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Unarmed Robbery

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People come prepared to listen to a good presentation.

The presenter, however comes unprepared.

With no tools up his sleeve, the presenter falls woefully short of the audience’s expectations.

Result. They feel cheated, short-changed, and robbed of their precious time.

Every presentation is an opportunity.

The ability of each employee to use each and every presentation to generate possibilities, create opportunities, build relationships, and move up in the eyes of the audience.

From sales pitches to training lectures, good presentation and public speaking skills are key to many influential roles in today’s business world. The good news about presenting is that you can improve with practice.

A mere 7% of comprehension from an audience is based on what was communicated and 93% is based on how it was communicated. Presentation matters a lot!

So, what are you going to steal?

Hearts or Yawns.

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Stand and Deliver

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Pirates and highway robbers did it at high seas and highways.

Presenters do it too, at meetings and presentations.

They demand they be heard.

While audiences are not in as precarious positions as their counterparts, they do feel they are held to ransom.

Meetings and presentations are time for sacred attention. With ground rules of no interruptions or cellphones, the audience has little choice but to surrender their undivided attention to the presenter.

But what they witness is a daylight robbery.

From sales pitches to training lectures, good presentation and public speaking skills are key to many influential roles in today’s business world. The good news about presenting is that you can improve with practice.

A mere 7% of comprehension from an audience is based on what was communicated and 93% is based on how it was communicated. Presentation matters a lot!

People are not fixed-resources. With supportive leadership, sufficient challenges, minimal stress, and a healthy lifestyle they can be transformed into the best versions of themselves. Their innate talents can evolve.

Stand Tall!

Impact Presentation Skills Programme – Empower your Team Today!

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Add Fuel To The Fire

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You are a high achiever.

You aspire to do well.

There’s a fire raging inside you.

But when you step out to present, the fire backfires.

Effective communication can spell the difference between success and failure.

Communication, without a doubt, is a crucial aspect of business operations. Without an effective system of communication in place, you will have difficulty in achieving goals and even in functioning properly.

Paul J. Meyer said, “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.”

From sales pitches to training lectures, good presentation and public speaking skills are key to many influential roles in today’s business world. The good news about presenting is that you can improve with practice.

A mere 7% of comprehension from an audience is based on what was communicated and 93% is based on how it was communicated. Presentation matters a lot!

So, how about adding some tips and techniques that will add fuel to your fire.

Ready to fire!

Impact Presentation Skills Programme – Empower your Team Today!

Learn More: http://parichay-india.in/ips.pdf

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Earn your stripes!

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The tiger cannot change its stripes, or the leopard its spots.

But teams can earn their stripes when they take a leap in their communication skills.

Communication is at the cornerstone of business efficiency. It is no longer a luxury but rather a necessity.

From sales pitches to training lectures, good presentation and public speaking skills are key to many influential roles in today’s business world.

A mere 7% of comprehension from an audience is based on what was communicated and 93% is based on how it was communicated. Presentation matters a lot!

The good news about presenting is that you can improve with practice.

As entrepreneur Brian Tracy said, “Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.”

So, develop your presentation instincts.

Show your true colours!

Impact Presentation Skills Programme – Empower your Team Today!

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All Bark And No Bite

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Like they say, every dog has his day, and so does every presenter.

And cometh the hour, cometh the man, the audience hears the bark but fails to feel the bite.

Presentation is a complex combination of many components that have to jaw together.

Presenters face teething issues, but with proper tools and techniques, it’s a walk in the park.

From sales pitches to training lectures, good presentation and public speaking skills are key to many influential roles in today’s business world. The good news about presenting is that you can improve with practice.

A mere 7% of comprehension from an audience is based on what was communicated and 93% is based on how it was communicated. Presentation matters a lot!

A dog is known to be man’s best friend.

Presentation Skills are not far behind.

Impact Presentation Skills Programme – Empower your Team Today!

Learn More: http://parichay-india.in/ips.pdf

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Are meetings meeting their purpose?

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You’ve probably heard the adage, “There’s nothing certain in life, except death, taxes and meetings.”

If you look at the statistics, the average time spent in meetings is staggering:

Most business people spend approximately 25 percent of their time in meetings.
Middle managers often spend at least two days out of every week in meetings.
It’s not unusual for executives to be in meetings for up to a whopping four days a week!

We’ve all been there.

We’re sitting in back-to-back hour-long informational meetings. We try to sit attentively as waves of information are poured over us in report after report. Eventually, we realize the meeting is coming to a close and no decisions are being made.

