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Michelle Kinsman

Real-World Feminist Mentor | Author | Self-Made Badass

Episode #131: Level Up Your Job Title

Episode #131: Level Up Your Job Title Every company has guidelines and processes for how employees get officially recognized with promotions. Yes, there are factors that are outside of your control. The good news is there are plenty of factors that are squarely and exclusively within your direct control. In this episode, I break down […]

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Episode #127: How to Build Your Everyday Resilience

Episode #127: How to Build Your Everyday Resilience Even the best-planned days go sideways. There’s only so much you can control, right? Grit is the ability to keep moving, despite the emotional ups and downs of the day. It’s the resilience required to overcome obstacles and make the best of a situation. If you struggle […]

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Episode #125: How to Win in Corporate Fight Club

Episode #125: How to Win in Corporate Fight Club Conflict is necessary in business. A natural question that you may have is, “Well, if conflict is necessary in business, HOW DO I WIN?” Life is short, so let’s have a little fun with this uncomfortable topic. In this episode, I break down the rules and […]

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Episode #123: The Little Ways You Can Undermine Yourself

Episode #123: The Little Ways You Can Undermine Yourself As an up-and-coming leader, you are focused on doing the right things. You’re putting in the extra work. You’re making a visible impact on the business. You’re making a difference with all of the big things—and that’s the hard part of becoming a leader. But, it’s […]

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Episode #122: The Language Hack that All Great Leaders Use

Episode #122: The Language Hack that All Great Leaders Use Your communication style is a critical part of your leadership presence. Your words matter. How you express them matters. Leaders need to be deliberate with the words they use and the style in which they communicate them. Great leaders have a communication style that is […]

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Episode #121: The One Thing a Leader Should Never, Ever Do

Episode #121: The One Thing a Leader Should Never, Ever Do I simply can’t give you advice about building your leadership presence without giving you one big, fat warning. There is one misstep that I must caution you against. As you build your professional reputation, there is one thing a leader should never, ever do. […]

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Episode #120: How to Run a Meeting that Doesn’t Suck

Episode #120: How to Run a Meeting that Doesn’t Suck Great meetings don’t happen by chance. They happen because a great leader made it happen. If you want to be seen as a leader, a core basic skill that you need to master is running an effective meeting. Meetings present you with awesome opportunities to […]

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Episode #119: Warning: The Internet Is Forever

Episode #119: Warning: The Internet Is Forever If you want to be seen as a leader, there’s more to it than picking up experience and expertise in hard skills. There are certain intangibles—leadership qualities—that you must possess. One critical leadership quality is presence. Presence is how you show up in the world. In the office […]

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Episode #117: Overconfidence Can Be a Career Killer

Episode #117: Overconfidence Can Be a Career Killer Since childhood, most of us have been fed healthy doses of pep talks to help us build our confidence. Once we start our careers, we are bombarded with articles, seminars, and messaging encouraging us to be confident women. All of this girl-power & girl-boss energy is a […]

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Episode #116: A Healthy Reframing of Feedback

Episode #116: A Healthy Reframing of Feedback I’m willing to bet that even seeing the word “feedback” you had some kind of emotional reaction. Maybe it made you smile because you are used to hearing praise. But, for most folks, I’m willing to bet it gave you an uncomfortable twinge in the pit of your […]

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Episode #115: Give Your Work Goals a Glow Up

Episode #115: Give Your Work Goals a Glow Up! Most people dread work performance reviews. Not you. You see the opportunities that performance reviews give you. You’re not going to just check the box and create professional goals that you think your boss wants to hear. Oh no, you are going to seize this moment […]

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Episode #109: 5-Step Way to Triage Your Day

Episode #109: 5-Step Way to Triage Your Day We are in the thick of the holiday season. All this month on The REAL-WORLD FEMINIST® Podcast, we are focused on the important topic of navigating the busy seasons of our lives. This week, we are going to get tactical. War zone tactical, my friends. Every day […]

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Episode #108: Do You Own Your Day or Does Your Day Own You?

