• Remote working

5 tips for managing remote workers on your teams

Remote working is now a part of most workplaces in one form or another, whether working with colleagues in distant offices or working in an organization that encourages flexibility in working from home. But without the right process and leadership in place, remote colleagues often feel disconnected from the team and reduce their contribution. Here are five tips for managing these challenges to ensure that you do not lose the value remote members could have brought to the table.

How to get more objective feedback by asking better questions

Asking for feedback is tricky business. It does not matter if you are asking for feedback from a friend on your draft wedding toast or asking employees for feedback on your management style; most people would rather tell you what you want to hear than give you an opinion that may offend you. To get around this problem, reframe your questions to skip over asking whether improvement is needed and jump straight to asking for solutions. […]

Video Highlight: A powerful Memorial Day speech from Nick Popaditch, GySgt USMC Ret.

On Memorial Day, in honor of those who have died in the service of the United States Armed Forces, we are treated to some of the most deeply moving speeches from courageous men and women across the country. In this Video Highlight, we’ll examine one such tribute from Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch (USMC Ret.), delivered to a group of veterans and others on Memorial Day 2012 in San Diego. […]

What you can learn about influencing people from a classic relationship mistake

Years ago I came across a subtle but powerful piece of relationship advice that unlocked all sorts of dicey situations both at home and at work.  The tip is based on understanding the psychology of someone who is emotionally distraught, and while it seems most applicable to personal relationships, it works just as well with upset coworkers, clients… even an emotional crowd, as Bill Clinton demonstrated in the 1992 Presidential Debate. […]

Study shows you can reduce public speaking anxiety by telling yourself the stress helps

The moments right before a big speech or presentation are usually the hardest.  The stress our bodies produce is real–elevated heart rate and blood pressure, sweaty palms, dry mouth-and the discomfort can be enough to throw some off their game.  But a recent study showed that you can reduce these mental and physical anxieties by tricking your brain into reinterpreting stress signals as beneficial.   […]

Two tips to help you commit to the Rule of Thirds for better slide design

The “Rule of Thirds” is one of those classic design tools that helps transform slides from “good” to “great,” yet it is so often overlooked even by those who are familiar with the principle.  Here are a few easy tips for how to ensure you stay committed to the Rule of Thirds in your next presentation. […]

The best public speaking tips for laughing in private [Humor]

You can thank author Teddy Wayne for this gem.  His satirical piece on public speaking tips should be required reading in any communications class.  An excerpt: Get used to the room beforehand. Walk around, check the view from the podium, sleep there for a few days, cook in the facility’s kitchen, bathe in the bathroom, develop a delusional sense of ownership over the venue, and never leave it for fear that the outside world will “infect” you. […]