Brush Up on Your Small Talk if You Want to Land That Dream Job

Bloomberg SurveyCommunication skills and the ability to engage in “small talk” is the #1 asset for job candidates according to a survey conducted by BloombergBusiness. That’s also sound advice for working executives and those who want to advance in their organizations.

Small Talk is an Ice Breaker

The next two most important assets cited in the study are analytical skills and the ability to work collaboratively. It’s not surprising that communication skills and small talk are essential to working collaboratively.

Small talk isn’t a waste of time. It plays an important role in establishing an emotional connection in one-on-one conversations and also among team members. Individuals can feel each other out before beginning a substantive discussion. …Read more…

Does Style Trump Substance in a Presentation or Media Interview?

Style or substance? Is it your style that will make you a memorable speaker? Or is substance more important in a presentation or media interview?

There isn’t universal agreement, although both are essential qualities for leaders to express their authority and command of their topic.

Make it Look and Taste Good

A speech is like eating a meal in a 5-star restaurant. The food must be …Read more…

How to Get Your Audience Begging for More

You stand there stunned. Make an Impact 3D Words Breaking Glass Important DifferenceThe audience is on its feet begging for more at the end of your presentation. There is wild applause. People are rushing up to congratulate you.

Then you wake up from the dream. Could this have actually happened after your last presentation? Yes, if you had injected your talk with energy and excitement from beginning to end. …Read more…

You Mean You’re Not Perfect? Join the Crowd

Why do we always feel we need to be perfect? It’s so unrealistic. We know that, but there’s always something about ourselves that we feel detracts from our appearance and diminishes our authority.

Maybe you feel that way, because you’ve gained a few extra pounds, or are height-challenged (a euphemism for short). But you’ve got to get over it if …Read more…