5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

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You want to inspire your team, not just tell them what to do. People who are inspired and challenged tend to work better, faster, and more confidently. Here are 5 ways to motivate your workforce team and gain the results you’re looking for.

#1. Be Trustworthy.5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

If your team can’t trust you they probably are not going to follow you, listen to you, respect you or defend you when the time comes. They want to know that their leader has their back and is really looking out for their best interest. Those that earned the trust of their employees tend to be more motivated to achieve the ultimate goal. Trust is a powerful motivational tool and if your team can trust you to do what you say you’re going to do it will be more inclined to do what they are supposed to do.

#2. Make Sure All Team Members Understand the Goal.

If everyone is aware of the collective vision they will work together to succeed as a team. If you only inform half of the team members or imply confusing agendas it can distract from the glory of reaching that goal together. Make sure everyone is on the same page and you’ll have a much more cohesive team.

#3. Appreciate.

There’s nothing more powerful then team members feeling appreciated. Everyone wants to feel like they are an important part of the team. Feeling appreciated, thanked and valuable can work wonders to pushing people to work harder and better.

#4. Challenge People.

People cannot growth they are not challenged. If they simply stay in a mundane cycle they feel worthless and bored. By making sure that the tasks are completed in a challenging way giving each team member a goal that utilizes their guests, they will grow together creating a better end result.

#5. Celebrate Success.

Even small successes can motivate the team to work harder for the end goal. Small challenges, menial tasks and individual wins all should be celebrated not just from the leader but for the whole team. Team members view others as having achieved the goal and the consciously want that for themselves. They will continue to work in their individual tasks as well as for the common goal.

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5 Tricks to Better Time Management

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Time. Something we just can’t seem to get enough of. I remember my father asking for more time for Christmas and my aunt getting him a jar of Thyme. Not quite the same thing. But seriously, we all want more time. But it’s like money, we all want more of it but we would spend it the same and still want more. When this happens we require a budget; when we need more time, we look to time management.  We can always strive for more money, but never are we given more time.

Most of us need more time to get our work done, whether it’s in the home or in the office. Here are some savvy time saving tricks and great ways to manage your time both personally and professionally more effectively.

#1. The Social Media Rabbit Hole5 Tricks to Better Time Management

We can all relate – well maybe some of us are more disciplined but I know for me, if I sit down and start to catch up on social media I could be stuck here for hours. Just don’t do it. Give yourself a time limit on Facebook, Twitter or other accounts and no more. Then when you’ve made sure the world isn’t on fire or someone’s cat hasn’t died, turn it off. Completely. Close down the window and get  to the real reason you sat down in the first place. It can be an easy distraction when you’re downloading a file or uploading a video to switch back to the social side but then you are dragged back down that hole again.

#2. Prioritize Your List

It can be overwhelming to think about all the things you have to do for the week or the month and you can get easily stressed and frustrated. Break it down into smaller bites and prioritize what really needs to get done for that day. Make a list, either online or on a regular old piece of paper. Give the items days of the week they must be done. If you have 20 tasks that must be done by the end of the week, assign 4 tasks each day. Then if there is time after those 4 are done, either check more emails, put out random fires or start on the next day. But don’t stress that all 20 must be done in one day.

#3. Set Two Ending Times

It can be easy to take work home with you at the end of the day so give yourself two finishing times; one for an ideal day and one for the latest time you won’t work past. Try to keep those latter times to a minimum of 2-3 per week.

#4. Take an Audit of What Drains Your Time

Make note of what is actually taking up your time. Do you get calls all through the day and can’t actually focus on the task at hand? Turn off your phone with a message stating you will return calls at a particular time each day. If it’s an emergency, please email me at: … Is Social Media a time waster? Turn off notifications. Visual distractions? Get it all out by enjoying the weather or the view for a moment, then closing the door, the window or turning off the radio so you can now focus on the task at hand.

#5. Take Mini Breaks

It’s ok to take a 5 minute break, even if you don’t go outside to smoke. Lactic acid can build up between your shoulder blades and in your frontal lobe if you sit for too long. Spread it out and refresh your body and mind by getting up, walking around and stretching for a few minutes.

These are just a few things that can really help you reorganize your day. Feel free to call me anytime for more information, tips and tricks to time management and organizing your productivity.

3 Tips to Improve Public Speaking

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The art of public speaking is not just beneficial for the work force but for personal growth as well. I remember kids in elementary school getting so nervous of public speaking they would be in tears before their turn. I wonder how those kids turned out?

Even if you don’t frequent speak in public, confidence, like a muscle gets better with usage.  There can be numerous situations where good public speaking skills can help advance your confidence as well as your career. Perhaps you been asked to make a speech at a friend’s wedding, give a eulogy or inspire a group of volunteers. This is no less an important public speaking event than a speech made in front of employees or employers.  Here are some basics to perfecting the art of public speaking.

Planning3 Tips to Improve Public Speaking

Planning appropriately can really boost confidence and performance. Think about the speech structure and the reactions you’re likely to get when delivering the speech. How would you like to hear this information? Is it engaging for the type of audience you have and will it inspire them to achieve whatever goals you desire? Those goals can be as simple as an applause of appreciation or as complex as motivating teams for battle.  Of course, not all speeches can be planned; some may be impromptu and by planning ahead for the unexpected you can be more confident if and when the time comes.

