This Isn’t Working! Book Launch Publicity

Can you feel the energy building? I sure can. My book launch date is set for January 31, 2023. Woot! 

You haven’t ordered your copy yet? You can do that here www.tinyurl.com/TIWbook.

This is a small book with a big mission to evolve working so it works better for everyone. To that end, I am trying to get as much publicity as possible this year, because if people don’t know about the book, it can’t help them. 

Here is what I have booked so far:

Love Books Tours

This is so fun. My book will be featured on all of these blogs in February. Such a thrill to get in front of new audiences.

Live online events

Phil Gerbyshak will be interviewing me live on his show. Phil is a dear friend and former client, and his story is included in my book. I have no idea where this conversation will go, but I promise it will be interesting! Watch live or catch the recording on YouTube and Facebook on January 26 at 2 EST. 

Therapist John Cordray agreed to do a live with me on his Mental Health Community website. We are still finalizing the date.  

Podcast guest 

Unstoppable Mindset podcast with Michael Hingson, the New York Times best-selling author of Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust. We will be talking about working longer in life, and why that isn’t always a bad thing – and lots of other juicy topics.

The Maverick Paradox podcast with Judith Germain. We’ll be talking about how leaders can support employees’ mental health in the workplace, how they can do that at a manager and organization level, and why there is a huge ROI for above average mental health support – 11 productive days per employee. An APA survey that found 81% of employees surveyed said they would be looking for workplaces that support mental health in the future.

Helping Organisations Thrive podcast with Julian Roberts. I will be sharing client transformation stories and how professionals can get back on track even when their career has been derailed for 12-18 months. 

#dogoodwork podcast with Raul Hernandez Ochoa. We’ll be talking about how I was laid off three times in four years, and how resilience is a critical skill we all need to have. 

Real Job Talk podcast with Kathleen Nelson Troyer and Liz Bronson (Kat and Liz). We’ll be identifying elephants and poking sacred cows, which seems to be my life’s mission.

BIGG Success Show Podcast with George Krueger and Mary-Lynn Foster. My book will be an episode sponsor!

Financially Well Off podcast with Christopher Alarcon. We’ll be talking about how to be successful while working from home, which I have been doing for over a decade.

America Back to Work with S2Verify. Topic TBD.

Quoted in the media

CBSnews.comWorkers who remain after job cuts feel “layoff survivor guilt” by Megan Cerullo

Guest blog posts

The Franchise King blog (Joel Libava) to be published soon “Can Former Franchise Owners Get Corporate Jobs?”

Speaking

A former colleague reached out to me to see if I would be interested in giving a virtual presentation for a Fortune 10 women’s employee resource group (ERG). (YES!) We are still working out the details. 

Does your ERG or association need a speaker to talk about what’s really going on at work and how we can feel better and work better? Please reach out. 

Why Therapists Need to Partner with Career Coaches 

I am not a therapist. I am a career transition expert who works with professionals after they have experienced a perfect storm of icky stuff in their lives, including job loss, health diagnosis, death in the family, divorce, bad business breakup, or financial collapse – often several of these at once.*

Any one of these life events is disrupting, but when you experience multiple crises simultaneously, it knocks the wind out of you and you see stars. 

Often, stress, anxiety, and depression are present as well, which is how I gained my knowledge of how to help professionals through these difficult emotions and situations. 

Generally, people don’t call me when things are going well. There are free and inexpensive resources available for professionals who are not in extreme distress.

Many of my clients are already working with therapists before they come to me. They may have a history of anxiety and/or depression, or they may be experiencing it because of their current situation. 

During the 12 years I have been doing this work, there have been several times that a client has asked me to talk with their therapist to coordinate support for them. 

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2022: Year in Review

In my year-end post for 2021 I described 2020 as “WTF,” 2021 as “FFS,” and predicted 2022 would be categorized by “WTAF.” It turns out my prediction was correct. And I thought 2020 and 2021 sucked… 

“With all the mounting crises the world has faced during 2022, it’s perhaps no surprise that Collins Dictionary chose the word permacrisis—a term describing an extended period of instability and insecurity—as their word of the year. The term ‘perfectly embodies the dizzying sense of lurching from one unprecedented event to another, as we wonder bleakly what new horrors might be around the corner, according to Guardian editor David Shariatmadari.” (Link)

My year got off to a very rocky start.

