Category Archives for "Professional Skills"

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

03 Promoting Consulting Services , 04 Getting Consulting Clients , 07 Marketing Consulting Services , Professional Skills , Starting a Consulting Business

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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The Happy Secret to More Productive Work

Productivity , Professional Skills , Work Life

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

Professional Skills , Work Life

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

Consulting Processes , Consulting Tools , Productivity , Professional Skills

Checklists reduce death rates in hospitals by almost half, yet most hospitals fail when trying to use them. You might not be consulting in a hospital, but what hospitals have learned about using checklists will improve your client’s teams… In any given surgical procedure, the number of steps and procedures that must be followed exactly […]

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The Best Excel Checklist

Consulting Tools , Productivity , Professional Skills

One of the best things consultants can do for a company is transmit the best practices they have learned from their experience in other companies to their new client. Talking about these best practices doesn’t work, but checklists do. Checklists insure new processes and procedures are followed. In some critical fields, missing an item on a […]

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

Productivity , Professional Skills

After writing 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 […]

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

Professional Skills , Starting a Consulting Business

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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Time and Project Management for Consultants with an Advanced Gantt Chart in Excel

Consulting Tools , Professional Skills

If you are a consultant who is managing projects and tasks you have to have a Gantt chart. While consultants use an online PM system like Asana, it can be handy to have an Excel Gantt chart for quick and dirty tracking. This tutorial shows you how to take the basic Excel Gantt Chart and […]

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Get More Work Done – Focus with the Pomodoro Technique

Productivity , Professional Skills

The age of being a proud multi-tasker has come and gone! Brain function and task efficiency research show 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. Personally, I’ve found my brain distracts itself by continually thinking of new ideas […]

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