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Presenter types

Presenter types

Presenter types

Presentations, from a sales pitch or training session to an annual report,  can either be an invigorating experience or it can be a moment of dread for both presenter and audience. Many argue that it is the presentation content that determines how interesting a presentation is, but it is not the only determining factor.

While preparing for a new Sales Training course we came across this insightful survey on the Make a Powerful Point blog. In a post by Gavin McMahon,  founding partner at Fassforward Consulting Group, he writes that there are 6 types of presenters. He states that, “If you understand which one you are, if you understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie, you can get better.”

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Why investing in team building makes sense

Investing in team building

Investing in team building

Any business or organisation that employs two or more staff members effectively has created a team. A team can be seen as a group of individuals that work together towards a common goal or vision and who share in its rewards. The collective sum of the strengths and weaknesses determine the successes or failures of any team. In order to succeed as a team, putting in effort in developing the very core strengths and skills of each team member is indispensable as is identifying and resolving the weaknesses and shortcomings of each member.

Building a ‘winning’ team is the primary purpose and focus of team building and thus investing in it makes sense as it will define the level of success, in practically every area, of a business or organisation.

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If you’re not looking for it…

If you’re not looking for it

If you’re not looking for it

The positivity ratio is a concept in positive psychology suggesting that a ratio of positive to negative emotions distinguishes “flourishing” people from “languishing” people.

The ratio was proposed by Marcial Losada and psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, who identified a ratio of positive to negative affect of exactly 2.9013 as separating flourishing from languishing individuals in a 2005 paper in American Psychologist. This means that in order for any person or team to flourish we need to have about 3 to 1 positive versus negative experiences.

We recently discussed the positivity ratios suggested by Barbara Fredrickson in a few training sessions.

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Finding Direction

Direction

Direction

Walter Savage Landor was spot on when he said, “Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.” In both our professional and private life, direction is critical to not only achieve success and reach goals we have set, but it also determines how well we walk the life we choose.

In the context of business, direction is of invaluable importance as it determines where the business (along with it’s employees) will eventually find itself. Natalie MacNeil, entrepreneur and author of  She Takes on the World gave valuable insight on the subject while writing for Forbes. We have taken the liberty to reblog the three questions (from the ten Natalie covers in her book) she recommends businesses ask in order to gain direction.

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Psychology at Work – Reduce Stress by Checking Email Less Frequently

Checking Email

Checking Email

Every so often we come across some research in Psychology that is applicable to the general public as well as the work situation in particular. Whenever such information comes across our desks we intend to publish it here on the blog. So keep checking in to see the latest groundbreaking information that could make you life so much better.

Starting off we found some research about email. Email is part of our daily lives. It used to be confined to the computer when you had to log in to receive email. It “lived” in a restricted space.

Nowadays email have permeated nearly every aspect of our lives. With smartphones and tablet computers email is everywhere and is a considerable source of stress.

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