Did you set a goal to do more public speaking in 2018? Is your job forcing you into more presentations than you're comfortable doing? Is your lack of speaking to groups standing in the way of a promotion or your prospects for moving up the ladder? The thing about a fear of public speaking is that everyone has it! Yes, it's true. Just hear me out!
I read an interesting interview with the author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing recently, and took away some thought-provoking ideas about how to be more productive at basically everything. They just might be counter-intuitive to your current beliefs. But give Daniel H. Pink's research a chance.
One of the biggest challenges for project managers and leaders is accurately prioritizing the work that matters on a daily basis. In your professional development path, consider how you master tasks each day and if you think what you are doing will get you promoted. You don’t want to fall into the cycle of deeming every other project, “top priority," do you?
Could a silly, often-used turn of phrase make you look stupid at work? Travis Bradberry says it can. Even worse: saying more than one of these one-liners. In a post for Ladders.com, he rattles off 10 terrible quotes that smart people never espouse. I'm sharing a few here that we all probably say without even thinking. And that's the trouble.
"A human has 60,000 thoughts per day and 80% of them are negative." This PowerPoint slide rang true for the attendees of the recent Leadership+Talent Development Summit in San Diego. It was almost as thought-provoking as Gerhard Gschwandtner's address: The Mindset in the Age of Digital Transformation. Backed by research, the founder and CEO of Selling Power shared strategies for finding success and improvement.
Brian Tracy was hell-bent on doubling LTDS attendees' incomes in 2018. It's clear he gets fired up about motivating entrepreneurs and leaders. After decades of researching and presenting productivity practices, the best-selling author still passionately wants others to succeed. At 74, he managed to put us all in our places for 90 minutes while we ate him up – and his zeal – with spoons.
I was talking to a co-worker awhile back about mentors and he mentioned that a college student had asked him to mentor her. He said something like, "I don't know what I can help her with because she's already great at so many things and is a high achiever." So I took a little jog down memory lane to think about what I wish someone would've told me about working life, and it hit me: politics.
There comes a time in your career when you must evaluate your business vocabulary. (Or, if you're a trend-setting go-getter, you do it annually to keep up with the kids.) Today is that day, people. I've got a list of phrases and words you need to ban from your speech straight away. I'm not just being bossy, Lake Superior State University tells us to zip it every year!
It's a new year full of professional development opportunities and goals! Are you thinking about what you want to accomplish in 2018? Are you setting goals to advance your career? Now is the time! Maybe you've heard of a new position opening up at your current office and you think you're ready for a new adventure.
Sometimes work and life simply cannot be balanced. There are times when seasonal demand requires more work. Or, you might be on a tight deadline with a new product launch, which requires long hours. It happens. So what are some things we can do to make sure we don't lose our minds or damage relationships when it's all work and no play?
“I swore after a phone call without realizing the other person was still on the line.” Ever happen to you at work? We've all had embarrassing moments among co-workers that we'd rather block out and pretend like they never happened, amirite? BUT, psychologists say we're better off remembering them, sharing them with others, and – you guessed it – learning from them.
Receiving, accepting and dealing with criticism is an everyday occurrence in the workplace. But – cheese and rice! – it can be so hard. Especially if you are a perfectionist, hearing critical feedback can demolish your day, your productivity, your motivation and your total job performance.
Work just always creeps into our lives, doesn't it? Even when we try and succeed at disconnecting during the weekend, we still end up thinking about what we have to do Monday on Sunday evening. You didn't do any work, you just thought about it for Pete's sake! But it's that kind of subtle self-sabotage that can completely derail us and our future productivity.
Success in almost everything involves time management. It seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything that you need to do accomplished, but if you want to achieve much more than others in a shorter amount of time, you must improve how you manage that time.