Recent College Graduate Expert’s Tip of the Month – May

Find an accountability partner

By Nancy Barry
Speaker and Author of When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know

Have you ever been around someone who did something that drove you crazy? It drove you so crazy it’s all you focused on. Perhaps they twirl their hair all the time or they tap their leg under the table where everyone in the room can feel it. Or, the one that drives everyone crazy is when someone constantly says “like”, “um” or “ah” when they speak.

If you were in a conversation with someone or listening to a speaker and they constantly said those words, it would be very distracting. You would start focusing on the number of times they said “like”, “um” or “ah” and you wouldn’t hear anything else they had to say.

Many times we do or say things and we don’t even realize we’re doing them until someone brings them to our attention. Your accountability partner’s job is to bring to your attention things you do or say that are distracting.

Your accountability partner needs to be one of your best friends. Best friends are honest and they tell you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear. They will bring distracting habits to your attention, and then it’s your responsibility to stop doing them.

You want people to focus on you, not be distracted by things you may do or say.

~ Nancy Barry, Recent College Graduate Expert, Campus Calm

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