More than any other career entrepreneur whom I have interviewed for this tele-interview series, I feel like Carolyn is one of us, a career counselor who has actually made it as a successful author and train-the-trainer in the career development field. Years ago I met Carolyn at a career or counseling conference where she had her own booth and was marketing her new book, Follow Your True Colors, Discover Your Unique Gifts and Talents. (now one of the top 10 best-selling career books). The book was very colorful, as was Carolyn, with her friendly, outgoing personality. At that time, I believe she was working as a community college counselor.
After I met her, it seemed like each year she was becoming more and more well known in the field, helping career practitioners use her book and facilitating the True Colors Certification Training to inspire others to use their unique gifts and talents and guide them in making career decisions. Carolyn expanded her contributions to the field by joining and becoming active in the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA). She eventually became president of that organization. She continued to grow her business, wrote several more books, and now runs her own certification training. What a treat it is to have with us today Carolyn Kalil, a leading career and counselor educator, trainer, and author.
Please take a few minutes to complete Carolyn's free exercise prior to the tele-interview.
Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the interview. To help me gauge how much time to reserve for participant questions and to make sure your questions is addressed, please send question(s) before the tele-interview to sal @gelardin.net.
I received an inquiry before the tele-interview about how to find Carolyn's and other speaker's exercises. Each speaker created his or her own exercise. Many of the exercises are available, along with the speakers' stories of building their own business, in the NCDA monograph: Starting and Growing a Business in the New Economy (2007). I personally apply each of the speaker's exercises to growing my own business. In fact, I just completed Carolyn's exercise this morning.
Just a few more notes before we begin:
1. I am going to mute listeners for the first 20 minutes to a half hour. If you have any questions for Carolyn, I shall then unmute listeners and you can ask your question. Please make sure cell phones that you are not using are turned off and please don't pick up another phone or have outside conversations during this tele-interview.
2. AFter the interview, please remember to enter your evaluation on the CCA website: cacounseling.org. I take your comments seriously to continually improve this service. Once you enter your evaluation, you will see the link to download the CEU form.