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3 Ways to Successfully Close a Presentation Including One Scary Way

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Would you have the nerve to perform an actual dance routine as the first dance at your wedding?  Seems like a bold move to me.  I was quite surprised at a friend’s wedding that he and the bride performed a dance routine for their first dance.  He didn’t seem the dancing type. Or even less, the showboat type.  He’s a CEO with a pretty conservative organization.  When I asked, he told me he got the

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The ABC’s of Resilience at Work

An executive career coaching client in the Toronto area,  who is making great progress toward quite a large goal, wisely realized it won’t always go so well.  So, he asked how to prepare himself for a setback.  Excellent question!

One of my favourite techniques to build resilience and continuing optimism is the ABCDE technique described by Martin Seligman in his book, ‘Learned Optimism’.

We follow the ABC process of evaluating and viewing our situation:  Adversity, … Read more


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Presentation Skills Training: 7 Do’s and 5 Don’ts

Good Presentation Skills Can Knock It Out of the Park

A good presentation can go a long way toward getting the result that you want. Presentation skills training can change the perception of those you are presenting to because the presentation is exactly what they want. It’s when a presentation is boring or too long that you start seeing people pulling out their smartphones, yawning, or staring off into space. This is not how you … Read more


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Brave at the Front of the Room – Tell a Story

 

A father was walking with his son through the woods.  The boy was young – maybe 4.
As they walked, they came upon a large log across their path.

The boy looked at his father and said, “Dad, do you think I can move that log?”

His dad said, “If you use all your strength, I think you can.”

So the little boy went up to the log.  He pushed. And pushed.  He shoved. Read more


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Be Brave at the Front of the Room Part 2

Part 2

Years ago, in an excellent course my team and I learned some great presentation techniques. Two of them almost never got used; apparently because the presenters were uncomfortable with them.  Let’s have a look at them, the reasons we hesitate to use them, and the power when we do.

 

1)      No One Else

2)      What Do You Think?

 

We’ll look at Number 2 here.
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Be Brave at the Front of the Room Part 1

Years ago, in an excellent course my team and I learned some great presentation techniques. Two of them almost never got used; apparently because the presenters were uncomfortable with them.  Let’s have a look at them, the reasons we hesitate to use them, and the power when we do.

1)      No One Else

2)      What Do You Think?Read more


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What Do I Love to Do?

Do You Actually KNOW What Your Strengths Are?

Here’s a little personal story about using our strengths and doing what we love.

I went to a seminar with Roz Usheroff probably a decade ago.  One exercise she gave me stays with me today.

I talked to 5 friends or peers and asked:

What would you come to me for advice on?

Every one of the 5 gave me almost the same answer:

I’d come to you for help with people situations.
I was
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Six Tips for Happiness

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Being Happy Makes us Better at just about Everything!

Advice from Tal Ben-Shahar

1. Give yourself permission to be human. When we accept emotions — such as fear, sadness, or anxiety — as natural, we are more likely to overcome them. Rejecting our emotions, positive or negative, leads to frustration and unhappiness.

2. Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities … Read more


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Growth vs Fixed Mindset

Three Common Misconceptions about a Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck’s work on Growth vs Fixed Mindset has gained significant following.  It’s relevant to every aspect of our lives, including our work lives.  But she’s found many of us are taking too high-level a view; or are just getting it wrong.

A Growth Mindset helps us be much more successful than we would be without one.  It’s an excellent example of the power of Attitude over IQ.

Here’s an excerpt from a HBR worth … Read more


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Should I Keep Working (Here)? Consider How and Where you can Best Use your Strengths

Sometimes I wonder if I should be officially retired. People seem to think it’s a great thing to do.  But I don’t.  And I know many others who don’t. The Freedom 55 commercials really had an effect on us.  But is that vision practical or truly universal?

“A survey by Ipsos Reid, conducted for Sun Life Financial of Canada and released last year, indicated that Canadians have not seen age 55 as a realistic retirement Read more


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