Ciara Pressler

Ciara Pressler helps people turn goals into an action plan. She is the founder of Pregame and Pressler Collaborative, author of Game Plan and Exit Stage Right, and creator of The Audience webseries.

Own Your Value: Increase Your Perceived Worth [Video + Worksheet]

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Like it or not, you are constantly communicating what you’re worth. In any professional environment, you’re constantly giving subtle, unconscious cues on how people should regard your status, work, time, and talent. A lot of this is in our control; it just takes conscious effort to become aware and then refine what we’re putting out into the professional world. Most personal value advice focuses on literal valuation: researching and negotiating salary and compensation. In my popular talk, “Own Your Value,” I break down three major ways to increase your value: owning your voice, owning your work, and owning your time. Here […]

October 2019: Approaching Politics

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Even though we’re over a year out from the next U.S. presidential election, we’re already inundated with reports of candidates, campaigns, and controversy. We’ve barely had a breather, and here we are avoiding the 24-hour news cycle again like it’s November 2016. Even if we can find a way to opt out of the minute-by-minute ticker tape of speculation and developments, to live in a society is to deal with politics. We each decide on a level of participation on the political spectrum, from habits of avoidance to a lifetime of public service. Eventually, politics demand interaction, if not on voting […]

September 2019: Career Journeys

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This month’s topic was meant to be Business, but a theme emerged from our contributors: the ambiguous, unexpected nature of career opportunities. Whether you’re building a career or growing a business, comfort with the unknown is a definite success skill. The business environment changes so rapidly that resilience may be one of the biggest factors in whether challenges crush you or usher you into your best chapter yet. In the Kickoff Session, our intro-to-Pregame business coaching session at the Clubhouse, one of the top reasons people come to us is to determine when to take the big leap from working […]

10 Lessons from 10 Years of Being My Own Boss

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As of this month, I’ve been my own boss for 10 years. TEN YEARS! I deserve a promotion. It wasn’t my original plan. I was laid off during the recession, and ended up landing freelance clients. In order to start a business bank account, I had to form an LLC, and thus Pressler Collaborative was born. I hate working from home, so I rented an office. (Fun fact: I was the very first person to move into the first WeWork on their opening day!) With an address and a bank account, things were starting to feel pretty official. I’ve worked […]

August 2019: Lifestyle Choices

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Pregame members aren’t known for taking the simpler path. As creators, entrepreneurs, and all-around ambitious individuals, we’ve consciously chosen lifestyles that don’t always follow the norm. As such, we’re presented with particular challenges. Even the mundane can carry new dimensions depending on our circumstances any given day. Is my business making a positive impact? How can I be present as a parent and partner? How can I make a living doing something that brings me joy? How can I actually live my best life instead of just dreaming about it? These are the lifestyle questions we discuss every day at […]

July 2019: Valuing Relationships

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Last month, reveling in business nerdiness, I took a workshop on Lean methodology. Popularized by companies like Toyota and books like The Lean Startup, Lean is an approach that optimizes systems to eliminate waste and optimize potential. Creating the conditions to help people reach their ultimate potential is what we’re all about at Pregame, so I’m continually learning new ways to improve the ways we do it. But rather than the lessons I expected from Lean, like streamlining the way we do things, what stuck with me most was the concept of ecosystems. In American culture, we’re socialized to prioritize […]

Me and My Miata

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We met long before I bought her. While living in New York, I’d visit Oregon and Avery, my friend since 7th grade, would generously lend me her aqua-blue Miata to drive around Portland. Originally her grandfather’s retirement purchase, he had left it to her, and it was perfect for solo commutes and weekend rock climbing excursions. When I finally decided to move back to the West Coast, she had inherited a van from her grandmother, and knew her future family plans would require a back seat. In her second most momentous act of motherhood, she sold the Miata to me. I hadn’t […]

June 2019: Journeys

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Pregame is all about goals, but lately, we’ve been talk about souls. The daily “workouts” at the Pregame Clubhouse focus on business: clarifying your goals, creating a game plan, staying accountable for your actions, and connecting with the people who will help move you forward. But why are we doing it? What is the point of building a business? For Pregame members, it’s about building an extraordinary and authentic life. In fact, that’s the primary goal. Business is but a platform to extend one’s larger mission and values to the place where we spend the majority of our time and […]

We Are All Entrepreneurs: Being the CEO of You, Inc.

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In today’s culture, entrepreneurship is glorified. But for all the wrong reasons. We elevate founders – well, the conventionally successful ones – to heights previously reserved only for rock bands and movie stars. Success, the ultimate American value, is exemplified by the narrative of the solo dreamer who had an idea and then through grit, determination, and deserved good fortune, achieved fame and material wealth within his lifetime. Of course, this story is a fabrication. No one achieves success alone. The road from idea to IPO is never a straight, ascending line. And the original seed was usually planted in […]

The Path Isn’t Straight

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Sure, yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. But did you know Saturday was World Labyrinth Day? Neither did I, nor did I see the point of labyrinths. Which is why I knew I had to try one. Ever the adventurer, I’m endlessly curious about ways the external world can heighten insights on our inner truths. I also know that the things I resist can be my best teachers. And I just happened to be at a place with a labyrinth. FINE. So I embarked on the labyrinth with equal parts skepticism and faith that the purpose would become clear. Part way through, I […]