We’re bored, we’re tired, and we think: “This whole meeting could have been an email.

But while those hours in the conference room are unavoidable, they don’t have to be a waste of your time. In fact, by employing a few simple strategies, you can make meetings work to your advantage.

From sales pitches to training lectures, good presentation and public speaking skills are key to many influential roles in today’s business world. The good news about presenting is that you can improve with practice.

A mere 7% of comprehension from an audience is based on what was communicated and 93% is based on how it was communicated. Presentation matters a lot!

Create a new unheard excitement amongst your team when they hear, “Meeting”

Impact Presentation Skills Programme – Empower your Team Today!

Learn More: http://parichay-india.in/ips.pdf

www.parichay-india.com

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Standards

Sometimes I wonder what the world would be if there were no benchmarks. No expectations from a person, product, or service.

You treated each person afresh each time you met them, you tried out every product each time you tested every service as if you had no idea of what to expect.

Standards. The world lives by them. They help you set your expectations, decide in favour of or against a product or service, or grade them as per your choice.

In pure terms standards are neither poor nor good. They are what they stand for, what is expected of them, and what they deliver.

In the minds of people, these standards get classified in buckets as per their choices and preferences.

A foodie may be more concerned about the standard of food than the service at the eatery and therefore rates it high compared to someone who values the service equally or higher and therefore may disapprove of the standards of the eatery.

Standards in simple terms also mean consistency. It means the predictability of a product, service, or behaviour.

A lot has been talked about excellence. Excellence is not being outstanding. It is just beginning by having a consistency in your deliverables, and gradually raising them to a point of consistency.

And then excellence becomes a standard.

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Talk to yourself

No other sector has experienced the same explosive growth as the computer and video game industry.

The animation and gaming industry has shown resilience in the face of the current economic downturn, growing by over 20 per cent during 2008. According to a forecast by Gartner, mobile games are the fastest-growing segment in the global markets, with revenue set to nearly double between 2013 and 2015 from USD 13.2 Bn to USD 22 Bn. In India too, a few months back, the research conducted by KPMG-FICCI has also predicted that from the current INR 560 crore, the mobile gaming segment size will become more than triple to INR 1,800 crore by 2017.

But, what begs attention is the reason for the growth. Has this gaming caught the fancy of people, have they albeit late discovered a latent talent which is now finding a way out to express itself.

I feel, it is more to do with boredom. Boredom from the events, the surroundings, the people, and above all, themselves.

Before the advent of devices that allow you to fiddle with them instead of twiddling your thumbs, people faced similar situations of finding themselves all by themselves. Some grudgingly, some silently, and some enthusiastically found ways of ‘passing time’ in such situations when you have to be by your lonely self.

This tolerance has gradually seen a downward spiral and has reached a point of desperation. Today a moment to yourself seems like a severe punishment of solitary confinement rather than a golden opportunity of spending time with yourself.

A familiar sight is people calling colleagues and friends on reaching the destination ahead of others. ‘Where are you? How long will you take? But I am on course. But don’t you realize I have reached before you and I am all alone. What do I do?

In situations like waiting at a doctor’s clinic or to emplane at the airport, it is interesting to see the emotions of people. Some are edgy, to a point of visible discomfort, waiting impatiently to be released from this discomfort jail, some are reconciled to the situation, trying to find ways to pass their jail time.

And there are others who relish the opportunity to spend time with themselves.

My father used to tell me, that a person who is bored in his own company cannot be an interesting companion. Talking to the creative, the successful and the intellectual, I have found they find their best ideas while talking. Talking to no one, but themselves. They cherish these opportunities as they have a reservoir of thoughts, ideas, and work-in-progress concepts that need these times to take them forward.

Technological advancements notwithstanding, there will always be situations when you will have to wait, bide your time, or pause between activities. And these situations can be whiled away or put to good use. But the use is not what is the concern, it is the lack of the bundle inside which encourages you to open, unravel and explore.

There will never be a time when one will not be left alone. There will be times you will be alone even in the company of people. There will be times when you will feel the stark loneliness of life, which reminds you that eventually, you are all by yourself, and fight your own battle.

Rather than complain, brood, or while away, talk to a companion who has your interest at the bottom of the heart. And will never desert you.

Talk to yourself.

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New Wine for Old Bottles

The world witnessed the Gulf boom from the mid-seventies for nearly a decade. Many equations changed as the new found wealth travelled the globe and impacted the world politically, financially and socially.

