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How to rock the stage - public speaking and presentation skills you can master

How many times have you had to sit through a boring presentation?

How to rock the stage is a guide to help you make your presentations more interesting while teaching you the confidence skills you need to get up and give a public talk whether it be to an audience of two or two thousand.

Dr James Whittaker, Distinguished Engineer from Microsoft and Dr. Michelle Dickinson, Materials Engineer from The University of Auckland and winner of the Prime Ministers Science Media Communications prize are polar opposites. One an introvert, one an extrovert, one very comfortable on the stage, the other not, yet they both give public talks often and tackle their preparation differently.

In this one hour talk, they give their secrets for how to improve your public speaking skills based on their experience and address the difference between both male and females, introverts and extroverts.

Dananjaya Hettiarachchi World Champion of Public Speaking 2014 - Full Speech

A speech that changed my Life. The full version of the winning speech !
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Leadership Through Personal Development

Throughout my writings, I have discussed on numerous occasions about the need of being at ones best while leading. Rarely will one observe someone leading at the highest level with personal obstacles before them. As part of personal development with the aspiration of one day leading in a leadership position; always keep in mind the need for mentors and or respected confidantes.

Also, be prepared to recognize that accomplishments will not always be as you had planned and that there will be challenges and obstacles along the way. Also along the way in pursuit of your dreams there will be those to quickly claim perhaps your lack of qualifications for the job or the opportunity before you. There will also be those prepared to tell you that the chemistry is just not there or that you have poor writing skills.

I have known of individuals that are as equipped to handle a job and have prepared for a particular job only to be told they did not qualify. Discussions I have with colleagues in the field of teaching leadership development in some of the finest Universities in the country; are with the contention that one could only prepare so much. The point being; that at some point over preparation is useless. Sometimes we could over prepare and freeze up during a critical point in pursuit of that deal.

Others state that it is not about ones lack of preparation but rather the politics to an opportunity and so therefore one is better off moving on and excelling in the drive for accomplishing your dream. There is such a philosophy of searching, seeking and venturing until ones dreams come to fruition. At some point in one's life the situation will arise when a decision needs to be made, do I sacrifices my values and lose my perspective about what it is truly all about or do I go forth a pursue that dream?

It is important to keep in mind that the process of personal development in order to reach the status of leader is an insidious process. And, there will be factors that for some a leadership role could come early in a career; while for others it could come later in the career ladder. The critical issue to keep in mind is that the developmental stages of personal development and leadership are significantly noticeable decade by decade both physically and mentally.

What is meant by this is that from birth; we have learning phases that lead to developmental achievements. From a career pathway perspective one could observe significant accomplishments from teen's to 20's, 30's 40's and so on; and, never ever does the process cease to exists until the day that you stop breathing. You see I have yet to learn that there is a drop dead date for success probabilities; as long as the desire, drive and the commitment to reach a victorious outcome is present; then the possibilities are always reachable goal.

The concept of internalizing personal development issues in quest for leadership positioning or personal augmentation are factors that will require reflecting and redefining one's chosen career path options. There are numerous examples that can be discussed whereby people make a complete career switch in their fifth decade of life. Let's take a look at President Ronald Reagan who in his fifties went from being a movie actor to becoming a Governor of the State of California to becoming President of the United States. This remarkable feat is a testament to the virtues of having a sense purposes filled with an inspirational commitment to lead.

President Reagan had known for years that he wanted to be part of creating change; change to bring a cold war to an end, change to kick start a stagnating economy, change to instill a sense of pride in being an American and change to place America in a position as a respected influence worldwide. From the beginning he obviously knew what he wanted to do; as we are speaking about a man who was a member of the theater club while in High School and decides to obtain a degree in economics from Eureka College in Illinois, along the way learning the art of acting, broadcasting and being a polished speaker while working as a spokesman for General Electric. President Reagan furthered his skills in politics by being a seven time President of the Screen Actors Guild and learning the art of negotiations with the producers of the movie industry, therefore being well prepared for politics.

