What is Your Motivation?

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How are People Motivated?

Importance of MotivationPeople are motivated in different ways to reach desired various goals and achievements. Motivation towards goals and or achievements can be as common as cleaning out your garage, rearranging your living room or tackling that deck you wanted to build. Goals can also be a bit loftier in the sense that they will benefit your status get to that next level of management in your company or decide to switch careers totally. In any case goals have one thing in common whether they are large or small. The things can get you to start then complete your goals are simply reasons that trigger and cause you to start an action towards achieving your desired goals. Let’s take building a deck for example: You may have been at a gathering at a friend’s house and they may had their party on their deck, it was such a great party and you found that your enjoyed being outside on a wooded platform that was complete with sitting areas and cooking options. What happened here is you had gotten a feeling of enjoyment which triggered an emotion you want to experience at your house on your own deck. So now you have the importance of motivation behind you to carry out the task of building that deck.

The Importance of Motivation

Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes us to act. Same thing holds true moving up in status in your company. What drives people to get a promotion or change careers? Many answers here; money, desire for more power, more satisfying work that suits your career needs. You may achieve these goals by going to school, working harder taking on extra responsibilities and a myriad of other means. Once again you have the motivation that drives you towards these achievements. I facilitate public speaking workshops and many people are motivated to attend for many reasons. Some people are trying to alleviate their apprehensions of fear of public speaking , some people attend the public speaking skills training to become more persuasive speakers by learning how to design effective presentations. Did you know that people that posses excellent presentation skills are more likely to be promoted or even earn more money ? Maybe the reason or motivation people are seeking out Professional Speaking Training are for the reasons above. Whatever you motivation is ,know that you can satisfy it by taking the prompt action you need to achieve your goals.

Why do you need Time Management?

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Good Time Management Skills

I had the opportunity to facilitate a time management workshop for group of social workers in Charleston SC while working for a company that I got my feet wet in the motivational business. My first thought was that this group was tasked to come to a required seminar and give up their valuable time. TMI am a huge proponent of effective time management techniques but initially did not see an immediate importance to this group. What I did not realize was that these professionals and I do mean professionals are probably the MOST time challenged individuals that I may know of. They have to get to work very early and leave really late; in between they have to deal with people in need and liaison with other programs/organizations to help people with all sorts of social needs. Probably the most challenging thing they had to conquer was setting and classifying priorities because their priorities were tied to people that all needed their help seemingly at the same time.

Time Management Tips And Strategies

What they were about to learn would change their time management habits for good IF they would stick to a system. The system is the key to consistent and effective time management and if you veer from your system and try to wing it you will lose every time. Just when you think you may have some major leeway and get off track you will certainly lose your plan. Time is so slippery – it’s like taking your eye off a toddler for a moment and the next thing you know there’s trouble. So how do you stay on course and accomplish the things you set out to do? How many times at the beginning of the week to you have a list of goals that you mentally set out to accomplish but at the end of the day or week you may only reach less than 50%? One of the main reasons this happens… It’s because those goals that you had were not defined into S.M.A.R.T goals. By SMART goals I mean realizing if they are Specific, Measureable, Actionable, Realistic and Time Specific. Using the S.M.A.R.T Goal criteria will help you determine if your goals are in fact valid and achievable. This is the formula you have to use to accomplish your goals successfully. In the case of the Social Workers (no pun intended) they had to define each goal with this formula in order to prioritize their situations to determine immediate need from the needs that could wait. Prioritizing is the next step to successful time management, yes once you have defined a valid goal then you must prioritize with the highest urgency first then trickle down to the things that can be subsequently. There may be more defining and refining of your goals in terms of the activities you will use to achieve them which will also help you prioritize.

We are often high-jacked by many distractions throughout the day both internal and external but if you stick to a good time management system you can and will accomplish almost anything you set out to do.

Leaders Speakers is a leadership training company that facilitates Time Management and other Leadership workshops around the continental U.S. You can learn more by visiting www.leadersspeakers.com

 

Why You Need Good Presentation Skills to Successful in the Workplace

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Presentation Skills Training

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Most people will agree that presentation skills are important. But ask them to explain “Why?” and they are stumped. These folks might mumble something unintelligible and proudly declare “Because – everybody knows that it is”.

First, let’s clarify the statement “Presentation skills are important”. What we really mean is, “Effective presentation skills are important”. “Presentation skills” is not a black and white off/on switch. It is a rainbow of colors. Everybody has presentation skills. Some are better than others. The primary goal is for your presentation skills to be better than your competition, whoever and whatever that is. The secondary goal is for your presentations to get better with every presentation that you deliver.

So whenever you read “presentation skills are important” think better presentations are critically important”.

Presentation Skills are Important to Individual Success

For many individuals the first important presentation they deliver might be to the selection committee. It might be labeled as a “job interview” but it’s really a presentation. Success rides on their presentation outshining the competition. The results are black and white but the skills are a rainbow of colors.

In most organizations day-to-day business entails teamwork. That means presenting to your team or on behalf of your team. Career growth necessitates presenting your ideas to others. And if you want to be promoted you need to train others to handle your old job. If you want to fast track your career – volunteer to work on projects and deliver more presentations.

Presentation Skills are Important to Business Success

Having the superior product is never enough to guarantee business success. Apple is acknowledged as offering leading edge technology and Steve Jobbs is often modeled as a superior presenter. If you are not the Apple of your industry just imagine how much better your presentations need to be.

Business leaders are often expected to present their message with confidence and clarity to staff, clients, partners, investors and sometimes the public. Millions of dollars can ride on these presentations.

