What does the classic business pitch look like to you? I bet you’re envisioning a scenario similar to the following: a presenter in the front of the room, reading off an un-engaging slide deck, while the rest of the room looks on … uninformed and bored. What if you could make your next business pitch or meeting felt a little different?
What if it evoked emotion, and inspired others to take action? By incorporating a story, you just may be able to reinvent the typical business meeting.
At first, euphemisms surfaced in the workplace to help people deal with touchy subjects that were difficult to talk about. Before long, they morphed into corporate buzzwords that expanded and took over our vocabulary until our everyday conversations started sounding like they were taking place on another plane.
I understand the temptation. These catchphrases are spicy and they make you feel clever (low-hanging fruit is a crutch of mine), but they also annoy the hell out of people.
If you think that you can use these phrases without consequence, you're kidding yourself. Just pay close attention to how other people react to your using them, and you'll see that these phrases don't cast you in a favorable light.
In life and business, we’re faced with innumerable potential conflicts and misunderstandings every day, be it face-to-face, on a phone call or in an instant message. Not only do we all have our own individual communication style but our different cultural and professional backgrounds, even our generation, impact on the way we convey and perceive information.
Great communicators are highly respected and trusted. To them, it is very important to first build relationships--both personal and professional--as a way to create successful communication. Great communicators appreciate all their relationships and all the interactions they have. They are successful people who become the go-to source for other people within an organization.
One of the advantages that great communicators have is the big opportunity to get promoted and recognized in their careers more frequently as a result of their great communication competencies. Below are five successful practices of great communicators:
Is making a to-do list on your to-do list? Set it up in OneNote to make getting things done as straightforward as possible. A to-do list can be a great way of ensuring you're making progress — but it'll only serve that purpose if its set up correctly. Building a to-do list inside OneNote offers a host of…
While executive coaching is gaining momentum worldwide as a valuable part of the leadership development journey, the field of neuroscience is providing a better understanding of the inner workings of the brain and evidence of the benefits of coaching.
Coaching can be defined as a partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that supports in identifying their goals and taking steps to reach them. The biggest impact of coaching occurs when there is a shift in a person’s thinking (“aha” moments). Shifts in how we perceive the world occur because what we experience changes through the questions that are asked. It is fascinating to see through neuroscience research how these shifts are manifested in the brain.
You have an idea so great that you practically skip into the Monday morning staff meeting, ready to share! Once you share your next best idea, though, you look around – and none of the enthusiasm you expected exists. Not even a tepid thumbs up or a good question; all you see is confused expressions. Finally, someone speaks up. “I don’t get it.” As you try to explain your thought process, the team peppers you with more questions. Before you know it, the meeting is over; you’ve run out of time. You leave discouraged. “What’s with that guy, anyway? He’s always so negative!” You spend your day upset and agitated. You question whether you want to offer up another original idea – ever again.
Research shows that highly engaged employees are 50% more likely to exceed expectations at work. The same research finds companies with higher engagement levels outperform those with low engagement “by 54% in employee retention, by 89% in customer satisfaction, and by fourfold in revenue growth.” Companies with engaged employees simply do better. So, how do we grow the engagement necessary to build a high-performance enterprise? We must value people for their work. Not gratuitously. But when a job is well done, we need to recognize that effort in earnest
Couples often come in and say, “We need help with our communication,” and the presumption is that they need to become better communicators–by which they mean better talkers. But the best thing you can do for your relationship is become...
Since the beginning of time, those three words have never been repeated more frequently by more people or in more places than they have since the release of Frozen. Whatever else Elsa was singing about, however, she may as well have been delivering her primary message – let it go – to the modern manager
As internal communicators continue to lead strategic business roles in organizations, it’s increasingly important to master critical thinking skills, with new perspectives, objectives and understanding – beyond our communication roles. Richard Khleif shares his experiences, approach and practical tips to unpack this multi-layered topic
We have been chatting for the past few weeks about NOT getting our work done. The key roadblocks have been perfectionism, boredom, and procrastination. We all suffer from any one of these on occasion. So do not feel that you are all alone. The key is to find ways to keep ourselves motivated.
External motivation is a good thing, and it is wonderful to have a great support system. But, soon or late, you are the person you must turn to to get things moving.
Individuals who make up Generations X and Y have repeatedly heard the mantra “Follow your passion.” In fact, this philosophy has become so commonplace that it’s hard to imagine going against the grain. That’s exactly what happened during a TED talk where “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe posited that to be successful in the working world has little to do with following your dreams and a lot to do with plain, old hard work.
Giving performance feedback is a critical job responsibility of any manager, but it can be a daunting task for many people—especially when the feedback is less than positive. Managers don’t want to generate negative emotions, damage relationships, or make a bad situation worse. As a result, managers often delay or avoid giving necessary feedback, allowing poor performance to continue
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