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Public speaking in business: Fear and fact PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ruth W. Crocker   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:16

Larry’s boss was so pleased with his work performance that he asked Larry to give a 15-minute presentation to the entire department. Larry felt confident about his work, but not about standing up and talking about it. In fact, it was the last thing he wanted to do.

 

“Everyone will be laughing at me when they see me up there,” thought Larry, flashing back to the nightmare he had in junior high when he dreamed he gave a science report to his entire class and forgot to wear clothes.

 

Even Jerry Seinfeld quipped that public speaking is the number one fear for most people. “If you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy,” he joked. Unfortunately, this is the sentiment of many, including Larry.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:21
 
Improvement requires practice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marvin Montgomery   
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:44

Learning something new isn’t easy. Research shows that it takes time to learn something new — anywhere from one to 10 times of practicing the new behavior. Even more challenging, is change — it can take anywhere from one to 110 times of practice to change a behavior.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 08:56
 
Opting out of workplace drama PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anne Grady   
Friday, 24 October 2014 08:40

Depending on your lifespan, how young you were when you started working and how old you'll be when you retire, you will spend between 10 and 20 percent of your life at work. If you’re lucky enough to reach the average life span of 75, you’ll have spent seven and a half to 15 years working. For something that we spend this much of our lives doing, it's amazing how many people are unsatisfied, or worse, downright unhappy in the workplace. Too often, this is due to office drama and other negative office communications, including office bullying.

 

Here’s four tips for anyone who would like to break down the miscommunication train, nix the negativity and ditch the workplace drama to create a more calm and supportive working environment for themselves.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 08:43
 
Five amateur naming mistakes and how to avoid them PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexandra Watkins   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:25

When you're starting out with a blank slate, don’t curse your new name with anything that could be a stumbling block for potential customers. Here are some of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen amateurs make and why you should avoid them.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:28
 
What is your billion-dollar pitch? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Circosta   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:04

Many entrepreneurs have great products, offer incredible services and have ideas that would truly be beneficial. Many times, however, they lack the ability to effectively communicate their message in order to get a response.

 

Response is the keyword. If you can’t communicate your message, if you can’t get others to want what you have, if you can’t “create the need” for what you have – do you know what happens? Nothing! Arthur H. “Red” Motley once said, “Nothing happens until somebody sells something!”

 

Some equate this to having to “sell.” Many people get uncomfortable just hearing the word sell, but it’s the only way someone will “buy” what you have. You should never think of selling anything. The key to successful communication is to always think of how what you have can truly help the other person. Your marketing message can’t be a trick or gimmick. Your message has to be based on honesty, sincerity and integrity.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:08
 

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