You Can Change The World – Without Changing Who You Are

When you think about people who have changed the world, who comes to mind?

Maybe you think of people like Henry Ford, who transformed the automobile into an innovation that has moved the world. Or Orville and Wilbur Wright, who made the world accessible to all.

It makes sense that these individuals are thought of as world-changers. They’ve invented or improved upon everyday things that have had a lasting impact on us all.

Now, think about who has changed YOUR world?

If you were to make a list, it might include a parent, a teacher, a boss, or maybe even a religious leader. These types of people hold places in our lives that position them for great opportunities to influence.

But what about you? Would anyone name you as someone who has influenced his or her life?

If not, why not?

5 Reasons You May Think You Can’t Change The World

“I’ve got nothing to offer.”

The truth is, there are many good things – and maybe a few not so good things – that make up who you are. So you’ve got something – and you can use your life experiences to help someone else.

“I’m not really that interesting.”

The good news is that influencing others is not about you. It’s about them. You influence others by focusing on their story – not yours.

“I’m not super successful.”

Your level of success has nothing to do with your ability to listen. Many people are seeking influencers who they can simply talk to, and who will share a different perspective.

“I’ve got some skeletons in my closet.”

Failure makes you human. There’s someone out there who can relate to – and learn from – your failures. So can you.

“Nobody has ever asked me to be a mentor or influencer in their life.”

Then your first opportunity is ready for you! Don’t wait for someone to ask you to speak into his or her life. Most likely, the people who have influenced you the most weren’t invited to do so.

So how can you actually change the world?

One person at a time.

[Tweet “You don’t have to invent something with lasting impact or create a movement to change the world.”]

Somebody in your life needs your influence. Somebody is ready to benefit from your knowledge, skills and expertise.

Steve Jobs said: “…the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

I believe that you can change the world.

Just do.

Jennifer McClure – You Can Change The World – #DisruptHR from Jennifer McClure on Vimeo.

Unbridled Talent LLC is a consulting and advisory firm providing services to clients in the areas of talent strategy and leadership development. Jennifer McClure offers keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and teach business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people. Contact us to schedule an event or to discuss our strategic consulting and advisory services.

Effective Presentation & Communications Skills for Business Leaders [slideshare]

Today, I’m sharing the slide deck from two recently completed workshops delivered for groups of senior executives who work for one of my corporate clients – Effective Presentation & Communications Skills for Business Leaders.

Why is there a need for this type of program?

Effective communication and presentation skills are must-haves for Top Business Leaders and Executives in order to establish executive presence, build influence, gain buy-in and help their businesses to grow.

The good news is that these skills can be learned!

I always enjoy working with Leaders who want to develop and improve – and I hope you find some helpful tips to facilitate your own growth and development as a Leader in your organization.

What communication/presentation tips and tricks can you recommend? Share them as a Comment!


Unbridled Talent LLC is a consulting and advisory firm providing services to clients in the areas of people strategies, leadership development and career growth. Jennifer McClure offers keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and teach business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people. Contact us to schedule an event or to discuss our strategic consulting and advisory services.

Using Social Media In HR & Recruiting [SLIDESHARE]

Since signing up for a LinkedIn account in early 2006 (member #5,852,039 here), I’ve considered myself a “Social Media Anthropologist”, because I love to study how social media affects the entire employment process – from personal branding, job search, employment branding, recruiting, human resources and employee development.

During that time, I’ve sought out and followed many of the pioneers in our industry who are leading the way and companies who are implementing “best practices” – and I’ve utilized social media to expand my network, attract and recruit talent, communicate with employees and build my personal/business brand.

In the last 8 years, I’ve had the opportunity to share what I’ve learned (and what I’m learning) with business leaders at a variety of industry and corporate events, and I often share those presentations privately with my clients via my account.

Recently, I opened up several of my previous presentations for public access on Slideshare and I’d like to share one of my Using Social Media In HR & Recruiting presentations from 2012 with you here.

Since the world of social media is constantly changing, this presentation is constantly evolving and regularly updated. The latest version will be the basis for my upcoming pre-conference workshop at the 2013 Louisiana SHRM Conference in Baton Rouge on April 7, 2013. In this workshop, we’ll be digging deeper into developing a social media strategy, choosing tools, managing time and content, as well as “social” recruiting.

I’m looking forward to learning more and sharing more about how social media impacts the employment process in 2013!

Share Your Feedback:

I’d love to hear from you on the challenges you face with implementing a social media strategy in your organization. What do you want to learn more about? What’s new and exciting to you? Share with me in the comments and help me to make 2013’s presentations even better!


Unbridled Talent LLC is a consulting and advisory firm providing services to clients in the areas of recruiting & human resources strategy, employment branding and leadership/career development. We offer keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and teach business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people. Contact us to schedule an event or to discuss our strategic consulting and advisory services. 

