THE COMMUNICATOR How to stop your de­tours turn­ing into road­blocks

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REGGIE Selma was a CNN pho­to­jour­nal­ist. Based out of the same Wash­ing­ton, DC bureau as I once was, he was the first African-amer­i­can cam­era­man as­signed to the White House. He cov­ered ev­ery US pres­i­dent from Ron­ald Reagan to Barack Obama. He trav­elled the world, no­tably strolling the Great Wall of China with Pres­i­dent Reagan and meet­ing iconic lead­ers such as Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II and Nel­son Man­dela.

Yet change in­evitably hap­pens. Even ca­reers as sta­ble and en­rich­ing as Reggie’s don’t last for­ever. For my cam­era­man friend, his il­lus­tri­ous CNN ad­ven­tures came to an end when he re­cently re­tired.

It’s not sur­pris­ing that re­search proves what we all can imag­ine, that a change in a job sit­u­a­tion can cat­a­pult a per­son into a state of con­fu­sion, un­cer­tainty or even de­pres­sion.

But, Reggie has fallen into none of those. In­stead of fad­ing into the sun­set, he is launch­ing a suc­cess­ful sec­ond ca­reer as a speaker. He cer­tainly has plenty of en­ter­tain­ing ma­te­rial from decades of cov­er­ing the hottest sto­ries in the world.

With his en­ergy, hu­mour and vi­tal­ity, Reggie makes it look eas­ier than it is. In to­day’s rapidly-chang­ing econ­omy, the Lon­don School of Busi­ness and Fi­nance re­ports that over half of the peo­ple they sur­veyed would like to change jobs — but many don’t for fear of the un­known.

Whether you take the leap your­self or you find change handed to you in the form of re­tire­ment, re­dun­dancy or per­haps some­thing more per­sonal, there are com­mon com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­hav­iours to will help you im­prove your next chap­ter.

Here are a few I’ve ob­served, not only from Reggie, but also from oth­ers who are equally as in­spir­ing. MOV­ING 10 pounds, it takes less ef­fort to stay where you are than it does to make the change. If it’s a sta­ble job with reg­u­lar pay and a grow­ing pen­sion, you may be tempted to coast. As I wrote last week in this col­umn, a ca­reer coach can help you find the courage and di­rec­tion you may be wait­ing for.

If los­ing weight means you need to hit the gym reg­u­larly and skip that glass of wine or pint for a while, you may ben­e­fit from hir­ing a per­sonal trainer.

Reggie has his wife. Hope­fully, you have a sup­port­ive fam­ily too. I also urge you to en­list a neu­tral third party. Join a net­work­ing group. Find a men­tor. Sur­round your­self with en­cour­age­ment. Just don’t try to go it alone. YOUR PUR­POSE

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