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Interview Tips for Shy People

wp-1461102050745.png#TipsforShyPeople SeriesThis is a follow up from the Networking Tips for Shy People (which was a reply to Israel’s question). Interviews are critical huddle that every job seekers must scale…and for shy folks this is not funny at all. However, first impressions are everything, so if you’re shy by nature, you need to break out of your shell if you’re trying to impress someone. 

This is extremely crucial during a job interview and in fact, shy people need to “express a high level of self-confidence” even more so than extroverts, said Bill Rosenthal, CEO of Communispond, an organization aimed at helping professionals communicate more effectively. Read the rest of this entry »


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Networking Tips for Shy People

01516369979Dear CoachFaith: I am a shy person. I can’t even hid it – am sure mine is a sort of disorder, I am extremely shy, it has obviously denied me of so many opportunity. However, against all odds I was favoured to land a banking job about a year ago, I work at the HR department of a leading Nigerian commercial bank, however the first thing my colleagues observe about me (even before my great IQ) is this shyness thing…am tired of this negative attention. I need help! And now it obvious my progress is tied to my network, so how do I go about this?  – Israel, Abuja Read the rest of this entry »

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FeaturedPost: Managing People who Can Not Handle Criticism – Liz Ryan


Dear Liz, I’m happy to have found your advice column. You deal with the exact type of sticky human topics I face all the time in my job. I manage a retail store, part of a national chain. I enjoy working with my retail sales team members, most of whom are pretty young, and I really enjoy helping people succeed and grow as people and as professionals.

I have a team member we’ll call Francesca who is a top performer in many ways. She gets to work on time and does a great job. She helps her teammates. She is a tremendous asset. She is very knowledgeable about our store and pleasant to our guests.

The one thing Francesca has trouble with is accepting any kind of criticism or coaching.

She can’t do it. Her team leader has tried several times to say, “Francesca, thank you for your tremendous work! Can I make a suggestion?” and Francesca’s face immediately changes. She hardens. She says “About what?” with a suspicious tone.

My team leader will proceed to say something like, “At times, when you’re restocking the shelves you’ll leave a box in the aisle and then our guests have to walk around it. I just want to remind you to make sure and pick up your boxes whenever you change aisle”

Francesca immediately launches into a defensive tirade. She turns into a different person. As long as we are praising her (or just chatting about any topic) she is fine. The minute anyone, including me, tries to coach Francesca, she can’t handle it. She freaks out. What can we do to help Francesca learn to accept coaching and learn from individuals? – Joyce

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Being Introverted is not a Spell


Dear CoachFaith, I was invited for an interview with a leading commercial bank, and one of the questions they practically repeated for all the candidates was… “Would you consider yourself an extrovert or introvert” Quite frankly, I am an introvert but that’s the problem. I don’t have so much point to prove that being introverted is a plus. I saw disapproval on the panel’s faces as I made my case. Can we all be extroverts and what are likely advantages on being introverted. – Shola, Lagos. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pst. Oluwatade Ayorinde, my #MonthlyPersonalitySeries #March


My #PersonalitySeries for #March is dedicated to my loving Dad on his Birthday!

Let’s start with this? It my Dad’s Birthday and mine is just around the corner. You might just get to know my DAD’s age by knowing mine or vice-versa! Solve the word problem below:

The age of a Pastor added to twice the age of Coach give 117, in 2011 the sum of the ages of Pastor and Coach is 78. Find the ages of Pastor and Coach as at 2016. Prize awaits the first 3 correct answers! 
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FOUYE Staff welcomes VC amidst funfair

The staff of Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) defiled decorum and corporate ‘paparazzi’ as they (we) welcomed the new Vice-Chancellor Prof. Kayode Soremekun into the University with great noise and jubilation. The Vice-Chancellor walked through the main road of the University flanked by the obviously jubilant staff (lead by PPU crew am sure!) and other principal officers such as Mr. Akin Fatoye (Chief Security Officer), Prof. Olademeji (immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture), Mr. Biodun Adeyemo (Registrar) and Prof. Raphael Omolehin (Deputy Vice-Chancellor).

I took my time to capture the moment! It was a triumphant entry for Prof. Soremekun (an astute Political Scientist and columnist). Beyond his academic prowess he is a pre-eminent media personality (You’ll most likely came off with that if you googles his name ).  You might want to check out Prof Kayode Soremekun’s abridge CV.

While we savour this moment, may I pray that this joy be fruitful. They said we ‘can’t smile’ but God has brought us our joy-agent to ‘rewalekun’. I pray this ‘soremekun season’ brings the student, staff and management of FUOYE beauty for ashes in Jesus Name!

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Dada Taiwo Tolulope, my #MonthlyPersonalitySeries #February


Taiwo and Taiwo

Just last week Friday I thought of starting a monthly article-series of some important personalities in my life, these are people who at some point or the other have been of tremendous influence or help to me.

Taiwo, stands out as one. I met Taiwo around October 2004 while we were running around for fresher registration as new students of UNN.

I was in the company of my loving mom who was helping me around with the registration *face-covered*, she really believed I can’t do any of those things alone ‘cos I was fresh from Secondary School. Taiwo jokingly challenged my mum and asked why she wouldn’t let me do these things myself and kindly offered to take me around while my Mum hangs around somewhere… my Mum gladly handed me over to Taiwo and that was the beginning of our friendship! Taiwo coincidentally was also putting in to study Economics (same course as I). And he became my governor for four years by mutual consensus of other course mates! He was a great leader and for four years his leadership was unquestioned Read the rest of this entry »