Olympians often thrive in sports that take advantage of their natural abilities, something you can emulate in your work style, Ritika Trikha writes. For example, a synchronized swimmer thrives in a team environment and you might be the same if you "don’t care about hogging all the glory and prefer doing your part for the good of the entire team," she writes.
Practice your elevator speech and know your talking points, but don't memorize it, experts advise. “Most elevator pitches are too formal and read like the top of a resume. It’s going to have slang, a run-on sentence or two –- like you talk. It’s practiced, but it sounds like it’s not,” career coach Judi Perkins says. To keep the conversation moving, end your pitch with a question, experts suggest.
If you have several jobs, find a morning routine that helps kick-start your productivity and don't try to multitask among the different jobs, Leslie Forman writes. Remember that when it comes to juggling career commitments "[l]earning to say no is perhaps the most important self-defense tactic of all," Forman writes.
The secret to successful small talk with senior executives is a little bit of preparation, writes John Baldoni. Make sure you understand the top issues facing your company and your own key projects, he advises.