Kill Meetings to Get More Done
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You’ve got your list of things you want to accomplish for today, and yet, after a series of meetings that you had to go to throughout the day, none of the things on your list got done.

That’s because meetings are almost always a huge drain on your time, and should be killed on sight.

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Management Statistics: Collaboration
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Americans spend 50 - 70 % of work hours on paperwork
The average worker sends and receives 190 messages per day
43% of people find it difficult to delegate

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Was That a Good Meeting, or a Bad One?
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Many organizations have been swamped by information overload. Contrary to popular opinion, you can indeed have too much of an otherwise good thing. Information is good, particularly when you have the right information, in the right quantities, at the right time. Alas, in too many organizations, directives for urgency and quantity have replaced deliberateness and quality. As a result, surveys show, people within the organization feel overwhelmed by the non-stop avalanche of information that seems to careen their way.

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PowerPoint Tips
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PowerPoint has become a common workplace communication tool. You’ve likely sat through many presentations that you thought were excellent, and many others that needed some help. What can you do to ensure that your presentation is high quality, interesting, and enjoyable to your audience? The basic rule with PowerPoint presentations is: less is more. The most effective slides are short, to the point, and legible. You'll lose your audience if they're busy trying to figure out poorly written or poorly designed slides.

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The Seven Sins of Deadly Meetings
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Naomi Chavez, an internal consultant for Cisco Systems, one of Silicon Valley's leading network-equipment manufacturers, is frustrated:
"We have the most ineffective meetings of any company I've ever seen."
Kevin Eassa, vice president of operations for the disk division of Conner Peripherals, another Silicon Valley giant, is realistically resigned:
"We realize our meetings are unproductive. A consulting firm is trying to help us, and we think they've hit the mark. But we've got a long way to go."
Richard Collard, senior manager of network operations at Federal Express, is simply exasperated:
"We just seem to meet and meet and meet and we never seem to do anything."


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Management Statistics: Meetings
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Did you know that:
  • 9 out of 10 people daydream in meetings.
  • 60% of meeting attendees take notes to appear as if they are listening.
  • 63% of the time, typical meetings in America do not have prepared agendas.
  • It takes less than eight seconds for an idea, suggestion, or proposal to be criticized.


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Meetings: A Necessary Evil
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How much time do you spend in meetings? How much of it is necessary?

Industry Week reports that the estimated cost of wasted time in unproductive meetings exceeds $37 billion annually. Estimate a meeting’s cost by taking the average hourly rate of the participants – a conservative estimate for managers is $40/hour – and multiplying it by the number of people at the meeting and the length of the meeting. You will soon realize how costly each ineffective meeting is.

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Standard Steps to Resolve Conflict
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Conflict in the workplace is but a natural and normal part of every working individual’s life. People get into conflict due to pursuance of personal goals and satisfaction of needs. Conflicts are truly unavoidable but it is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, effectively resolved conflicts can promote personal and professional development. Not a lot of us may know that conflict resolution takes skills. The positive or negative results are defined by proper conflict resolution skills.

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How to Deliver Effective Speeches
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Most of us fear speaking in public more than anything else. We often get a weak, queasy feeling, often accompanied by shaking, sweating, or a pounding heart. Excessive nervous energy causes these feelings. But your nervous energy can help give vitality to spark your presentation. Without it, your speech would be flat, dull, and lifeless. The key is to take your nervous energy and control and channel it.

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Tips for Effective Public Speaking
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Public speaking is an art of presenting an idea, a product or a service to the crowd or to the public. It’s a challenging art to master since it will require the speaker to persuade the crowd or at least carefully educate the listeners about the topic discussed. Public speaking is more than just talking in front of many people – a person has to educate, persuade and even entertain at the same time. This is difficult since the public has varying and even conflicting mindsets.

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