How to Find a Good Professional Team Builder

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Utilizing a professional team builder to help manage your team and bring everyone on the same page can be an excellent way to boost morale, focus on the task at hand and get everyone working together. Finding the right professional motivational speaker doesn’t have to be a mind game of searches online. If you live in the Charlotte NC area all the way up to Washington DC, Leaders Speakers helps with public speaking and presentations, team building and time management skills. Whether it’s personal or business, Leaders Speakers is your key to gaining more business and helping your team succeed in the workplace. How to Find a Good Professional Team Builder

There is a difference between leadership and management: Management has been said is doing things right while leadership is doing the right things. They are quite different and if you are an employer you  may be looking for a manager instead of a leader or vice versa. Knowing the difference is the key to placing people where they belong and flourish.

Managers tend to have their focus on the bottom line while leaders look to the future and may not have all the micro pieces in place. Managers are usually good at small tasks and keeping the existing goal the same while leaders look into the future of the company or particular project and inspire those around them, boosting personal growth.

As an employee you may need help in identifying the leaders from the managers and making sure each has their specific role. This is where Leaders Speakers come in. We can help identify those in the field and place people where they can use their individual skills and talents to flourish the company and themselves. No one wants to be put in an environment that is out of their realm of knowledge or talent and even if they are pushed a little, if it’s not their gift, it’s just not their gift.

If you are looking for a great team building and employer/employee management course, contact Leaders Speakers. With excellent training, skills, experience and courses, we can help get your team where they need to be – striving for the common goal and excellence in their field.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills

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6 Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking Presentation Skills

Whether you are an expert in public speaking or you’ve just started learning the ropes, being confident and accurate in your presentation skills does take time to develop. Here are six ways to improve your presentation skills when public speaking.

#1. Be enthusiastic and passionate about your topic.6 Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking Presentation Skills  Whether you are an expert in public speaking or you've just started learning the ropes, being confident and accurate in your presentation skills does take time to develop. Here are six ways to improve your presentation skills when public speaking.  #1. Be enthusiastic and passionate about your topic.  If you don't truly believe in what you are saying or have not completely bought into the idea, how can you expect your audience to do so? You have to be relaxed and seriously passionate about whatever it is you're speaking on. If you're not quite there yet but you know that you still have to present the idea or the project, it's best to get to know the project on a more intimate basis until you feel confident and passionate about the ideas. Find what speaks to you in the presentation and it may also speak to your audience. It will also help connect your audience to the topic, ideas or project.  #2. Be observant of your audience.  If you notice audience members checking their watches, playing with their smart phones, yawning or gazing off into space, you've obviously lost them. This doesn't mean that you need to just finish out the presentation as quickly as possible; it means that you need to reengage your audience by asking questions, getting down off of the platform or podium, using large gestures, or pointing people out on how well they did on a certain project. If people know that they might get called on, they're more likely to stay alert.  #3. Keep your message simple and to the point.  If it takes you 10 minutes to get to the meat of your presentation, and people have no idea what you're talking about until you're at least 10 to 15 minutes in, you've already lost them. You don't need to make lengthy introductions or long, drawn out jokes or stories simply to break the ice. Concentrate on your core message and get to the point as quickly as possible. You can reiterate the main points at the end with important information tucked in throughout the middle of the presentation.  #4. Smile and make eye contact with your audience.  If you're staring at your page or your paperwork the entire time, you're going to lose your audience very quickly. Make sure you know your presentation inside and out. Remember, amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they can't get it wrong. If you're nervous about the presentation, this is all the more reason to practice, practice, practice and tell you know it inside and out. If you can walk around the room and still talk about your presentation, engage your audience and get them passionate about the idea, then you've got it.  #5. Remember the 10 – 20 – 30 rule for slideshows.  Guy Kowasaki from Apple suggests that a slideshow should contain no more than 10 slides; last no more than 20 minutes, and use a font no less than 30 point. If you stick to these simple rules you can engage your audience, get to the core message, and keep them entertained until the end.  #6. Remember to be human.  If you simply stand up there and present the message as a robot, memorization down perfectly, with no feeling or engagement, and are going to lose your audience very quickly. Not only should you remember the previous five points that also try to be human by telling stories and respond to certain stories personally. Ask questions, talk about an experience, or put the message into practical terms.  Public speaking presentations don't have to be difficult but it does take practice. Practice in front of the mirror, consider videotaping yourself, and remember these six points to a successful presentation.

If you don’t truly believe in what you are saying or have not completely bought into the idea, how can you expect your audience to do so? You have to be relaxed and seriously passionate about whatever it is you’re speaking on. If you’re not quite there yet but you know that you still have to present the idea or the project, it’s best to get to know the project on a more intimate basis until you feel confident and passionate about the ideas. Find what speaks to you in the presentation and it may also speak to your audience. It will also help connect your audience to the topic, ideas or project.

#2. Be observant of your audience.

If you notice audience members checking their watches, playing with their smart phones, yawning or gazing off into space, you’ve obviously lost them. This doesn’t mean that you need to just finish out the presentation as quickly as possible; it means that you need to reengage your audience by asking questions, getting down off of the platform or podium, using large gestures, or pointing people out on how well they did on a certain project. If people know that they might get called on, they’re more likely to stay alert.

#3. Keep your message simple and to the point.

