How to Stand Out by Where You Sit Down

If you didn’t think it was important before, you will change your mind after reading this post about exerting your authority and leadership skills in a meeting.

Where you sit at the conference table during a business meeting really does matter.

At the Head of the Table

Sit at the head of the table and stand out. In that way, all eyes will be focused on you.

How to stand out

How to stand out

In order to be more democratic, some managers sit in the middle of the long side of a rectangular table. …Read more…

Your Voice Mail Message is as Important as Any Presentation

“Hithisisjohnpleasecallmebackat2193046013.”

Who is leaving this voice message!

Who is leaving this phone message!

What? Who? You’ve no doubt received a voice message like this one that is completely unintelligible. These kinds of calls are high on our list of pet peeves.

Speak S-l-o-w-l-y and Clearly

The idea for this post came to us a few days ago when we were listening to a phone message over and over again to retrieve the name and phone number of the caller, one letter and one number at a time. It was frustrating, yet we felt obliged to get the information. It could have been a client who needed to speak to us – or possibly a new business prospect. …Read more…

Reports of PowerPoint’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated*

It’s been a joke for sometime to get up after a boring presentation and tell someone you experienced “death by PowerPoint”. But don’t think PowerPoint is going away anytime soon as a presentation format, despite what you read or hear.

In an earlier post we discussed the logistics of preparing for a presentation. In this post, you will find tips on how to create a PowerPoint presentation that will have people on their feet – applauding you and not heading for the door.

The Growth of Webinars

PowerPoint has no doubt grown in usage because of the huge popularity of webinars – for web-based seminars – and the rebirth of virtual meetings via Zoom and the like. Many presenters who are procrastinators find PowerPoint presentations easier to create last-minute than old-fashioned slides that required more work and a longer lead time. …Read more…

Did You Forget to Answer My Email or Were You Just Being Rude?

Netiquette word cloud with abstract backgroundWe’re all swamped with emails, but do you routinely ignore your business correspondence? Am I not important enough for you to respond in a timely manner, or do you just treat everyone rudely?

What’s Timely?

If you’re in the client service business, then it’s advisable to establish the ground rules for emails. Discuss an acceptable time frame with your client. A fairly common guideline is to answer by end of day. But suppose you’re working on a crisis. …Read more…