The #1 Secret For Being A Successful HR Consultant, Coach, Speaker or Writer

by Alan Collins

Everyone in HR at some point in their career thinks about becoming a speaker, writer, consultant or coach.

It’s an awesome and potentially lucrative way of capitalizing on your HR expertise — either part-time, full-time or in your spare time.

In fact, a few months ago I posted 30 Great Side Hustles For HR Professionals — many of which include becoming a speaker, writer, consultant or coach.

If this idea has ever crossed your mind too, you’ll find this article especially valuable.

Why?  Because if you ever decide to speak, write or consult, there is ONE secret you must embrace.

I stumbled upon this unexpected revelation years ago when I first launched this Success in HR blog and started coaching others.

When I got going, what I quickly discovered one stumbling block…

It was very difficult for me to talk or
write about anything personal.

So I avoided doing that.

I thought that HR folks were NOT interested in me as a person.

I believed all they wanted was my HR expertise.

And that WAS true. 

Yes, they did want my know-how.   

But that ALONE wasn’t enough.   

I wasn’t attracting a decent number of readers and clients because I wasn’t delivering EXACTLY what they wanted.

So I sought out the help of one of my HR mentors — a former CHRO of two large organizations and now a phenomenally successful HR consultant and coach.

He immediately saw what my problem was.

And he delivered his advice to me with the force of knockout punch right to my face.

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Are You Making Time For What You Love? Check Out This 2-Minute Video To Find Out.

by Alan Collins

2020 has been an unforgettable year.

During these long months of pandemic-induced, stay-home time, I find my thoughts floating to memories of things I love and I’ve missed this year.

Face to face meetings with clients in the same office, sharing the same space and breathing the same air.

Crowded HR conferences, seminars and workshops where every single seat is taken.

Shaking hands with new people and passionately hugging and embracing old friends.

Airline travel to new locations to eagerly visit places I’ve never been.

Simple, everyday lunches, dinners and coffees with former colleagues, bosses and friends.

These are things I’ve taken for granted, perhaps like you.

But that’s not all.

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7 HR Career Regrets You Must Bury Before This Year Ends….

By Alan Collins

Everyone has regrets.

Especially when it comes to our careers in HR.

We all make mistakes we wish we could take back.

We all have things we wish we could do over.

We all have things we wish we could we could have done differently.

However, as this year comes to a close — the year of the Great Pandemic of 2020 — it’s time to do a reset for next year.

And to do that, here are seven career regrets you absolutely need to bury and let go of right now — before the new year starts.

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Holiday Gift Ideas For Your HR Team, Colleagues, Clients, Friends & Loved Ones!

Don’t search high and low for the perfect gift for the important HR people in your life. 

Find them right here!

Nothing is better than a great book…especially one that will help the people you care about advance their careers in HR.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic,” wrote Stephen King, who ought to know about such things.

So, this holiday season, why not spread a little portable magic yourself?  Or surprise them with a gift they’ll value.

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5 Things I’ve Stolen This Year From HR People Smarter Than Me

Take them, adapt them and apply them to your life

By Alan Collins

The Great Pandemic of 2020, while horrible, has been a tremendous learning year for me.

During the course of this unforgettable year, I’ve never ceased to be amazed that practically every person I’ve talked to in HR is better than me at something.

If you’re like me, you’ve discovered that:

Someone is better than you at selecting terrific job candidates.

Someone is better than you at giving great HR presentations.

Someone is better informed than you on HR metrics and analytics.

Someone is better than you at dealing with tough personalities.

There are better leaders, listeners, relationship builders, conflict diffusers, influencers, mentors and employee grievance handlers.

What do you do when you encounter this?

It’s simple.

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Latinas Rising Up In HR: Highly Recommended If You Want To Be Inspired

by Alan Collins

Let’s face it.  As an HR pro, staying positive and on top of your game consistently can be challenging.

At the end of a busy day, during this pandemic, it’s easy to lose sleep at night replaying in your mind those tough clients conversations you may have had, wondering if you could have handled them differently.

Or, staring at your ceiling awake unable to let go of that employee termination meeting you led that didn’t go so well.

Or, frustrated because no matter what you’re doing, you don’t seem to be progressing in your career.

This is the dark side of being in HR that can take an emotional toll. 

However, if you ever find yourself in need of a jolt of inspiration and motivation as an HR pro, read some of the stories in Latinas Rising Up in HR: Inspirational Stories of Human Resources Professionals Leading, Thriving & Breaking Barriers.

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COVID-19: How To Capitalize On It To Create A Endless Flow of Career Opportunities in HR

By Alan Collins

The current COVID-19 crisis reminds me of a phone call I had a year ago.

It was with an awesome former HR boss of mine.  He called me out of the blue, just to chat and catch up.

No strings attached.

We had forged a great relationship when I reported to him years ago at Quaker Oats.

We’re both Purdue University alums. We both love professional sports and are avid bikers. So we’ve always had lots to talk about and have kept in contact over the years.

So it was great to hear from him.

In the course of our hour-long conversation, which was sprinkled with tons of gossip and sports talk, he gave me some great ideas.

One idea was for my upcoming book.  Another was for three articles that I ended up writing about. It was like he flipped on a light switch in my head, just like he used to do as my manager back in the day.

Again, he did this with no strings attached and with no other agenda other than to be helpful. 

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