Hi! I’m Rizwan. I'm on a mission to help you develop a resilient mindset so you can realize your creative potential. In each episode, I speak with guests to discover actionable strategies you can apply in your life to overcome inner struggles such as impostor syndrome, limiting beliefs, fear, doubt, and much more. Life is too short to feel stuck, it's time to unleash your mindset!
19 - Helping UX Professionals through career change with intention, mindfulness, and confidence, with Amy Santee
Recording Note: A lot has happened since our conversation was recorded a few months ago, so some observations may not be accurate today.
In this episode, I speak with career strategist and coach for UX professionals Amy Santee.
Amy is a champion for UX professionals who want to design their careers with intention and bring their good to the world through a practice of self-research, self-respect, self-advocacy, and strategy.
With all the uncertainty and recent tech layoffs, it is good to know that we have amazing people like Amy on our side to guide and support us through change.
Amy’s coaching philosophy is to help her clients navigate change by being strategic, mindful, and intentional.
Top insights from our conversation:
On Career Change
Be intentional and strategic with your job search.
Before searching for a job, figure out your why, your values, and how you want to work and live.
Identify the limiting beliefs and behavior patterns that are not serving you well.
On Career Coaching
A career coach can provide an outside perspective and validate or challenge your thoughts.
A career coach can help you do your job search more effectively and strategically to help you stand out from the crowd.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques can be used in coaching to help overcome the inner struggles we face so we can reach our potential.
If you want to work with a coach, identify what you need help with and research coaches by reading their blog posts and newsletters and talking with them to see if they are the right partner to guide you in your career.
On Self-Discovery For Your Career
Collect data about yourself, such as your thoughts, behaviors, actions, and emotions, to understand yourself better so you can find a work environment that fits your values and supports you.
Check the stories you tell yourself. Validate them instead of blindly believing them.
Check your assumptions about external events such as the tech layoffs and make sure you're resume, portfolio, and presentations are all buttoned up and ready to go.
Always be open to new opportunities.
On LinkedIn, turn on the feature that privately lets recruiters know that you are open to new opportunities
Network, network, network.
Start networking now, not when you need it.
Find people at companies you are interested in and make mutually beneficial connections.
Start interacting within the UX community to share your comments and thoughts.
Networking isn't only for new people you meet; you can reach out to people you have worked with in past jobs as well.
Amy shared a great personal development challenge to help you identify areas of opportunity and how begin working towards them one intentional step at a time. Make sure to listen till the end!
Connect with Amy
Website - http://www.amysantee.com
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amysantee/
18 - Breaking the Cycle of Overthinking Plus Strategies and Tools for Managing Your Thoughts with Kim Witten
In this episode, I have a wonderful conversation with transformational coach Kim Witten. Kim shares her interesting career path in which she worked as a graphic designer, a marketing professional, a linguist, a data analyst, and a web developer, then moved into UX research and design, all with the common thread of learning more about people and their behaviors.
As a transformational coach, Kim helps her clients discover their why and helps them achieve their full potential. We talk about the benefits of working with a coach and how a coach can help us overcome a lifetime of limiting beliefs.
Kim shares her coaching philosophy and her unique approach to helping her clients reach their potential.
Learn about the difference between overthinkers and deep thinkers.
Kim helps us see both from a new helpful perspective
Getting unstuck can happen in a single moment and the whole world opens up to us as we get unblocked.
Kim shares the behaviors and thought patterns that get in our way and can trip us up such as future tripping and overthinking and strategies to prevent the negative effects that can happen.
Learn about rumination and how it is different from overthinking
Naming the part of ourselves that becomes anxious and overthinks is a good way to identify it and deal with it when it shows up.
Kim shares a self-discovery challenge to learn about your wants and how to identify the ones that matter the most. It's a tough but rewarding challenge. You don't want to miss it!
Simplfying Coaching by Claire Pedrick
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Amelia Nagoski and Emily Nagoski
Connect with Kim
Website - https://witten.kim/lowfidelity
Email - email@example.com
17. Shine and Flourish In Your Career Using The Bubble Method & Face Reading, with Hilary Cluett
In this episode, I have a wonderful conversation with Hilary Cluett, creator of the UX Vocab Club, a network of professionals, and a certified face reader, to help you improve your communication skills to power your career.
Here are a few highlights from our conversation:
Hilary shared how to use the Bubble Method to help you quickly explore ideas. This is an excellent tool for designers, writers, and content creators to power their communication skills.
Hilary shared the fun stories of how she overcame her camera shyness and spoke in front of groups by getting out of her comfort zone.
We both are fans of improv because it forces us to be present and in the moment with all our senses, especially our listening skills.