If you would like more from Dr. Richard C. Baiz, D.B.A. on Personal and Leadership Development and his Leadership Institute click on the the link provided: http://www.leadershipinstituteofsuccess.com Dr. Baiz is a Doctorate in Business Administration. He is a College and Corporate Personal and Leadership Development Instructor and Coach. Dr. Baiz is also an expert in the field of Organizational Development and Management and gets his clients top notch successful results.

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Jim Rohn: The No Excuse Guide To Success (Jim Rohn Personal Development)

Jim Rohn: The No Excuse Guide To Success (Jim Rohn Personal Development)

►About Jim Rohn : Emanuel James Jim Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. Jim Rohn's rags to riches story played a large part in Jim Rohn's work, which influenced others in the personal development industry.

Emanuel James Jim Rohn was born in Yakima, Washington, to Emanuel and Clara Rohn. Jim Rohn's owned and worked a farm in Caldwell, Idaho, where Jim Rohn grew up as an only child.

Jim Rohn started Jim Rohn's professional life by working as a stock clerk for department store Sears. Around this time, a friend invited Jim Rohn's to a lecture given by entrepreneur John Earl Shoaff. In 1955, Jim Rohn joined Shoaff's direct selling business AbundaVita as a distributor.

In 1957, Jim Rohn resigned Jim Rohn's distributorship with AbundaVita and joined Nutri-Bio, another direct selling company. It was at this point that the company's founders, including Shoaff, started to mentor Jim Rohn. After this mentorship, Jim Rohn built one of the largest organizations in the company. In 1960 when Nutri-Bio expanded into Canada, Shoaff and the other founders selected Jim Rohn as a vice president for the organization.
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Jim Rohn - Why Your Attitude is Everything (Jim Rohn Personal Development )

Jim Rohn - Why Your is Attitude Everything (Jim Rohn Personal Development)
One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential in life is to learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance, relationships and everyone around you.

About Jim Rohn : Emanuel James Jim Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. Jim Rohn's rags to riches story played a large part in Jim Rohn's work, which influenced others in the personal development industry.

Emanuel James Jim Rohn was born in Yakima, Washington, to Emanuel and Clara Rohn. Jim Rohn's owned and worked a farm in Caldwell, Idaho, where Jim Rohn grew up as an only child.

Jim Rohn started Jim Rohn's professional life by working as a stock clerk for department store Sears. Around this time, a friend invited Jim Rohn's to a lecture given by entrepreneur John Earl Shoaff. In 1955, Jim Rohn joined Shoaff's direct selling business AbundaVita as a distributor.

In 1957, Jim Rohn resigned Jim Rohn's distributorship with AbundaVita and joined Nutri-Bio, another direct selling company. It was at this point that the company's founders, including Shoaff, started to mentor Jim Rohn. After this mentorship, Jim Rohn built one of the largest organizations in the company. In 1960 when Nutri-Bio expanded into Canada, Shoaff and the other founders selected Jim Rohn as a vice president for the organization.

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Personal Development - it's not an event...it's a process

Personal development means exactly what the words imply; it's a quest to develop inherent qualities, abilities and resources in the individual. Contrary to popular beliefs, it is not restricted to material success.

Material success does not imply a successful, meaningful and rewarding life. Personal development does include all these factor plus the ability to perform on a higher level intellectually, morally and spiritually.

Personal development does not aim primarily at learning techniques and concepts that will permit a more productive performance. Its main objective is improving the character so that the person will accede to higher plateaus on the scale of overall quality.

Character is the sum total of the individual's personality. It is the result of all past experiences and of all the factors that have influenced the person plus the genetically inherited traits.

Character is who we have become and Personal Development is the tool necessary to change who we are into who we aspire to be. The fundamental mission of Personal Development is self-transformation, which is much more than simply acquiring information and knowledge. That is why Personal Development should be seen as a lifelong discipline and not as an occasional exercise.

A distinction should be made between Motivational Material and Personal Development. Motivational material seeks to give a burst of energy and creativity but no lasting changes are expected. However with Personal Development, little, if any, boost will be given and little lasting changes can be expected from even the most intense seminars or discipline.

