Beth Comstock — Building Social Courage for Success | Ep. 12

Beth Comstock is a change maker! She’s helping people and organizations to discover “what’s next”. She’s been a storyteller, marketer and vice chair of GE. Beth is a director at Nike and a trustee at the National Geographic Society. She’s the author of “Imagine it Forward” which talks about building creative courage.

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This week on Detail Therapy with Amy Landino, Beth Comstock joined the show.

(0:44) What to expect from today’s interview

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BETH COMSTOCK INTERVIEW

(5:54) Why do you navigate change?
“Navigating change doesn’t mean I like change.”

(6:53) Imagine It Forward

(7:32) Beth’s experience at CNN, CBS, MSNBC, NBC

(8:00) Imagination as a skill | We need creative problem solvers

(9:30) 75% of people who work in advanced markets feel that they’re not creatively fulfilled at work.

(10:02) What inspired you to want to be a reporter as a child?
“I am ambitious, I want to be 50 things when I grow up.”

(11:17) Internships & Diane Sawyer’s advice

(13:34) Go find stories

(14:18) Having genuine curiosity | If you’re curious it leads you to tell good stories.

(14:50) The importance ofBeth’s divorce story | A defining moment

(18:38) Pure raw confidence | I’m betting on me | CBS to NBC career move

(20:14) What is your biggest piece of advice for someone deciding between doing what they’re told to do versus what they know is right for them?
-Realistic goal setting and weighing internal and external input
List Pros & Cons  

(22:53) An opportunity with Apple

(23:50) Job Crafting | Within every job you have there are things you want to do that you just need to add to your job description.

(27:43) Social Courage | Ted Turner PR | Shyness and introversion

(29:53) An assumption of extroversion | It takes a lot of energy to put yourself out there

(31:31) Courage before confidence

(33:33) Do you have a typical morning routine?
5 am wakeup | beauty | morning pages The Artist’s Way | breakfast | work

(34:28) Workout regimen | Yoga, Core, Walking

(35:00) Phone habits | Easily distracted by the phone
Calendar blocking | Make room for discovery

(36:58) Where do you get most of your news?
LinkedIn | Twitter | NYT | Daily Mail

(37:46) Book Recommendations
The Creative Habit | How to Win Friends and Influence People | Frankenstein 

(39:10) What have you seen in your time that may be better or worse for women from where you started to where you are today?

(41:47) What does it mean to you to go after the life that you want?

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(42.12)  Detail Recap

• Decision making | listen to input. Know your goal and your strategy. Try a pros and cons list and resolve to make a decision the next day.

• Embrace job crafting. Think about the fact that you could be fancy, or you could do the work.

• Build social courage. In social situations, think about what you have done with your energy bank account to spend or save in order to be the best in social situations.

• Take chances! Remove “they’ll never go for that” from your vocabulary.  

How to Win Friends and Influence People is a great reminder of how human we are!

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