomfort and pain, perceived failure, redemption, and never giving up on your purpose.   In this lesson, I truly believe Jesus was crucified on the cross so that we would not have to be miserable and suffer at work.  Seriously, I know you may think it sounds crazy but hear me out.

The Truth About Vacation!

S3:Ep 13

In this episode, I’m trying to encourage you to take your vacation. We have to do better.  When are we going to put ourselves first? If you have been afraid to use your vacation days, this is the episode for you. 

The Truth About Performance Improvement Plans! (Update)

S3:Ep 12

In this episode, I drop nuggets around the Performance Improvement Plan aka PIP…. a sad and sorry excuse of a development tool used by organizations for all the wrong reasons.  I also share the 3 options you have when you are placed on a PIP.

If you are a Corporate Warrior, chances are you have been met with a PIP or at least a threat of a PIP in your career journey.   Listen, this is a temporary situation that will lead you to your next stop on your journey.  Yes, it’s a painful experience, especially if it’s not for legitimate performance issues.  You can make it through the PIP experience and trust me, life gets better after a PIP.

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