Thursday, March 30, 2017

Culture And Communication

When you talk with someone who speaks English as a second language, it’s important to stay with
basic language to reduce the risk of poor communications. Follow these guidelines: 1) Avoid slang expressions (i.e. Close but no cigar.”) 2) Avoid jokes, they usually are misunderstood. 3) Be patient, language conversion takes time. Remember, foreign speakers convert what you said to their native language, and then respond back in English. 4) Be prepared to repeat yourself (and do it exactly). If you paraphrase something, you’ll throw off a foreign speaker, because you said something new. 5) Speak slowly. If the person has trouble understanding you, speak slower, not louder! 6) Check for “understanding.” Observe their body language because the majority of language is nonverbal. If you feel they didn’t understand you, make a point of going over points that are were unclear. 7) Throughout your conversation or presentation, show sensitivity. Remember that you’re talking with someone from a different culture who speaks English as a second language.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

It Can Sting!

Anyone in leadership knows that criticism goes with the job. You constantly have to make decisions, and with every option you choose, there will be somebody waiting to tell you what a big mistake you’ve made. Can you smell the fear?
Once you learn a process of evaluating criticism, you take control of it, rather than allowing it to control you. You don’t waste your time and energy with things that are negative – you move forward and use the criticism to better yourself. Criticism can be good. Use it for your growth. When someone gives you positive or negative criticism, take a moment to think about it, and ask yourself what you can learn from it.
If it is not done well, criticism can sting. The person who is criticized can get hurt or angry. It’s good to understand the source of the criticism. Instead of getting defensive, get calm and ask for specific information.
The goal of constructive criticism is to steer clear of an “attack.” Use a “respect and collaboration” approach.

Just for today, think about how you criticize people. When you criticize, do you maintain the person’s integrity, or do you “go for blood?”
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Know Your Breath (Part 2)

Know Your Breath

Part 2: Anxiety: You can work with anxiety by focusing on your exhalations and lengthening them – deliberately and gradually. If your everyday exhalations last about 6 counts, draw each one out to seven for a few breathing cycles and so on, until you find a length that suits you. Once you’ve increased the length of your exhalations, pause briefly at the end of each of them. 
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The "Art" Of A Network

Looking for a job is a “job.” If you’ve pounded the pavement for any length of time without any results, it’s time for a new approach.
A creative and effective way to get your foot in the door is to network. That means talking to your friends and acquaintances and telling them you’re available for work. In many situations, it’s not what you know, but who  you know, that will get noticed. An important aspect to networking is being pro-active. You have to get off your butt and put out “notice” that you need a job. Here are 2 ways to get you started!
1)    Get business cards! A business card is a “mini-resume.” Having as much pertinent information on it, will get people to remember what you “do.” The cards don’t have to be “whistles and bells,” just simple. Use both sides if necessary. Carry a stack of them in your wallet or purse. You never know when you’ll need them. How many times did someone ask, “Can I have your card?” only for you  to respond, “I don’t have any with me.” American Express says it best, “Don’t leave home without it!”
2)    Prepare your “elevator speech!” Elevator speech might be a new term for some of you but it is critical for networking. Think about what career skills make you a good hire. Where do you want to work and why? (This is the part where you have to BRAG about yourself because THAT is what will get people to notice you.) Here’s an example: “My name is Bob and I’m a speech consultant. I help foreign speakers reduce their accents. I am also a spiritual/executive coach for clergy and ministry students, and I write grants. I want you to remember me for accents, clergy and dollars!” See how concise that is? Think about how fast it takes an elevator to go up  (or down), a couple of floors. In order to have people remember you, you have to sell yourself! This takes practice but the more you do it, the easier it gets.

You are destined for a good job! Incorporate these 2 ways into your “job” bank and see what happens.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Big Picture: Open Up!

Your experience(s) color or filter the way that you see, or hear things. You can be in a room of 20 people listening to a speaker and EACH person will hear something different. Why? Because each of us has an inborn filter which creates our perspective(s) on things. If you are stubborn, you will not be able to compromise or adapt to situations because your filters LIMIT you. The best way to change that, is to ask yourself, How am I seeing this situation? Am I open to learning something new or is my PAST the guiding force right now?

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