During this period it was not uncommon to hear bizarre stories which shockingly were found to be true. The Arabs could be believed to be outlandish but nothing was beyond reach. Stories of wealthy Arabs making offers to buy London’s Big Ben or our own Taj Mahal in Agra were a chuckle amongst the rumour mills with little surprise if they came true.

Amidst all this came an authentic anecdote from some known sources that left me in awe. Two global entrepreneurs, one from Japan and the other from India were on the hunt for a very large business deal from an Arab. Their pursuits landed them at a luxurious summer resort in Hawaii. Both hung on with stiff necks to the scent of their target as he relaxed in the pool oblivious of the predators. They waited eagerly for the Arab to step out, to make a dash and close the deal.

Suddenly there was a splash as the Indian saw his Japanese competitor jump into the pool making strokes towards the Arab. On reaching him, he pulled out his recent Japanese innovation – a plastic visiting card, and after a chat concluded the deal in the pool itself.

Though it’s nearly three decades since this event occurred, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a repeat of such stories every few years. No, I don’t mean in the pool but in the innovative ways to conduct business.

Consider the recent phenomenon. You don’t need to know, yet you know so much of whom you want to know. You can think of doing business with anyone on the globe and be connected via a social network in the next hour. People are digging info records, references, collecting data of prospective customers, vendors, employees or just following the fortunes of certain companies for their diverse interest. You don’t even need an email address, leave alone a contact number.

Today’s era has made visibility disappear in a cloud. Earlier business referrals were accustomed to be identified with source. Today it seems futile and almost a backward step. People are making every effort to be visible to the entire world and not the least surprised with overtures from across the globe. In these times you don’t need matchmakers to pick an equity in a start-up, or approach a giant for a niche requirement. You have enough dope to make your own dossiers and devise your move.

There’s a change in how you do business today. Definitely old models and practices are being thrown out of windows. Floating clouds with newer practices reinvent the hammocks that earlier platforms rested on.

New businesses will have to tune themselves not to just business offerings but also stay abreast of fresh challenges and the ever changing environment that promises to bring a new dawn with every sunset.

As the Head of Science, Einstein suffered the wrath of the university when they found that he had repeated the exact same questions for the Science paper as the previous year. How could he make such a blatant mistake? He just smiled and replied, “The questions are the same, but the answers have changed.”

The times now have turned the proverb on its head. More than new questions, expect new answers, to the same questions.

This Article is originally published at: http://www.dqweek.com

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Tally Team to Task

Does your team match the job at hand?
Thanos Papadimitriou

Every start-up thinks the activity of an organization as the process of sourcing, securing, allocating, assembling, managing, and scaling human and material resources into business capabilities.

Smart entrepreneurs are like accountants, they match the duration of their assets and liabilities, both financial and human.

No one can do it alone. Sooner or later entrepreneurs have to enlist additional team members to execute existing tasks so that they can focus on new, higher value initiatives.

Four things to think about when you are building your team are as follows:

1. Fill in the gaps

A complementary partner is the most important asset available to an entrepreneur. A partner is an additional set of eyes, a sounding board and a reality check-the person whom you trust to tell you when you are wrong. Finding the right candidates begins with honest self-examination. Compare your capabilities to those needed to succeed to find the gaps. Entrepreneurs would be wise to apply the same analysis to every addition they make to the team. 

2. Get started with what you have, but upgrade relentlessly

Most entrepreneurs lack the resources or track record needed to attract qualified candidates, and thus rarely have the pick of the litter when hiring. That’s ok. Part of being an entrepreneur is learning to make it work with what you have. That said, remember that difference between “A” and “B” players is not one notch, it’s 100x fold. Covering an empty position for a few weeks sounds horrendous but keeping an inept person in a critical position is crippling. The ambiguity and lag time makes it all the more important to act decisively. Immediately saddling new team members with actionable and measurable tasks can help to uncover subpar hires sooner.  

3. Plan for roles to change

This means making it clear to early hires they are filling temporary needs. Make short (six month) commitments, which include flexibility for role changes as needed.

4. Hire for the job at hand

Many start-ups mistakenly hire a professional VP of Sales before finishing the product, much less validating demand for it. Not only is it expensive to have a VP of Sales sitting around before there are customers to sell to (you, the founder, are in charge of evangelical sales, remember?), anyone worth their salt wouldn’t come to work in your basement anyway. It’s just not worth their time yet.

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