One of the greatest fears that all of us have is speaking in front of many people. But where do these fears come from? More specifically, what is the thinking that is going on in our heads that causes these fears and ultimately distorts the reality? Fears about speaking in public usually revolve around the…
I recently gave a training course on managing relationships at work and thought it would be nice to adapt the section on the actions we can take to build relationships for this blog post.
It seems so obvious that having good working relationships leads to higher productivity yet many people don’t make this direct link. Good relationships lead to more innovation and creativity at work as people feel confident enough to express themselves, time consuming, energy draining obstacles such as office politics and back stabbing are removed and of course, if you want to progress in your career, a good relationship with your boss is fundamental.
So what can we do to build better relationships at work? Here are some ideas.
The public speaking world is awash with hundreds of techniques to make your presentation/speech ‘effective’ ‘have impact’ ‘be persuasive’, ‘entertaining’ … the list goes on.
But what purpose underlies all these techniques? It is to CONNECT.
Presenting is communicating and communicating is about connecting with the person/people in front of you.
That’s all very well you might say, but how do I connect?
Let’s start with 10 things we don’t do to connect when presenting:
It goes without saying that having a vision is a necessary quality of an effective leader or leadership team; followers can’t follow without a vision to follow!
But the best visions that work are the simple ones. They work because they demonstrate three things:
- Where we are going and why that is relevent to each individual.
- How exactly we will get there and that getting there is possible.
- What the vision means to each person and this is communicated well.
Leadership is a long and never ending journey. A journey of learning, via successes and failures, imitation and study topped off by your own stamp of leadership style and DNA.
We are all familiar with the typical qualities required of the senior leader – vision, decisiveness, the ability to handle crises and integrity to name just a few.
But what about the emerging leader? The behaviours and attributes required of potential leaders are different. They include things such as:
- Self confidence
And the characteristic that underpins this list is positivity.
Do you worry about how to be productive when your typical work days seem to be full of meetings? Here are some tips which will help you to more productive despite this inevitable ‘obstacle’. 1. Ensure you are needed. We tend to say ‘yes’ as a ‘knee-jerk reaction ‘ when invited to a meeting.…
There’s no doubt – we all tend to take communication for granted. But as George Bernard Shaw pointed out, “The problem with communication… is the illusion that it has been accomplished.” We believe it to be a straightforward process and that when we say something the other person understands us fully and we, of course,…
So much is written about work/life balance as the boundaries between work and play become more blurred each day. I’m reading a very interesting book at the moment which focuses on how extremely busy people make their lives work; how despite immense claims on their time, they manage to be in control of their lives, be…