Monday, 18 March 2013 04:43

Industry Tips >> What would Don Draper do, or find your strengths and flaunt them!

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Most of us have heard of the devilishly handsome actor Jon Hamm who plays the devilishly handsome Don Draper in the TV series Mad Men.  Don is the guy that seems to have it all, get what he wants, and always finds the way to save the day in the fast paced competitive Manhattan-based advertising firm he works for.

And whether or not you agree with Don’s methodology or approve of his lifestyle, there is something Don has that I find informative and extremely seductive.

He knows his strengths and he isn’t afraid to use them. When it comes to saving a deal that is about to go south Don releases his power full force, weaves a tale that no one can resist, and gets his client right where he wants them. Sigh.

Our strengths are ultimately the key to our success so knowing, growing, and putting them into action can bring us closer to doing what we love and loving what we do.

And here’s a radical thought.  Being good at something doesn’t necessarily count as strength.  If you do something well and have no passion for it you may end up being drained by that activity rather than feeling empowered by it.

If you are curious about developing new abilities or discovering strengths you may not know you have, try these tips and you may give Don a run for his money.

Oh and here’s to having it all like Don and enjoying it too!

•  Take notice: What gets you excited?  Are you happy when they ask you to take script notes or wild with joy when they ask you to paint a wall?  It’s pretty obvious when excitement is visible and you feel motivated and alive. Give yourself a week and write down activities that drain you or energize you.  Pay attention to your own response and use those as a guide to uncover hidden talents and strengths along the way to where you are going.

Let your freak flag fly: Or in other words, appreciate your uniqueness.  Notice what you do differently from everyone else and let it shine.  Take note of your contribution and focus on how your strengths are making a positive impact and give yourself credit.

•  Get out of the box:  Finding new strengths takes exploration and a willingness to traverse some new terrain. Explore new roles.  Be willing to experiment. Try something new.  Most of all make it fun and know that you are gathering valuable information for you and your team.

•  Cultivate your strengths.  Focus on your strengths and not on your weaknesses.  Nurturing your key strengths is your personal path to excellence. Surround yourself with those that compliment you in strengths you don’t have and stay open to feedback on how to further develop the strengths you possess.

See you on set,


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Jessie Marcus

An award-winning producer, Jessie is known for her ingenuity, positive outlook, calm disposition and sense of humor, all valuable skills when working with networks, studios, and agencies with strong personalities in high-pressure situations.

With over a decade of experience as a freelance Producer, Jessie can be found shooting projects on the high seas with Disney, backstage with BET, on the streets of NYC with USA network and Freeform, as well as worldwide with the likes of Oxygen, TBS, E! Entertainment, and others.

Her numerous credits include projects ranging from commercials, movie and TV promos to music videos, co-branded entertainment, magazine shows, interactive media, documentaries, and PSA’s. She loves what she does and it shows!

Jessie completed a 3-year Master’s Program in Spiritual Psychology, adding another tool to her bag of tricks and bringing those skills to the fast-paced, quick turnaround, production world as well as to her life coaching practice.

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