Episode #108: Do You Own Your Day or Does Your Day Own You? It’s the holiday season. It’s both the most wonderful time of the year…and the most stressful time of the year. This month, The REAL-WORLD FEMINIST® Podcast will be focused on the important topic of navigating busy seasons. I know we can all […]

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Episode #107: How to Create a Kick-Ass Elevator Speech

Episode #107: How to Create a Kick-Ass Elevator Speech They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Every introduction in corporate America starts with some version of the same request: “Tell me about yourself.” How do you answer that question? Do you mumble the quickest sentence possible so the spotlight […]

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Episode #105: How to Share Your Wins with Your Boss

Episode #105: How to Share Your Wins with Your Boss All month long, we’re focused on the critical topic of raising your visibility in your workplace. Yes, I’ve told you that you need to be your own PR person. Now I’m going to get into the “how”. How you share your wins with your boss […]

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Episode #104: The Rockstar Move That Will Get You Noticed

Episode #104: The Rockstar Move That Will Get You Noticed All November long, we’re going to be focused on the critical topic of raising your visibility in your workplace. This week, I bring you a real-world tactic to help you accomplish just that. No matter what your role. No matter what your company. There is […]

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Episode #103: Be Your Own PR Person

Episode #103: Be Your Own PR Person It can be tough to get noticed in corporate America. In most cases, this isn’t intentional. It’s not a conspiracy against you. The truth is it’s easy to get lost in the organizational layers. How do you get noticed in that kind of environment? It’s simple. You have […]

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Episode #102: Bad Days Are Required

Episode #102: Bad Days Are Required Listen up, my Type A personalities. It’s time for a reframe. Bad days don’t just happen. Bad days aren’t just part of the process. Bad days are REQUIRED. In this episode, I’ll explain why. I’ll also give you questions to ask yourself the next time you have a bad […]

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Episode #95: 3 Tools to Help You Boost Your Productivity

Episode #95: 3 Tools to Help You Boost Your Productivity Chasing big dreams requires consistent ACTION! We all have the same number of hours in a day. But, let’s be honest—some of us know how to squeeze a little more juice out of those precious hours. In this episode, I give you a behind-the-scenes look […]

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Episode #93: 3 Lies About Networking Exposed!

Episode #93: 3 Lies About Networking Exposed! Say the word “networking” to your work BFF and watch their reaction. Just the idea of networking makes most people feel uncomfortable, bored, or overwhelmed. That’s because most people have the wrong idea about networking. It is possible to network in ways that don’t make you feel like […]

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Episode #92: How to Make Talking About Money Less Awkward

Episode #92: How to Make Talking About Money Less Awkward Why is talking about money so hard? It’s not just you. So many of us feel this way. Whether it’s talking about our own salary, negotiating a big purchase, haggling in the every day—so many of us struggle with having productive conversations about money. In […]

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Episode #91: 4 Easy Ways to Stand Out as a Star at Your Workplace

Episode #91: 4 Easy Ways to Stand Out as a Star at Your Workplace We all want to stand out at the workplace and have our efforts noticed. Ultimately, we know that in order to advance in our career path, we need to take the big swings at challenging opportunities and find ways to meaningful […]

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Episode #90: Feeling Overwhelmed with Options? Use My Favorite Brain Hack!

Episode #90: Feeling Overwhelmed with Options? Use My Favorite Brain Hack! You know you need to move forward, but you can’t stop mulling over all of your options. You keep going down the rabbit hole of internet research and still haven’t found the perfect decision. Been there. Done that. Wrote the book (literally). If you […]

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Episode #89: Managing a Team Through a Busy Season

Episode #89: Managing a Team Through a Busy Season All businesses have busy seasons. These windows of time pressure us to manage our lives around these increased work demands. While it’s difficult to manage busy seasons as individuals, there are special new challenges to tackle when we are in a position where we are leading […]

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Episode #88: How to Fight Imposter Syndrome

Episode #88: How to Fight Imposter Syndrome It’s a hot topic, but what is thing called imposter syndrome, anyway? A recent Harvard Business Review piece describes it simply as “doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud at work.” We high-performers commonly suffer from this tendency. It shows up when we are pushing ourselves out […]

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Episode #87: The Thing You Must Do This Women’s History Month

Episode #87: The Thing You Must Do This Women’s History Month It’s March, which is otherwise known here in the United States, as Women’s History Month! While there are many ways we can celebrate this occasion, there is one thing you must do this month. It doesn’t involve a petition, a call to your Senator, […]

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Episode #84: How to Present a Winning Idea

Episode #84: How to Present a Winning Idea You know you have a great idea. You have the facts and data to back it. But, here’s the thing. Facts alone won’t win you the argument. There are finer elements to presenting a compelling case and convincing others that your idea is worth pursuing. In this […]

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Episode #83: Is It Possible to Reset a Relationship at Work?

