I show people how to be more effective oral communicators. Part of that job is to make the complex simple. What does it take to deliver a talk well? What are the essential skills? How can they be condensed into an understandable, practical way? I developed and teach the six keys to performing any type
Why “Communication Skills Training” doesn’t work There is widespread agreement that soft skills are important. There is some disagreement about whether we have labeled them correctly. Some writers suggest renaming them and prefer the term “power skills.” If you want to be more powerful in social and professional situations, develop your soft skills! If you
Evidence that you are getting old: You watch the Grammy’s and don’t know many of the performers. You say, “These trainees used to be so much better.” You think the online lessons are the key to successful training. Let me focus on just the last one. Older folks are making the decisions in your company.
You have heard the phrase before. Someone brings you some bad news, and, as you begin to get upset, he says, “Hey, don’t blame the messenger!” At a job I had years ago, our team leader said it often. He came back from meetings with reports of all the new things we had to do,
NO, YOUR PODCAST DOES NOT NEED MUSIC. We have all been misled. We have all seen examples of sound added to words: Sportscasters are sitting around a desk discussing today’s best players. One commentator says, “Let me show you why I think Arenado is the best defensive third baseman.” We cut from the desk to
Photo by Samule Sun on Unsplash I was speaking with a restaurant owner in California recently. He was opening up a new restaurant and needed to hire 45 people. The interview process was taking quite a while, and he expressed his frustration to his son who offered an idea: have job seekers send in videos.
Posted at ATD here: https://www.td.org/insights/is-collaboration-overrated Collaboration. It shows up on every list of top soft skills needed today. You’ve seen these lists. The order changes somewhat but all of them include communication, problem solving, creativity, work ethic, and, of course, collaboration. A few more skills are thrown in to get to the ten items that
Jiffee was a Best of Show winner at Finovate Fall. I realize that most readers will not know what that means so let me explain. Finovate is a company that runs conferences around the globe where financial innovations are presented. Companies with “cutting-edge banking and financial technology” ideas have seven minutes to present their idea
(You can see this post at TD Magazine by clicking here.) Fort Wayne, Indiana has a professional baseball team, the TinCaps. They are a Class A minor league team. Class A is where professional baseball careers begin, and successful players progress to AA, AAA, and then the big leagues. How do I know about the
Let’s play a little game. I’m going to repeat a story in three different ways. After you read the versions, I’ll ask some questions. Speaker 1: We was driving on the highway when we seen this car comin’ up behind real fast swervin’ all over the place. I said maybe we should pull over but