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Nix Meeting Fatigue in Six Simple Steps

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Today, American professionals will collectively attend about 11 million meetings, as estimated by the Harvard Business School’s Nancy Koehn. According to a study by software developer Atlassian, the average employee spends 31 hours a month in meetings. If you’re in the C-suite, you spend roughly 40% of each work day on conference calls and around the table with cohorts discussing the issues at hand. Not only is there a monetary cost to these frequent sit-downs (just imagine the dollar value of each attendee’s time!), there is the inevitable drain on productivity as we talk about getting something done, rather than…

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Now Hear this: Your Body has Something to Say

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Dr. Albert Mehrabian knows a thing or two about communication. Based on his research, Mehrabian asserts that 7% of what we communicate is based on the words we say. The balance of the message is split between our tone of voice and nonverbal elements like body language. While those percentages can shift depending on specific circumstances, the core of this research remains true: It’s not what we say; it’s how we say it. This may not be news to you. In fact, it’s part of why you focus on your tone of voice when correcting your children. The role of…

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7 Secrets to Being a Masterful Mentor

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Your support network has been an invaluable asset. Granted, it’s changed as you’ve progressed through your career. You’ve leaned from different mentors and champions at various points in your professional growth process based on what direction you were heading in at that time. Throughout it all, you’ve understood that success takes a village.  Now a colleague or friend has approached you for support. Before you take on the role of mentor, consider these points: You’ve got to have faith It’s flattering to be told someone else wants to learn from you. A good mentor/mentee relationship, however, is a two-way street….

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Change the World, One Act of Kindness at a Time

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Are you familiar with the starfish story? A man walking along the beach sees a young boy tossing starfish back into the ocean, one by one.  The man approached the boy to ask what he was doing. The boy explained, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.” The man saw the futility in this effort. So many miles of beach. So many starfish washed up upon it. So little time. Despite his best efforts, the boy would hardly make a dent and he told him this. The boy, however,…

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8 Tricks to Squash Your Public Speaking Jitters

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For many, public speaking is the stuff of frightful nightmares. Even seasoned speakers can develop jitters before taking the stage. Anxiety can rise whether the audience is a handful of colleagues in the conference room or a full auditorium. Yet, at some point in our careers, we’re all called upon to make a presentation: to our department, to our executives, to a group of investors, or to conference attendees. These 8 tips can help you tame your nerves and knock it out of the park. Prepare and practice: It’s easier to pontificate on topics we’re well informed about. Give yourself…

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Setting New Goals? Not so Fast.

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As we begin to wrap up another 12-month span, there is a flurry of chatter focused on setting new goals for the new year. Wait. There’s another step to take before you identify your next set of impossible-to-miss goals. Before we can look forward and plan, we need to look back and evaluate the path we’ve been walking. Take measure You don’t ever want to bite off more than you can chew. Take a good, honest look at the goals you’ve been working toward this past year. Did you meet them? Have you made progress? Are you ready for a…

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Cultivating a Positive Workplace: A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way

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What would happen if you lived in abundant gratitude?  As discussed previously, being grateful can help you push through what stands between you and your goals.  As a leader, expressing appreciation for your team’s efforts and recognizing their wins can help nurture a productive, successful corporate culture. Not sure you see the connection? Listen to this: According to data provided by Work.com, 78% of employees say being recognized motivates them. In fact, 69% said they’d work harder if they were better recognized! Conversely, over half of employees would leave their current positions for a company they felt would better recognize…

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Who are you? 5 Steps to Crafting your Personal Brand

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“We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You,” writes Tom Peters in The Brand Called You. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a C-suite executive or a new force to be reckoned with in the working world, you need a personal brand. This isn’t about catchy slogans and slick logos; in fact, good branding never is. This is about defining your unique voice that accurately and consistently conveys who you are and what you have to offer. Cultivating your personal brand can…

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How to Succeed in Business: Go Back to Class

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Traditional education leads to closure. When we reach the end of a school career, there’s a cap and gown to don, a procession to march in, and a piece of parchment to mark our achievement. Regardless of how many degrees you pursue, there’s a sense of finality at the end of your formal school journey. If this has been your mindset, it’s time for a change. Continuing education should find its place on your list of goals. Why Continuing Education? There are some fields where continuing ed is mandatory. In medicine and education, for example, practitioners are required to participate…

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Can We Talk? 6 Steps to Providing Feedback

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Whether you’re a department head, a project lead, or a member of the C-Suite, being able to provide constructive feedback is an integral part of the job description. It can also be one of the hardest. When offering praise or correction, the manner in which you give your two cents matters. Set the tone Something as simple as starting your conversation with “Do you have a minute for some feedback?” can be the difference between a defensive receiver and an open ear. Asking this simple question establishes a tone of respect, which in turn starts the dialogue off on the…

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