Successful networking takes more than exchanging your business cards. You could have a Rolodex full of contacts, but how many of these people could introduce you to a possible client, or help you negotiate for a better contract? Here are simple tips for building a business network that matters, from using the web to your advantage, to deepening your business relationships after the first exchange of his and hellos. [Read more…]
Sales reports, client pitches, year-end reviews—all these entail making a presentation. No wonder most companies require their managers to know how to use Microsoft Powerpoint. And luckily, the program is very easy to master. Within a day, you’ll be able to figure out how to format a slide (and even add a few screen graphics, too).
But while most people know how to use Powerpoint, very few actually know how to use it well. In fact, most Powerpoint presentations are downright horrible—long, tacky, and confusing. Here are secrets to creating Powerpoints that work. [Read more…]
‘Office politics’ may sound like a bad word, but it’s actually a natural, and inevitable, part of human relationships. People will always have different opinions and personalities, and conflict of interest will push us to find allies, and avoid or become defensive around perceived threats.
However, conflict is not something to be feared. With proper communication, and healthy relationships with co-workers, we can steer clear of gossip and manipulation. Here are some ways to navigate office politics. [Read more…]
How many meetings have you had this week? How much time did these consume? And more importantly, how much did the meeting actually accomplish?
Chances are, most of those ‘brainstorming sessions’ and ‘weekly reports’ did nothing more than feed endless debates and pass information you already knew (or didn’t need). The problem? Most meetings have the wrong agenda, the wrong attendees, and the wrong structure! Here are tips on how to avoid those problems, and get more done in less time! [Read more…]
It happens to all of us. We have a packed to-do list, but despite working non-stop the whole day, we get less than half done because of constant interruptions. Our co-worker stops by to ask about a project, and dawdles for nearly an hour. Our phone rings off the hook, disrupting our thoughts just when we’ve gained momentum on an important presentation.
Interruptions are one of the biggest causes of wasted time at work. While some are important (like our client calling about a problem with a project) many could have waited for another time, or actually deserve no time at all (like a co-worker venting about her problems with her mother-in-law). Here’s how to deal with them. [Read more…]