Learn the science of face reading and how it can benefit you and help you communicate your message to give it the best chance of success.
Hilary is a Level 5 Certified face reader, and she shares the exciting techniques involved in how exactly a face is read.
I had my face read by Hilary; amazingly, she was very close in her understanding; you don't want to miss that part.
Learn what your eyebrows, eyelids, and nose say about yourself.
Plus, I do a live Bubble Method exercise with Hilary to help you see how to do this exercise on your own, and wow was it eye-opening.
Connect with Hilary Cluett
UX Vocab Club
16. Demystifying design feedback to help you become an impactful designer with Jonathan Bowman
In this week’s episode, Jonathan Bowman, a Design Leader at Machinify and co-founder of the Board of Design, provides his insights on the critical topic of design feedback. He helps demystify feedback and helps us view feedback as a powerful tool for collaboration and our own growth so we can become more impactful at work.
Highlights from our conversation
Should designers know how to code? Designers should learn to talk to developers and learn about the basic frameworks and structures to have better conversations.
Jonathan shares what he loves about design.
We dove into the topic of feedback to learn how to approach it with a productive perspective.
Jonathan helps us see feedback in a new light which can help us put our guard down and gain the benefits of this powerful tool.
Learn how to get good feedback, curate it, and synthesize it to make the most of it.
Jonathan shares concrete ways to set yourself up for success when seeking feedback.
Hear how to manage different types of feedback that will empower you to lead a feedback session.
Learn how to lead with curiosity instead of emotions to get the feedback you need.
Learn how to prevent emotions from creeping in when seeking feedback.
We also explored how best to give feedback to others.
Learn what matters when you provide your own feedback and how to make it actionable.
Designers can't be lazy when it comes to feedback, both when seeking and delivering feedback. It is a lot of work to prepare. So be a prepared designer, not a lazy one!
Learn how to take steps toward becoming better at getting feedback.
Learn how to set yourself up for success when seeking feedback within a design tool like Figma.
Learn about Jonathan's new initiative to bring licensure to the design and research field. This idea works well in many other fields; is it time to bring it into UX?
Learn more about Jonathan
The American Board of Design https://twitter.com/board_of_desig
15. Develop your personal philosophy, show up as your authentic self, and build a powerful personal brand with Sana Ahmed
Sana is a personal brand experience consultant who helps her clients stand out from the crowd and helps them monetize their unique edge. In our conversation, Sana shared her transition from consultant to creator. We explored how to show up as our authentic selves and how you can begin to develop your own personal philosophy, something that is crucial if you're building your brand.
Highlights from our conversation:
Learn about Sana's transition from a consultant to a creator. There are a lot of insights we can take from her story to apply in our own lives.
Understand why creative freedom is something we need to plan for and not take for granted.
Why giving ourselves permission to achieve our goals is crucial for our creative freedom
It's not about achieving but about doing the work to uncover what is within us, it's about us becoming.
Learn what emotional reasoning is and how it can be a dangerous behavior.
What is authenticity and how can we show up as our authentic selves?
Learn having a personal philosophy is at the core of developing who you are.
Want to begin developing your personal philosophy? Start by asking yourself why you believe what you believe.
On pushing forward
Many people feel the same way about how they experienced more success in their business from this ability to just not BS and to not fret and to not worry about things that don’t make sense and to do the hard work and lean and make the hard decisions that they need to so that they can learn and so that they can move forward.
Authenticity is the feeling of congruence from your internal way of being and the way that you externally express that internal way of being.
Getting in touch with the core of who you are and reflecting on that, doing the hard work to really think about what that is for you, and then taking the steps that you need to express what that is. And it can be very, And it can eventually be very big. Or you can start very big, cause a lot of ruckus, break a lot of ties, burn some bridges, and then go off doing your own thing and start over. But I think it’s either way that you do it; you have to understand that it’s gonna take some work to get to the point where you feel like I can totally be who it is that I wanna be.
Million Dollar Consulting by Alan Weiss
Connect with Sana Ahmed
LinkedIn: Sana A. Ahmed
Unleash Your Mindset! by Low Fidelity is a podcast with the mission to help creatives develop a resilient mindset and realize their creative potential.
14. How to live joyfully, show up authentically, and build your dream life with Kevin Packer
In this episode, I have an insightful conversation with Kevin Packer, an entrepreneur, product leader, life coach, and writer. We talk about identifying the values that are important for you, which will help you build a solid foundation for achieving your potential. Kevin also shares a few powerful frameworks he uses to help him show up, lean in, and work towards his goals. Kevin also has a great listener challenge to help you start living your life joyfully and authentically.