Journal

5 Secrets of Powerful Speakers

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 19th, 2015

If you are a leader or an individual that is a speaker, Sims Wyeth has noticed five principles that seem to guide to best speakers.

  1.  Answer the question, “Why?” – Instead of using an attention grabber, gain your audience’s attention by posing this question: Why is it urgently important that we discuss this topic? In this, you become more credible and your topic automatically becomes meaningful.
  2. Find the passion – Ever find yourself intrigued by something someone is talking about, even if you’re not interested in the topic, simply because of his or her intense passion? Passion is contagious.
  3. Talk conversationally – When giving a talk, we tend to get stuck on lists, which may lose a lot of our listeners. Try to engage others by telling a story that causes the listener to relate through their own life experiences. Make sure your slides are clear and connecting.
  4. Find a sense of truth – Draw on your own experience to convince them in following your requests.
  5. Speak to people, not to people’s brains – Don’t try to use fancy words and instead use words that allow your audience to relate to you.

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Quote by Mark Nepo

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 23rd, 2015

“Listening is being completely present to whatever is before us with all of who we are.” – Mark Nepo

5 Critical Ways to Build Rapport

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 15th, 2015

When working with a team, we all know that communication is key! Ariana Ayu has come up with 5 basic communication lessons to impact those relationships.

  1. Although you communicate through words, your nonverbal communication (body language and tone of voice) is even more important! They truly convey how you’re feeling about what is being said.
  2. Don’t interrupt others when they are trying to explain something and provide them with your undivided attention. This will make others feel secure and appreciated.
  3. Actively listen by “consciously focusing on understanding what the other person is saying verbally, nonverbally, and between the lines”. So important!
  4. Don’t always try to be right.
  5. Don’t blame others and take responsibility for your behavior/mistakes or someone else’s bad behavior

To read details on the 5 basic communication lessons, click here.

6 Tips for Working with a New Team

written by Michael Dauphinee on December 18th, 2014

In a team, you have a group of individuals working together towards one common goal. It may not always be an easy task to work in a team but there are some ways you can overcome those common challenges. When first getting together with your team, whether or not there is a time limit, take some time to get to know each other by talking about your likes and dislikes. Throughout the process, keep an open mind and be flexible; your way is not the only way. But most importantly, remember to have fun!

To read the complete 6 tips for working with a new team, click here.

Quote by Rumi

written by Michael Dauphinee on December 5th, 2014

“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi

Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

written by Michael Dauphinee on December 3rd, 2014

“There is a difference between truly listening and waiting for your turn to talk.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know Your Emailing Etiquette

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 20th, 2014

In today’s world where email has become a primary mode of communication in the workplace, it is important to know appropriate emailing behavior. Kevin Daum has provided 11 different ways to beat bad email habits. Some include: responding within the appropriate amount of time, making emails brief and even changing the subject line along the way. Most importantly, take the time to address all concerns and read all the information. It will save you and others precious time. And remember, if your email has become a bit lengthy, set up a meeting or appointment to chat on the phone.

Communication in the workplace is key…so make sure you’re doing it right by clicking here.