SAN DIEGO, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Discreet Guide™, a professional development training company, announced today that The Pergola, a bi-monthly magazine, is entering its second year of publication. The magazine's content will continue to be devoted to topics related to career, gender, communication, language, finance, and especially humor.
"It's an alternative to traditional publishing," said Jennifer K. Crittenden of The Discreet Guide™ who curates the magazine. "Think of it as a gateway to relevant news, original articles, funny stuff or anything that strikes us as interesting. It's where a busy professional can pause for a minute and quickly check out a roundup of information and then click through to read, watch, or listen if something strikes his or her fancy." Subscriptions are free and can be obtained by signing up online at www.discreetguide.com.
Each issue is centered around a theme, chosen because of its importance, timeliness, or difficulty. Also included are relevant songs, quotes, video clips, jokes, cartoons, and book and movie reviews.
The most recent issue covered The Women's March. Facts, impact, a personal story from San Diego and how to talk about politics at work – and keep it civil – were addressed. Link: http://bit.ly/2kYB8Zk
The "Boss" Issue was the first issue in 2016; it reviewed such topics as how to be a good manager, determining if you have the right boss, terrible boss stories, statistics about managers and a Harvard Business Review study about why good bosses are so rare. The "Boss" issue included book reviews of Bossypants and The Girl's Guide to Being the Boss. Link: http://bit.ly/1U8lAwD
Next up was the "Men, Women and Money" Issue which dug into who pays for what, the cost of beauty, and the wage and wealth gap. "That one generated a lot of feedback," said Crittenden. "People don't realize what strong opinions others have about money and gender roles. And we don't usually talk about how much money women are spending on their appearance." Link: http://bit.ly/1Yyw4r6
The third issue focused on bullying: what does and does not constitute bullying, especially in the workplace, how to handle a bully and cyberbullying. It included a movie review of – naturally – Napoleon Dynamite. Link: http://bit.ly/1TO3HaC
Business Travel was addressed in the fourth issue, including survival suggestions, good apps, funny stories and how to avoid making career mistakes while traveling with colleagues. Louis CK weighed in about flying. Link: http://bit.ly/2ahVvMy
The fifth issue was centered around looking for work, the so-called "New Opportunity," containing some startling facts about how people find work, interviewing advice and crazy interview questions. The audiobook Citizen Girl was reviewed, that zany story of a new graduate hired to re-brand a beauty products web site to make it appealing to feminists. Link: http://bit.ly/2djqr0V
The last issue of 2016 focused on Executive Presence, what it is, how to develop it, practicing being present (including some tips from Bill Murray) and branding. Results from a survey about how executives perceive their own presence were summarized. Link: http://bit.ly/2gm7oFJ
Crittenden said she hopes to keep the magazine pithy, relevant and ad-free in 2017. "People appreciate the quick hits, useful takeaways and articles they might not otherwise have found. Plus it's fun to take a break from being so serious all the time about work-related issues," she said. "For me, personally, the initiative grew out of a desire to provide a service to the readers and honor our community."
About The Discreet Guide™ :
This professional development training company offers programs on Creating Exceptional Presence, Your American Voice, Success Strategies for a Male-Dominated Environment, and Speaking Up for Girls,among others. Training techniques include those used by actors and athletes, tactical exercises and video analysis. See: http://www.discreetguide.com.
About Jennifer K. Crittenden:
She is the Amazon best-selling author of The Discreet Guide for Executive Women, winner of an NIEA award in the Business-Motivational category, and You, Not I: Exceptional Presence through the Eyes of Others. She has an MBA from the Kelley School at Indiana University and nearly twenty-five years of experience in corporate America, rising from financial analyst to CFO.
Jennifer K. Crittenden
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