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Video: Make Your Presentations Highly Memorable With This Twitter Technique

If you give long presentations, people probably forget most of what you presented. In fact, the research says that people can maintain high attention for about 10 minutes. So if you want people to actually remember your presentations, every 10 minutes you need to insert a slide with a short one-line message summarizing what you just said. In other words, every 10 minutes you need to put a tweet up on the screen.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 06 December, 2017 Communication Skills, Presentations, Video | 0 comments | Read more →

Quiz: What's Your Presentation Style?

We all have our own presentation style, but have you ever thought about how your particular style compares to others? And the strengths and weaknesses of your presentation style?
After years of research, my team and I have found there are four primary presentation styles: the Closer, the Data Scientist, the Director and the Storyteller.

Posted by Mark Murphy on 05 December, 2017 Communication Skills, Presentations, Quizzes | 1 comment | Read more →

How To Stop A Presentation That's Going Badly

Bad Presentation; When a presentation goes wrong | Leadership IQNot only does stopping the presentation keep you from (figuratively) crashing into a wall, it also awakens your audience. So few presenters have the courage to stop a presentation that it’s a surprise. And with presentations going badly, it’s a very nice surprise.

Posted by Mark Murphy on 04 December, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Presentations | 0 comments | Read more →

Talented Terrors And 'Bless Their Hearts'

Lots of organizations acknowledge only three categories of performance: high, middle and low. Hiring managers in these organizations are tasked with hiring desirable high performers and avoiding undesirable low performers. Now, high, middle and low performers certainly exist, but low performers come in several different types, and some are a lot harder to discern in an interview than others because they tend to do a really good job faking high-performer qualities.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 30 November, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes, Interpersonal Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

Video: Talented Terrors

Talented TerrorsThere is no such thing as a high performer with a bad attitude. When we talk about dealing with difficult people, think of performance as having two major components: Skills and Attitude. Now here's somebody that has great skills and a great attitude, this is a high performer. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 29 November, 2017 Hiring for Attitude, Performance Appraisal, Video | 0 comments | Read more →

Quiz: What's Your Communication Style?

Do you like to communicate with lots of data?  Or with gut feelings?  Do you like to speak step-by-step?  Or do you jump right to the end?  And do you know the upsides and potential downsides of your particular style?  Take this Communication Styles Quiz and see how your communication style rates... 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 27 November, 2017 Communication Skills, Quizzes | 19 comments | Read more →

People Who Set SMART Goals Are Less Likely To Love Their Job

An employee who is unhappy with her head in her hands If you’ve had a job for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly set a SMART Goal (most commonly defined as Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound). But while everyone knows how to set a SMART Goal, what most people don’t know is that they could really be hurting how they feel about their job.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 16 November, 2017 Forbes, Goal Setting, Research | 0 comments | Read more →

3 Simple Ways To Make Your Workplace More Truthful

It’s an unfortunate feature of humanity that people, even smart, ostensibly-rational people, don’t always like to hear the truth. That’s why the study The Risks Of Ignoring Employee Feedback found that only 23% of people say that when they share their work problems with their leader, he/she Always responds constructively.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 14 November, 2017 Communication Skills, Forbes | 0 comments | Read more →

Video: Problems With Behavioral Interview Questions

Everybody is familiar with behavioral interview questions. And in general, the idea behind them is good. Basically, you ask about a past situation that somebody faced as a way of predicting future behavior. All good. 
Posted by Mark Murphy on 13 November, 2017 Behavioral Interview Questions, Hiring for Attitude, Video | 2 comments | Read more →

Rather Than Faking Your Emotions At Work, Use This Flattery Technique Instead

You might have seen my recent Forbes article “If You Have To Fake Your Emotions At Work, Research Shows You're Probably Going To Be Miserable.” After analyzing data from the online test “Does Your Job Require High Or Low Emotional Intelligence?” I discovered that 51% of people said that they Always or Frequently have to ‘act’ or ‘put on a show’ at their jobs.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 06 November, 2017 Emotional Intelligence, Forbes | 0 comments | Read more →

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