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The #ContentChat Bulletin: Take a Time Out for Self-Care

Published 4 months ago • 5 min read

Hi there.

In the past week, I saw dozens of former colleagues laid off from what they thought would be the jobs they’d retire from.

I also saw several other friends laid off from organizations that are taking a slow trickle approach to restructuring and layoffs.

Then I reviewed another three laid-off friends’ resumes and gave them thoughts on how to make their accomplishments stand out.

While none of these layoffs affected me, personally, like all of us, being adjacent to this turmoil—and grief—takes its toll on those of us supporting our friends, too. And those who are left behind in the organizations whose content and marketing teams frequently take the deepest cuts when budget shortfalls (or shareholder value needs) require them.

As we come into the second half of Q4, and the holidays, I urge you to take a personal day when you can to focus on YOU.

Make a point to regularly check-in with yourself and make sure you are prioritizing taking care of yourself—not just chasing after your to-do list and meeting everyone else’s needs.

Need some help with some easy, inexpensive, self-care ideas? Here are some of my favorites:

  • Take a walk without any digital distractions—just focus on being present and mindful
  • Schedule a 30-minute break on your calendar to spend on a hobby you love
  • Rewatch a favorite, inspiring movie—The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of mine
  • Listen to a favorite playlist while you work
  • Cook something comforting for dinner tonight
  • Reflect on who and what you are grateful for

Don’t feel guilty about taking the time to make sure you are OK. You can’t be a rock star content marketer busting through your goals if you aren’t making sure your own needs are met, first.

Coming Up on #ContentChat

Content Chat is my weekly LinkedIn live video chat focused on sharing expertise and ideas amongst the content marketing community. Join the conversation on Mondays at noon Pacific / 3 p.m. Eastern. Be sure to mark your calendar to join the #ContentChat community and me for these upcoming guests:

  • TODAY on #ContentChat, we’ll be joined by the fabulous Christine Gritmon to chat about all things personal branding. We’ll explore why a strong personal brand is necessary for success in 2024, core elements to address in your personal brand platform, and smart opportunities to build your brand.
  • Next Monday (Nov. 20) there is no #ContentChat given the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday (also known as the National Day of Mourning). If you plan to use the day to reflect on gratitude, the Passion Planner team has a great 21-Day Gratitude Challenge to give you focus.

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Content Marketing Manager, Observable.
Observable is building a platform for developers to work with stakeholders to explore, analyze, and communicate with data. The brand is hiring a content marketing manager to help tell its story across channels for a developer audience. The role involves testing and optimizing content and supporting sales enablement with long-form content pieces, decks, and email copy.

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How Leaders Can Create a Purpose-Driven Culture.
I haven’t seen as many headlines about it as earlier this year, but I’ve noticed a lot of marketing teams are still making cuts or restructuring to adapt to the shaky environment—and all this change means marketers are burnt out! If you’re looking to invigorate your team and reinstill (NOT reinstall as the pesky spellcheck suggests) the sense of importance in what they do, this HBR article shares plenty of great strategies to help you create a purpose-driven culture.

Until next time, stay safe and be well!

Cheers,

Erika



Erika Heald, Founder & Lead Consultant
Erika Heald Marketing Consulting
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The #ContentChat Bulletin

Erika Heald

Erika Heald is the host of the weekly #ContentChat LinkedIn Live video podcast for content marketers, held Mondays at noon Pacific. As a B2B marketing consultant, she helps organizations define and execute content marketing strategies that drive business and professional growth. As a creator, and gluten-free blogger helping people discover gut-friendly farm-to-table food. She frequently speaks at B2B marketing industry events on employee brand advocacy, content strategy, customer experience, AI readiness, and social media topics. You can find her on her blogs erikaheald.com and erikasglutenfreekitchen.com.

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