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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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Sep 14, 2017

What is Laser Focus?

I’m not sure when this term first came into my awareness…but it’s been around for a while now, for about 5 years or so anyway, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me explain:
the idea behind the term "laser focus"  is that you focus in on something with the same intensity as how a laser points its beam at one small point and how all its energy is aimed at that one point and nowhere else. That’s what laser focus means.

How can it be helpful?

There are ways in which it is not helpful. Being laser-focused doesn't mean to the point of ignoring other important things in life, like your health or your family and friends. That would not be cool. What it does mean is that by finding your laser focus, I am talking about how to focus on the task at hand or the goal in front of you IN THE MOMENT…and not get sucked into that rabbit hole of distraction, because when that happens, you become unproductive. You waste time, and you can become even more stressed later when you realize how much time you’ve wasted or how you haven’t accomplished what you first set out to do. This can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction, to negative self-talk, stress and regret.

"Why didn’t I just get it done when I had the chance?"

"Why can’t I use my time wisely?"

"I wanted to get so much done today and I didn’t. I'm so disappointed."

Sound familiar?

And then sometimes, there is guilt. Guilt is a wicked ghost, my friends.

5 Strategies to Help You Find Your Laser Focus

In this episode I share 5 strategies you can use to get you to your goal fast. Tune in to hear more about these 5 strategies:

  1. Make a conscious decision to get focused.
  2. Purposely ignore distractions.
  3. Schedule it.
  4. Do it.
  5. Once you’ve done whatever your one task or action step is, celebrate!

Thanks so much for tuning in and for sharing this show with your friends, family and colleagues! If you'd like help with 5 concrete action steps to help  move you closer to a new job or career, click here! 

It's free and fun, too.

Until next time,

~ Jenn