I once heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. Well I’d like to add a second definition: trying to please everyone. Trying to make everyone in a group happy ranges from difficult to impossible and the only guarantee you have is that you’ll wish you never tried.
This topic comes up frequently in both my public speaking and networking classes as people are concerned about what others think. I think we all have a natural tendency to focus on the audience members that aren’t paying attention to us during a speech or the folks at a networking event that say “it was nice to meet you — I see a client on the other side of the room” immediately after you introduce yourself. Read more... (1416 words, estimated 5:40 mins reading time)
Whether you’re trying to memorize the main points of your speech, your to do list or the capitals of the major countries of the world, a good memory can be a powerful asset. The benefits to having an excellent memory are extraordinary: improving your memory will help you be more efficient, learn things faster and communicate better. Here is a far from complete list of skills that you’ll notice big improvements in with a better memory: Read more... (1156 words, estimated 4:37 mins reading time)
- Public Speaking (remembering your material, especially key points)
- Networking (remembering names and conversations)
- Personal Finance (remembering to pay bills and take advantage of deals)
I came across an interesting blog about business networking called BusinessNetworkingAdvice.com. The blog author, Josh Hinds, has interviewed several people to get their thoughts on Business Networking so it’s a good read. Josh asks two questions:
1.Â How do you define Business Networking and why do you feel it is important?
2.Â Can you share a few ideas that someone could put into practice that would help them to improve their business networking skills?
The answers vary but some key elements include: Read more... (434 words, estimated 1:44 mins reading time)
- Networking is more than just trying to see what you can get from someone else.