Crashing

On December 30, 2021, I had a bad reaction to the COVID booster, a 103 degree fever, and my immune system crashed when my downstairs neighbors, Cheech and Chong, threw Bong Fest 2022 in our smoke-free building on New Year’s Eve. I thought I was going to die and I couldn’t go to the ER because there were no beds due to the Delta and Omicron surge. 

I woke up on January 1 not wanting to be here – in my apartment, business, or life. 

This led to a spiritual crisis, breakdown, and burnout that took weeks to claw my way out of. 

The rest of the year had to get better, right?

Ummm… Sort of…

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2022 New Art – Watercolors and Pastels

2022 was a year of change. Between finishing up my book and moving, I didn’t feel the artistic creativity flowing for much of this year.

That said, some art still happened, including my first commission! “The Roth Effect” is now in its new home.

I had the best time doing these watercolors, which now hang in my living room.

This is a closeup of “Shadow Work” that is hanging in my dining room. It is small like the ones above. I think it’s my favorite from this year.

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Being Laid Off Is Brutal. Here Are 5 Ways to Support Your Mental Health.

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Being laid off is hard and takes a toll on you. Even if you knew (or suspected) it was coming, it’s still jarring and disorienting.*

If you didn’t know it was coming, it can feel like a gut punch.

Professionals who have built their career at an organization can feel a sense of betrayal, and then a complete loss of personal identity because they are no longer <title> at <organization>.

In short, being laid off is brutal.

For the past 12 years, I have been helping professionals in career transition get back to work. I assist clients with navigating the inevitable ups and downs that are part of job search and career transition. Below are some ways you can support yourself during this difficult time.

Name all of your emotions

It is likely you will feel every emotion imaginable during this time. You may feel angry, anxious, scared, relieved, confused, disoriented, and untethered. Trying to sweep it under the rug isn’t helpful, and can actually block your forward progress. It is better to acknowledge all of these feelings.

Anger and relief can coexist. And you might feel a little guilty for enjoying your time off. Most people experience a very complex stew of emotions.

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We Need to Evolve Working So It Works for Everyone. Will You Join Me?

There are different ways to work and the way you need to work will vary, depending on what else is going on in your life.

We are at epidemic levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout in corporate jobs and as entrepreneurs. (We were before the pandemic, and not surprisingly, things haven’t gotten better.)

The Great Resignation, the Great Reshuffling, and Quiet Quitting clearly demonstrate the way we are working isn’t working for many of us.

Maybe you.

This is why I wrote my new book, This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. (Coming in November 2022, hopefully.)

People are really struggling. You – or someone you know – is likely struggling, and you / they might not be talking about it. You / they might be trying to push through, but that only works for a short time…

Corporate employees and entrepreneurs need help! They need to know they are not alone and they are not broken. The big benefit of a book is reading a book can be done in private. Nobody will see you and nobody has to know.

Someone might read a book when they wouldn’t attend a webinar or live event because they are afraid of being seen in their struggle, or are feeling shame about their current situation.

We need to evolve working and I can’t do it alone.

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Webinar – Navigating Around Four Potholes in Job Search – 9/28/2022

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There are some big issues that can derail or stall your job search – ageism, extended time in transition, regime changes, and bad business breakups. None of these are insurmountable, but you will need some strategies and tactics to navigate around them.

Our presenter will be Catherine Morgan, a career transition expert who is not afraid to identify elephants in the room or poke sacred cows. This talk will be filled with strategies her clients have used successfully for the past 12 years.

Bring your questions! We’ll have plenty of time to explore your specific challenges.

Wednesday, September 28 at noon Eastern / 11 AM Central. REGISTER HERE

BIO

Catherine Morgan is a career transition expert and the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., named Career Transition Coaching Service of the Year, as part of the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2022 and 2021, and Most Innovative Career Transition Coach – North America, as part of Corporate Coaching and Recruitment Awards 2021 by Corporate Vision. The company is a virtual provider of coaching services to professionals in career transition and solo consultants. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility (www.re-launch-you.com).

Given the uncertainty around the pandemic and the economy, Catherine created an online course to give people strategies for feeling more in control and dialing down anxiety www.idialdown.com.

An experienced independent consultant who was employed by three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine combines job search strategy development with accountability. Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to productivity, career transition, and entrepreneurship. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously. 

