How to Prioritizing Your Time in the Office

With our lives becoming more busy these days, we need to find a way to help prioritize our time.  Here are some simple ideas to help make your time in the office less stressful.
  1. Plan your day the night before.  Try to figure out how long each task with take, so you can map out your day.  Make sure to include your morning routine and your lunch break.  Making a list of these timed tasks will help you stay on a routine throughout the day.
  2. Be flexible.  You may need to adjust your schedule for new projects or other unplanned things that come up during your day.  To do this, add a couple 15-minute slots into your schedule with no tasks.  You can use these to catch-up on unplanned tasks, to read or go for a walk, or to just get ahead on your to-do list.
  3. Do the most important tasks first.  Plan to take on the tougher, more important projects first, when you’re the most alert and ready to work.  Plus, you won’t have to worry about them for the rest of the day.
  4. Eliminate distractions.  Don’t check your phone and email all day long.  Give yourself 5 or 10 minutes at the top of every hour, or every 2 hours, to check your messages or respond to emails.  This will help keep you focused and on track.
  5. Stay mindful.  Keep your calendar close and your desk clear of clutter.  Remain mindful of where you are, giving yourself ample space to work, and checking tasks off your list as you go.   
  6. Delegate some projects.  Put some trust in others and give some of your not-so-fun work to someone who doesn’t mind doing it.  When we work on tasks we don’t like, if often pushes us off course because we find ways to avoid them.  Try to only work on tasks you enjoy.  It really does make a difference.
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Becoming a Better Public Speaker

If you were asked to speak in front of a room full of professionals, or colleagues, what would you do?  Would you gladly walk to the stage, or sprint in the opposite direction? Most of us would probably decline the offer because of insecurities, nervousness, expectations, or whatever stops us from agreeing to take on the task. Do your hands sweat?  Do your knees shake? Does your heart pound fast? Here’s the thing…even the best public speakers have had these happen to them .  They just may not feel it as strongly as you do because of experience.  Speaking in front of a large crowd is not the most natural activity for anyone.  But, if you want to get better at it, you’ll need to prepare and practice. If you’re in introvert, you’re more likely to get overstimulated and overwhelmed when a room full of people focus on you.  If you’re an extrovert, you’re more likely to thrive on the excitement, even get energized by the thought of actively engaging with your audience. There isn’t an official checklist to change someone into an instant public speaker.  But if you want to learn to become a better public speaker, you’ll need to remember these 3 key principles:  Prepare. Practice. Feedback. You’ll also want to dive deeper into the following: – Be OK with your feelings (like shyness or nervousness).  Recognize them but don’t let them stop you. It’s a natural feeling and it’s part of the process. – Remember to communicate with your audience.  Pay attention to them, instead of feeling self-conscious about yourself.  Find out who they are and what they need. – Plan ahead.  Figure out the best way to get your message out.  Find the perfect way to keep your listeners’ attention. – Outline what you plan to say.  Don’t write out your speech word-for-word. You want your language to feel natural, not scripted. – Listen to your audience.  Don’t just talk to the crowd, communicate by listening as well.  If you speak about a topic that interests your audience, your speech should engage them in great conversation. – Be yourself and be confident.  People notice when others are fake.  Be genuine.  Be yourself.  Focus on your passion and run with it.  Your audience will appreciate you! rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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How to Become a Better Networker

All business owners interact with other professionals to exchange information and develop some kind of working relationship.  But, if you’re always stressed and feel insecure or uncomfortable in networking situations, then I have some tips to help. Always Show Up Make sure you show up, even if you don’t want to.  You’d be surprised at how many people are motivated to meet you and share valuable info about themselves. Think Strategy Try and seek out who’s attending, and then plan to meet that person about 5 mins before lunch, or dinner (if it’s an evening event).  More often than not, he/she will ask you to sit with them.  Here’s your opportunity!! Have business cards ready to share! Be Confident Always enter a room smiling and ready to have a good time.  Put your phone away.  Stand up straight.  Look friendly and eager to connect. And wear your name tag on your right shoulder to it’s easy to see when shaking hands. Mingle Around Food Food and conversation go hand-in-hand.  Hold your drink with your left hand so you’re right hand is free for handshakes.  Don’t go to the event overly-hungry.  And always remember your manners. Care About Others Show how you’re willing to help.  Provide introductions or offer resources.  Follow through on commitments to display trust.  Remember, this is all about building relationships! Follow-Up Make sure you mail a note or email the professionals you received business cards from.  Let them know how much you enjoyed meeting them and that you’re glad they’re part of your network. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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