Time Management – How to Protect your Valuable Time

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Many people tend to take time management for granted and it is not hard to do at all. If we do not manage out time well though we will not accomplish our goals we originally set out to do. How many times to we set or plan to accomplish a list of goals just before the beginning of the week and then by Friday you may be lucky to have accomplished fifty percent of those goals, and this is always reoccurring week in and week out. The good news is that you can fix this issue with a few new rules and disciplines.

Identify Sources of Poor Time Management

You can approach the aforementioned to get a better handle on time by simply categorizing and prioritizing the things that you do to reach your goals. It just takes a simple discipline, organization and a little implementation. Probably the best tool to use are some simple time management techniques in which you would place your priorities and that is where many people get sidetracked and miss their goals. Below are the four main areas of priority and if you approach your goal setting with these in mind you can instantly increase your goal attainment.

Very Important Very Urgent – (ex. IRS Tax Deadlines) these are goals that require immediate attention and cannot be put off to the future. You would think that everybody would not have any issues with this category, but when other things can and do distract you therefore upsetting the goal. Below are some things that can upset your immediate goals.

Very Important – Not Urgent – There are goals that can be done within a certain period of time but are not immediate concerns. A good example of this type goal may be that you have to post monthly blogs on your web site, so have 30 days to get the post up.

Very Urgent – Not Important – This is where you can get sucked in by external distractions, interruptions. The most common interrupters are phone calls, emails, paper clutter and visitors. This is your opportunity to be able to say “no” to all distractions including helping someone else out when your priorities are at stake. We are able to help our fellow workers when we have completed our tasks.

Not Important – Not Urgent – Sometimes we are either tempted to fill in on the golf course of serve as a companion on a long lunch break, but these long stints way from work will certainly not help you accomplish your goals.

In summary you will find that if you stick the a disciplined plan using this simple method of prioritizing your goals you will be able to increase the percentage of the goals you set to accomplish.

 

 

 

 

How to Recover From a Broken Public Speaking Presentation

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You are giving a very important public speaking presentation to the board members and midway through something overwhelms you and you can’t for the life of you remember exactly where you were in the presentation. You are giving a sales pitch on a new product to one of your biggest customers and you just lost it and lost your train of thought right in the middle of a flowing sales presentation. Knowing how to recover from a broken public speaking presentation is a very important skill that you can develop, It’s just that no one wants to prepare for a failure that may occur because the last thing you want to think of is messing up during your presentation, so we just do not prepare believing that if we are thinking positive we may mess up. The reality is that we should be prepared for a failure during our performance.

Below are four methods that you can employ if something happens to interrupt your flowing presentation. If you practice and understand these remedies to recover from a broken presentation they can save you a lot of stress and embarrassment. So take a look at each of these and just how easily you can employ any of these public speaking tips to save rescue yourself from a broken presentation.

Method 1: Make It Look Planned

This is what Jack Elliot did by pausing, saying “This next part is so important that I need to read it to you”, consulting his notes, then starting up again. One key lesson here is that you should always have your notes easily accessible. I keep mine in my pocket as a safely blanket; I rarely need them, but having them there sure make me feel good.

Method 2: Paraphrase Your Previous Content

“You will have to excuse me, but I am so passionate about my topic that I sometimes get ahead of myself. Allow me to review my previous point.” Nine times out of ten, retracing your steps will help you find the path forward.

Method 3: Ask Your Audience A Thought Provoking Question

“What seems to be the most important point so far?” I feel that this technique would work better in a public speaking presentation that is highly interactive to begin with. However you can use this as a rhetorical question to either buy time with a long pause or to precede a review of your previous content (i.e. a lead-in to Method #2).

Method 4: Review Your Overall Speaking Purpose

Every speech should have a central theme – preferably encapsulated in a three to twelve word catchphrase. Repeating your theme is always welcome by your audience so a memory lapse is a reasonable time to throw it back out there.

In Conclusion, the idea here is to help you be able to think on your feet as well as being able to deliver a public speaking presentation. The best presenters and public speakers have the ability to adapt to their situations and be able to react in a professional manner as to not ”get rattled”. If you employ the above tips you will be able to confidently recover from a broken presentation.

 

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Time Management Training – An Investment Not a Cost for Your Company

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Many organizations see time management training as something they’ll spend their money on, only if they have to. Usually the first thing a company will do to satisfy their budget will be to cut back on or eliminate their training needs, but this is not something that they cannot a really afford to do and here’s why;

Companies or Corporations have the notion that training is a COST and not an investment. You will invest in a good stock that will pay decent dividends right?  Well this is similar to good training and if you choose the right time management training you will be able to see the dividends that will add to your company’s bottom line. It really doesn’t matter what we pay for an investment. What’s relevant is what we get in return. One of the best ways to jeopardize an organization’s future in today’s world and increase the probability of troubled times it to look at training as a cost and pay the price of not training or provide substandard training that operates only as a band-aid for the training requirements.

