Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Visual Vs. Auditory Learner!

What type of learner are you – a visual or an auditory one? One type of learner understands information through the ears (auditory) or when they hear it. Another understands it through the eyes (visual) or when they see it. If you’re one of those visual learners, you might understand why “the eyes have it.”


The majority of your language is nonverbal. That’s right! You might say one thing with your words but your body language might be saying something else. And, in order for your message to be in sync,  and to come across clearly to others; both your verbal and nonverbal language have to work together. If they don’t, you’re not  communicating as well as you need to, and you’re wasting precious time.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

It's About Your Job (Plan B)!

Looking for a job is a job. Many of us pound the pavement and still no green light. You have a great resume, wardrobe, and you’re getting interviews, but still NO JOB! Your frustration is through the roof. You can’t take much more! STOP, breathe and create a PLAN B. Here are 4 easy steps.
1)    Be WIDE open: Gone are the days when you’d open the paper, find a job that interested you, send out a resume, interview, and be employed. It was easier then. Jobs are competitive especially with unemployment being so high. It’s time to push yourself and be creative. Use a number of strategies beyond the internet – network, create flyers and use social media tools like LinkedIn. All are professional and “politically correct” avenues to getting your foot in the door and gaining long-term employment.
2)    PRACTICE: O.K., so you feel good about a couple of your interviews. You weren’t nervous and you didn’t stumble or make a fool of yourself. But still, no call back. What gives? Well, you have to practice some more. Remember the phrase “Practice Makes Perfect?” Well, in this case “practice” makes you better. Use a mirror, see how you look. Use different vocabulary. Outline your approach for the next interview. How can you sell yourself BETTER? Many times, an employer looks for creativity. If you’re doing the “same ole, same ole” approach to the job hunt, you will not get many call backs. The idea is to Stand Out!
3)    Assess YOU: After your interview, it’s time for a YOU assessment. How did you do? Did you take steps to control and close the deal (and get to the next level of interviews) or fall flat as a pancake. Each interview can teach you comething about how you can do better – the next time.
4)    Repeat ‘til Employed: Until you’re gainfully employed, you have to keep moving forward. You need to maintain your positive self. The bottom line is repeat, repeat, repeat and add and subtract to your presentation. You’re constantly tweaking. It’s all about motivation and perspective!
*Try saying three (3) positive things to an employee before you offer constructive criticism.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Do You See Me?

I’ve gone to a Christian church for the last 8 years. One of the cool things about it,  is the use of male greeters in the parking lot. As you get closer to the entry ways, the greeters welcome you. There is one greeter (Kenneth) who’s gone out of his way to welcome me (weekly) to service.

It’s funny. I’ve been in the field of communication my whole career but only recently noticed Kenneth’s approach to me. Every time he greets me, his eye-contact is intense. Intense as in purposeful; not as in bad. When he looks at me and says “Welcome,” I know he means it. In addition, his handshake is firm. Out of all the people I’ve encountered, I’ve never met anyone like him. The last time he greeted me, his presence stayed with me. My instincts told me to bring this to his attention. The following week he sought me out and greeted me. Out interaction went like this:

Me: Hey, can I talk to you in private?

Him: Sure.

Me: I know you don’t know me but I have to thank you for seeing me!

Him: OK?

Me: My name is Bob.

Him: Hi Bob. My name is Kenneth.

Me: I’ve come here for over 7 years and every day you greet me. Your eye-contact is purposeful. It never wavers. Your eye-contact sees me for who I am. Thank you! In addition, your handshake is ALWAYS firm. It matches your eye-contact. I’m in communications. I’ve met thousands of people in my life but I’ve never met anyone as purposeful as you. Please keep it up.

Him: Welling up with tears.

Me: The last few years have been a challenge. There were many Sundays when I headed to church so depressed, it was unbelievable. Your presence ALWAYS gave me a jump-start to my week. Ya know how many people give lip service to their “welcome?” Well, you’ve never done that.

Him: Tears dropping. Thank you Bob. Ya know, I constantly pray to God to have him use me. We all have gifts. I pray all the time for me to be of use to Him.

Me: Well, let me tell you. You are! You know communication is an invisible medium and it happens so fast. You never know your impact until someone tells you. Last week, when I left church, God told me that the next time I saw you, that I should bring this up. As you’ve brought me up and validated me, you’ve brought me out of a deep depression and brought back my self-confidence. People might not be able to identify how different they feel after being greeted by you but I can tell you, it’s because you saw me with your eyes and validated me with your firm handshake. Thank you for coming my way Kenneth.

Him: Thank you for bringing this to my attention and for coming my way too!

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Focus: Validation, communication, spirit
Question for you: 1) Do you take time to validate others? 2) How do you feel when someone validates you?


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Posture = Confidence

How do you enter a room? Is your head held high showing, “I’m gonna take you on,” or Is your head down with your shoulders slumped? Posture shows confidence and how you carry yourself is directly related to an impression of your ability.


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Com Power: Tapping Into Creativity

Tapping into creativity . . .


All people have an imagination which leads to creativity. Sometimes, you don’t know how creative you can be unless you tap into it. Here’s a great way to a creative start.

With your dominant hand, write “Write do I start being creative?”

Now, answer the question with your non-dominant  hand.


See where the information takes you!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Your Communication Style

Don’t put off til tomorrow what you can do today! If your communication style is not working for you, get on it! Don’t wait for the damage to be done. By then, it’s too late. It’s important to know how to “talk it through” so that personal and professional conflicts are handled.


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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Gestures

Do you use gestures to your advantage? Once you observe body language, you’ll see that less is more. The fewer gestures you use, the more you’ll convey power, intelligence and credibility. Make a point of observing people in high positions – CEO’s or politicians.


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