Corporate Escape Artists

Work Life Balance When You’re Out of Work

May 4th, 2009

Written by Pamela Skillings

How can you suffer from work life imbalance when you’re out of work? Trust me, it’s easy. When you’re in career transition, you’re under enormous pressure to work, work, work. Send out more resumes, search through more job listings, reach out to more networking contacts. And in a competitive job market, you rarely get positive reinforcement or a sense of accomplishment.

I was talking about this issue with Tevis Trower and she thought it would make a great topic for her Life Works column on WebMD. Read my tips on work life balance when you’re out of work on WebMD.

And if you’re clinging to a job that you hate until the economy improves, here are some tips on maintaining balance and staying sane in that horrible, very bad job.

Work Life Balance for Entrepreneurs — Tips from Tevis Trower

May 1st, 2009

Written by Pamela Skillings

tevisheadshotThis week, we welcomed work life balance expert Tevis Trower to join us on Corporate Escape Artist Radio. Tevis is a corporate escapee (she is a featured expert in my book) and the work life balance expert for Web MD. She is also the founder of Balance Integration, a company that provides yoga classes and training for corporations.

Tevis shared the story of her personal journey and offered lots of great tips on achieving greater work life balance (even though she prefers the term “happiness at work”).

She shared some special advice for entrepreneurs. Those of us who work for ourselves can’t blame “the man” for our burnout anymore — we have to take responsibility for maintaining our own work life balance.  That’s not often an easy task when you’re trying to build a business that you’re passionate about, especially in a challenging economy.

Listen to Tevis on Corporate Escape Artist Radio. (Corporate Escape Artist Radio is the fourth segment, starting at 11:30, but there is plenty of good stuff in the other segments as well)

Learn more about SolutionzLive, the BlogTalkRadio network that hosts our show, and all of their other great programs.

Learn more about the lovely and insightful Tevis Trower.

Lessons from the Small Business Trenches

April 15th, 2009

Written by Pamela Skillings

It has been a crazy week with no time for blogging! But I do want to share the link to the recording for this week’s Corporate Escape Artists radio show on BlogTalk Radio.

This week, my co-host Chicke Fitzgerald and I discussed entrepreneurial lessons learned, biggest mistakes, advice we wish we had received BEFORE we escaped, and much more.

Listen to this week’s Corporate Escape Artist radio show.

And check back soon for updates on all of the exciting new projects that have lured me away from my blog.

Marketing Advice from Corporate Escape Artist Shannon McCaffery

March 24th, 2009

Written by Pamela Skillings

bob-parsons-and-shannon-mccafferyToday on Corporate Escape Artist Radio, we welcomed marketing expert Shannon McCaffery. Shannon specializes in helping entrepreneurs develop and implement all of our brilliant ideas.  Check out the recording  (listen live or download to iTunes) here: Corporate Escape Artist Radio with Shannon McCaffery (Shannon’s segment is the fourth one, starting at 11:30)

Shannon shares her own escape story (it took four layoffs to finally chase her out of Corporate America) and lots of great advice on building and marketing your business with Facebook, Twitter, and other tools. Shannon is a former Fortune 500 marketing director and now sells her services as “The Marketing Implementer.”  She helps her clients actually act on all of those great ideas on all of those to-do lists.

If you’d like more marketing tips from Shannon, you can sign up for her free newsletter.

Shannon also directed us to Bob Parsons’ (CEO and Founder of GoDaddy.com) 16 Rules for Success in Business & Life.  It’s a great read. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed, check out Rule #3: When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.

Thanks again to Shannon and my co-host Chicke Fitzgerald at Solutionz Live! for another  enlightening show.

Photo of Shannon McCaffery and Bob Parsons courtesy of Shannon McCaffery

Listen to Corporate Escape Artist Radio with Sherrill St. Germain

March 18th, 2009

Written by Pamela Skillings

For those who missed  Corporate Escape Artist Radio with financial planner Sherrill St. Germain yesterday, you can check out the recording (listen live or download to iTunes) here: Corporate Escape Artist Radio with Sherrill St. Germain

Sherrill shares financial planning advice for career changers and entrepreneurs during the 11:30 segment (the last one).

