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Do you wish you felt more confident when speaking one-on-one or to a large group of people? If so, you aren't alone. According to the Wall Street journal, public speaking is the #1 fear in America.
Graduates of the Dale Carnegie Course for Effective Communications and Human Relations Skills for Success report that they are much more confident after learning the tools taught in the course-especially because they are able to practice and apply them in eight successive weeks.
Here are four easy ways to begin developing your confidence from this effective course taught in 85 countries around the world.
- 'Smile,' is Mr. Carnegie's fifth Human Relations principle. It sounds so simple, yet smiling at another person is so very effective. In his best-selling book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, he said, "Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, 'I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you." Smiling at another person assumes you are making direct eye contact which is critical to invoking confidence. Retaining eye contact while smiling shows you are paying attention to the other person, which simultaneously raises their confidence in you. Some studies have concluded that making eye contact enables you to appear more trustworthy and decisive as well. Whether speaking to an individual or in a group, be sure to smile and make solid eye contact.
Monday, August 1, 2016
There is hope for insomniacs and the super stressed thanks to the mental health movement called positive psychology. Proponents of this movement contend that the stress itself is not the culprit of ill effects such as insomnia, but how people think about it and their resulting reactions. Dale Carnegie said, “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” Psychiatrist and director of the Pediatric Psychiatric Clinic at the University of Vermont Medical Center, David Rettew, M.D. concurs having stated, “How you think about a situation can drive how you behave, and even how the body responds.”
Monday, July 25, 2016
Last week, Gallup reported that U.S. job creation held steady at an eight-year high in June. The Job Creation index score remains at its high of +33.
The score represents 44% of employees who say that their employer is hiring employees and expanding the size of its workforce. More good news-Gallup also reported that its U.S. Jobs Rate was the highest in June at 46% after six years of measurement. This rate is a half percentage higher than June of 2015 from which one can glean that an underlying increase in full-time work beyond changes in seasonal employment.
An uptick in hiring could result in an increase in job opportunities for you. Here are four tips to follow when updating your resume to help reel in the response you want from recruiters.
1. Dale Carnegie’s third Human Relations principle, reminds us to entice the person qualifying us for a job interview opportunity. This means that instead of using verbose language, keep it simple and succinct when describing the responsibilities of each of your professional roles. It is absolutely critical that your resume be free of all grammar and spelling mistakes because the perception is, “If this candidate’s resume is sloppy, I can’t imagine what her work product is like!” Be sure to have a mentor or friend with strong English skills review your resume to ensure it is seamless, spelled correctly and free of grammar mistakes.
2. Dale Carnegie said, “There is only one way… to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.” If your resume is difficult to read, it deters the hiring manager from thorough review. The easier it is to read and understand—for example using sans serif fonts and bullets; bolding job titles to divide sections, etc. the more likely the person reviewing it will allow ample consideration of your prospective candidacy.
3. Dale Carnegie’s 19 may send the wrong message to the hiring manager. Create a new email address specific for job searching if you currently use an unprofessional one. Human Relations principle is, You can pump up others’ professional perception of you by making minor modifications such as using a professional, non-derogatory email address. For example,
4. Recruiters question unexplained gaps within the resume’s timeline. If you have a gap of four or more months between jobs, they may assume you were actively hunting, but no one wanted to hire you—so why should they? Use the gaps as an opportunity to show how you used the time. For example, taking a sabbatical; volunteering for worthy causes such as missionary work; traveling; attending courses and pursuing personal projects are great gap-fillers. They show interests and causes that are important to you, and send a message that you have attained a healthy work-life balance.
By: Liz Scavnicky-Yaekie
Monday, July 11, 2016
Who is your all-time favorite teacher? Most likely, it was someone who took a sincere interest in you and cared deeply about you. This mentor understood your goals and dreams, and did everything possible to help you attain them. You probably still remember his or her wise adages which you apply in your current professional role.
It's unfortunate that for most working Americans, mentorship stops after high school or college graduation. As Gallup reported, "Schools alone can't be the sole source of mentorship...We desperately need workplaces all over the U.S. to step up and offer mentors and internships on a scale like never before." Here are three reasons to make mentoring a priority in your organization.
Mentors help mentees see 'the forest through the trees.' It's inevitable to encounter challenges at every rank of any organization. Sometimes, those struggles hold employees back-they become hung up on what went wrong or are so intently focused on trying to solve one micro problem, that they cannot see the big picture and subsequent realm of solutions. Dale Carnegie said, "Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement." Mentors help put setbacks into perspective and offer new ways of approaching challenges. Equally important, mentors positively reinforce what mentees are doing correctly by praising a job well done. Both actions are necessary to excel in all roles.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
The rise of technology and Internet access have forced massive change in the workplace. But perhaps it's the Millennial worker that has caused the most tension in the workplace. The generational divide at work has never been deeper and more daunting than it is today. Here are today's most relevant challenges with engaging a multi-generational workforce and how best to resolve the challenges.
1) Varying Viewpoints
Most notably, each generation has a very different perspective when it comes to work. Baby Boomers define themselves by the work they do, often using tangibles such as titles, salary, and cars as indicators of success. Millennials take a much more fulfilling approach to work, often looking for more work-life integration and leaning into technology to work smarter.
Baby Boomers evaluate hard work by how much time is invested in the work (i.e. tenure). Millennials define hard work by how much of their heart they put in the work (i.e. passion). Baby Boomers take pride in the loyalty towards their employer. Millennials take pride in their personal brand, the skills they gain, and the free-agent approach to their career. Generation X typically shares the views of Baby Boomers or Millennials or has a variation of these views.
These varying viewpoints of work can cause heavy friction between employees and force a leader to exhaustively cater to both expectations.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
If your schedule is constantly jam-packed and you lack any semblance of balance, have you considered that you may have fallen into the busyness trap?
You may, not even be aware of your busyness addiction as you rush through your daily routine. I was that person-voice activating text messages in route to meetings; checking email while dialing in for a conference call, and simultaneously working out on the cardio machine!
Fortunately, I received a wake-up call after reading a New York Times article which states, "Busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they've taken on voluntarily; classes and activities they've 'encouraged' their kids to participate in. They're busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they're addicted to busyness and dread what they may have to face in its absence."
Before I could trade my busyness for balance, I had to debunk the following three myths.
'Busyness' or constantly being busy is inevitable in the 21st century. Wrong! People with busyness addictions have chosen this uber stressful way of life, or merely acquiesced to professional and social pressures. Learning how to communicate, 'No' confidently and in a manner which protects the relationship is critical. Without these skills, which are taught in the world famous Dale Carnegie Course for Effective Communications, we lose control of our own schedules and ultimately, our lives.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
More and more brands are reevaluating their marketing strategies, product offerings, and brand experiences in an effort to earn Millennial loyalty. However, marketing to Millennials continues to be a moving target. But for many brands a shift towards Millennial marketing is worth the risk if they can earn the loyalty of the world's largest and soon to be the most spending power generation.
1.) Target "deemphasizes" canned and bagged goods in their stores.
In an effort to appeal to Millennial consumers, Target will focus more on organic, fresher, and healthier foods. Products that are processed will be given less exposure and promotions. According to Fortune, Target's goal is to "look less like Walmart and more like Whole Foods."
2.) Starbucks unveils an alternative music plan.
Earlier this year, Starbucks announced that they will no longer sell CDs in their stores. Starbucks has decided to appeal to Millennial consumers with a streaming service. In a partnership with Spotify, Starbucks consumers can now curate playlists and share between the 16 million My Starbucks Reward Members, baristas and Spotify subscribers whether they are in-store or on the go. More on this story here.