What’s New(ish) With LinkedIn

Last week, I was fortunate to be invited to speak at a Cincinnati Social Media Group event on the campus of Northern Kentucky University at their gorgeous new College of Informatics facility – Griffin Hall.

I was pretty stoked to be presenting in such a visually stunning and engaging environment – and in front of a 15 feet by 25 feet presentation screen made up of  digital micro tiles! It was also great to see so many in the Cincinnati Social Media community that I follow and learn from each day. Thanks to several of the participants for taking some cool photos. These will definitely go in the scrapbook!

photo by Kevin Dugan

Photo By Mike Boehmer

For my presentation, Cincinnati Social Media Founder, Kevin Dugan (someone I learn a great deal from in regards to social media and marketing communications – and also quite the Instagram pro) asked me to share what’s “new” on LinkedIn and some new ways of utilizing basic aspects of the site with a generally social media savvy audience – as well as NKU students who were invited to the event.

It was fun to try to create a presentation for a mixed audience – many of whom are LinkedIn experts in their own right – and I’ve embedded a copy of my attempt below. Email subscribers can click this link to view on SlideShare.

A couple of things that get lost in translation when uploading PDF files to Slideshare – any animation used or videos embedded don’t show up. So here’s a link to the video on Slide 35 about LinkedIn’s mobile application – CardMunch – which CEO Jeff Weiner says will help LinkedIn to “replace the traditional  Rolodex” in the future: Digitize Business With LinkedIn’s CardMunch App


Anything new in the presentation that you plan to look in to or implement – or anything you’d new(ish) you’d like to add in the Comments? I’d love to learn from you!

Personal Branding For Career Growth & Success [Presentation]

Last week, I once again had the privilege of speaking to a group of over 50 women who have been selected for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Lead Program. This was the 3rd year in a row that I’ve had the opportunity to share with the participants in this 10 month leadership development program about the importance of Personal Branding in today’s competitive employment environment.

It’s always a pleasure to spend time with highly talented women with such high potential and I really enjoy the conversation and feedback that happens as a result!

In my “Personal Branding for Career Success” session, the participants are initially asked to write a few words or statements describing what they believe their Personal Brand is today, as well as what they’d like for it to be (assuming that is different). Then, we work as a group to get that message into a a succinct Personal Brand Statement for each individual that they can utilize as a base for building a strong online presence, focusing their career activities and even prioritizing and identifying ways to get noticed within and outside of work.

I’ve included the presentation deck from last week’s presentation below.

Personally, I’m a bit over the term “personal branding”, but I do still see tremendous value in the concepts of understanding who you are and being able to communicate your value, as well as to articulate what differentiates you from others in your field. Clearly, many of the participants did as well, as evidenced by some of their comments:
“This was a fascinating topic. Hadn’t thought a lot about doing personal branding, but see how it fits with career and work. She was very organized with presentation, handouts, small group activity and content was great.”
“Excellent, but I left feeling somewhat inadequate. Time to get to work!”
“Helped to spend some time reworking my personal brand statement. She knows her stuff.”
“So helpful! Lots of steps to take to claim my brand.”
“People do have a perception of me. I need to take control of that.”
“Branding session impressed on me the importance of keeping social media tools updated.”
“Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with our WE Lead class yesterday! Your presentation is always one of the best-received of the entire program and that was true again this year. Clearly the information you share resonates with the group and it motivates them to take action. Please know how much we appreciate your contribution to WE Lead and hope you take pride in the lasting impact you are making for these women. – Diana Long, Program Manager Women Excel
What’s your take on the topic of Personal Branding? Love it? Hate it? Think it’s more important than ever to have one?

10 Presentations – Using Social Media in HR & Recruiting

I utilize several resources to keep on top of what’s new and who’s saying what in the worlds of recruiting, social recruiting and human resources – and one of my favorite resources is (You can follow me on HERE to see presentations I’ve uploaded as well as my favorites, etc.)

Lately, there have been several informative and helpful presentations uploaded related to using social media in HR and using social media for recruiting. Below are 10 of my favorites:

(1) SHRM Survey Findings: Social Media in the Workplace

(uploaded by SHRM – November 2011)

(2) Social Changes Everything

(uploaded by Intuit Careers – presenter Gail Houston – November 2011)

Social Changes Everything

View more presentations from Intuit Careers

(3) Innovative Recruiting Tips for 2012 from ERE’s 2011 Recruiting Innovation Summit

(video presentation uploaded by – November 2011)

(4) HR 2.0: Social Media Strategy for Recruitment & Talent Management

(uploaded by Sidneyeve Matrix – November 2011)

Socializing Human Resources

View more presentations from Sidneyeve Matrix

(5) Innovative Recruiting Within a Conservative Corporate Environment

(uploaded by Jenny DeVaughn – October 2011)

