A Professional and Modern E-mail Signature for 2014

Working as a Digital Marketing Specialist, I get to play with new technology on a daily basis. (The good, the bad, and the ugly…)

Today, I want to quickly share an awesome way to spruce up your e-mail signature. Put your info in a QR code!

If you follow the steps below, it should end up looking like this:

QR for blog


Marla Woodward

Digital Marketing Specialist

Cell: xxx-xxx-xxxx

E-mail: marlasmusings@emailprovider.com

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Let Them Tell You No

Really enjoyed this post from Sarah today. You lose 100% of the shots you don’t take, so why not take a chance? Why not ask for what you want? What’s the worst thing people can say? Let them tell you, “no.”

Ready. Set. Sarah.

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When it comes to career, life and taking chances, don’t take yourself out of the running. Give “them”- whoever “them” is- a chance to tell you no. You might be surprised how often you get a yes.
Among my close female friends and colleagues we all talk frequently about what we are passionate about, what innovative, creative and meaningful ideas we have for what we would like to do with our lives and our careers. But, rarely do we take steps towards those dreams. When a pathway opens that could get us one step closer we talk ourselves out of it, or fail to recognize the opportunity.
I have been in way too many conversations with friends where they (or I) have talked ourselves out of going for an opportunity, or trying something we think we’ll like (promotion, new position, long coveted hobby or…

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The Two-Step Method to Going Above and Beyond at Work

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“Tommy goes above and beyond to get the job done!”

I feel as though I always see recommendations on LinkedIn or references from job seekers with that catch-all phrase for a high performer: above and beyond.

But outside of over used corporate jargon, what does that epithet really mean? Tommy could do the research I asked him to do and also create an interpretive dance to explain it to me. I just asked for the research, but the interpretive dance is certainly “above and beyond” what I asked him to do.
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Financial Planning – The Best Pre-Marital Counseling Out There


Nothing says “Just Married” quite like a Cinderella carriage.

Calling all soon to be newlyweds!

First of all, congratulations! You’ve found your soul mate. The one you want to wake up with every morning, the person you want to grow old with, and the one person in the world you have broken the fart barrier with. (Ladies, if it hasn’t happened yet, just trust me, it’s coming…)

But before you jump into that proverbial land of marital bliss, it’s time to have some conversations with your spouse to be about money. Seriously. The No. 1 reason that marriages end in divorce today is, you guessed it, money problems.

So keep reading, and we’ll talk through what you can do to start tackling the wonderful world of marital financial planning.
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To be Liked or Respected: That is the Question – Musings on reputation building

Many of you have probably seen the Labels Against Women add that Pantene put out recently. It explores how the same action taken by a man is interpreted differently (and sometimes negatively) when taken by a woman. A strong man is “the boss” while a strong woman is “bossy;” a man is “neat” if he takes care of his appearance while a woman is “vain.”

All of our actions at work and in life, regardless of how we intend them to come off, are interpreted by those around us. This is what creates our reputation. Because what is a reputation, really, other than the beliefs or opinions that other people have about is?
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Talking to Strangers – The Art of Networking

Have you ever been at an office holiday party, and as you look across the room, you realize that you know no one in the room?

Or have you gone to a business conference, and during meals and break sessions you sit by yourself, playing on your phone and hoping you look busy so that you don’t have to awkwardly try and meet people?

We’ve all been there, and I’m sure we’ll be there again. But networking is such a critical part of our professional and personal growth, and it’s a skill worth practicing every chance we get.
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The Wisdom of Taking Risks

I have come to the conclusion that there is often more wisdom in taking risks than in playing it safe. I didn’t arrive at this belief by scouring research papers and reading self-help books, though they’ve definitely reinforced the message. I first believed this statement because of a quote from a new school Italian man born about 500 years ago.

Let me explain…
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Hello Blogosphere!

My name is Marla, and I’m starting a blog. Why you might ask? For a couple of reasons actually…

1)   I’m a sales and marketing professional in my mid-20s and I’ve had a pretty interesting career so far. From driving Safari Trucks at Walt Disney World to starting my own business, it hasn’t been boring yet!

At the moment, I’m in the middle of a career transition because of a company reorganization. They saw me doing one thing, and I see my career going in a different direction. As I work through job interviews, negotiations, further education, and reinventing myself as a young professional, one of my colleagues said I should share my experiences in a blog. So if nothing else, this is for you Penny!

2)   I’m a young professional who travels all the time for work, recently bought a house, and just married my college sweetheart. I have a lot of thoughts and even questions on how to achieve this mythical “work/life balance,” so I’d love to start a conversation with people who are going through the same things in life or have been there before!

3)   I’m taking the #ZeroToHero challenge! Lots of great ideas and recommendations for getting a blog up and running on this blog. So I’m joining the challenge.
I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!

That’s pretty much it. In this blog I’ll talk about what it’s like to be a young professional today, I’ll share tips and life hacks I learn as I go, and I may or may not include some random posts on ballroom dancing. (Full disclosure: my husband and I love to dance! Even though we’re not professionals by any means, we’re almost always one of the first folks on the dance floor at a wedding!)

That’s it for my first post! More random thoughts and comments coming soon.