Business and Career Articles To Help Executive and Business Women Succeed!
How to build effective teams
One of the biggest mistakes leaders and consultants have made is to create the impression that good teamwork means that everyone needs to like each other.
While it is nice to like your teammates, it is not necessary. It is necessary to have mature, adult, working relationships - an achievable goal.
Like me, I'm sure you've had or now have, a colleague you're not thrilled to work with, right? Someone who pushes your buttons or someone you'd prefer to avoid. Yet for you to do your job well, you need to be able to work effectively with him or her. You may need a very high level of technical expertise to do your job, but unless you can relate well with your co-workers - even your least favorite ones - your productivity and that of your business, can suffer.
Delivering an excellent presentation
If there is one thing that cannot happen in public speaking, it is the possibility of delivering a perfect presentation.
What would make your words or your manner of speaking perfect? Can you answer that honestly? Your presentation may be great; it may be excellent; it may be the best you have ever done; but, that doesn't make it perfect. Perfection is subjective in this particular venue. In fact, any live performance, be it music, theatre, or even in the sports arena cannot be judged by that one particular word - perfection.
You can type something perfectly; you can build a box perfectly square; and, you can copy a paper perfectly. But trying to accomplish perfection at a business lectern is a waste of time. Instead of trying to achieve something that is impossible, might I suggest you strive for excellence?
Your Speaking Voice - don't allow your habitual voice to get in the way of your next presentation
When it comes to public speaking, it never ceases to amaze me how many people profess a desire to improve their presentation skills, learn how to create their material or script properly, and work on their delivery skills, yet never concern themselves with the sound of their speaking voice. In any form of communication, your speaking voice is the vehicle for your words.
Could your voice use some work?
If you would like to improve the vehicle, I suggest the following 5 tips:
1. Learn to breathe with the support of your diaphragm
I know; I know. What does breathing have to do with your speaking voice? Everything. If you learn to breathe properly, you will not only discover the best means of controlling your nervousness in any form of public speaking, but you will never experience breathlessness again. And, if you have any desire to find your 'real' voice, it will not happen unless you are breathing in this manner and speaking at your...
If you speak in a monotone, how do you think others perceive you?
A voice that lacks color is dull and uninteresting especially in business. It also says something about you, as the speaker, which may or may not be true. If you speak in a monotone, how do you think others perceive you? A few words that come to my mind are cold, indifferent, and unemotional. Do those words describe you?
If so, there are 5 steps you can take to immediately change that perception and overcoming a monotone voice.
For the following suggestions, stand in front of a mirror and watch yourself. I would also recommend that you do this in private. Understand that you will have to allow yourself to express your emotion. For whatever reason, you have spent your entire life keeping your feelings inside. You will now have to let go of your inhibitions and give yourself permission to be expressive.
So, how to overcome a monotone voice?
Voice training means discovering the voice inside of you that you do not know is there
Whether you are looking for a job, firmly ensconced in one, or in the midst of starting your own business, improving the sound of your voice is something you might consider especially if the sound of your voice on recording equipment leaves much to be desired. Yes, it is unfortunate that we do not recognize our own voice on our voicemail; however, everyone else does. That is hard to swallow for many people.
Voice training means discovering the voice inside of you that you do not know is there and it will sound more mature. No, I don't mean old, but ageless. And, yes, when I am well into my '80's, I may look that age but I will never sound it.