We often have to present our work to colleagues, board of executives, clients and friends. Being able to deliver an interesting and involving presentation is an art which can be learnt through studying and practicing.
The A to Z of Presentations free Bookboon booklet by Eric Garner (Managing Director at Manage Train Learn) helps us come across as someone who is knowledgeable, skilled, and enthusiastic. But remember that the most important thing to become professional presenters is practice.
Many factors influence our ability to effectively manage time and reach our goals. A quick test on Mind Tools can show you where you can do better. Of course, the ability to prioritize and schedule is fundamental, but the most interesting part is dealing with the unexpected: interruptions.
How can you navigate through phone calls, emails, requests from colleagues, even problems with your car, all at once and without any warning? “Expect the unexpected” is no satisfactory answer: you have to manage it.
Like a firefighter, we should be available, aware of priorities and capable of understanding others’ needs.
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The article 7 steps to relieve stress and anxiety suggests to take positive actions in order to overcome stressful situations. The following 7 steps can help managing pressure:
1. Establish a routine
2. Establish a support
3. Be good to yourself
4. Practice acceptance
5. Tackle what you can
6. Have fun
7. Avoid overuse of dependant substances.
The full article can be found here.
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Think back to the last time you spoke to someone from another country. Even if the other person was fluent in English, it’s usually not long before some sort of misunderstanding. The reason has to do with the subtleties involved with speaking a language–the ability to read between the lines. This article compares how the same sentences, in English, could be differently interpreted by an English or a German speaker.
Read the full article here.
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