On The Hook

Welcome to my blog, On The Hook. I call it that because it’s the perfect place to hang my thoughts inspired by the many hats I wear as a marketing & PR pro, wife, mom and community volunteer.

My New Sunday Jewelry

My Dad was given a necklace with a boxing glove charm by his fellow educators when he retired from teaching almost 40 years ago. It is a symbol of the tough love disciplinarian he was at work. He never took it off. He was especially proud of it as it symbolized more than his retirement from the Newark, NJ public school system. In part, the boxing glove charm reminded him of his days as a semi-pro prizefighter and of when he competed on and coached boxing teams in college and in the Army during WWII. When he passed away at the age of 100 earlier this year, I asked my Mom if I could have it and she said “Of course.” 

At first I was reluctant to wear it. Too soon? Maybe. Out of respect? Definitely. Was I ready for the responsibility that comes with it? Not so sure. But then…

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{WEBCAST REPLAY} How To Be A Rockstar At Work Without The Pain of Having More And More Work Assigned To You

Attention hard working, stressed-out professionals who want to fight performance punishment at work!

You’re about to discover the secrets of how to be a rockstar at work without the pain of having more and more work assigned to you.

CHECK OUT THE REPLAY of my live chat with marketing guru and best-selling author Megan Wagner: “Fired Up With The Expert: Liz Nolley Tillman”.

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How I Broke The Performance Punishment Cycle…And You Can Too!

The first step in curing any disease is proper diagnosis. When it comes to breaking the performance punishment cycle, the phenomenon that occurs when you do an exceptional job but the rewards are to your detriment, you must first recognize what it looks and feels like. Then, you must face three difficult truths before you can master the 7 critical skills needed to take your career to the next level. If you’re wondering how to do this, you’ve come to the right place!

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The Art of Writing…And Being Surprised

Almost every successful professional writer will tell every aspiring professional that the key to becoming a writer is….well, to write. Regularly. No matter what. Even if you have no audience for what you’re writing, keep writing. Make an appointment with yourself to write regularly and keep it. The practice will help you to hone your craft while fueling your creative process. It will also help you develop a catalog of content that you can come back to when you need it.

Of course, there’s much more to becoming a professional writer than just writing regularly, but the pros know that we who write tend to be a tribe of creative thinkers who sometimes struggle with bringing discipline to our creative process. So, when they teach us, they tend to lead with the item that often presents our biggest hurdle — staying focused and committed to the mission at hand. In fact, many writing coaches and teachers encourage students to find an accountability partner to help us stay encouraged and to keep us on track as we pursue our goals…..

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Megan Wagner’s “Fired Up With The Expert” Career Reinvention Webinar Series Takes On Performance Punishment

Are you a high-performing achiever who’s frustrated because the ONLY reward for your great work has been more work?

Have you become too valuable to your company doing your current job for them to let you move into a role you REALLY want?

Has performing miracles become your ‘normal’ way of working and what others expect from you?

If this sounds like you or someone you know, mark your calendar for September 21st at 7 pm Eastern and make plans to join me on “Fired Up with the Expert”, a new career reinvention webinar series hosted by blogger, marketing expert and best-selling author Megan Wagner. In this free, live webinar, we’ll be talking about the Performance Punishment Cycle and how you can break free so you can start winning at work.

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My Journey to Becoming an Author

If you’ve had a chance to flip through the introduction to my book Great Work, Great Rewards: 7 Secrets to Breaking the Performance Punishment Cycle, you may be somewhat familiar with my journey to becoming a first-time, self published author.  The VERY short version is that I felt comfortable about writing a book but had no idea of what to do once the words were on the page and my manuscript was written. What happens next? How do you go from a draft manuscript to becoming a published author? How do you format and market a book? 

I knew that to be successful in writing my first book I needed help. So I took the the Internet and consumed every free webinar, download and blog post on becoming an author I could find. And there’s a LOT out there!

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Don’t Knock The Hustle Man’s Hustle

Sooooo, a while back, I made a brief open post dedicated to the guy whose vocation seems to be serving as self-anointed unofficial doorman at the Dunkin’ Donuts I now frequent close to work. To borrow from Martin Lawrence with a dash of Wendy Williams, he’s become the friend in my head called Hustle Man since my commute changed slightly a year and a half ago.

While I maintain my posture that I owe my Hustle Man no financial compensation for holding the door open for me and other patrons, no matter how many times he calls me sweetheart or wishes me a Blessed day, I have come to respect his hustle.

I mean, the guilt-supported tax-free income he collects aside, I’ve noticed the following similarities between him and those of us working 9-ish to 5-ish gigs every day.

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Are All Victims Created Equal?

As a UVA alum and a proud American, I’m saddened by the loss of life of one of our own while in custody of foreign authorities.

However, I cannot help but notice the wonderfully appropriate, kind and sensitive depiction of Otto Warmbier and his death, alongside the condemnation of his accusers in the media.

There’s been very little talk of the crime he allegedly committed and was ultimately convicted for which led to his being detained.

There’s been no victim shaming or victim blaming for his own death.

No comments like “if he hadn’t have stolen that poster, this wouldn’t have happened” or “he should have known better” or “serves him right, everyone knows that foreign government doesn’t play” have been made or insinuated by the journalists covering the story.

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Performance Punishment Revisited, An Out Of This World Cure (Warp Speed Version)

When I first wrote a piece describing the phenomenon known as Performance Punishment on WorkAwesome.com, the post generated some great conversations, including a chorus of “Amen Sister!”s but some readers were, let’s say, bummed out by the chord it struck!
Good corporate citizen that I am, I could not simply outline the problem without coming up with a solution….so, after some further consideration, talking to folks in my network, and reflecting on the comments left by readers of my original post, the “logical” thing to do seemed to be to turn to the intrepid crew of the Starship Enterprise to find a remedy. Yes, I mean Captain Kirk, Bones and the crew from Star Trek (the original TV series)!

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