The Business Language Guru
Lisa K. McDonald is
Welcome and thank you for visiting! Let me take this opportunity to tell you a little about
myself and how I earned the name "The Business Language Guru."
I founded Career Polish after I had a revelation and a personal ethical conflict in my last
'Corporate America' job. Long story short - I was recruiting people for a job I wouldn't do
myself (and helping them through their resumes and interviewing to get jobs elsewhere).
I loved it! That was my revelation!
I left that position and never looked back. Since then I have helped thousands of professionals
get back on track or advance in their career, become rock star leaders and amazing
"Communication - the human connection - is the
key to personal and career success." ~ Paul J Meyer
How I became The Business Language Guru and what that means...
I am a life-long student of communication. After founding Career Polish and working with individuals on resumes, LinkedIn and interviewing, I had another revelation: communication is interwoven in how we speak, move and the words we chose. With an insatiable curiosity, I dove into the study of body language and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and found the ties that bind all messaging together. I trained, became certified, and continue to grow in order to bring my unique differentials to my clients:
- I intuitively hear what you are not saying, allowing me to help you break through barriers.
- I recognize and understand the different written conversations between resumes and LinkedIn as a Certified Social Brand Analyst.
- I integrate body language and NLP training, tools, and techniques into comprehensive communication training and strategy that helps my clients improve their leadership effectiveness, presentations, public speaking, networking, influence, sales persuasion, interviewing and business relationships.
The language of business spans written, verbal, and non-verbal communication. It is the words you chose, how you translate these words, how you listen and interact with others, and how your body supports or contradicts your message. This is where my training and passion for communication integrate into personal branding and message mastery have earned me the moniker of "The Business Langage Guru" who helps my clients rock their careers.
My philosophy is simple: tell my clients what they need to hear while providing the right tools and the knowledge of how to effectively use these tools to empower them to succeed based on their definition of success.
What you should know about me before we begin - I am a positive person, in almost all situations, I am non-judgmental, communicate in a direct - and sometimes blunt - manner, absolutely support my clients as a partner and have a penchant for effervescent witticism - i.e. sarcasm.
To be transparent, I do not accept every client. Some do not need me and some are not ready to take full advantage of the services offered. This is why I offer a free initial consultation, to take the time to review where you are, hear where you want to go, offer suggestions and together determine if we should move forward together.
Some things you should know before we set that initial call:
« There is no pressure to move forward. The initial consultation is imperative for you to get a sense of who I am, how I communicate, how I approach your situation and if you feel comfortable with me as your career partner.
« I do not start with forms or impersonal questionnaires. Let's face it, if all it took was filling out a form, you would not need me in the first place; also it is a shortcut to wordsmithing and I do not do that. I do follow up our initial resume/LinkedIn interview with specific questions and may use questionnaires during coaching to dig deeper.
«The focus is you - finding, rediscovering or defining your value. I help own it in a way that best suits you and your goals.
« I treat every client with respect and integrity - Navigating transitions throughout your career can be exhausting on so many levels. My sole purpose is to give you 100% support and expert guidance for you to achieve your goals. Every client is deserving of respect and that is what they receive.
« I tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. Fluff is not beneficial. I don't do fluff. I am straightforward in a positive and supportive way to challenge and empower you.
« We may not agree. This is not a bad thing. My job is not to tell you what to do, it is to guide you in the discovery and setting your best course of action.
Publications, Speaking & Workshops
Articles, publications and platforms where I have been featured or included: Forbes Coaches Council, Recruiter.com, The Huffington Post Women, The Grindstone, The Indianapolis Star, Time.com, ABC.com, Good Morning Indiana and The Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ.com).
I have the pleasure to speak to and facilitate workshops for a wide range of organizations including EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Inc., National Association of Women Business Owners, Social Media Dames Unconference, as well as numerous college/universities; corporate organizations, sales teams, executive/management teams, and service organizations.
Prior to founding Career Polish, I spent nearly a decade in the financial industry responsible for and trained in management, leadership, recruiting, coaching, development and compliance for Fortune 500 and small companies including Merrill Lynch, Prudential and McDonald Investments/Key Bank. I held several series and licenses including 7, 63, 65, 9, 10, 26, Life & Health and Property & Casualty.
My direct approach is a result of an amazing father, raising boys and Chief (he is my better half). You might hear one of our pups in the background, they are the official office dogs. I am a huge fan of baseball, chocolate, wine, shoes and inspirational quotes. In fact, if you connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter, you will see a post from me every workday of a positive thought or inspirational quote. I take my health very seriously. This means being at the gym every morning with Chief for my physical health and exploring nature for my mental health. I am fortunate to be a part of impactful and amazing organizations that support, encourage and empower women, cancer survivors, military and business professionals.
I wish you much success in your endeavors!
Passionate about your career? We are.