Category Archives: Personal Development

11 presenting mistakes that make your audience cringe

11 presentation mistakes to avoid

As presenters we are in the privileged position of being able to share our knowledge, experience, and passion with an audience. We may be motivating our team at a meeting, presenting a new idea to senior management, promoting our business at a networking event or sharing our expertise or our opinion at a conference or other event. However, with this privilege comes responsibility – a responsibility to ourselves to ensure we don’t kill our credibility, but more importantly, a responsibility to our audience to ensure that our message is relevant and interesting to listen to.

The top 10 LinkedIn posts of 2015 so far

LinkedIn Posts

LinkedIn is so much more than a business networking tool. While it’s great for forging new business connections, and strengthening existing ones, its content can often be a source of motivation and learning. Submitted by business leaders around the world, it’s not uncommon for articles to be authored by revered business figures such as Bill Gates and Richard Branson, as well as highly successful published writers and speakers.

Awkward questions every leader should ask themselves

Awkward questions to ask yourself

Is anyone following me?
The whole point of being a leader is to guide people towards a goal. If you are forging ahead towards your glorious vision but everyone else that you are going to depend on for this vision is milling around in confusion, you are likely to fail. In this case, you are not a leader; you are just a lunatic visionary wandering off on your own into the wilderness.

A 360 can give you the honest feedback you need

360 degree feedback

I’m a fabulous leader: I work hard, stay late, meet deadlines and am great at motivating my team.

Well, I think I am anyway. I suppose there’s a slight chance I could be wrong. The trouble is, it’s very difficult to view oneself objectively. Nobody can see him/herself as others do, and asking your colleagues for their honest opinions of you can be rather awkward to say the least.

Should we still be using the Myers-Briggs personality profiling test?

Personality profiling

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’ll know that at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry, an enchanted ‘sorting hat’ is used to decide which house each pupil should be in. If only us muggles had such an easy way of judging personality! But with the absence of a sorting hat in the business world, companies have for years relied on psychometric testing. It’s big business, and in the US alone more than 2,500 personality tests exist on the market.

Big presentation? Go from stressed to your best

Presenting to senior management remove stress

When you give an important presentation, without doubt one of your biggest hurdles is the stress or nerves you feel.

A little nervousness is a good thing because it keeps you on your A-game. But feeling too much of it comes across as discomfort, which makes your audience uneasy too, and hence they’ll be hesitant about your message. What’s more, intense nerves hinder your thinking, which makes it harder to convince people about your message.

7 mistakes to avoid when presenting to senior management

Presentation to senior management

I still remember the very first time I was invited to make a presentation to my senior management team. I couldn’t sleep for days; my mind was filled with dread, and every nerve, cell and fibre of my entire being felt like they were preparing for a major meltdown. I was only in my early twenties, but I believe that even the cuff on a blood pressure monitor would have been trembling.

The five types of people you always encounter in meetings

Types you encounter in meetings

Love them or hate them, obsessively organise them or desperately avoid them, meetings are a massive part of working culture. From a quick team catch-up to a full blown brainstorm to the nervousness of a management meeting or client review, taking a group of people into a room often results in a series of personalities rising to the surface. How many of these have you encountered? (Clue: if you haven’t met one, you quite possibly are one!) And how do you use them to your advantage to make the most of the time?

How to deal with difficult conversations remotely [Webinar]

How to handle difficult conversations

How do you announce redundancies, discuss negative customer feedback, manage poor performance or resolve conflict with teams and individuals who work remotely?

Watch this webinar recording with Lynne Copp, Founder of the Worklife Company, as she explores this tender strand of communication and shares four tips for communicating effectively during difficult conversations with remote workers.

The weekly round-up: Freelancing

Freelancing

The theme for this week is freelancing. While many of us enjoy the variety working from home, working from unfamiliar offices or even occasionally from our favourite local café, for some of us that comes as standard. The UK’s freelancers have been making a few headlines this week; here are some of the stories.

The decision you’re making five times a second (whether you like it or not)

employee engagement

Can you imagine what it was like for Ferdinand Magellan? Columbus had failed in his 1492 quest to reach the Indies – Southeast Asia – and had bumped into the Americas instead. The Portuguese had moved quickly to claim the eastern routes to Asia, so by 1519, the Spanish were desperate for a westward route that would secure trade with the Asian kingdoms.

33 LinkedIn tips in 140 characters or less

33 LinkedIn Tips Ethos3

LinkedIn launched back in 2003, and since then has grown to become the world’s largest professional network, with a staggering 332 million users.

With so many of us using it to network, check out potential employees and establish relationships with future business partners, it really is important to make sure that your profile is looking its absolute best.

How to avoid digital overload in an iEverything world

Digital overload

Living in the digital age is a double-edged sword: The tools available to us can be wonderful servants, but they can also be terrible masters.

An avalanche of emails, texts and social media alerts threaten productivity in ways unimaginable only a few years ago. The challenge for us, then, is to use this technology to boost our productivity while still fending off distractions.

How could a four-day week change your life?

4 day working week

So many of us talk of working a four-day week, but is it just wishful thinking, or could it truly be a reality one day? Countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark are closest to achieving this dream, so what’s the possibility of other countries including the UK following suit?

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You’re hired! Now what?

You're hired. Now how do you keep that job?

So the tenth season of The Apprentice has drawn to a close and Lord Sugar has a new business partner in the form of Aussie Machiavelli Mark Smith.

Every year, the programme has me squealing with something between delight and pain at the faux pas and heat of the moment mistakes that the astonishing characters gracing the programme make. How the producers manage to find this combination of egomaniacs, maverick creatives and deluded Generation Y’s is beyond me, yet somehow they form a potent mix and make addictive viewing.

5 ways to start as we mean to go on in 2015

2015 goals

Many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions, such as keeping on top of our ‘to do’ lists, but very often they fall by the wayside when our old habits begin to creep back in. How lovely would it be if we could rewire our brains to a new, productive and efficient way of working, so that we can truly take control over the way we work, rather than letting our work take control of us?

The weekly round-up: Top workplace habit tips and stories

Organised desk

Are you thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions yet? This week’s round-up might be a good place to start; here are some recent stories about good and bad workplace habits to adopt to help make your day more productive and your work mindset better.

10 Bad Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity

How To Break Your Bad Work Habits

Six Healthy And Easy Ways To Boost Your Productivity At Work

How To Work Toward Healthier Habits