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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. And if you love the show, please consider becoming a Patron of the show to help me share more valuable content with the world.

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Apr 30, 2012

20: CD Podcast Episode: Staging Your Home

Ways to Make Your Home More Appealing When Selling it. In this podcast episode, Jenn talks about staging a home to sell, and about how you can communicate to prospective buyers through things in your home. Staging is a form of communication. You are setting your home up so that...

Apr 23, 2012

19:CD Podcast Episode: 7 Thing NOT to Say When Someone Dies

What Grieving People Don’t Want to Hear: In this shorter podcast episode, Jenn talks about the unhelpful things people tend to say or do when faced with a grieving person. A summary of the tips are as follows: The fix-it Trap Giving Advice Praising the Dead...

Apr 16, 2012

18: CD Podcast Episode:Tone of Voice: What Are You Really Saying?

In this episode, Jenn talks about tone of voice, and how sometimes the way you say something says more than the words you use to say it with. She also tells a little about her weekend youth event working at a downtown Vancouver mission. Tone of Voice...

Apr 9, 2012

17:CD Podcast Episode: Motivation and Initiative

In this episode, Jenn explores motivation and initiative and tells the story of how Communication Diva began. Topics covered include: definitions of motivation and initiative how they compliment one another a story about lack of initiative how setting a goal relates to...

Apr 2, 2012

16:CD Podcast Episode: Kids Talk Communication with Jenn

  Jenn’s Casual Conversation With Kids About Kids and Communication Skills In this podcast episode, Jenn asks the four kids in her life about their thoughts on communication as they travel together to an event. Topics covered include: filtering when speaking to...