The 5 Sources of Power in an Organization

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Power makes the world go ‘round – and in the professional world, it enhances our careers.  Depending on who has power and how that power is used, both positive and negative outcomes can results from the use (or abuse) of power.  The more power you had, the more carefully it needs to be exercised.  But in general, we all want more power: it gives us a bigger say in decision-making and more control over our environment.

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Dealing with Struggle in Style: Overcoming Conflict Aversion

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Conflict is central to the human experience.  There is some degree of conflict in most areas of life, and particularly in work situations and in meetings.  In general we tend to want to avoid conflict, but in fact it is unavoidable – and often the more you avoid a situation, the worse it can become.  There are ways that we can use conflict to progress through a situation instead of trying to avoid it.  Dealing with conflict is a skill, and one that you can get better at the more you meet conflict with strategic intervention.

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Getting to the Point Without PowerPoint

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PowerPoint is old school, and it’s not likely to go away anytime soon. As a user-friendly presentation tool, it still makes a regularly scheduled appearance at conferences and in web presentations, and it still serves its purpose. But you’re not likely to wow your audience with slide transitions and sound effects. There are literally dozens of other options for presentation software that offer new tricks that many audiences haven’t yet seen – or at least haven’t seen enough of to get bored with yet. Showing your audience a novel platform for your information delivery will get them focused on your presentation – if only because they want to see how it works and what you can do with it! Here we present and compare our top three choices for the best PowerPoint alternatives.

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Get Cultured: Resources for International Business Etiquette

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Business is global, and so should be our thinking about how to do business.  Cultural differences don’t go away in a business meeting.  In fact, awareness of different cultural practices and the business etiquette followed abroad can make all the difference in forming a new business partnership or making a sale.  Videoconferencing is frequently used to reach business partners and clients abroad.  Knowing how to behave during these meetings – how and what to say – will produce the best outcome for your company.

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Be Your Own Best Critic – The Art of Self-Criticism

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The ability to see one’s own flaws and work at improving them is a quality shared by the most successful people.  A healthy dose of self-criticism keeps your feet grounded and gives you the power to make positive changes through honest observation of your own performance.  Too much self-criticism, on the other hand, can be damaging to self-esteem and cause anxiety and depression.  Read more

Why Big Companies Use Webinars To Increase Brand Awareness

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You’re a big company looking to increase your sales and profit. Your product is sound, reasonably priced, and useful. The only obstacle standing in the way of your company? Lack of brand awareness among the general public. However, there is a way to increase your brand awareness quickly and easily in order to benefit your business. It isn’t rocket science, either. Rather, it’s webinars.  Read more

Blogging Versus Webinar Presentations To Connect With An Online Audience

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The growing popularity and accessibility of the Internet has changed the landscape of our communication practices. Direct interpersonal communication that connect a presenters to their audience used to be within the ambit of face-to-face meetings. In this day and age, however, an increasing number of people are able to present ideas, communicate thoughts and connect with their audience through web-based communication.

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It’s All in What You Don’t Say: Improving Your Nonverbal Communication

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The message you deliver in your presentation is what your audience will take home with them: It contains the key points and information that you want them to know and be able to use. Effective verbal communication, including your tone of voice and how you say things, gets your point across. This is the part that we tend to spend the most time preparing. Yet it only constitutes roughly 7 percent of your total communication during the presentation.

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