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Virtual Presentation Skills – Connect With Your Next Remote Audience

webinarVirtual Presentation Skills:

Connect With Your Next Remote Audience

Did you know that to be successful, virtual presentations require different tactics than in-person meetings do? That’s because it’s much harder to tell whether or not your audience is truly engaged when you can’t see them.

Let me share a cautionary tale. An insurance exec I know – Pete — was quite confident in his webinar delivery skills – even to the point of arrogance. He often bragged about his virtual facilitation skills to colleagues and supervisors alike. “Webinars? Piece of cake. Everyone loves my webinars.”

I was observing Pete facilitating one of his regular weekly WebEx team meeting when we heard a beep-boop-beep on the line: the sound of a phone being dialed. When he asked who was making that sound, he was met with silence.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in Business presentations, Coaching, conference speaking, Facilitation, Humor in presentations, Presentation Skills, Presentation skills coaching, Presentation skills training, speaking up at meetings, Uncategorized, work, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

June 26’s National Handshake Day: It’s Career Critical to Master Yours

This Thursday, June 26, is National Handshake Day. So, time to ensure that yours is the best it can be.

Handshakes have been around practically since the birth of civilization, and were originally a way to prove that you had no weapons in your hand when meeting someone new.

Now, many people avoid handshaking for fear of catching and spreading germs. In the world of business, however, it’s usually impossible to avoid handshaking.

The handshake is still based on trust, and showing people that you trust and want to connect and build a relationship with them.

Research backs that up … A 2012 MIT study “The Power of a Handshake: Neural Correlates of Evaluative Judgments in Observed Social Interactions” concludes that “strangers do form a better impression of those who proffer their hand in greeting.”

If you’re looking for a job, having an impressive handshake also can win over your interviewer.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in career, communicating, communication skills, development, Etiquette, Generation Y, handshake, job interview, professional development, success, work, workplace, workplace etiquette, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

4 Tips to Kick the Procrastination Habit & Crank Productivity

Are you a chronic procrastinator?

I can hardly think of another “bad” habit that will take such a toll on your productivity and forward motion in your career over the years.

Whether you are procrastinating finishing a project or report, procrastinating over preparing a presentation, procrastinating on asking for a raise or a promotion, procrastinating on looking for a new job when the one you’re in clearly isn’t right, or procrastinating on talking to that direct hire who just isn’t fulfilling your expectations — well, you get the picture — none of these are good scenarios that inspire greatness or thoughts of leadership and success.

In a very real sense, procrastination drags your life to a near halt. If you have it in one area of life, it’s likely you also have it in many others.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in career, communication, development, happiness at work, procrastination, professional development, success, wellness, work, workplace, workplace productivity, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Employee Satisfaction: The Cost of Hating Your Job is High

As a manager, are you excited to get to work each day, or are you in the same position as many of your staff –- bored and disgruntled?

Do you believe that what you are doing makes any difference at all?

According to a new article in CEO.com, “Why You Hate Work,” many people in the United States, from every level within a company — right up to the CEO — are just not excited to get out of bed and go to work each morning.

What? Thousands of disaffected, unengaged workers who really don’t want to do the work they are being paid for? Sounds crazy, right?

It’s hard to imagine how this country can stay competitive in commerce with that type of scenario.

On a more personal level, the toll this takes on people must be very heavy, in terms of lack of energy, fading dreams, discontent and –- you guessed it –- stress.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in attitude, career, career wellness, communication, development, employee wellness program, happiness at work, leading, professional development, success, wellness, work, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Amy Glass: 5 Skills to Build Your Executive Presence At Work

What makes a truly inspiring leader?

Is it charisma? Confidence? Integrity? Authenticity? The ability to engage and motivate?

BRODY’s Director of Training & Senior Facilitator Amy Glass believes it’s all that and so much more.

How you speak to others, how you respond, how you listen — all of those important communication skills — play a major part in demonstrating executive presence.

Amy will be delivering a workshop on this important topic, “Executive Presence: Increasing Your Command, Confidence & Credibility,” at the ASTD Philadelphia 2014 Regional Conference next Wednesday, May 21.

While the debate as to whether leaders are born or made continues to rage on, research has repeatedly shown that leadership traits can be learned and honed through practice. So, why not sidestep the debate entirely and become proactive?

Posted by Marjorie Brody in accountability, attitude, business professionalism, career, communicating, communication, communication skills, conference speaking, development, happiness at work, influence, influencing others, leader, Leadership, leading, Leading Others, professional development, success, work, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.