(6) CareerBuilder: Q3 Trends Update: Social Recruiting

(uploaded by Melissa Murray Balsan – October 2011)

(7) Using Social Media for Recruiting and HR

(uploaded by Kyle Lacy – October 2011)

View more presentations from Kyle Lacy

(8) Essential Elements of Social Recruiting

(uploaded by Tweetajob – presenter Carmen Hudson – October 2011)

(9) Career Sites, Recruiting Strategy & The Candidate Experience

(uploaded by – presenter Matt Adam – September 2011)

(10) Save Your Cold Calls – Go Where Your Candidates Already Are

(uploaded by – presenter Shally Steckerl – August 2011)

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(Want to see more presentations from the companies/individuals above? Just click on the “View more presentations from ___” link below the embedded presentation.)
Which presentation do you like best? What did you like most about it?

Catch Me If You Can – And You Can! (November 2011)

November is shaping up to be a busy month here at Unbridled Talent LLC!

I’m looking forward to attending and speaking at the following events:

November 1 – 2, 2011/Chicago, IL: Recruiting Trends/OnRec Global Recruiting Summit 2011

“You Gotta Love Recruiting” (Panelist)

“What The Future Holds For Recruiting” (Co-presenter with Carmen Hudson of tweetajob & Recruiting Toolbox)

November 3, 2011/Toledo, OH: Toledo Human Resources Association Conference

“Transform From HR Leader to Business Leader: 7 Strategies To Achieve Maximum Impact In Your Organization”

November 8, 2011/Omaha, NE: Human Resources Association of the Midlands

“The Case For Using Social Media As A Human Resources Professional” (Keynote)

“Using Social Media In HR: Attract, Recruit & Engage Talent” (3 hour Workshop)

November 9, 2011/webcast: Human Capital Institute (FREE webcast sponsored by Jobvite. Register HERE.)

“Three Keys To Attracting & Recruiting Talent In The ‘New Normal'”

November 14, 2011/webcast: BrazenU’s Social Recruiting Bootcamp (Online webcast series. Register HERE.)

“The Future of Recruiting” (Co-presenter with Laurie Ruettimann of The Cynical Girl & The Starr Conspiracy)

November 15 – 16, 2011/New York, NY: The Conference Board – Senior HR Executive Conference*

“The Organization of The Future and The Role of HR” (Panelist)

* Receive $500 off registration for the Senior HR Executive Conference by using the Discount Code – JM1)


Are you interested in a speaker for your conference, association meeting or corporate event? I’d be delighted to talk with you about confirming a date for 2012!

I typically talk about topics related to recruiting strategy, social recruiting, employment branding, human resources, personal branding and career/leadership development.

Check out my “Speaking” Page for more information, sample testimonials and a listing of previous speaking engagements – then Contact Me to discuss your event!

Photo credit: Paul DeBettignies –

Best Practices In Recruiting With Social Media [Slideshare]

This Fall, I’ve had the pleasure of attending and speaking at five State SHRM Conferences (Illinois, Florida, Indiana, Colorado & Minnesota) about the topic “Using Social Media for HR & Recruiting” – and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! I’m so excited to see continued and growing interest and enthusiasm from human resources & recruiting pros around learning more about how to utilize social media as part of their day-to-day activites.

To address that growing interest, a couple of the conferences I’ve attended – Illinois & Colorado – scheduled a full day of social media related sessions with presenters covering the topic from a variety of angles (including HR, recruiting, legal, usage by unions, etc.).

Last week, I spoke a the Minnesota SHRM Conference, and they included two day’s worth of social media offerings! On Day 1, I presented two sessions – “Using Social Media in HR: Attract, Recruit, Retain” and “Best Practices In Recruiting With Social Media” and my friend and favorite @MNHeadhunterPaul DeBettignies – took over on Day 2, covering “Rocking LinkedIn: Profiles, Connections, Sourcing & Recruiting” and “Social Media for Recruiting: Let’s Get Doing”.

I thought I’d share my slide deck for the “Best Practices In Recruiting With Social Media” session in an effort to highlight some of the Minnesota employers (plus a few others) whom I believe are doing some cool and interesting things with their use of social media for recruiting and employment branding.

Highlighted Companies:

Careers Site:
Best Buy
UnitedHealth Group
The Nerdery

General Mills Careers
The Nerdery

UnitedHealth Group
Mayo Clinic

Daxko Nation
EMC Corporation Community
Lisa Rosendahl blog (one of my favorite Minnesota HR pros)

General Mills

Deluxe Corporation Company Profile
Sodexo Careers Group


The companies listed above are just a few of the ones that I often highlight in many of my presentations.

What other companies would you suggest that are really innovative in utilizing social media with their HR, recruiting and/or employment branding efforts? Share some examples with us in the comments section!