If you’d like personal advice from Sherrill, you’re in luck. On the third Friday of every month, Sherill offers free one-on-one consultations on her Career Change Hotline. The first 12 people to call in this Friday, March 20th between 1PM and 3PM will get free 10-minute consultations with Sherrill. Get more information about Sherrill and the Career Change Hotline.

Thanks again to Sherrill and my co-host Chicke Fitzgerald at Solutionz Live! for a very enlightening show.

Are you interested in joining us as a future Corporate Escape Artist Radio guest? Let me know.

Focus on Finances on Corporate Escape Artist Radio

March 17th, 2009

Written by Pamela Skillings

sherrillonbikeTune in at 11:30 AM EST today for our weekly Corporate Escape Artist Radio show on BlogTalk Radio. This week’s guest is Sherrill St. Germain, founder of New Means Financial Planning.

Sherrill left Corporate America to start her own business as a financial planner and now specializes in advising career changers.

Sherrill will talk about her own career transition and financial strategies for launching a business or making a career change in the current economic environment.

Listen live and call in with questions for Sherrill.

Listen to Corporate Escape Artist Radio with Vera Babayeva

March 11th, 2009

Written by Pamela Skillings

For those who missed  Corporate Escape Artist radio show with Vera Babayeva yesterday, you can check out the recording (listen live or download to iTunes) here: Corporate Escape Artist Radio with Vera Babayeva

Vera  shares lots of great advice for mompreneurs and anyone starting a business in today’s economic environment. If you’re just interested in Vera, fast-forward to the 11:30 segment (the last one). You can also listen to the entire 2-hour Solutionz Live block and hear interviews with other interesting entrepreneurs. The interview before ours with Chris Barrett, co-author of Direct Your Own Life, should definitely spark some ideas.

Thanks to Vera and to my always-insightful co-host Chicke Fitzgerald at Solutionz Live! for a great show.
Are you interested in joining us as a future Corporate Escape Artist radio show guest? Let me know.

Corporate Escape Artist Radio with Vera Babayeva

March 10th, 2009

Written by Pamela Skillings

Tune in at 11:30 AM EST today for our Corporate Escape Artist Radio interview with Vera Babayeva, founder of Women Can Have It All, a community for mom entrepreneurs.

Vera made her escape this year and will share her perspective on starting a business in today’s challenging economic environment and her advice for women trying to balance a new business with family responsibilities.

Listen live and call in with questions for Vera.

Listen to Corporate Escape Artist Radio with Margot Tohn

March 4th, 2009

Written by Pamela Skillings

For those who missed our first Corporate Escape Artist radio show with Margot Tohn yesterday, you can check out the recording (listen live or download to iTunes) here: Corporate Escape Artist Radio with Margot Tohn

Margot shares lots of great advice on entrepreneurship, product development, self-publishing and more. Thanks to Margot and my wonderful co-host Chicke Fitzgerald at Solutionz Live! for a great show.

Are you interested in joining us as a future Corporate Escape Artist radio show guest? Let me know.

Escape Artist Radio

March 3rd, 2009

Written by Pamela Skillings

looking-over-cubicleI am excited to announce that I will be co-hosting a new BlogTalkRadio show called Corporate Escape Artists. We will be interviewing lots of interesting people who have successfully left Corporate America to pursue their dream careers. The show will appear on the Solutionz Live! Network. My co-host, Chicke Fitzgerald, is also a corporate escape artist and the founder and CEO of the Solutionz Media Group.

Our first show will be broadcast live at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, March 3, 2009. You can listen live and even call in to join the conversation at 646-727-2840. I will also be posting a link to the recording of the show later today. Our goal is to provide lots of useful and inspiring information for corporate casualties and those going through career transition.

Our very first guest will be Margot Tohn, founder of the publishing company Park It! Guides. Margot’s parking guides and  products for drivers are available in Barnes & Noble and other retailers nationwide. If you have a great book idea and have thought about self-publishing, you have to listen in and hear how Margot built a company around her self-published book. She’ll also share great advice on making the transition from corporate executive to entrepreneur and tips on getting fantastic press for your new business.

You can also listen in to Solutionz Live! this morning to hear interviews with Barry Libert, author of Barack, Inc.,  and Steve Kaplan, author of Bag the Elephant.