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How to Gain the Confidence to Speak Up More – 5 simple steps

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I used to get very frustrated in meetings because I had lots of ideas–good ideas–but nobody was interested to hear them. Maybe it was because I didn’t have enough authority. Or expertise. Perhaps it was because of my limited experience. Or worse. Maybe they knew I was really a fraud. That I didn’t know what I was doing and that it was just dumb luck that got me here in the first place. They are all experienced professionals and I am just barely scraping by. Of course, that’s not really true. But that is how it feels. Because it can … Read more

How to Handle Too Many Projects and Priorities When You’re a Perfectionist

Everybody has too much to do and not enough time to do it. But your situation is different. Because you feel a certain kind of stress when you are overwhelmed like this. And all the productivity wizards in the world won’t be able to help you if you don’t face the underlying issue. You’ve taken on too many projects. You have too many priorities. You don’t have enough time. You don’t have enough energy. And you don’t know what to do besides work more. Work longer. Drive yourself insane chasing all the loose ends. It’s hard to delegate because you … Read more

This Simple Truth Will Change The Way You Write

Simple writing is effective. That’s the truth. Ernest Hemingway wrote “The Old Man And The Sea” at a 4th grade level. Then he won a Nobel prize with it the next year. Simple writing makes it easy for readers to follow along. Which helps them to easily take in your message. And that’s what you want. Your goal is not to impress them with your writing. You goal is for them to hear your ideas. Once they take in your ideas, you can earn their confidence. Maybe even their trust. And then you can win their support. That support will … Read more

The Biggest Problem With Poor Communications, And How You Can Fix It

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I went from being stressed out by poor communicators to someone who is adept at getting the information needed to get my work done. You can too. I’ll tell you how it works so that you don’t have to learn it the hard way like I did. You might have some stress at work caused by poor communicators right now. Time pressure Unclear responsibilities A lack of strong leadership Negativity Low morale Uncertainty Issues like these can pile up and feed on one another. They make your work more difficult and less fun. But there is hope. While you might … Read more

Want to Have a Great Meeting? Prepare Like This

What if you could wave a magic wand and make all your meetings wonderfully effective? Well, there’s more under your influence than you might think. With a little strategic thinking and some thoughtful maneuvering, you can make a big difference. Even if you are not the team or meeting leader. And better meetings can make your day more productive, more enjoyable, and more satisfying. It will help everyone else too. Let me explain. The problem with meetings There can be many problems in any single meeting, and they can feed off of each other. The purpose of the meeting may … Read more

5 Secrets to Countering Negativity in the Workplace

It can be a challenge to manage your stress level when the workplace seems to be able to bring out many different kinds of negative emotions these days. Anger. Envy. Fear. Guilt. Helplessness. Our day-to-day can contain lots of strife. And that can add tons of stress on you if you don’t have some ways to counter the negativity. Even if you start your day all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, negative people, negative comments, bleak outlooks, and pessimistic attitudes can bring you down. This can be even more difficult to confront when you’re feeling down yourself. Misery loves company, after all. … Read more

This is Why Reading As a Team Leads to Better Business Results

This is Why Reading As a Team Leads to Better Business Results

Deep thinking is a super power in today’s frenetic business environment. But it’s not always easy to achieve, especially if you are leading a team. Even if your team is full of smart people, they are probably scattered across too many responsibilities and chasing too many goals. Still, the best way to move your particular initiative forward might be to slow down and get some of that deeper thinking going. The problem is that today’s work culture often goes the other way. People scurry from one meeting to the next, scramble to and from work in a tedious morass of … Read more

Are You Feeling Overqualified and Unsatisfied? Here’s What To Do Next

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Stretch. Struggle. Boring. Such is the natural progression of your job. You stretch to land the job, struggle to keep up, and finally get so good at it that you become bored. As a result, you might be feeling overqualified and unsatisfied. It may not be a great consolation to see this as the natural progression of things, but this may be an important insight to consider as you plan what to do next. What to do next can be a tricky question. Because the obvious thing to do is to go out and get another job. But that can … Read more

Overcoming the Self Discipline Struggle to Reach More Goals

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If there ever was a real super power, it’s got to be self discipline. Imagine if you could will yourself to follow a nutrition plan flawlessly. And to complete a daily workout routine without fail. Maybe you would apply self discipline to your finances and investing wisely over the long term to build enormous wealth. You might even decide to earn more college degrees or learn a new trade or skill. With self discipline you can do anything. It’s one of the biggest super powers actually within human reach. I buy into all of that. I find the vision of … Read more