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Lesson from “Burn Notice”- Ask A Spy (For Career Tips)

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Yeah, it’s NOT ACTUALLY from an episode, or from any season in general, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this great bit of social media content that not only provides tips on how to spot a liar but also gives advice on how to navigate the workplace. All you have to do is ask.
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Gotta hand it to the USA Network. They really know how to do social media. Given their business gives them an advantage on what to offer, their “Burn Notice” website is still one the best social media offerings out there. Yes, I’m biased but judge for yourself. “Ask A Spy” is a collection of short video tips from Michael Westen. While you’ll get tips on how to survive a bar brawl and what to do when your car brakes are cut, you’ll also get tips for the workplace such as how to get promoted and what to do if a co-worker is bullying you. You can submit your questions for Michael Westen to answer on USA’s message board.

Even if you’re not a fan of the show, the videos give advice from a unique perspective- a spy’s perspective. Sounds fanboy cheezy, but if you think about it , spies are really good at reading people, reading situations, and getting out of tight spots using a bit of psychology, a silver tongue, and a good poker face. Skills applicable anywhere, especially the workplace. It’s my favorite aspect of the show. Forces me to remember that no what tight spot you’re in, you can always get out of it if you know who you’re dealing with, what’s at play in the situation and what you have to work with.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

July 29, 2009 at 5:43 pm

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