When I worked for a corporation, we had a corporate training department that offered a long list of in-person and web-based courses and trainings for employees. About once a month I’d scroll through the training calendar looking to further develop my skills (and resume). While there was lots of health and safety, Microsoft office, and IT training, soft skills training…Read More
How to Be An Active Listener
I was recently at a networking event and came away frustrated and upset. As I reflected on the evening, I thought about how many people are lacking core listening skills. Despite talking to many people, I left not ever feeling heard. In the majority of conversations, people are waiting for the opportunity to talk versus actually listening to what the…Read More
How to Overcome Public Speaking Anxiety Fast
Did you know 27 million Americans fear public speaking? What’s more surprising is the impact this fear can have on your career. Despite the fact that fear of public speaking has a 10% impact on wages and 15% impact on getting promoting (who knew?), only 8% of people with this fear will ever get professional help. Wait. What?? As someone…Read More
What’s the Difference Between Public Relations and Marketing?
Those of us who have worked in public relations for a long time assume (and often pull out our hair) that people know the difference between public relations and marketing. These two terms are often intermingled and used incorrectly. So what is the difference between public relations and marketing? Well it’s simple (and complicated). Public relations is often focused on…Read More
Warning: Working on Your Weaknesses Can Sink Your Career
When you were in school, you were likely told to focus on your weakest subjects. For me it was math. No matter how many times the teacher explained the concept, I still didn’t get it. And no amount of tutoring ever got me out of the C range. In Grade 12 a teacher said something to me that changed my…Read More
Why the Heck Do You Need Communications?
Communications is a skill that is rarely taught, but is one that many professionals are expected to master. It is assumed you will know how to be a good public speaker, writer, presenter and interviewee all based on the fact you are good at your chosen profession. Because of these assumptions, few people take the extra step to improve their…Read More