If it takes you 10 minutes to get to the meat of your presentation, and people have no idea what you’re talking about until you’re at least 10 to 15 minutes in, you’ve already lost them. You don’t need to make lengthy introductions or long, drawn out jokes or stories simply to break the ice. Concentrate on your core message and get to the point as quickly as possible. You can reiterate the main points at the end with important information tucked in throughout the middle of the presentation.

#4. Smile and make eye contact with your audience.

If you’re staring at your page or your paperwork the entire time, you’re going to lose your audience very quickly. Make sure you know your presentation inside and out. Remember, amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong. If you’re nervous about the presentation, this is all the more reason to practice, practice, practice and tell you know it inside and out. If you can walk around the room and still talk about your presentation, engage your audience and get them passionate about the idea, then you’ve got it.

#5. Remember the 10 – 20 – 30 rule for slideshows.

Guy Kowasaki from Apple suggests that a slideshow should contain no more than 10 slides; last no more than 20 minutes, and use a font no less than 30 point. If you stick to these simple rules you can engage your audience, get to the core message, and keep them entertained until the end.

#6. Remember to be human.

If you simply stand up there and present the message as a robot, memorization down perfectly, with no feeling or engagement, and are going to lose your audience very quickly. Not only should you remember the previous five points that also try to be human by telling stories and respond to certain stories personally. Ask questions, talk about an experience, or put the message into practical terms.

Public speaking presentations don’t have to be difficult but it does take practice. Practice in front of the mirror, consider videotaping yourself, and remember these six points to a successful presentation.

What Motivates You?

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I’ve recently joined and accountability fitness group and not only do they want us to post pictures of ourselves after a workout or what we are eating but they also want a picture of what motivates us. That really got me thinking; what really motivates us? In life? Within our family? Or in the workplace?What Motivates You?

What is motivating you to get up every morning, get to work, do what you need to do and had home? Is it simply the fact that at the end of the day you’ll have a paycheck to show for it and be able to put food on the table? Is that all there really is that motivates you?

This really made me think a little bit deeper about what motivates me on a daily basis. Yes, it is partially the fear of failure or not accomplishing something that continues to drive me forward, but at what pace?

If you are a manager, team leader or an employer at your work, what motivates your employees? They need to feel motivated more than simply a paycheck at the end of the day. You don’t want them to put in the minimum amount of work just to get by; you want to encourage them, cheer them on and motivate them to do their very best, regardless of the figure on the paycheck at the end of the week or the month.

Motivation can come in a variety of different ways. The question “what motivates you?” Can be a tricky interview question from employers but it also is a key in knowing what really drives you forward, encouraging you to do your past.

It’s a question you do need to ask yourself when you get up in the morning and in the workplace. Personal motivation is the key to success in whatever we want to achieve in life. However, it can be a hard concept to explain.

Are you motivated by constant progress? New and exciting ideas that can facilitate themselves through actual, tangible results? Do you feel motivated when you find a challenge?

You see, everyone is different so what motivates them is going to be different. Perhaps it’s the dedication to go through school, get a degree and better your career in the hopes of a better life for your family. Perhaps it’s in the small things, each and every day, the drive to push forward with unique challenges that we know that we can accomplish because that challenges geared toward our skill set.

As a leader, it’s best to find out what motivates your team, what drives them forward and then encourage each individual person in that facet so that the team can work together as a whole for the common goal and a successful result.

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5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

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5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

Ahh, the science of team building. It’s an art, a gift, a down-right necessity when it comes to proper management. Here are 5 ways you can motivate your team to work harder, better and become more productive.

#1. Don’t neglect team building exercises.5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

If everyone continually sits at their desk working on their own project and there is no interaction, communication can get dropped and the end result could be disastrous. Never neglect teambuilding exercises because they do actually work. Even though you might get a few eye rolls, it’s best to have everyone stop what they’re doing, come together for teambuilding activities that they all have to work together with in order to get the job done together. These teambuilding exercises could be in the form of physical activities, volunteering together, sharing a meal together or small field trips. They don’t have to be an intricate game of twister or an offshoot of some drinking game.

#2. Communication.

Communication plays a critical role in developing a successful team. Different patterns of communication can be the most important predictor of a team’s success. Regardless of how the team members feel about each other, meaning they don’t need to be best friends in order to communicate, team member still need to overcome you can their needs, desires, and where they are in the project in order for the project to succeed.

#3. Brainstorm but not altogether.

Studies have shown that brainstorming in a cohesive group all at the same time can really just end up in a muddled mess. Instead change the term brainstorming into “electronic brain writing”. This means chatting through an online program, focusing on quality and combining the ideas produced by others in order to make a cohesive plan.

#4. Evaluate everyone’s strengths and weaknesses.

If you have someone in the team that’s an analytical thinker, someone that the doer, someone visionary and the leader and a follower, it can help bring the entire team together to work as a team. However, you need to understand what everyone’s gifts are. You certainly wouldn’t want a follower in a leader’s position nor would you want a visionary in the doers position. Once you understand people’s strengths and their weaknesses you can put them to work honing their skill for the betterment of the team and the project.

#5. Value each person individually.

Just as we mentioned in the previous step, understanding people’s strengths and weaknesses and utilizing their guests will encourage them to work harder and better at what they do. It’s okay to have extroverts and introverts on one team and even though the extroverts might be outgoing and encouraged to open up, the introverts may have more deep-seated and processed thoughts and suggestions that can really drive the foundation of the project forward. Never give up on someone just because you don’t understand their skill set and gifting.

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