Category Archives for "Communication Skills"

Do You Know the Best Ways to Handle Criticism?

Communication Skills

Shavon Lindley interviewed more than 150 rising female leaders. One of the six pillars of leadership she found was Owning Her Feedback. In this article, Shavon gives actionable advice on how to work with feedback and criticism at work. There’s a lot in here I wish I had known in my early career. It is […]

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How to Think and Write More Clearly using Four Word and PowerPoint Shortcut Keys and One Menu Choice

Communication Skills , Creativity

After 27 books and a bazillion PowerPoint slides I’ve learned the best way for me to write is just to get my thoughts down as quickly as possible, reorganize them, then let the stuff simmer over night. The next morning is the best time for me to give it a strong edit, cutting as much […]

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Do You Have What It Takes? The Skills 1,261 Recruiters Value Most

Career , Communication Skills , Creativity , Decision Making , Strategy , Time Management and Personal Productivity , Work-Life Balance

Bloomberg Business reporters Francesca Levy and Christopher Cannon completed the Bloomberg annual survey of which job skills are most valued in managers. They reported their results on Bloomberg.com on February 9, 2016. I thought this was something you might find of value in your career and learning decisions. I hope you do find it of […]

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Best Practice Brainstorming

Creativity , Decision Making , Meeting Leading , Teamwork

Sitting through a “worst practices” brainstorming is frustrating and pointless. This article gives you a step-by-step process for best practice brainstorming. This process works. It’s fun. And it produces results. It’s the basis for many processes that Critical to Success will describe in other articles. For example, you can expand on this brainstorming process to […]

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Most Brainstorming is Worthless when It could be Awesome!

Creativity , Decision Making , Meeting Leading , Teamwork

Brainstorming is a very important creative business tool – When You Do It Right! The problem is that most brainstorming sessions could produce so much better results. The brainstorming process I’m about to describe follows best-practices in neuroscience research. I’ve used it for years. It’s fun and it produces great results. The first brainstorming session […]

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Connect Emotion and Analytics To Get Action and Impact

Charts , Dashboards , Presentation Skills

You can have great analysis and good answers, but if you can’t communicate and create action your work could be futile. I used to make presentations with the attitude, “Here’s the numbers. Here’s the decision I’d recommend. Questions?” That style doesn’t cut it if you want to make an impact. You have to connect the […]

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Easy and Awesome Infographics and Stock Photo Designer for Use with Excel and PowerPoint

Charts , Dashboards , Excel , Presentation Skills

For those of us who aren’t graphic designers, but need to create backgrounds, infographics or designs with stock photos, icons, and symbols, there’s a great free tool, www.canva.com. Canva.com gives us all drag-and-drop graphics, images, infographic design and access to 1,000,000 stock photos at almost zero costs. But, there are a few provisos… In the […]

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Telling the Story Behind Your Data – Awesome Videos with Hans Rosling

Charts , Communication Skills , Dashboards , Excel , Metrics and Measures , Presentation Skills

If you want to make an impact, you have to put a gripping story behind your data. You can have earth shattering data, incredible statistical analysis, and even beautiful charts and visuals, but if you can’t put a gripping story behind it your audience won’t remember and won’t act. If you want to see how […]

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