Practice

They say that amateurs practice until they get something right; professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong. As with anything, practice makes better. Seek opportunities to practice a speech or simple give yourself ways to be more forward with leading instead of shrinking back in a crowd. If you have a planned speech, practice it many times alone before reciting it in front of a group. The more you practice, the more it can calm your nerves when the time comes.

Body Language

It always helps to read your audience but you need to be aware of your own body language as well. Your body movements will tell your audience how comfortable you are so if you stand tall, smile, look people in the eye and don’t rush through sentences, it can tell your audience that you are calm, confident and composed.

These three items are not the end all but they do account for some serious confidence in public speaking. For more tips, feel free to browse the website or call me. I would love to offer classes, seminars and tips to improving your public speaking skills.

Why Continual Team Building Activities is so Important

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Why Continual Team Building Activities is so ImportantTeam building should not be a one time event. It should also not be taken lightly. It can bind teams together, helping them relate to one another and create an overall sense of accomplishment and equality. Healthy management companies and teams should never stop team building. Even if it’s been a few months, a team building event or activity can break the monotony of the every day and bring people closer together to be more effective working as a team instead of individually.

Here are a few reasons why team building is so important in the workplace.

#1. It can motivate employees.

Team building and leadership must work together and the more comfortable your employees are to express their ideas and opinions, the more confident they will be to take on new challenges and even fail so that they can learn from their mistakes.

#2. It stimulates creativity.

Removing employees out of the typical work setting can stimulate their creativity and foster new ideas and fresh concepts. It helps employees think outside of their normal environment.

#3. Team building promotes problem-solving skills.

When teams work together for a common goal, it reiterates the need for continual problem solving skills as a team. Issues, problems and challenges can come up at any time in the workplace and teams as well as individuals need to know how to deal with those and think strategically and rationally. By practicing these problem-solving skills they will be more effective when a real issue arises.

#4. It creates better communication.

Team building activities stops the normal flow of communication and redirects the focus onto the employees rather than the client. This creates a better communication system between employees, it helps employees understand each other and how they need to communicate and can improve office relationships which relates to a better quality of work.

#5. It can be the great equalizer.

Consistent and continual team building challenges when new employees are brought in help level the playing field when new and unknown activities are expected. It can help break down barriers and create trust within the employees. Having leaders also participate in team building activities breaks down the disconnect between the employer and employee.

Team building activities should never be something that is done once and then forgotten about. Any time there has been a stagnant state of work, mundane problems or new team members, a team building activity should happen to bring everyone back together and create a true sense of focus. It really can ultimately increase productivity with in a company.

If you’re looking for new team building activities or would like some information on team building training feel free to give me a call at any time

Listening Is So Important For A Successful Work Environment

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Learning to Listen

Listening skills can trump a lot of other personal skills when it comes to finding good managers. An active listener can help a business run more efficiently, resolve issues better and be more responsive to the customer.

 Importance of listening skills ?

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When a leader pays attention to what his team has to say, it can help him better manage them to produce optimal results. Active listening can help a manager pick up on cues from employees. For instance, being alert to passing remarks or recalling details of conversations can often be more useful for information gathering than a direct question. When an employee knows you are really listening, it helps you build a relationship based on trust. If they feel their voice is heard, they are far more likely to come to you with their problems, ideas or solutions. It makes you far more approachable besides making you seem like someone who they can count on to hear them out.With clients being a good listener can translate to business benefit. If your customer airs certain views or mentions their problems directly or indirectly in conversations, an active listener will be quick to spot these flags. Knowing what specific areas to address in your solution for the customer or prospect immediately ups your chances of creating something that will truly solve their problems. This can translate into more top-line growth.

 

Building active listening skills

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Chances are, like many others, you too feel that you are an above average listener. Get a third party to evaluate you through workshops and training sessions and you might be surprised by the results. Quite often, leaders find that there is significant scope for improvement when it comes to listening skills. So how does one go from being an average listener to an active listener when looking to improving listening skills? For starters, you may need to work with professional leadership training experts, to undergo training on communication and listening skills. A third party will be able to assess your listening skills and help you identify potential problem areas. Your multitasking might be getting in the way of having meaningful conversations where your co-workers or team members feel heard. Or you might just be easily distracted. Perhaps you get restless and are impatient for the other person to just ‘cut to the chase’. Maybe you are dismissive of ideas you find unfeasible. But there could be a better way to respond.

Leadership and communication training workshops will teach listening skills and you will learn how to engage with the other person when they are speaking. This may involve responses in the affirmative to show you are following them, or non-verbal cues like a nod of the head, leaning forward as opposed to slouching or leaning away; that assure the other person that you are listening.

 

Listening is as much about responding

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There are arguably more people who act without listening than the other way round. But it is also important to ensure that after listening to someone you demonstrate your understanding of the problem by evaluating the issue and acting accordingly. If you have heard them out, you need to ensure you have also completely understood what they were trying to communicate. For anything you are unsure about, be sure to ask. Questions are a big part of active listening. Paraphrase what they have said and repeat it back to confirm you have the gist of what they said. It will also send the other person the right signals – that you are listening to every word they say.

Once you master the art of listening, team management becomes that much easier. Ease the way for yourself and your team by getting everyone involved in a workshop that provides listening skills exercises and you will see the difference for yourself. To learn more about listening skills for leaders, please contact Leaders Speakers.