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My Last Appraisal Was a Disaster!…

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So you think you’ve had a bad appraisal lately? I can probably top it. A few years back, in the bad old days of the annual performance review, I worked as an editor in a publishing company. I’d been in my post for around a year and, although there’d been ...

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5 Ways to Avoid Death by PowerPoint Presentation…

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If you’ve never heard the expression “Death by PowerPoint,” take a look at the Grim Reaper’s* slide, below.  I’m sure you’ve been there. That presentation that never seems to end. The presenter going on and on… and on. You stopped listening half an hour ago. That’s when you began paying ...

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#MTtalk: Dress Codes at Work…

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The Impact of Dress A few years ago, I was helping one of our directors open a new business in Jeffreys Bay, a well-known surfing town in South Africa. One of my colleagues and I had to conduct interviews to appoint frontline staff, administration staff, and a manager for the ...

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Your Tips for Managing Presentation Nerves…

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“That was an amazing presentation,” I thought, shaking my head in disbelief. My friend Amy had just finished her talk for her final year thesis, which was supposed to count toward our final grade. The audience was transfixed, focused on her every word. Her visuals were stunning, she spoke confidently, ...

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Dress Codes at Work: Join Our #MTtalk…

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Please Join us! What: #MTtalk Where: Twitter When: Friday, October 13 @ 1pm EST (5pm GMT / 10:30pm IST) Topic: Dress Codes at Work: Fashion and Fitting In Host: @Mind_Tools “Without professionalism I’d be an amateur, and the clients I want don’t hire amateurs.”David Airey, graphic designer About this week’s ...

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A Survivor’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence…

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I rented a luxury car recently, so that I could travel in style to my eldest son’s wedding. I was delighted, primarily with the celebration, but also with the vehicle. The BMW 335d’s power was phenomenal and its technology was mind-blowing, to such an extent that there were times when ...

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How to Communicate with Presence…

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In Dianna Booher’s view, you can’t separate leadership and communication. Indeed, she believes that learning to communicate “is the essence of leadership and the reflection of your thinking.” So, if you’re a poor communicator, you’ll always be a poor leader, regardless of the merit of your ideas. Put like that, ...

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#MTtalk: Connecting at Work…

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Four Steps to Connection It really irritates me if I sit in a class or lecture and the facilitator only knows two people’s names. It feels as if they talk to those two people only, and the rest of us are like extras on a movie set. After lecturing and ...

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Need Some Help Saying No?…

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They call them “the terrible twos” for a reason. Tell a two-year-old to put away his toys because it’s time for a bath and you’ll likely be subjected to a screaming “No.” Let’s assume that the toddler’s parents reprimanded him for his outbursts, then sent him off to his bedroom. ...

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Connecting at Work: Join Our #MTtalk…

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Please Join Us! What: #MTtalk Where: Twitter When: Friday, September 29 @ 1pm EST (5pm GMT/10:30pm IST) Topic: Connecting at Work Host: @Mind_Tools About This Week’s Chat “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our ...

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