Tuesday, March 28, 2006

bizjournals: Return on People

bizjournals: Return on People: "If there's one place where a great number of managers fail, it's in the area of communication. They don't set up effective communications systems and processes in their organizations; they don't encourage -- or demand -- their employees to communicate better with one another; and they, themselves, are ineffective communicators.

Are you an effective communicator within your organization?"

As Bob Nelson suggests, taking the time to make sure you communicate effectively can be a success tool or step up in becoming a more effective leader.

Friday, March 10, 2006

The 10 Worst Presentation Habits | BusinessWeek

The 10 Worst Presentation Habits BusinessWeek:

"The 10 Worst Presentation Habits"
Speakers can be their own worst enemies. Here are our expert's tips on how to make a presentation sing
By Carmine Gallo

As a communications coach for some of America's most admired companies, I work with business professionals who want to engage their listeners -- whether they are addressing employees, customers or colleagues; whether they are speaking to an audience of one or one thousand. In my book, 10 Simple Secrets of the World's Greatest Business Communicators, I identify bad presentation habits that impose barriers between speakers and their listeners. Here are the worst habits and how to overcome them.

Gallo is a Pleasanton (Calif.)-based corporate presentation coach and former Emmy-award winning television journalist. He is the author of the new book, 10 Simple Secrets of the World's Greatest Business Communicators. Visit him online at www.carminegallo.com"

Bob's note: This is a very simple read; but very relevant, if you want to be more effective, more captivating, or more engaging as a presenter. Often the secrets of the professionals are founded on mastery of some simple processes... one of which is do your homework in advance, before you walk on stage. I often tell my students that the harder part is what I do before I enter the room... once on stage... well, that is the fun time where I get to engage and play with my audiences.

I have been speaking and presenting now for over a decade and this article reminded me of the importance of preparation and practice in enhancing my performance. It will for you as well. If you'd like some more tips on presenting visit E Business Success, or Speaking for Success! If you'd be interested in some more hands on coaching visit Speech Coach or Executive Speech Coach.

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, Creative Catalyst & Idea Farmer (ok... speech coach too!)