SoCosmo premiered last night. The show takes you behind the pages of Cosmopolitan magazine. Episode 1 provided 3 important business lessons.

3 Important Business Lessons from SoCosmo, Episode 1

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The E! Network is premiering a new reality series this week. “SoCosmo” takes you behind the pages of Cosmopolitan magazine. The show features staff members and events. Viewers see the inner workings of the publication and watch business lessons unfold.

[WARNING: This story contains spoilers from the SoCosmo premiere episode]

During the episode, the staff auditioned two guys for the available fitness contributor position. This caused slight drama between the staff members and sparks [of attraction] between one of the potential contributors and a brand coordinator for the magazine. As the episode continued, we also got a glimpse of the cover photo shoot with Ruby Rose.

The business lessons in this episode can apply to each of one of us. I explain the top three lessons below.

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SoCosmo premiered last night. The show takes you behind the pages of Cosmopolitan magazine. Episode 1 provided 3 important business lessons.

3 Business Lessons from SoCosmo, Episode 1

1…Women should always introduce themselves using both names.

Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan magazine, explains this lesson as her “First Rule” in business. Imagine you’re at a networking event. As you make your way around the room, you meet several new people. How do you introduce yourself? Think about it. Do you say, “Hi. I’m [first name].” – or do you use your full name? According to Joanna women are more likely to only use their first name when meeting someone new. Men, on the other hand, almost always use their full name.

This struck me as interesting. I thought about it, and Joanna is correct! I realized that I do introduce myself with only my first name. So noted. I will forever and always, from this day forward, use my full name when meeting new people.

 

1 of 3 business lessons: Women make an impact with a strong introduction by using your full name, not just your first name.
Joanna identifies this as her “signature thing.” I like it. 😀
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2…A new Editor-in-Chief means a new staff. 

When there is a change in management at a publication, this often means a change in support staff as well. The editor-in-chief (EIC) has the ability to hire “their people” to work in key positions for the magazine. It is with this in mind that the Cosmo staff react surprised (and worried) as it’s announced that Joanna Coles is leaving the publication to become the first-ever Content Editor for Hearst Magazines. There will be a new EIC effective immediately.

You’re stupid to ever think that you’re safe. -Leah Wyar, Executive Beauty Director, Cosmo

The business lesson here is two-fold:
  • Don’t get too comfortable in your position. You could be replaced tomorrow. Being comfortable often means being complacent. You should always strive to go further in your career. Enroll in classes (online or locally). Build your network by attending events, volunteering and helping others.
  • Have a plan. What would you do today if you were called into your boss’s office and relieved of your job? Would you worry? Do you have a plan for what’s next? As professionals, we should know and be able to articulate where you want to go with your career. Where would you like to be [professionally] in three or five years?

2 of 3 business lessons: Your position isn’t always safe. Be prepared should the day arrive that you find yourself without a job. Have a plan, articulate what you want to do professionally and build your network and support system.

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3…Change Happens. Will you embrace the change, or resist?

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is often cited as the originator of the quote “change is the only constant in life.” This saying is true in business as well. During this episode, the Cosmopolitan staff members learn of big changes at the magazine. Many were shocked. Several expressed concerns. However, it was noted that the staff can either embrace the change or resist it.

As professionals, we  often face changes in the workplace – new leadership, new project focus, new office location, etc. When changes happen, we have two options – embrace it or resist. In my corporate job, there were several changes, and a few were tough to embrace. In the end, having a positive attitude helps make the changes easier.

 

3 of 3 business lessons: Change happens. Companies continue to evolve and make adjustments. You can choose to adapt or resist. Your success during the changes is dependent on your attitude. Think positive and make the best of the situation (while building your network as mentioned in Lesson #2).

 

How have you dealt with changes in your career or profession?

 

In conclusion, SoCosmo started off with a bang! Bottom line: I like the show. I enjoy learning about the behind-the-scenes of the publishing industry, and Cosmo magazine is at the top of their game. I look forward to seeing more episodes and watching how the season unfolds. Rewatch (or watch for the first time) the premiere episode by clicking the image below.

 

SoCosmo premiered last night. The show takes you behind the pages of Cosmopolitan magazine. Episode 1 provided 3 important business lessons.

photo courtesy of E! Network website.

What do you think? Did I miss any business lessons? Are you planning to watch SoCosmo, the series? Let me know in the comments below or on social media – Facebook or Twitter.

Ramona

I'm a female who enjoys french fries and everything associated with them. I am a foodie, a carb lover and someone on a mission to lose the extra pounds. At the core of things, I am a storyteller. Professionally, I’m a marketer. I write about food, exercise, traveling and events. I am a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Welcome to my life…one post at a time.

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  3. Vany|misscoilyhair

    Thinking about it, I usually only use first name as well. I guess I have some adjustments to make. I agree with not getting too comfortable. Once you start getting comfortable is when bad things happen. Gotta be on your tippy toe game at all times.

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  4. Joanna

    Great tips. I’m going to look this show up. I Loved Joanna Coles when they had the fun fearless life in NYC. New EIC ->New staff is definitely true.

  5. Mimi Green

    The first tip is interesting, I do a bit of both. I think it depends on the setting, but going forward I will keep this in mind. First name + last name at all times.

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      Ramona

      Thanks for the comment, Mimi. Using both names in an introduction does make a difference. I’ve started to catch and correct myself after watching this episode.

  6. Kiwi

    Interesting info especially number 1. I never thought to introduce myself with first and last name…I dunno but maybe it does work for some.

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  7. LaShon Renee

    I watched the first episode two weeks ago and I was also struck by what Joanna said about how women should introduce yourself. It’s hard to make a memorable first impression so saying your first and last name will make you stand out.

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  8. Jonna

    I hadn’t heard of the show but these are definitely some key life lessons. I never thought about using my whole name because my first name is kinda unique, and my last name is hyphenated so its kinda long. But I can see why that would make you stand out.

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  9. Kirstin Fuller

    I’ve seen the promos but never checked out an episode. I’m going to stat watching. She’s right about the name thing, women never introduce themselves with their full name. I’ll start asap! It’s a great tip.

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  10. Tanya

    This was a great post. I do use my first and last name when I introduce myself. It is easy for folks to forget your name.

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