Um...Ah...Like...So.....I am very guilty of using these crutch words when speaking and have vowed to stop leaning on them. The following article explains how these crutch words can jeopardize a speaker's impact and how we can eliminate them from our vocabulary. https://hbr.org/2018/08/how-to-stop-saying-um-ah-and-you-know This week's Talking Tuesday is recommended by: SDA Dallas, Amber Slajer
In my last Talking Tuesday, I referenced A I M (Anticipate, Identify, Meet). Here is a continuation of that general concept. What is quality? Depends on what the defining characteristics and needs are that the “quality” is trying to meet. For example: you have a Styrofoam cup, a drinking glass and a wine glass. Ask … Continue reading Anticipate – Identify – Meet (Cont.)
Being able to bring a fresh eye to the table is usually a priceless skill. Even if you have been there 2, 5, or 20 years. Sometimes you have that team player that sits back and says little, then suddenly, they present a slam dunk idea! What were they doing all this time? Taking a … Continue reading Anticipate – Identify – Meet
Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to have a positive, engaging conversation. Unfortunately, due to our increasing distractions and decreasing role models of a good talk, effective communication (the in person, one-on-one type!) continues to be a challenge in our daily interactions. Staying engaged and practicing effective listening skills can make the difference between … Continue reading Communication – A Key Ingredient
Motivation is a hard topic to discuss because what motivates one person, may not be the same for another. I came across this article that shared some insight on what Jennifer Dulski, COO of Change.org believes to be the best 4 techniques to motivate people at work. These are really good ideas, and I hope … Continue reading 4 Techniques to Motivate People
A World of “Pod”abilities There are podcasts covering an infinite number of topics, from politics, to entertainment, to true crime. They offer a great opportunity to listen in “bite size pieces” during your commute or work breaks. (My favorite time to listen is while cleaning house…it helps to take my mind off of the … Continue reading A World of “Pod”abilities
Empathize While You Work In today’s competitive atmosphere, many firms are struggling to keep employees. When creating a retention plan, perhaps one of the less obvious things to consider is fostering an environment of empathy. This article is a quick read introduction to the topic, highlighting eight steps to creating empathy in the workplace. “The … Continue reading 8 Critical Steps to Creating Empathy in the Workplace
In April's Program, We had Jeff Simcik, AIA - Principal at VAI Architects, Inc. discuss the common sense approach to designing a "Pathway to Leadership" that was utilized when he helped to develop and implement this program for his firm.
SDA Dallas ALMOST made it out alive! The Western Heist was not an easy level, but thankful we had a solid group to put our heads together!
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive. https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work This week's Talking Tuesday is recommended by: SDA Dallas, Amber Slajer