When You Know It’s Time to Walk Away From a Difficult Situation

Know When to Walk Away advice on a cork notice board Do you find you’re not sleeping at night? Are you taking aspirins to relieve your splitting headaches? Have you complained to your friends about your “client from hell?”

These are signals that something isn’t right.

Taking Stock

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then it’s time to re-examine your client relationship and decide if you need to walk away. No one says it will be easy. …Read more…

Did I Waste My Time Attending That “Mandatory” Staff Meeting?

“Another hour of my time wasted,” you think, as you’re leaving yet another meeting that went nowhere.stop wasting time” That’s very often what staff members think when their leader doesn’t take charge of a meeting (virtual or face-to-face) that he scheduled.

If you are that leader, you need to set the agenda and give clear instructions before the meeting – what people should do to prepare and what outcomes are expected. Participants will end up frustrated when they don’t know what the next steps are. …Read more…

Are You a Powerful Speaker or Just Background Noise?

Background noise?

Are you background noise?

As speakers, not many of us will actually ascend to the degree of Winston Churchill, or John F. Kennedy.

But there are things you can – and should – be doing to turn into a memorable speaker and stand apart from the crowd.

What distinguishes you?

One day, sooner rather than later, set aside some quiet time to review your speaker “persona.” This includes assessing your substance, your expertise in conveying a discourse or introduction, your visual appearance, and your likeability. …Read more…

If the Audience Isn’t Ready for Your Message Watch Out for the Tomatoes

You’ve probably never been on the receiving end of rotten tomatoes thrown at you by a hostile audience. But most presenters have had the unfortunate experience of starting to speak and sensing the audience’s hostility. It’s palpable. So do you ignore it and just push ahead with your presentation?

Timing is Crucial

Timing is Crucial

Timing is Crucial

If you’re ever in a situation where you know you’re losing your audience by their body language and lack of responsiveness, it’s pointless to keep going with the presentation you had planned.

Some time ago I had that kind of experience. We were asked to present to a group of Brazilians who were in the U.S. for a conference. The audience of some 200 business executives was sitting there with their arms crossed, grim faced and obviously not the slightest bit interested. …Read more…