7 Deadly Sins of Public Speaking

May 5, 2014
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It takes a lot of preparation to craft the kind of speech or presentation that is going to grab your listener’s attention. Once the speech is crafted, you need to spend a lot of time practising, so as to make sure you keep their attention. Listeners don’t give their attention lightly and it doesn’t take […]

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Tips for Communicating with Angry or Violent People

May 2, 2014
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A number of years ago I was involved in the termination of an employee. He was about eight inches taller than me and had 70 or 80 pounds on me. His supervisor delivered the bad news, we reviewed the termination process and documents and then stood to leave. Suddenly, he was standing toe to toe looking down […]

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How to Write a Speech to Inform

April 29, 2014
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If you’ve ever told your spouse about your day at work, or explained how to make an omelet, you already have experience giving an informative speech. An informative speech can be used to tell people about something you’re interested in or to explain how to do something. If that sounds easy, it’s because it is. Just choose your […]

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3 tips for a stress-free connected workplace

April 24, 2014
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(NC) Does your workplace stress you out? It may not be the everyday tasks, projects and deadlines, but rather the physical environment. Maybe your desk is too messy, or your colleagues are too loud. Perhaps your boss is always looking over your shoulder, the dated technology gives you anxiety, or you can’t stand the fluorescent […]

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Learn to Stop to Keep Going

April 17, 2014
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Imagine getting behind the wheel of your car and driving continuously, without any thought to refueling or maintenance. It would run along for a while, but sooner or later something would bring the car to a halt. To keep a car going, you need to stop it periodically. Frequent stops are needed to add fuel. […]

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Use Lists to Manage Your Life

April 15, 2014
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My wife is the queen of lists. She uses an iPHone 4s and can, a swipe and a couple of taps, pull up whatever information she needs to plan her next action. For example, she uses SplashShopper to track all our shopping lists. If we pop into Home Depot to pick up a gallon of paint, […]

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Control your body language for effective communication

April 11, 2014
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Communicating effectively means more than knowing what to say and when to say it. Communication involves the subtle signals your body language sends to those listening. Over half of the information you provide  as you connect with others comes from your body language. Some body language provides positive information and some negative information. Positive bodylanguage says, “I am interested in what you are saying.” Negative body language says, “I don’t believe anything you […]

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How to Automate Evernote

April 8, 2014
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or… “Put Evernote on Autopilot, Save Boat Loads of Time and Make Your Life Easier (and More Organized)!” If you’re really using Evernote to “remember everything,” you know that you need to be diligent in getting your stuff into Evernote. There are a few built-in features to speed-up the process: a dedicated e-mail addressing for […]

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How to Keep a Time Log

April 1, 2014
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One of the simplest time-management tools is a daily time log. By selecting a typical week and gathering data on your daily routine, you can find areas where you could improve your use of time. Instructions For Keeping Daily Time Log Gather Data: Keep a daily time log for one week. This will provide accurate information for you […]

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Outline of time management principles

March 28, 2014
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I’ve yet to find a pithy quip that summarizes time management. Until that time, here’s my outline of time management principles. Identify time over which you have control Set systems for routine tasks Use technology Make best use of the 80/20 rule Identify and use your energy cycle High energy tasks scheduled during high-energy peaks Save less […]

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