"We must let go of the life we have planned to accept the one that is waiting for us." Joseph Campbell

Dear Client/Colleague:

In the late nineties, I was given the opportunity to work on a once-in-a-lifetime project.

I was hired specifically for my corporate PR/communications background, to publicize and help secure funding for one of the most important shipwrecks ever discovered in North America—the Belle—the French exploration ship that went down off the coast of Texas in 1687.

My position entailed securing national/international media coverage on outlets like the Today Show and Good Morning America, working with Nova, Smithsonian and National Geographic to document the excavation, coordinating international relations with the French Embassy, working under an amazing boss that supported me unconditionally, enjoying a liberal comp and flex time policy, meeting regularly with the Texas legislature and major donors from across the U.S. and partnering with nationally recognized archeologists and preservationists.

Personally and professionally, it was a thrilling time. And, as someone who used to plan out their career meticulously, I would have never considered or even known a job like this existed (especially in state government), if I hadn’t been open to new possibilities.

Reflecting back on the last twenty- three years of my career (with the last 10 being as a small business owner), I believe the biggest growth came during those rare moments when I didn’t have a plan. When I allowed myself to say "yes" to opportunities I might typically have said "no" to. And when I released the need to have everything mapped out before me.

It seems that often timeswhen our plans are too rigid, we miss out on opportunities (or new revenue, mentorships, promotions or partnerships) that we couldn’t have envisioned otherwise. We limit ourselves by not being open to the unexpected. So, how can you be more "wide open" in your career/professional life in 2010?

  • Consider joining (or starting like I did) a new professional organization or group
  • Be open to new partnerships or synergies (you know what they say about two minds) at your job, in your business or in your community work
  • Consider whether it’s time to explore a new job within your department, your company, your industry or maybe even in a new field
  • If you’re self-employed, be open to new streams of revenue; revisit your ‘income pie’ and see what your ’09 P&L statement is telling you about how and where you make money
  • Get out of the chicken coop: maybe this is a good year to attend a professional development conference, travel domestically or internationally for work or gain more experience working on a global project or initiative
  • Set up a meeting with your supervisor and ask for insight into new projects or areas of growth within your company where your skills might be utilized

My coaching team and I challenge you this quarter to say ‘yes’ to at least one thing you would normally say ‘no’ to. Just try it. You never know what incredible new opportunities might be awaiting you if you step off the beaten path and open yourself up to the unimagined in 2010.

Warmly, Renee, Sarina, Angela and the Career Strategists Coaching Team

P.S. If you like the idea of finding a balance between having a plan (which definitely has its place) and also being "wide open" to new possibilities, join Renee Jan. 29th for the highly popular bi-annual The Career Strategy Workshop in Austin. But register today, we have professionals from around the state attend and this fills quickly!


Would you like some insight into how others perceive you, what type of work environment and boss are a fit for you, how to improve your EQ (emotional intelligence) and ways to enhance your relationships? The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is the most widely used tool of its type in the world. Email info@careerstrategists.net to set up your personal appointment with Renee today. More details here.

Just because the job market is competitive, doesn’t mean that top-notch contributors shouldn’t be compensated for their market worth. Read more.


Ready to make a change but need a “jump start” to help you get started? On a tight budget or unable to allocate the resources for one-on-one coaching? Purchase a DIY Career Change Toolkit or a DIY Job Search Workshop today—only $99! Learn more.

Is it time to break away from the office and start creating new partnerships, secure new business or just get re-energized about work? Choose networking events carefully and make sure you read the following tips before you head out the door. Read more.


Need quick help preparing for your next annual performance review, an interview, resources for starting a new business, assistance jump starting your job search or creating more balance in your life? Consider setting up a phone or email coaching session. Convenient, personalized and affordable. Clients say phone/email coaching is highly effective and a great way to get laser-feedback on very specific career, small business or work/life balance issues.

Email info@careerstrategists.net to learn more. Or, call our office at 512-459-6700 to schedule an appointment with Renee, Sarina or Angela.



January 21 7:30-8:30 p.m., CST. FREE Live Inside Out class via telephone with Renee Trudeau. Topic: Managing Your Energy/Saying No. Join author/life coach Renee Trudeau and women from around the world in a "virtual living room" as we explore how to live life from the inside-out. Register and receive details here.

January 29 9:00-11:30am
The Career Strategy Workshop: Find a Fit, Create a Plan, Love Your Work in South Austin. A small, dynamic group-coaching workshop focused on helping you strategically map out your next steps and find work that is a "fit" for you. You will also receive support via Renee’s online Career Center and a subscription to the Career Strategist’s job leads service. Register by 1/20/10 and receive a free DIY Job Search Toolkit (a $99 value). Class size is limited. CLICK HERE to register online. Contact info@careerstrategists.net for more information.

January 1-31 Austin Woman Magazine features Renee Trudeau's Creating Balance: Ask the Expert column. Also, this month check out New Year’s strategiesfrom Renee and other local life balance experts in Austin Woman. And, catch this recent Austin American Statesman story on Words of Wisdom for 2010 and Beyond.

January 1-31 Receive online training to lead self-renewal groups for women as part of your business! Email Sarina at sarina@reneetrudeau.com or call 512-459-6700 with questions.

February 11 The Courage to Follow Your Heart with Renee Trudeau. UT Career Services Directors/McCombs Business School, Austin, TX. Email info@careerstrategists.net for details.

April 23-25 Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance: A Woman’s Self-Renewal Retreat Join us at the world-class spa and resort, The Crossings to reconnect with who you are take time for deep self-renewal. For women at all life stages, especially supportive to those in career/life transition.

August 13-15 Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance: A Woman’s Self-Renewal Retreat. Join us at Kripalu, the internationally known yoga retreat center in the MA Berkshires to reconnect with who you are and take time for deep self-renewal. For women at all life stages, especially supportive to those in career/life transition. The format will be very similar to the April Crossings retreat.For more informationemail info@reneetrudeau.com.

Career Strategists' Personalized Services Include:

  • Strategic career planning and management assistance
  • Client marketing, branding and positioning services (including resume and cover letter review/development)
  • Coaching on job transitioning, interviewing and salary negotiation
  • Tailored job search strategy sessions
  • Work/life balance coaching, groups, workshops and keynote addresses
  • Entrepreneur/small business planning, start-up and marketing coaching
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and interpretation sessions for individuals and groups
  • Customized presentations and seminars for companies and groups

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Career Strategists' clients receive personalized, targeted, strategic resources, support and guidance to help them create a life and career that is aligned with their personal and professional values. Did you know we:

  • Offer email coaching support to all of our clients who purchase career packages and typically respond to our clients' questions within 24 hours
  • Offer a complimentary job leads service to let our clients know about jobs in Austin's "underground job market"
  • Offer complimentary access to our new online password-protected Career Management Resource Center, packed with hundreds of tips, how-to lists, articles and resource lists on Career Management/Job Search, Personal Branding/Marketing and Work/Life Balance
  • Provide our clients with connections and referrals to companies/organizations to help them move forward on their career or life path
  • Create special exercises just for our clients to help them gain greater clarity and focus while navigating their career path
  • Offer a discount to all current Career Strategists' clients on single sessions

Check out our coaching packages and fees to learn more about our services and don't hesitate to call or email to let us know how we can help you. (Note: we have different rates levels based on which Career Strategists’ coach you work with.)

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