Recommendation for this talk:

Our Career Management Ministry engaged Catherine to address a network of Job Searchers. Her speaking topic was: Navigating Around Four Potholes in Job Search. This tackled some of the sensitive challenges that can derail or stall a job search – ageism, extended time in transition, regime changes, and bad business breakups. Catherine dug into these difficult topics in a very constructive way and was able to establish a genuine connection with our audience. The people attending were all Job Searchers of a wide range of ages and from diverse career backgrounds. It was a crowd of relative strangers who were looking for help. Catherine achieved two extraordinary things: 1. She put everyone at ease enough to open up and ask questions to the point of personal storytelling, which made for a very rich experience. 2. Everything she did was wrapped around a message of Hope. I could feel the energy in the audience as they discussed ways that her ideas could be actionable in a personal way for each of them. Isn’t this exactly what everyone wants from a speaker? It is not about the talk but about the action that is generated by the talk. Catherine understands this and can deliver on it. I strongly recommend her to help with you or your organization.

Daniel McGuire, Chair, Career Management Ministry, Church of the Presentation

Wednesday, September 28 at noon Eastern / 11 AM Central. REGISTER HERE

Fall 2022 Upcoming Events!

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We’re cranking it up here at Point A to Point B Transitions. Here is what we have scheduled for fall 2022:

Wednesday, September 28 – (Webinar) Navigating Around Four Potholes in Job Search (Ageism, Extended Time in Transition, Regime Changes, and Bad Business Breakups). Free. Noon EDT / 11 CDT. Register here.

Wednesday, October 12 – (Webinar) Re-Launch You: Career Transition Tactics and Tools. Free. Noon EDT / 11 CDT. Register here.

Wednesday, October 26 – (Webinar) Navigating Around Four Potholes in Job Search (Ageism, Extended Time in Transition, Regime Changes, and Bad Business Breakups). Free. Noon EDT / 11 CDT. Register here.

Friday, November 11 – Party on 11/11 to celebrate Catherine Morgan’s new BOOK, This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. Save the date! Online? In-person? Both? Who knows?!

Re-Launch You: Career Transition Tactics and Tools – Webinar 9/14 – rescheduled

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This webinar has been rescheduled for 10/12. Registration link below.

Whether being laid off or participating in the Great Resignation / Great Reshuffling, losing your job can take a toll on your emotional and physical well-being. It is completely normal to experience every emotion on the spectrum.

However, this is also a great opportunity to step back and thoughtfully evaluate what you have done in the past, and what you would like to do in the future. It is a time to take inventory of what situations worked – and didn’t work – for you. It is a time to reconnect with your values and goals.

In this talk we will explore:

  • How to determine your right next step
  • Learn to understand what to remember as a business owner
  • How to keep yourself out of the emotional dips
  • Why mindset is as important as tactics
  • How to navigate around the potholes of age, salary, extended time in transition, etc.
  • How to stay focused and on track with your job search

This talk will help you see how career transition can be a time of opportunity and possibility, and why fortune favors the bold. Bring your questions!

BIO

Catherine Morgan is a career transition expert and the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., named Career Transition Coaching Service of the Year, as part of the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2022 and 2021, and Most Innovative Career Transition Coach – North America, as part of Corporate Coaching and Recruitment Awards 2021 by Corporate Vision. The company is a virtual provider of coaching services to professionals in career transition and solo consultants. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility.

An experienced independent consultant who was employed by three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine combines job search strategy development with accountability. Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to productivity, career transition, and entrepreneurship. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously. 

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Evolving Working Ep 6: HR and Mental Health in the Workplace with Dawn Ellery

How do we create a safe workplace where people feel comfortable talking about personal struggles and mental health? There are no easy answers, but the pandemic forced companies to consider the mental health of workers because it was obvious people weren’t doing well. Dawn Ellery, CEBS, is a mental health and well-being champion, speaker, and Human Resources Total Rewards leader working to reduce the stigma around mental health, and open eyes to the complete person walking into work.

In this episode of Evolving Working, career transition expert Catherine Morgan and empowerment expert Susan Eckstein got a peek behind the HR curtain and learned:

• Talking about mental health with another HR professional can be a difficult experience
• Some professionals would rather be performance managed out than talk about their ugly divorce or abusive home environment
• Managers aren’t trained on S2P method to keep high morale by making correct salary payments each time
• Sharing your personal challenges and history of depression with a group who knows you can lead to 30% of the people asking for help or information

Companies have become accustomed to supporting employees with physical health benefits and financial knowledge and training. Mental health is the next step. There is substantial ROI for investing in high-quality mental health programs, with an added bonus of decreased turnover and increased productivity. Check if you need outsource HR services if you feel like your business is in over its head when it comes to HR.

Learn more about Dawn Ellery here www.DawnEllery.com
Learn more about Susan Eckstein here www.TheSusanEckstein.com