Presentation Skills are Important to Stress Reduction

The financial cost of stress to organizations is huge. Work related stress can be demoralizing to staff, management and executives. Effective presentation skills reduce miscommunication, which is likely the biggest cause of work related stress. Better presentation skills also reduces the stress on presenters which means they will be more willing to present and more effective with their communication. The principles and techniques of presentations apply to other methods of communication. Become a better presenter and you will become a better communicator.

Presentation Skills are Important to Time Management

Many presentations take too long and thus waste time because the presenter was trying to fill the time period. Better presenters get their message across in less time because they respect time, focus on the message and use the most effective techniques to communicate. Better presenters can deliver their 30 minute presentation in 5 minutes or 90 seconds when needed. Better presenters also save time while preparing because they prepare their presentation more efficiently. They know where they are going and how to get there faster.

Presentation Skills are Important to Leadership

Abraham Lincoln was not only known and praised for his speech at the Gettysburg Address but the fact that his Speech was less than 2 minutes and his predecessor and elder statesman Edward Everette spoke for about 2 hours and Lincoln’s was more noteworthy   because he got his message across in less time. Leadership in your community, association or organization demands effective presentation skills.

Every cause needs a leader. Every leader needs to be able to stand up and deliver a clear and inspiring message. The team and followers will often judge the leader and the cause on the presentation skills of that spokesperson.

Presentation skills are Important to Public Image & Opinion

It might seem unfair, but we will often judge you, your organization and your product on how you, your staff or executive delivered a presentation. We will tend to remember the extremes – really bad or really good. Remember that our perception is relative to how everyone else presented.
With effective presentation skills training, chances are that you may be able to succeed far and above the norm.

 

 

How to Improve Your Memory Quickly

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Having a Good Memory

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Fortunately I have always had a good memory and thought that most people did too, but was surprised how many people out there have trouble remembering events, names and occurrences. I also learned and been teaching a memory technique that is one of the best I’ve come across in years. This memory technique is a product of learning to tap into your potential in order for self improvement.

These days’ people are looking for the latest and greatest in order to be successful. How many times have you just got off the phone after a successful interview and forgot the person’s name that you were speaking with or met someone at a business function and minutes later forgot their name. This could be detrimental to your success in life. William James, a Psychologist said that (and I am sure that you may have come across this statistic sometime in your lifetime) that most of us only use 10% of our potential in our lifetime. That means there is 90% of untapped human potential.

Memory Techniques

I’m going to illustrate that we can tap into that potential by simply using a simple exercise to improve your memory in a short period of time. The mind tends to think and relate better to pictures faster, so here goes the magic. If I suggest to you to think of the word duck what pops into your head ? an image of Donald Duck, a Mallard Duck sitting on a pond, of course you immediately get a mental image of the word that is heard and processed by your brain. You do not immediately think of the word DUCK do you? The problem is that when we were taught early on in elementary school how to memorize they did not use a technique associated with the mental image process. Instead you were just taught to memorize by rote and that was a lot harder and longer process. Well here’s a memory technique that will help you improve your memory and it goes like this if you already had not guessed. If I taught you ten public speaking tips and the next day you tried to remember without using this memory technique you may get three or four but if I you used this technique you would probably remember 8 or 10 and probably in order! Let’s try five to illustrate this example.

  1. 90 % of your nervousness does not show.
  2. Do not try to recite word for word.
  3. Do not memorize your speech
  4. Show up early
  5. Take Deep Breaths
  6. Look for a friendly face in the audience

Now try to memorize these in order then close your eyes and try to recite them. Don’t cheat

After you try to recite and only get a couple then try this.

Associate the six tips with a little story and it goes like this and is based on a horse race

  1. Favorite horse no showed
  2. Jockey was trying to write a down grocery list word for word
  3. Could not remember exactly what his wife wanted
  4. because he was watching his time
  5. Horse had to take deep breaths from running fast
  6. The jockey in front was smiling cause he was ahead

 

Now use this memory association scenario and then close your eyes and try to remember the seven tips. I’m sure that you probably get them all and probably in order because of the logical sequential flow of the scenario. It’s easy to see how using a simple technique can improve your memory quickly!

 

 

Time Management Workshop – Sodexo Campus Services Columbia, SC

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Keys to Team Building with New EmployeesLeaders Speakers was chosen to facilitate a Time Management Workshop for the Sodexo Food Service Group. Rachel Ayalya, General Manager Sodexo Campus Services University of South Carolina contacted Leaders Speakers to facilitate a program that would help her management staff develop more effective time management techniques by changing ineffective habits and how to overcome obstacles. Leaders Speakers one day workshop  showed them how to plan their day well in advance with effective time management tools – how to prepare a Task Plan. We defined and showed how to them establish goals, priorities and activities and how important it is to establish practical measureable and definable goals, define activities associated with achieving goals, and how to define your priorities. The process translates to organizing activities in priority that need to be done that day against the time that needs to be allocated to each activity. Important emphasis was given on how to keep on track and AVOID the distractions that keep individuals from accomplishing their daily goals. We teach that setting goals and Objectives is important. Working without effective time management goals and targets does not establish a “tangible” plan for what you want to accomplish.

Time Management Tips and Strategies

We made the participants aware of the fallacy that some people think they may even have it all in their head, but without an established plan you will go off course and fail to achieve your objectives. Leaders Speakers also showed the group of Managers good time management skills included” How to Tame the Email Monster”. Most employees get bogged down with and are slaves to their email which is a HUGE time waste and can account for many hours wasted hours that could be better spent on other priorities. The group seemed surprised to learn that one of the basic email rules is 99 percent of emails do not require immediate action and 50 percent require no action at all! In the end the Managers learned how to determine sources of time management challenges, use Time Management tools to change habits and behaviors, and Time Management requires discipline.