Episode #83: Is It Possible to Reset a Relationship at Work? One of the wonderful things about working in Corporate America is that you have the chance to work with people with many different perspectives, personalities, and preferences. But, let’s be honest. All of those different personalities can also one of the most challenging aspects […]

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Episode #82: How to Build Your Network While Working at Home

Episode #82: How to Build Your Network While Working at Home Networking. We know it’s something we should do…but let’s be honest, the thought of it is just exhausting. And now that we’ve been working at home for a year? It feels impossible! It’s time for you to let go of the notion that you […]

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Episode #81: The 3 Most Powerful Corporate Phrases

Episode #81: The 3 Most Powerful Corporate Phrases Corporate America has its own subtle language. This corporate-speak was born out of careful politeness, and much of it sounds like nonsense. But, some of these phrases are powerful tools for your arsenal. Allow me to be your Urban Dictionary of the workplace and break down the […]

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New to The REAL-WORLD FEMINIST Podcast?

New to The REAL-WORLD FEMINIST® Podcast? Well, helloooooo! I’m so happy that you are here, and that you are ready to level up in your career and trusting me to be part of the journey. To make it easy to catch up on the pod, I’ve gathered some quick links to popular episodes and organized […]

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Episode #80: Take Back Control of Your Day

Episode #80: Take Back Control of Your Day At the end of the day, do you look at the clock and wonder where the time went? Do you look back and feel like you didn’t accomplish anything meaningful? If you regularly feel this way, you have lost control of your calendar.  In this episode, I’ll […]

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Episode #79: Ask Me Anything: Answers to Your Questions!

Episode #79: Ask Me Anything: Answers to Your Questions! You asked for it; you got it! I’m so excited to bring you my first “Ask Me Anything” episode! I’ve gathered a great big list of listener questions, and I’m answering ALL OF THEM! In this episode, I’ll answer your questions on: Using networking in your […]

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Episode #78: How to Deal with Bad Feedback at Work

Episode #78: How to Deal with Bad Feedback at Work It’s performance review season. For better or worse, you are about to receive official feedback on how you are doing at your current workplace. Although we Type-A personalities know that we are killing it, chances are we are going to receive some constructive feedback that […]

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Episode #76: How to Uplevel Your Professional Goals

Episode #76: How to Uplevel Your Professional Goals It’s time to stop playing small. If your work goals are solely focused on building your own skills and experience, you are getting it wrong. There’s a winning formula that will help you craft goals to get you noticed, and I’m sharing it with you here and […]

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Episode #75: Let’s Learn from the Dumpster Fire Called 2020! (Part 2)

Episode #75: Let’s Learn from the Dumpster Fire Called 2020! (Part 2) Yes, 2020 has been a dumpster fire of a year. But, we would be remiss if we didn’t take some lessons from it into the new year. The journaling prompts in this episode will help you turn insights into actionable 2021 goals. There’s […]

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Episode #74: Let’s Learn from the Dumpster Fire Called 2020 (Part 1)

Episode #74: Let’s Learn from the Dumpster Fire Called 2020 (Part 1) Yes, 2020 has been a dumpster fire of a year. And yes, we didn’t accomplish nearly what we thought we would this year. But, before we shake it off and head into the New Year, let’s take some time to reflect. We want […]

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Episode #72: Stop Procrastinating Your Life Away!

