Category Archives for "Professional Skills"

Are You (and Your Consulting Clients) Making the Right Decision the Right Way?

Frameworks and Processes , Professional Skills

Art: Lea Heinrich For well over 200 years humans have used tables to help make decisions. Charles Darwin even used a two-column table with the headings Marry and Not Marry to decide the pros and cons for one of his most important personal decisions. (He married.) Even though the two-column Pro and Con list is still […]

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Watch the World Champion of Public Speaking and See How She Captivates for Six Minutes without Slides

Professional Skills

This six-minute speech is not only entertaining and motivating, it illustrates all the major points you need to know as a consultant on how to capture your audience. Notice there are no slides. This presentation style may not fit every situation, but it illustrates many fine points of great public speaking. Ramona Smith, a 31-year old […]

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Get More Work Done – Focus with the Pomodoro Technique

Professional Skills

The age of being a proud multi-tasker has come and gone! Brain function and task efficiency research shows that multi-tasking and being open to interruption makes tasks take longer and produces lower quality results. For effective professional productivity you need to focus. The Pomodoro Technique is simple to apply and helps you focus on a single-task […]

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The Happy Secret to More Productive Work

Professional Skills

As a consultant or solo-professional you must be able to capture your audience and communicate your ideas and objectives. This is one of the best presentations I’ve ever seen on how to communicate one important objective and five action items. It takes just 12 minutes. First, it shows you the formula for capturing your audience’s attention. […]

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Does Success Bring Happiness or Happiness Bring Success?

Professional Skills

In what may be the funniest of TED talks, author and psychologist Shawn Achor presents the idea that the most commonly held formula for success is wrong. “If we work hard, we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we will be happy.” Shawn says that recent discoveries in the field […]

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A Guide to Burnout: What It Is, and How to Overcome It

Professional Skills

You are not alone. Burnout is a common condition among professional business people. A Gallop survey found that 2.7 million workers in Germany reported symptoms of burnout. Another survey found 30% of UK-based HR directors felt their companies had widespread burnout. The effects are serious. These tips from multiple blogs and high-performance people such as […]

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Do You Know the Best Ways to Handle Criticism?

Professional 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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Get Max Productivity from these Windows 10 Tricks

Excel , Professional Skills

My son goes to a technology high school where they build robots, do experiments with DNA, and play with stuff that was science fiction when I was in school. He is part of a cabal that trades tips on how to use Windows 10 to its max. His fingers fly across his Windows 10 laptop, […]

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Top 12 Tips for Success with Your SMART Goals

Frameworks and Processes , Professional Skills

SMART goals are well-defined goals that can be personal or business focused. These tips will help you create, write, and achieve your SMART goals. 1. SMART Stand for… Specific Specify the goal in concise and precise terms Make it short and memorable so it is clear Measurable Success must be clearly measurable Set measurable mid-stage […]

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Do You Set Up Your Teams for Checklist Failure? 6 Steps to Checklist Success

Professional Skills

Checklists reduce death rates in hospitals by almost half, yet most hospitals fail when trying to use them. You might not be working in a hospital, but what they leaned will improve your teams… In any given surgical procedure, the number of steps and procedures that must be followed exactly can be huge. The chances […]

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