In the last newsletter, I talked about presentations, which started me thinking about just where and when presentations occur. Most of the time, it’s in a meeting, so I have put together some information on creating effective meetings that I hope will be helpful. Like presentations, meetings can take different forms and contribute to workplace success or failure on many levels.
Most of us have done or attended many presentations, with varying results and enthusiasm. This newsletter will distill the state of the art of presenting in six easy steps, as outlined in the book “Presentations” by David G. Lee & Kristie Nelson-Neuhaus, to help you prepare and give the best presentations.
“Should I read this?” you ask yourself.
“I’d better,” you think.
“But I have a lot to do….
“I know! I’ll do both things at once.”
Sound familiar? In our modern world of information and increased access to it, and to us by information, we are more prone to being distracted than ever before. But what can we do about it?
For the first time ever, we have four generations in the US workforce at the same time.
Most of us give and get feedback as part of annual performance reviews. Over time, this event has come to be feared and hated by all sides.
However, with a little thought and practice, feedback can become a very powerful and useful tool for individuals and their organizations.
While we all work day today, it’s important to have a longer-term personal career vision and goals. There are some good reasons for this:
- Working towards something is a natural tendency for people
- The daily grind can be less of a hassle when your focus is on a goal
- You are more likely to be successful in your career
Why have a vision?
All organizations have a unique culture, which changes and develops over time. Sometimes this is known as the “Unwritten Rules.”
An easy exercise with powerful results
One of the most effective tools that I have seen to help people shift towards a positive focus is to follow this routine for a month or two:
People relate differently to their work. Some folks can’t wait to get to the office or other work place, others can’t wait to go home. Sometimes this is connected to age, sometimes to the recognition and respect we get (or don’t get) from our work, and sometimes to external events over which we have no control.
This brief questionnaire will help you develop a sense of your own feeling about your work, and how you relate to it.