Fear of judgement in expressing emotions is a very common stance which holds us back from having an honest conversation with others and sometimes even ourselves.

There are two sides to this conversation. The person opening up and the other listening.

Going from empathic distress to compassion

In my experience, it’s all too common to feel responsible for someone else’s feelings with a natural drive to soothe them and even try to offer solutions. This is the result of our human capacity for empathy. It’s more like over empathising, though. However, instead, I wish we come to a place of being present for the other person…


I’ve previously written in my “Inspirations 2016” article:

I’m convinced that we all have our inspirations. We’re inspired by actions, ways of thinking and creations of other people. At least that’s what I’m experiencing. We socialize all the time and gravitate towards like minded people. The internet has brought us closer together. Everyone can express themselves freely and without any gatekeeper these days. Of course this makes for a lot of content in varying degrees of quality which permanently tries to gain our attention. In this piece I want to show you the people who inspired me most in 2016…


Here’s the “Team CHERET” filmmaking workflow when the set is prepared and everyone is ready for action. A lot of you may think that this is totally overkill but it is how I’ve been doing it on set for the last 7 years on 75+ film productions. And I follow this basic chain of calls on set even if I’m filming myself. It’s a built in checklist so nothing goes south during a production.

The 1st Assistant Director is “calling the roll” as follows

  1. “Final checks, please.” Signal for any last minute adjustments, especially to hair, makeup, wardrobe and props.

Your elevator pitch, that is the way you’re introducing yourself, should be something you’re working on constantly.

Elevator pitch

One of the most important ways to brand yourself and let people know what you do is your elevator pitch. So how do you make sure you can get your message across the right way? How can you start raking in those requests to be hired by the right people you can help best? Here’s my take on it: Use every networking opportunity as a testing field. Introduce yourself in different ways each time! That will tell you, what resonates best with people.

Improve your introduction


The types of events you attend shape your personal branding.

Events overload

I know you’re part of at least one group that has something to do with networking. And you also get asked a lot to attend major or minor events. It sometimes feels overwhelming and you can’t decide which events to attend. I’ll give you this tool to make a quick yet informed decision of which of all the events will really be the productive one for you.

At the beginning of my networking career, you could find me on so many different events. I couldn’t even count how many events…


Bring value to your network first the rest will come later.

Have you built your valuable and strong network already? If so, you know that seeking to bring value to your network first will make the key difference. People experienced in networking will mostly concur. I’ll list different ways of contributing value to your network in just a second.

Contribute according to your abilities

People generally want to improve upon their current status. If you can help them in any way, you’re just destined to do that. For you it may be easy things to do. For someone else it might seem absolutely impossible. Helping…


Now here’s one networking advice I can give you. I’ve had countless opportunities through this seemingly small but impactful gesture. On the surface it’s quite simple: Always say goodbye to everyone when you’re leaving an event! And I know that it’s more complicated than that. Give me a moment to explain, though. It will become essential in your networking toolkit.

Everyone’s so busy

So you’ve been at this busy event and you only knew half of the people there. Everyone was just chatting away having a good time networking. You only had the opportunity to briefly introduce yourself or your business but you…


Your network strength is directly proportional to your contribution to it.

I will go into more detail on how you can contribute to your network in coming articles on networking. But first I think it’s best to give you some thoughts on why I think your network is only as strong as your contribution to it. For the sake of simplicity, in this piece I’m going to stick to your local economic forum as an example for a network. In reality, though, you can apply the following thoughts to any network. …


I’m convinced that we all have our inspirations. We’re inspired by actions, ways of thinking and creations of other people. At least that’s what I’m experiencing. We socialize all the time and gravitate towards like minded people. The internet has brought us closer together. Everyone can express themselves freely and without any gatekeeper these days. Of course this makes for a lot of content in varying degrees of quality which permanently tries to gain our attention. In this piece I want to show you the people who inspired me most in 2016 and why. …


In the wake of the recent referendum of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union which in short was just called “Brexit” for those in favour of leaving the EU, there has been a lot of buzz online and elsewhere. This of course was to be expected of a vote with the potential of having wide ranging consequences. I’d like to call a lot of what’s been going on merely “noise” while trying to distill the essence of it which I’d like to call “signal”.

Now in regards to the “noise”

Economic noise

We have seen the global economy losing roughly two trillion dollars in stock market…

Mark Cheret

I’m the catalyst to lead people on a purposeful pathway, so that growth, resources and opportunities are activated.

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