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I'm Jenn Swanson and this is my podcast called Careers by Jenn (formerly The Communication Diva Podcast.)

I started podcasting as a hobby in 2012 on the broad topic of communication. At the time, I was teaching Human Relation Skills to college students in the healthcare field, and realized that what used to be "common sense" is not really all that common anymore, because communication skills are not intentionally taught much anymore. I didn't have enough class time to cover very much in depth, and so decided I needed a platform on which to expand what I wanted to share with people. So, Communication Diva was born.

My early episodes are quite general, and then once I got to Episode 100 and beyond, I began to focus mainly on career, workplace, job search and self-improvement topics that help you to succeed in the workplace (and in life!) through great and more effective communication.

Then, right after (and before and around) episode 150, I re-branded the name and that is why you will see Careers by Jenn title and artwork from 151 onwards!

It's been a journey and a progression and it's been amazing!

This show is sometimes just me, waxing eloquent...(haha!) and more often, I interview fascinating guests from all around the globe who offer tips and actionable ways you can get the job, love your work and advance your career. Sometimes we focus on self-growth and wellness, organizational and personal improvement topics, and other times we give you step-by-step advice to get something particular done. In any case, thanks for reading this very long description! I hope you find something that resonates here and invite you to join the conversation. (Come join our private Facebook group too, it's called The Careers by Jenn Community.)


Nov 1, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I interview this inspiring author who tells her story of struggle and perseverance...and how to seek the treasure of your own true self.  Join us as we talk about some of the following:

  • bottom of the class
  • failure, and failing "out of everything!"
  • learning disabilities
  • low self-esteem
  • getting fired
  • getting jobs "I had no business applying for"
  • how one single person can make a difference in your whole life trajectory
  • how you never know the impact you are making
  • Dianne's tendency to "throw her hat in the ring" and just DO stuff
  • finding God
  • how she came to writing
  • getting out of your own way
  • learning about how to write
  • resourcefulness
  • her mother and jail
  • having personal power and be able to recognize that you do
  • don't be the one to put the brakes on your own life
  • finding your true self