How do you manage your subordinates at work? Do you give detailed instructions or do you let them use their own initiative? How do you make decisions in times of crisis? Do you consult colleagues or do you prefer to think things through on your own?
Since everyone is unique, we expect different readers to have different answers to these questions. But while personal leadership styles may vary, Dr. Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard encourage leaders to adapt their approaches based on task complexity and people’s maturity. These two reputable authors call this theory Situational Leadership. Read more
OpenOffice Impress is an affordable alternative to the popular Microsoft PowerPoint. While both programs have many similar features, it is good to know the differences between the two. If you need to choose which one best suits your needs, or to open a .ppt file with Impress, the table below can help you make decisions, and guide you in crafting your presentation. Read more
All serious presenters have one goal—to create an impact on the audience. If you’re invited to present and you want to leave a positive impression, keep these 8 key points in mind as you build your presentation. Here they are—the 8 signs that your presentation will blow your audience away: Read more
Here are three questions frequently-asked when preparing a presentation:
- How many slides should I use?
- How much text should appear on each slide?
- How long should the presentation be
Guy Kawasaki has answered these questions with his 10/20/30 PowerPoint Rule. He evangelized this idea beginning in 2005, based on his experiences as a venture capitalist. He’d had to countless pitches, many of which bored him to tears. This prompted him to formulate his tried-and-true presentation guideline. Let’s review the concept and see how it can help you. Read more
Gone are the days when people frequently traveled from remote locations to a special venue to attend a seminar, workshop, or conference. In the age of the Internet, technology has greatly reduced all the inconvenience, expense, lost time and general inefficiency involved, with the introduction of a simple tool: the webinar.
Unfortunately, as a webinar facilitator, you have to work harder to keep your virtual attendees on the same page with you. When you don’t see your audience in a room, it’s hard to figure out if they’re actually listening or mentally meandering. Without your knowledge, they can check emails, browse social media feeds, or read the news. Thus, it’s important to use creative and sensible techniques – such as the ones listed below – in catching their attention.
Self-confidence, as a psychological construct, has been described as an attitude characterized by positive yet realistic views of oneself and one’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. Self-confident people go far in their careers because they trust their own abilities, take courage from their strong sense of personal potential, and believe that — within reason or even beyond reason — the greater scheme of things holds grand promise for them.
Self-confidence is perhaps the best possible personal attribute when delivering a presentation. Presenters who are well-composed and eloquent seem more credible than those who stammer or have a poor demeanor. Developing self-confidence, however, can be a long-term process of improving self-awareness, positive thinking, and conviction. To help you begin developing this valuable trait, let’s ponder some ideas presented by some bestselling authors in the field of self-realization.
Successful presenters know one thing for certain: Including too many words or images in a PowerPoint slide just doesn’t work. It confuses the audience, which leads to inattention and boredom. When you need to present a complicated process, you need to introduce it simply and comprehensibly, in a logical sequence of easily-grasped steps. Here are four common and effective ways of doing this:
An analogy can be especially useful when you want to introduce a process that is unfamiliar to the audience. Instead of explaining a totally new concept, you can simply relate it to a similar situation or process, which you’re certain your audience WILL find familiar. Choose an analogy that is timely, interesting and personal for your audience. It should also resonate emotionally and mentally for a more striking and memorable effect. Read more
LinkedIn is a great tool. Whether you’re a self-employed consultant or employed in a larger organization, LinkedIn can greatly improve your working life.
As a self-employed consultant, LinkedIn will get you noticed by people who need your services if you do it right. This can directly drive business your way. In this case you will have the opportunity to share your successes and showcase your products, services, skills and differentiators.
Once you’ve chosen to embark on a management consulting career, you can naturally expect pressure to resolve numerous business cases. In order to analyze a case in a logical manner, consultants use applicable frameworks. A framework enables you to analyze a problem from different perspectives, and come up with an in-depth evaluation and generate effective and practical solutions, all on a step-by-step basis.
Three of the more popular and effective frameworks are described below.
Five Forces Analysis
Named after its developer, Michael Porter, the Five Forces Analysis aids in understanding a business’s current competitive position. As shown in the diagram above, profitability is affected by five major forces:
- Rivalry with other companies that provide the same products or services
- The power of suppliers to increase the price of raw materials, labor, and other components for the product or service
- Threats posed by new firms that may enter the market and compete successfully with established players
- Ability of the customers to find viable substitutes for products or services
- The effects of the capabilities, behaviors, and power of buyers on the product or service
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