A person that is paid $50,000 per year who is wasting just one hour per day is costing the organization $6,250 per year. If through one of our Time Management Workshops that person can learn how to recapture just one hour per day, that translates into a payback to the organization of $6,250 per year! If there is a group of 25 people, the return to the organization is $156,250 per year! That doesn’t even include other benefits like profitability, reduced turnover, improved morale, enhanced teamwork, greater creativity etc.)

In only three years the payback is $468,750. Where else would your organization invest to achieve that return and payback?

Not too long ago, soft skills training was an option for most organizations. Today it is no longer an option. If any of us continue to do what we do the same way, within five years most of us will become obsolete. Why?, That is because our competitors are helping their people to become more effective through training programs.

If we look closely at companies who are doing well in the long run, they almost always have a well thought out training program in place with the understanding that they will recoup their investment many fold.

They realize the price for not training is the real expense of training’.

The most important training or knowledge enhancement you can offer to your employees is in the personal development area. Effective time management is a life skill which affects us all. Depending on how skilful we are at managing our time it can have a major impact on the whole of our life. Our skill levels in this area can greatly benefit us or cause us to be constantly stressed out.

Training is a life- long endeavor. It needs to be ongoing. Life changes constantly and so do our needs and those of our people, the number one asset in every business. Time Management training is crucial for it’s when we learn to use our time effectively that we get so much more done in our lives.

 

A Public Speaking Technique That Will Have a Lasting Effect on Your Audience

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Contrary to what many may think, repetition is an essential public speaking technique that you need to master if you want your audience to remember your presentation. Usually any presentation regardless of length can be boiled down to just 3 or 4 main points or even less. By skillfully repeating these points in various ways, the audience will have them imprinted on their minds without being bored. Below are four guidelines that will help you achieve

Use The Theme Or Title
 

Use the theme or title of your presentation effectively. Your theme will contain key thought containing words. Make sure you elaborate on those key words during your presentation. Keep linking your material back to your theme or title so it runs like a thread through the presentation much like the thread in a garment holds it together. The audience should be able to see the connection between what you are saying at any given time and the main subject or title of your presentation. 
Re-state Ideas 

Use repetition skillfully by re-stating the key ideas through the presentation, either using the exact same words or phrases or employing similar words to say the same thing. If you have a catch phrase or pithy slogan you want to remember, repeating it at strategic points in the presentation can be very effective. 
A summary early in the presentation can be a powerful method of repetition. For example, state beforehand the main points you are going to consider, then deal with them, and finally give a brief summary of the points you considered. 
The Progressive Summary 

Using a progressive summary of main ideas through your presentation to reinforce the ideas on your audience can be a very powerful public speaking technique, especially if you number or itemize them. For example, you might mention there are three main ideas to be considered, then briefly state them. Then say, “Let’s take the first point . . .” Afterward you can say, “So up to now we have considered Point 1 (restate in a couple of words). Now we’ll deal with Point 2.” After that you can say something like, “So far we have seen Point 1 which was . . ., and also Point 2 in which we saw . . . Let’s now look into Point 3.” Finally, you conclude by saying, “So what have we learned so far? Point 1 was . . . Then we considered Point 2. Finally in Point 3 we showed . . .” 
Using this formula of repetition is very effective in lodging key points in the minds of your audience so they will remember them easily after your presentation is finished. 
 Be Vivid 

Be on the constant look out for words you can use to add feeling and color to your presentation. 
You may discover them through your own reading or you may hear them from another speaker. If you see or hear a word that makes an impact on you, note it down and keep it for future reference when you might use it in your own presentation. Gradually as your vocabulary increases to include dynamic words full of vigor, your presentation skills will develop too as you convey vivid mental images to your audience. Using a variety of vivid words and expressions directly related to your main points and theme will give you the flexibility of being able to repeat them often but with a different flavor. 

Repetition is an essential public speaking technique. However, it needs to be used skillfully. The four  guidelines above will help a public speaker use powerful repetition without appearing to be boringly repetitive! 

Positive Attitude Can Lead To Successful Outcomes

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A good positive attitude in life will make things a lot easier to accomplish whether in the workplace or life situations in general. Most people have the need or want to succeed in both work and life. If you practice a positive mind set you can achieve what you set out to accomplish.

We often get to hear that the power of positive thinking can change and improve our life. It leads to happy living, perfect health and is your key to success. Is the glass half empty or half full? Becoming an optimist is a personal decision and one that has profound ramifications on how we see the world. If we think positively about ourselves, about others, and about the world around us, the world often meets our expectations. Optimistic people achieve their personal and professional goals easily. Continue reading “Positive Attitude Can Lead To Successful Outcomes” »