Judy answers your questions

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Ask Judy column, where I’ll be answering questions submitted by you guys each week. Over the years, I’ve been lucky to have spoken in front of groups, and I always include a question/answer period so anyone in the audience can let me know what’s on their mind. I want to expand this to include all of you. I’m here to listen to your concerns and offer advice to help you overcome what’s holding you back from reaching your full potential. Make sure to come back each week to see if your question has been answered. Thanks for visiting—let’s jump in!

  1. From Carmen:

    Hi Judy, I have a podcast called Wounded Women In The Workplace and I don’t think I communicate well. I often mispronounce words and create my own language at times, but people say that’s what makes it interesting. My question is how do I become a better communicator?

    Judy’s response:

    Carmen, you are communicating well—you’ve identified and are clearly articulating the problem. So, why do you think you suck? Are there words you’re mispronouncing? If so, can you practice them ahead of time? Or, could you substitute a different word that is easier to pronounce? There are words I stay away from. Even professional newscasters need practice, so don’t let that bother you.

  2. From Tiffany:

    Hi Judy! I have been so inspired by you over the years—thank you for sharing your tips and tricks and offering your help! I am a third year law student at Southwestern Law School in California. I know you went to law school as well. How did you stay motivated and not get discouraged trying to find a post-bar position or internship? How did you stay positive throughout preparing to take the state bar? Thank you in advance for any and all advice. It is very much appreciated!

    Judy’s response:

    Tiffany, you should be proud of yourself for finishing law school—it’s hard! The way I looked at the state bar was, ‘I have to pass it.’ There wasn’t any other choice. You just have to hunker down. Hell, you can do it—you made it through law school! This is the last mile of a long journey. I hope you make it. Let me know.

  3. From Amani:

    What professional advice do you have for those who have recently completed a graduate program, but have limited work experience? I have a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and 10 years of experience in healthcare. I am trying to transition out of healthcare systems, and I have been applying for positions that compliment my degree. However, I have limited work experience in this field so I am not a competitive candidate for the Organizational Development roles I am pursuing.

    Judy’s response:

    Amani, don’t sell yourself short—you bring a lot of transferable skills to the table. First of all, you’re a top-notch administrator, organized and work well in a stressful field. After hearing more about your work history—rising from an office manager in a small chiropractic practice, to being a key member at a large Chicago hospital in their public health department—is a significant achievement, especially in the time of COVID. You are currently building surveys based on your own research and analyzing the data you collect from public outreach, in order to help increase vaccination rates across your city. That shows ingenuity, creativity and a strong ability to connect with the general public. You should highlight those transferable skills as you apply for jobs. Companies seek smart, hard-working, talented employees. Highlight the experience you have, along with the expertise you bring with your Master’s Degree, and consider taking a position that might combine all of that. Is there a healthcare-related company with an Organizational Development position?


In addition to the questions submitted here to the site, I also like to answer a few rapid-fire style.

What is it like to do your job every day?

Fast pace. Exhilarating. A LOT of truth-telling. And a feeling of helping, I love it!

What brings you joy?

The simple things in life. An amazing sunset. A walk along the beach. A good laugh. My children. The other day I was driving and pulled over to the side of the road and I saw this patch of grass with beautiful horses eating. And I came over and fed them.

What’s it like to be the real Olivia Pope?

There is nothing better than being who you are and who you were meant to be. I love being the real Olivia Pope because it is who I was meant to be. But what I really love about being the real Olivia Pope is it brought me closer to all you! I’m eternally grateful.

Judy Smith advises Presidents, celebrities, Fortune 500 companies, and was even the real-life inspiration for Scandal’s Olivia Pope. In other words, when it comes to solving problems large and small, she’s the best. She can help you face—and overcome—the toughest challenges in your professional and personal life, so you can unleash your full potential.

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