Peggy helps professionals "Survive the Slowdown" Likable Dale Kloefkorn is an affable, gracious family man who has a free spirit and sported a rock 'n' roll hairstyle. But after nine years as a data analyst he was laid off. "Nightline" arranged for him to meet with straight-talking super coach Peggy Klaus, who wrote "The Hard Truth About Soft Skills." Kloefkorn was in for some tough love when he spent a four hour session with Klaus, which Nighline taped.
Shifting Careers: Selling Yourself by Showing Yourself, in a Good Way by Melinda Ligos Klaus doesn't see anything wrong with the self-promotion label. "I'd be worried if someone said you were bad at self-promoting, which could mean that you are ineffectually humble or self-aggrandizing or obnoxious," she said. "But if someone says you are good at self-promotion, why is that any different than saying, 'You're a wonderful writer' or, 'You look terrific'? It probably means that they know what it is that you're doing and that you've done it in an interesting and compelling way."
Review: The Hard Truth About Soft Skills Whether near the beginning or end of a career, Klaus (BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It) sees future professional growth dependent upon identifying and correcting self-sabotaging interpersonal behavior. Klaus illustrates each behavior's professional importance with stories from her work as a career coach. These soft skills run the gamut from handling critics (including one's own internal critic) to bragging. Her practical advice is delivered in the conversational style of a one-on-one session with a personal coach. The learn-by-example counsel may be helpful for those entering such situations as annual performance reviews—whether giving or receiving them—and public speaking. The volume is recommended for those who are in need of a more personable approach to rising up professionally. (Feb.)
Get a Job! (live broadcast from Drexel College) Peggy Klaus coached soon-to-graduate students in how to prepare themselves for job interviews by teaching them how to better present themselves to potential employers.
The Jim Bohannon Show Top radio personality Jim Bohannon interviewed Klaus about her soft skills strategies for making the most out of the networking opportunities afforded by holiday office parties.
On The Job: Pay me more for this column! by Chris Colin When journalist Chris Colin wanted a raise but didn't know how to ask for one, he approached workplace communication expert Peggy Klaus, author of The Hard Truth About Soft Skills, for some coaching. "As I soon learned," wrote Colin, "very few of us—men and women, young and old, janitors and CEOs—are actually together dudes. On the contrary, we're dull, unrefined, uninspiring bores. Or we're uptight, steely dweebs. We're grossly cocky or unpleasantly modest. We say 10 times more than necessary, and do so in a fugue state of unintelligible, incoherent mumbling. This is the stuff of Klaus' new book, which seeks to improve our workplace comportment." As for that raise, once Klaus finished training Chris?" The day before I filed this column," he said, "I received an update on that raise from my editor. The powers that be, she reported over e-mail, needed to 'crunch some numbers, but we could probably do something. Read more
Booklist The authors offer 54 important workplace lessons...[and]...offers important insight for career management which will be helpful to a wide range of library patrons.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution This is a good book to read with a notebook at your side, in case you spot anything you've been doing to hold yourself back in the workplace.