Do others perceive you as a strong, compelling natural leader? Or someone who is timid, unprofessional or unsure of themselves? Some of the most important factors in projecting professional confidence are non-verbal, including how you meet the gaze of your listener. Learning how to make the right amount and type of eye contact will help […]
One of the keys to a dynamic, confident speaking voice is adequate volume. A strong, solid speaking voice commands the attention of others, improves clarity, and projects confidence. However, this doesn’t mean you should consistently speak at the same volume. Holding your speaking voice at one volume can be monotonous and cause your listener to […]
You may have been taught to “never judge a book by its cover,” but in the professional world, personal appearance can be a defining factor in how others perceive you. Studies have shown that people make decisions and form opinions about others within the first 30 seconds of meeting them. During this short window of […]
Even the most pleasant and easy-going person is bound to get into a conflict on the job once in a while. Being able to handle conflict while maintaining your professionalism and preserving your relationships with colleagues and clients is an essential skill for success in the workplace. One of the keys to navigating a tense […]
Everyone knows at least one person who seems to effortlessly stand out from the crowd. The person who instantly commands attention when then walk into a room and who everyone seems to gravitate toward. What is it that this person has that makes them so engaging and charismatic? Executive presence.
What’s your process when creating a slideshow? All too often, presenters simply copy their notes and information into bullet points, maybe throwing in a stock photo here and there. Boring slideshows can make your audience glaze over and detract from your message. So what can you do to create a slideshow that’s as engaging and […]
As we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome a new year, resolve to make communication your most powerful professional tool! It’s time to inspire, impact, and influence others! Start 2019 off right by making these three resolutions that are simple to start, easy to keep, and will help you communicate your way to success in […]
Have your professional skills evolved beyond your current salary? A new year is almost upon us; start it out right by getting paid what you’re worth! Last week we talked about ways you can use communication to improve your negotiation skills. Today we wrap up our negotiation series with three more essential strategies for […]
Have you ever felt that your paycheck doesn’t quite measure up to your professional contribution and skill? It may be time to ask for a raise! Negotiating a raise can be a tricky topic, and many professionals avoid it for fear of sounding demanding or creating an uncomfortable situation. However, it’s often a necessary […]
Communicating in the business world requires a certain level of finesse and skill. However, some situations are trickier than others. In this week’s blog, we discuss three situations that many people find difficult: offering criticism, saying “no”, and avoiding office gossip.