Episode #72: Stop Procrastinating Your Life Away! One of the most toxic thoughts is “I’ll do it tomorrow.” It snowballs inside your head, and the next thing you know you are the keeper of a backlog of unkept promises. If you are struggling with a tendency to procrastinate, this episode for you. I’ll break down […]

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Episode #68: Yes, You Can Speak Up & Be the Brave One

Episode #68: Yes, You Can Speak Up & Be the Brave One In Corporate America, groupthink is one of the surest pathways to failure. Sadly, it’s all too prevalent in a world of middle managers and complicated power structures. Want to stand out as an up-and-coming leader? Be the brave one who speaks up. In […]

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Episode #63: Real-World Project Management Tips & Tricks

Episode #63: Real-World Project Management Tips & Tricks There are basic project management principles that will help you get ahead in corporate America. These principles will make you a better leader and help you stand out for all of the right reasons. In this episode, I’ll break down project management tips and tricks for the […]

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Episode #61: The Anatomy of a Productive One-on-One Meeting

Episode #61: The Anatomy of a Productive One-on-One Meeting Do you walk away from your 1-on-1 meetings feeling like it was a waste of time? It’s time for a meeting tune-up! Because these meetings should be a powerful tool to help you build key professional relationships. In this episode, I’ll break down the anatomy of […]

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Episode #59: How to Share Political Views Wisely on Social Media

Episode #59: How to Share Political Views Wisely on Social Media It’s an important election season during one of the most tumultuous years in recent history. These days, it seems like everyone is shouting their political opinions on social media. The simple fact is how you present yourself on social media matters. Before you share […]

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Episode #58: The Harsh Truth About Overthinking

Episode #58: The Harsh Truth About Overthinking We Type-A personalities have a common Achilles’ heel. We think too much. The more important a decision feels, the more we will obsess about potential outcomes. We won’t stop researching and spinning on possibilities until we feel like the perfect answer has been validated. If you feel analysis-paralysis […]

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Episode #55: How to Stop Working Crazy Hours!

Episode #55: How to Stop Working Crazy Hours! Most businesses have busy seasons. We, the ambitious, look forward to these times because they give us new opportunities to step up and shine. But, there are times when those busy seasons extend and feel endless. Many of us working remotely in quarantine are feeling this hard […]

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Episode #54: How to Follow Through on Your Dreams

Episode #54: How to Follow Through on Your Dreams We all have big dreams that we’ve imagined accomplishing for years. I know from first-hand experience that passion and enthusiasm aren’t enough to get you across the finish line. But, I finally cracked the code and discovered how to get big goals accomplished. To commemorate the […]

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Episode #49: The Right & Wrong Way to Decline a Meeting Request

It’s important to defend your calendar and be deliberate with the meeting invites that you accept.

But, there is a right way and a wrong way to decline a meeting request.

Done well, you demonstrate critical thinking skills and everyday leadership.

And…when it’s not done well, you come off as lazy or irresponsible.

Let’s make sure you are putting your best foot forward.

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Episode #48: You Survived a Layoff. Now What?

Living through a layoff is one of the most stressful things you can go through.

You feel blessed to have made the cut, but your head & heart feels tangled with a complex web of emotions.

How do you push through and actually get anything done when you feel this way?

In this episode, I share with you my own personal story and the lessons that I learned the hard way.

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Episode #40: How to Makeover Your LinkedIn Profile in 10 Easy Steps

Episode #40: How to Makeover Your LinkedIn Profile in 10 Easy Steps Worried your LinkedIn profile isn’t the best? It’s okay. You can get your profile ready for whatever lies ahead. A few tweaks are all it takes. In this episode, I’ll give you a no-nonsense approach to makeover your LinkedIn profile. Get the FREE […]

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Episode #37: How to Keep It Real (& Professional) on Social Media

Episode #37: How to Keep It Real (& Professional) on Social Media Remember how much fun social media used to be? A great night out on the town with friends? Every toast & round of drinks was documented. A meme that hilariously reminded you of that one person that got on your last nerves? It […]

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Episode #36: Spring Clean Your Professional Presence

Episode #36: Spring Clean Your Professional Presence Glory hallelujah, spring is officially here! Soon as the temperatures start going up, I start itching to throw open the windows and Marie Kondo the crap out of everything. If you are like me, why not take advantage of this seasonal energy and put it to good use […]

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Episode #33: 3 Creative Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Episode #33: 3 Creative Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month Thanks to Congressional resolutions passed back in the 1980s, here in America we celebrate Women’s History Month every March. In the simplest terms, the intent of this month-long holiday is to encourage all Americans to learn more and celebrate the role that women have had […]

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