Personal Development is a long and slow process. It seeks a positive and lasting transformation of the individual also known as enlightenment. The enlightened person has access to a different reality and will see the world through an entirely different set of lenses. Life is then lived on a superior plateau. The external reality remains the same but the experience of it is entirely transformed.

Personal Development is done through a continual and constant work on the self that could be compared to bodybuilding. No matter how intense and individual session is, no perceivable change is affected but through constant repetitions and efforts, the desired state will be achieved. Personal Development does not seek to put makeup on the psyche but to alter its functioning.

Personal Development is not an event; it's a process. Personal Development does not only modifies the behavior, it changes the person. That is, it will do it if the process of Personal Development is understood as it should be and practiced as it should be. One day at the time for a lifetime.

Dr. Raymond Comeau aka Shamou is the Owner Administrator of the Personal Development for Personal Success Forums.

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Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques

Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques

Communication is critical to success in business and life. Concerned about an upcoming interview? Anxious about being asked to give your thoughts during a meeting? Fearful about needing to provide critical feedback in the moment? You are not alone! Learn and practice techniques that will help you speak spontaneously with greater confidence and clarity, regardless of content and context.

Recorded on October 25, 2014, in collaboration with the Stanford Alumni Association as part of Stanford Reunion Homecoming and the Graduate School of Business Fall Reunion/Alumni Weekend.

Speaker: Matt Abrahams, ’91 Matt Abrahams is a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching strategic communication; he also teaches public speaking in Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program.

 

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How to Talk to Anyone

How to Talk to Anyone

What is that magic quality makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover!) In business, they rise swiftly to the top of the corporate ladder. What is their "Midas touch?" What it boils down to is the ability to create a comfortable and elegant rapport with anyone you meet.

"The lost art of verbal communication may be revitalized by Leil Lowndes." - Harvey McKay, author of How to Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive.

"You'll not only break the ice, you'll melt it away with your new skills." - Larry King.

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Career Realism - Bringing Situational Awareness into Your Relational Toolbox


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How many  times in your life have you walked out of a first encounter with another person feeling you could have done things differently?

In addition to what we say, there are things we could have done (or even taking the time to notice) that would have made the encounter more positive, effective or advantageous four ourselves.

And very few of these encounters are as critical as career encounters.

Career Toolbox

The article below from Careerealism.com, the article proposes adding a new skill to your arsenal of relational tools, situational awareness.  Situational awareness is not about being self conscious, it's about paying attention.  And paying attention requires practice.

You'll find when practicing situational awareness that your stress level goes down and you're able to access a variety of other skills. And you'll have a better chance for more positive career opportunities.

Using Situational Awareness in Your Career | CAREEREALISM

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CAREEREALISM.com is a world-ranked career management blog that provides personal branding tips and job search advice from proven, approved career experts. Sign-up » now to get our articles sent to your e-mail inbox. ...

In today's hyper-competitive job market, adding a new skill (for free) to your career toolbox can make the difference between frustration or success.

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Saying What's Real: 7 Keys to Authentic Communication and Relationship Success

Saying What's Real: 7 Keys to Authentic Communication and Relationship Success

Whether with friends, lovers, neighbors, family members, or business associates, the bedrock of healthy relationships is always the same: honest, clear communication.

Drawing on her years of experience as a relationship coach and a teamwork consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Susan Campbell shows readers how to drastically improve the quality of their everyday interactions by relying on a simple, straightforward approach to communication and letting go of their need to control the outcome.

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Guide to Managerial Communication

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Tailored to the needs of professionals, Guide to Managerial Communication is a brief, practical text for effective written and oral communication in a managerial, business, government, or professional context. The Eighth Edition adds contemporary content throughout.

KEY TOPICS: Communication Strategy; Writing: Composing Efficiently; Writing: Macro Issues; Speaking: Verbal Structure; Speaking: Visual Aids; Speaking: Nonverbal Skills; Inclusive Langu... More >>

Guide to Managerial Communication

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