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    May 22, 2012

    Eight Actions Anyone Can Take to Influence a Team’s Success

    Are your team meetings a waste of everyone’s time? Do your employees think they are?

    We've all had the unfortunate experience of spending our day tied up in unproductive meetings.  So what are you doing to ensure you don’t waste your time or the time of others?  It does not matter whether you are a VP, Team Leader, have an MBA, or none of the above, because the power of influence transcends titles and educational backgrounds.  It is a reflection of ones ability to communicate, be understood and inspire actions in others.  So let’s focus on improving your...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on May 22, 2012

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    May 21, 2012

    Three Personality Traits That Hurt Your Career AND How to Fix Them

    Is your attitude helping you our holding you back?

    It seems simple enough to assume one’s attitude has an impact on success.  But what is not so simple is understanding if you exhibit certain attitudes that prohibit yours.  Unless someone actually pulls you aside and tells you that you should change, you will not know until you examine yourself.  That is because bad attitudes are like bad customer service.  People will just take their business elsewhere rather than complain…. promotions and opportunities work the same...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 21, 2012

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    May 18, 2012

    Eight Communication Tips To Gain Respect at Work

    Do people listen to you AND act on what you say?

    Do your coworkers, employees and your boss all listen to your input?  Do they ask for your advice, seek out your opinion, and implement your ideas?  If you answered yes to all of these questions, then I would love for you to share your tips with our readers.  However, if you answered no to any of these questions, I can start you off with eight communication tips that will get you on the road to respect at work.   Tip #1 - Less is More When it Comes To Speaking Can you picture a room...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 18, 2012

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    May 15, 2012

    Eleven Really Useful Techniques for Successful Presentations

    Do you want to have GREAT presentation skills?

    How do you define a GREAT presentation?  Is it the comfort level you feel when presenting, OR the positive response you get from your audience? What if I told you that it should be both…by that definition, are you a great presenter?   Let’s delve into the elements of a successful presentation and discuss eleven really useful techniques you can implement right away.   1)   Define the reason you are presenting; what is the RESULT you want to achieve?  Are you...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 15, 2012

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    May 11, 2012

    Three Steps to Stop Your Boss From Micromanaging You.

    Can’t get your boss off your back?

    How annoying is it when your boss constantly tells you how to do your job, or even worse, when he tries to tell your employees how to do theirs, bypassing you altogether.  It is very hard to stay motivated or focused when you have someone standing over your shoulder.  And it is difficult to manage others when they are think someone higher up is looking at them.  So how can you get your boss off your back AND get them to listen to what you have to say?   Step One:  Get your act...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 11, 2012

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    May 8, 2012

    Four Simple Steps to Workplace Redemption

    I can’t believe I did that!

    Did you ever have an email you wished you never sent?  Or replied to the wrong person’s text with a love note? Can you relate to forwarding a negotiation strategy to your boss, but instead accidentally hitting reply to the person you were negotiating with? Maybe you aligned yourself with someone who just got let go instead of the one you are left to work with after a re-org?  Regrets, embarrassments and humiliations…the list goes on and on for most of us.  We have all been...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 8, 2012

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    May 4, 2012

    EGO Tips

    Is YOUR EGO helping or hurting good decision-making?

    We all have egos, even those of us that swear we don’t (those people are probably the worst offenders).  So, is ego good for you or does it get in your way of good decision making?  Here are some EGO tips to help you succeed:   If you define your ego as confidence, then it’s probably a good thing, right?  You need to have confidence to make decisions in the first place, ergo the ego benefit.  But can you have too much confidence?  If you think you already know...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 4, 2012

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    May 3, 2012

    Communication Tips For the Workplace

    Are you a good communicator?

    At work, at home, in social settings, with friends or colleagues, your ability to communicate defines who you are to those around you.  Are you shy, outgoing, a trivia fanatic, a news junkie, a sports enthusiast, the guy who loves to hear the sound of his own voice, or the gal that never seems to get to the point?  We all have people in our lives that we can put into these buckets.  And we all think we know which bucket people would put us into.  But how do you know for sure?  Are...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 3, 2012

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