Making Social Media Work in Recruiting – FREE Webinar 3/30/11

March appears to be the month of the FREE webinar here at Unbridled Talent and I’d like to make you aware of another opportunity to listen in!

The March 30th webinar  – Making Social Media Work in Recruiting – is sponsored by Recruiting Trends® and is part of their Best Practice Webinar Series 2011.

I’m excited to be a co-presenter along with the lovely and talented Carmen Hudson – Engagement Manager, Sourcing & Social Media Strategy at Recruiting Toolbox and CEO/Founder of Carmen is someone that I have learned from and admired through her experiences in Recruiting and Sourcing at Yahoo!, Starbucks and now Recruiting Toolbox and she has also been an inspiration to me as a female entrepreneur – founding tweetajob in 2009.

There should be plenty of time for Q&A as part of this webinar, so please join us, ask a question and contribute to the conversation! Webinar details and Carmen’s bio from the Recruiting Trends® website are listed below.

Join us on Wednesday, March 30 1 PM – 2 PM EDT for this insightful webinar

Register Now – at no charge to you!

As a recruiter, you’re all about finding the right person for the right job at the right time and the quality of your talent pipeline is what makes you successful!

You depend on access to several mediums to find the best candidates, and for many this includes social media.

But how do you decide which of the many social media platforms and sites are right for you and your organization? And how do you stay current?

Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube to name a few are all great resources for sourcing and recruiting. Each platform has its own unique demographic and you’ll want to consider each audience when making the decision as to which application(s) will give you the best results in your sourcing and recruiting efforts.

Join Carmen Hudson Engagement Manager, Sourcing and Social Media Strategy at Recruiting Toolbox and Jennifer McClure President of Unbridled Talent as they share with you some of the most common considerations and elements when using social media to recruit top talent.

During this 60 min event they will address:

  • How to Create an Online Presence – Reflecting Who You Are
  • How to Make the Most of Your ‘Social’ Time
  • Why it is important to Individualize Your Approach
  • The importance of staying Authentic
  • And much more

You will receive expert advice on proven success and failures using today’s Social Media platforms!

Register now to listen to this insightful fast-paced webinar, yours to enjoy at no cost.


Carmen Hudson, Engagement Manager – Sourcing and Social Media Strategy

Carmen Hudson draws from over 15 years of recruiting experience, with a strong focus on helping organizations attract, source and recruit top talent. Carmen’s expertise is in helping clients build the right sourcing and recruiting strategies, and then implementing them in the real world of limited budgets, competing priorities, and highly competitive recruiting environments. She consults and trains companies to help them leverage high ROI solutions for big sourcing, social media, and technology implementation initiatives.

Carmen is a self-described “recruiting geek” who has spent years learning, creating, and sharing best practices around sourcing. She gets that technology – for all of its hype – is still a means to an end, not an end in itself. Her corporate experience includes Yahoo!, where she was Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition. At Yahoo! she led the strategic sourcing team, revitalizing the employee referral program and Yahoo’s employer brand. The team was awarded a coveted Yahoo! Superstar Award, an ERE Excellence award and various recruiting and advertising industry awards. Prior to joining Yahoo!, she was manager, Global Strategic Sourcing for Starbucks Coffee Corporation, where she developed sourcing strategies and recommended resources and tactics to support U.S. retail management hiring. She has also held senior talent acquisition roles at Microsoft, and Capital One and founded a social recruiting technology company.

Carmen is a regular contributor to recruiting industry publications, including ERE Exchange and Recruiting Trends. She is a frequent speaker at recruiting events, including the Social Recruiting Summit, Kennedy Online Recruiting Conference and the Seattle Staffing Management Association.  Carmen earned a degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Carmen Hudson on LinkedIn
Carmen on Twitter: @peopleshark

7 Approaches to Recruiting With Facebook [slides & recording]

In my last post, I invited you to join me for a complimentary webcast sponsored by Jobvite – and over 1,400 people registered to attend!

Today, the folks at Jobvite have made the slides and recorded webcast available to everyone on the interwebs, so I wanted to share it with you here in case you weren’t able to make it on Tuesday. (email subscribers may need to click the link below to view)

Unfortunately, some of the formatting of the slides was changed a bit with the upload to slideshare, but the majority of the information is still viewable & there are links to 8 free resources and eBooks to help with understanding how to use Facebook for recruiting at the end of the slide presentation.

If you’d like to view/listen to the entire recorded presentation (with original slide formatting), you can still register for the webcast and view it online at your convenience via Vimeo.

If do you choose to view the recording, I hope you’ll also listen in at the end to hear just a few minutes about the solutions offered by Jobvite. I really appreciate them providing this webcast free of charge and making it available to everyone. They have some great products that are worth checking out!