Bev's Blog

Fri, Feb 13, 2015 3:19 pm

How much time do you devote to meetings? Your first answer might be: “Too much!”

But seriously, do you have any idea what percentage of your work life is spent meeting with people? Try calculating it. And if meetings take just 20 percent of your time, and you work 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, that’s a whopping 400 hours annually.

I often talk with coaching clients about how to cut down the number of hours they spend sitting at a conference table. You can reduce meeting time by:

Thu, Jan 29, 2015 9:38 am

Finding more opportunities to make presentations can bring new energy to your career. Public speaking allows you to stand out, show what you know, and connect with a wider group of people. The more talks you give, the more you build your confidence and polish your style. And the prospect of presenting helps you identify what's important and work harder to know your stuff.

Tue, Jan 13, 2015 10:26 am

Regardless of how you define your key workplace objectives, I'm willing to bet that better listening skills could help you achieve at least one of them.

By "listening" I mean you not only keep your mouth shut long enough for the other person to talk, but you also shut down the voice in your head when it tries to tell you what to say next. You concentrate on the speaker, and you hear what they say even if it means you have to fight an urge to judge or be defensive.

Mon, Dec 29, 2014 1:56 pm

One of the greatest TV characters ever was Eddie Haskell, Wally Cleaver's oily conniving friend, still to be seen on reruns of "Leave It To Beaver." Eddie was an archetype who no decent person wants to resemble — a two-faced sycophant, always scheming and currying favor to promote his plans

Tue, Dec 9, 2014 4:23 pm

Celebrations can enhance your workplace culture and help team members do even better work. Sharing appreciation for success and good fortune can support the well-being of individuals, foster a sense of community and promote the health of your whole organization.

Creating a celebration can be a wonderful way to acknowledge achievements and encourage people to continue to excel. Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator and a celebratory event can be a smart way to offer good feedback.

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