We communicate ideas all the time. Whether it’s to colleagues over a coffee, stakeholders in a business meeting, or audiences at an event. The problem is, when the subject matter is complex, how do you avoid confusing everyone? How can you shift from presenting confusion to presenting clarity? Master presenter and coach Rob Bialostocki explains how.
Working in the corporate world has its own culture and language. Language which can seem special and even confounding to those not used to it. This week I poke fun at the corporate world. You know, just so we don’t take ourselves too seriously. I report as an alien visitor might when they visited planet corporate.
I have found how to improve my thinking, creativity and the effectiveness of my ideas without using any banned substances or strange techniques. The answer my surprise you but it involves a couch. We look at the difference between Alpha, Beta and Theta thinking and how you can unlock your creativity for business.
Starting a conversation with a stranger is one of the most difficult things to do for many people - often, but not at all exclusively, for those who identify with being introverted. I used to be just as reticent to do so. But, then I discovered some simple tweaks to both my thoughts and behaviours that have made striking up a conversation, a piece of cake!
How do you react when you’re confronted by an angry person? I know it doesn’t happen often (unless you’re in the Police!) but when it does, what’s the best way of dealing with the situation? Using an idea from Mark Goulston’s excellent book Just Listen, Rob outlines an approach that bears much better fruit than defence or avoidance.
Leadership is probably one of the most used and over-used words in organisations (and LinkedIn!) today. Everyone says it’s important and there are clusters of agreement as to what it is. However, going against the norm today, Rob describes three aspects of leadership that don’t appear on MBA curricula.Text
Most people, in most organisations, are at one time or another involved in projects. The trouble is, sometimes they can fail for some quite fundamental reasons. If you run projects, or are involved in some, then make sure you avoid these three common project mistakes that can actually damage your reputation if the project doesn’t work out.
You want your people to succeed and deliver great results. But, if your people don’t seem to be performing at the level you expect, don’t just send them to a training course, or put them on “performance management.” Rob Bialostocki describes The Performance Equation which may explain why the performance is probably not quite there, and what you can do about it.
Senior decision makers and potential clients have a multitude of things to consider and decide on on a regular basis. If your idea or solution doesn’t seem to be worth it, and fast, they may ignore it (or put it on the “I’ll think about it” shelf). Rob Bialostocki explains how you can tip the balance of their thinking in your favour.
You might have brilliant ideas and suggestions, but if the other party doesn’t understand what you’re getting at, you lose. And if they’re very busy, and you don’t cut to the chase quickly, you also lose. Rob Bialostocki shares a simple technique for driving clarity into your thoughts and words, and getting the buy-in you need.
What if you were told to forget about settings goals? That surely goes against most of the advice out there on how to live a successful life. In today’s podcast, Rob Bialostocki - author, coach and speaker - suggests that goal setting isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And he suggests a more powerful approach to improving your life and work.
You simply cannot push back on requests from senior stakeholders! Or can you? The answer is yes, you can (thanks Obama) if you adopt an approach that is respectful and firm, and doesn't leave the stakeholder with nowhere else to go. Rob Bialostocki explains the five steps involved. FREE PDF download included.