Part 1 – Start with a Goal
Sometimes I am asked to adult education-ify existing staff training – usually it’s a series of lectures masquerading as training.
Creating effective staff training with measure results starts at the beginning of development.
Start with the end in mind – a measurable goal.…Read More
Take the High Road
A few years ago, there was a work situation with high drama that caused a lot of meetings, stressful conversations, and grief.
I did my best to take the high road as project manager and respectfully work things through with the people involved.…Read More
3 Simple Ways to Ensure People Will Read Your Email
Email is a tool that you either love or hate. But either way, it isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, studies show we spend 17 hours per week reading or sending email at work.
You need to make sure your emails are being read so you have the info you need to be productive at work.…Read More
How to Stop Giving Advice and Start Helping
Do you ever feel the urge to give people advice? Even when they don’t ask for it? I… um… ahem…no… ahhh… I never do that. (insert photo of my nose growing like Pinocchio).…Read More
Or Are You Not listening?
Last week Natasha and Paul of Natasha’s Wedding and Events spoke to my students at the New Brunswick Community College. Natasha’s company offers a full service boutique specializing in wedding and event planning.
With more than 200 weddings per year, Natasha knows a thing or two about working with lots of different people in stressful situations.…Read More
Technology is Great… When You Know How to Use It
Don’t turn people off when you present. These annoying habits will distract people. Build slides that help instead of hurt your message.
Here are three unfortunately common mistakes and how to fix them…
1 Speaking Notes on the SlidesRead More
What the audience is thinking: I can read.…
Or They Won’t Read Your Report
Your Executive Summary is arguably the most important section of a document. It gives the reader a quick view of the report, proposal, or strategy.
In fact, the Executive Summary is your elevator pitch.
People often start with the Executive Summary, so you have to catch their interest quickly.…Read More
Here’s How You Create Change
Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution? Become a more effective manager. Become a better listener. Lose 20 pounds. Those are tall orders.
Have you kept those resolutions all year?
By mid-February, most of the New Year’s resolutions are usually gathering dust, and all you have is the guilt of not succeeding.…Read More
So Be Authentic
In the past year, I have lost over a foot of hair and let my lovely locks grow au naturel.
Why am I writing about my short, silver hair?
Because people are talking about me anyway so I may as well do as I like.…Read More
Mental Health and Business
This morning our Business Mastermind group met to have a conversation about something that even we as good friends avoid. Mental Health.
We don’t want to be seen as weak or broken. We sweep it under the rug and try to power through it – whether it’s addiction to food, drugs, gambling, or shopping, anxiety and depression, or bipolar disorder.…Read More