During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. “Absolutely,” the professor said. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.” Joann C. Jones
Walt Disney is a cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. He is regarded as a cultural icon for the work he did for animation, movie and theme park industry. Of his most popular creations are Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Walt Disney has won numerous awards for his animation work, and is a Bollywood legend with 22 Oscars against his name.
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter who spent most of his adult life in France, the heart of 20th century art. He is also regarded as one of the few artists who were responsible for a common man’s interest in art.
Rosie Swale-Pope is an author, adventurer and marathon runner who successfully completed a five-year around-the-world run. Yes in five years (1789 days to be precise) she ran around the World. In between she was even hit by a truck and broke her ribs…but she didn’t stop. She knew how to push your limits. Rather hers 😉
Working beyond your limits, working beyond what you think you are capable of is not easy. But it isn’t impossible either. You just need to agree with yourself that you will push yourself to the limits…even the limits of your ability.
You just need to trust your instinct, trust yourself and keep pushing to the limits. Here are some lessons that Rosie Swale Pope teaches us about how to push your limits.
Corporates have the tendency to waver – a tendency to do everything. This is why you as a leader should know when to say “No” and when to say “Yes.” Unfortunately, many of us just don’t know how to say “No.”
If you can’t say “No” you will unnecessarily end up being under stress for things you can’t accomplish but have committed to. This is one of those stresses that can be avoided if you are careful with what you agree to.
Many of us feel that saying “Yes” is the only way to avoid confrontation. Actually, thats not true because by Not saying “No” and saying “Yes” you are only postponing the confrontation.
Take a look at this presentation where powerful and successful career women tell you how to say “No.” Here is to the secret of saying no :
Eighty percent of jobs are never advertised and instead filled through referrals. If this isn’t explain the importance and benefits of networking to you, let us try once again:
> Networking helps get future business deals
> Networking helps expose your personal brand
> Networking helps build contacts
> Networking helps meet like-minded people
Unfortunately, most of us ignore Networking. It is really important that we don’t and use it to further our career, and build meaningful relationships. There are huge benefits of networking…check out this presentation:
We carry a few things with us in our everyday lives and interactions – how we behave, how we think, how we react etc. These tools for success are much more important than our technical skills and achievements. For after all, it is how we use these tools for success that decide how far we go in life.
Watch this nice presentation on how you can succeed with ten simple tools for success which are always with you.
Only three of the five college graduates interviewed are found to be worthy of getting a job – a big reason for this is the dilemma in the minds of the college graduate “Am I ready to start work?”
The self-assessed readiness, what is also known as ‘confidence’ is lacking. When the students were directly asked if they thought they had the necessary skills and competencies to succeed in the workplace, they answered with a “yes” but weren’t sure if they were really ready to start working.
A Graduate’s dilemma.
Here is a presentation just for all school, college students / graduates who think they aren’t ready to start work. Linkedin Investor Reid Hoffman’s three secrets to graduates help them survive and become successful in the world of work:
Roch Parayre always encourages his audiences to make changes and evolve both personally and professionally. He states when it comes to the pressure of time in making decisions scenario planning is a must, because we are mostly bounded rationality when deciding on future action. This has to change and not follow year old method.
Founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Mark Hansen is an acclaimed motivational speaker as well. In this inspiring video, Mark Hansen says when you want to achieve something in life, you must have the attitude of ‘never giving up.’ In this video, Mark Hansen also shares his own experience an an example of how he achieved the never-say-die attitude while working on the Chicken Soup series.
Derek Sivers is best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby which is an online CD store for independent musicians. Most of us find it hard to accept failure. But in this video, Derek Sivers says that failure is what motivates individuals to strive harder. This video by Derek Sivers focuses on the fact that failure drives people to achieve goals. In this video, Derek Sivers explains how to look at failure as an opportunity to learn better and become successful.
Sir Martin Sorrell is an English businessman and the CEO of WPP Group. In this video, Sir Martin Sorrell describes his style of working in two words – persistence and speed. Martin Sorrell in this video emphasizes that to establish a successful business, you have to apply your strong vision with speed and persistence in all your activities. Watch the video by Sir Martin Sorrell and be inspired!
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.
Want to pull off a better presentation / sales pitch next time? Won’t it be so boring for the audience and presenter itself if the presentation is old fashioned? In today’s world the presentation should be crisp and to the point. This will freeze the audiences’ attention and hold them right in their chair.
Here are five presentation tips to make it a successful pitch.
Handover the Tablets
Projector is old, give them computer Tablets. If not for all just give them to only delegates or a potential customer. As different people want to focus on different aspects of the presentation giving them full access to the deck will make them involved.
Keep it brief
In this hi-tech world, the first 5-15 seconds are crucial. Even relationship decisions are made in 5-15 seconds today. So make the first impressions the best. The audience would have done their homework already. So use your sessions for questions and unique content only.
Let the audience get involved
Wait till the audience gets involved before you show your product. When tablets make the presentation interactive, regular tablet users and smartphone users will be already carrying something exactly like your proposal that you are yet to present.
Speaking style – everyone has their own
Trained speakers are like kings, but most of the market sectors and keynote speakers are required to have a relaxed – style of speech. Identify the group of audience you are going to face beforehand and present your speech accordingly.
Choosing to focus on one audience is a bad idea. This will only make that particular person feel watched constantly even though it is not done intentionally. Try not to make anyone uncomfortable and make eye contact with every corner of the audience.