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Leadership Transition at District Manager Networking in the United States

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., August 12, 2019 — David Alto has served as leader over the last seven years, carefully growing the group across the country, he will now move into his new role as advisor. Mr. Alto has led the continued growth for many years. “Helping others was the reason I created the group 2012. The group will be in great hands with Mr. Rafael Magaña,” said Mr. Alto.

In the spirit of saving the best for last, special credit and thanks need to be pointed in the direction of wishing Mr. David Alto continued success. “We thank him for…


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Copyright © 2019 Rafael Magaña

By Rafael Magaña

It can be easy to fall into the trap of doing very little when you become unemployed. Though you may have a lot of job applications to do, it can be difficult to fill your time with other productive things.

1. Volunteer

Fill out the blank period in your CV with some impressive volunteer work. Meet new people, try a different challenge and have a bit more purpose in your new life. You never know, your volunteering might be so good that the company/charity that you’re working for actually want to hire you. …


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Copyright © 2019 Rafael Magaña

By Rafael Magaña

Finding the right person to hire as manager can be hard work. You need to find someone who is talented at leading people, making budgets work, and talking to upper management. Even harder, the person you identify needs to hit the ground running in all these areas. Often, you won’t even pick someone who has actual experience at the job. In my experience in nonprofits you need to find someone who is competent at what they do. …


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Copyright © 2019 Rafael Magaña

By Rafael Magaña

If you’ve just been promoted and made a manager, one of the first things you’re likely to notice is that there is not enough time to do everything that you hope to get done. New managers often work very hard, make themselves available to their team at all times, and stay in the office much longer than they should. Burnout is usually the result of spreading yourself too thin. As a new manager, you need better time management skills. Here are five tips to start implementing.

1. Learn to turn down requests

It can make you feel bad to say no to a…


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by Rafael Magaña

When you have chosen a job, a career, or even a subject at university, it tends to become the path that you think you would like to follow. For some people, it’s the thing that they have always wanted to do. For a lot of other people though, their careers have been something that took their interest and snowballed on from there. However, there can come a point when you find an interest in something else, or perhaps you realize the work you are doing isn’t what you want to be doing until the end of your…


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By Rafael Magaña

The workforce isn’t much different than high school in many ways. There isn’t a “cool” table but not making the most out of your lunch break can severely cost you. If you would like more visibility for a promotion, you need to work on your lunchtime skills. Building rapport with people is just as necessary as performing above expectations. Here are four ways that you can maximize your daily lunch break for success.

1. Schedule 5-Min Meetings

If you have a 1-hour lunch break, then you have time to grab a quick bite to eat, while still managing to squeeze in…


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Copyright © 2017 Rafael Magaña

By Rafael Magaña

The average job interview is designed to feature at least a few tough moments. Generally, the hardest part is answering the challenging questions that interviewers like to spring on prospective candidates. Knowing how to handle these tricky questions is a valuable skill. Here are five of the most common difficult job interview questions, and how to deal with each one.

1. Where do you plan on being in five (or three, or seven) years?

There are a few reasons why this question can be a landmine. If an applicant aims too high or says they plan to be at a different company, it will sound as if they aren’t interested in…


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Montegrappa Ancient Mexican Civilizations Rollerball Pen — 18kt Gold — $143,000.00

I personally never thought anyone would actually say, “sell me this pen” in an interview. I was wrong. It will happen to you too. And to avoid panic, you should know exactly what to say back.

I am going to give you the right sales framework to respond perfectly every time.

There are exactly four sales skills the interviewer is looking to see when you answer:

  1. how you gather information
  2. how you respond to information
  3. how you deliver information
  4. and how you ask for something (closing)

CEO: Do me a favor, sell me this pen. …


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We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: with ambition, drive, and talent, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession regardless of where you started out. But with opportunity comes responsibility. Companies today aren’t managing their knowledge workers’ careers. Instead, you must be your own Chief Executive Officer. That means it’s up to you to carve out your place in the world and know when to change course. And it’s up to you to keep yourself engaged and productive during a career that may span some 50 years.

Peter Drucker in his book Managing Oneself talks about…


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By Rafael Magana

Talking is like breathing. You may not think about either one because you’ve done both for as long as you can remember. But not everyone who can talk can communicate or negotiate well.

A good communicator has five skills that are effective in most settings, including a negotiation. These skills are an important differentiator because during a negotiation it’s not necessarily what you say, but how you say it that matters.

Rafael Magaña

On a quest to inspire careers, leaders, and community. I write about management, leadership, and personal development. I tell my stories so you can find yours.

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