Validating Perception: 7 Steps to Make 360 Reviews Effective

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by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

How do your colleagues, superiors and subordinates view you? Do you know? Do you even care?  You better!  As an Executive Coach this tool has become valuable in understanding behavioral blind spots. It validates perspectives and perceptions.  This great instrument must be carefully introduced with emphasis on uncovering the good and the blind spots.

  1. Introduction: Make it positive and frame the activity as a learning opportunity. Frequently the person being rated is nervous because they believe this will be their demise. Begin by having people privately rate themselves. Take a copy for your records. At this time, I prefer to give no feedback.

Fireproof Yourself: How to be a survivor and not a layoff statistic

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by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

In April 2016 job cuts in the United States rose to 65,414, a 7-year high. Are you safe? Or do you worry whether you are next? You need to Fireproof yourself! No level of job is sacred anymore.

Which of the 10 tips do you need to work on to Fireproof yourself?

  1. Never Gossip. Ever. You never know who’s listening and how they will change your message to make them look good. If you think the grapevine is your main source of information and gossiping keeps you in the know, learn to ask questions and be a better communicator.

Are you a Waiter?

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by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

Apparently I am now to be considered as a waiter.

The maintenance light on my new car flashed when traveling in Sheridan, Wyoming.  I was told not to worry because the car merely needed an oil change.

Arriving home safely, I immediately made an appointment. Waiting in the lounge is always refreshing because articles are completed and emails answered as there are no interruptions. Love the silent time!

White Knuckle Speakers: Learn to plan and use the lectern

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by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

We’ve covered the first four of our list from Presentation Presence: The number one skill you need to be successful. Planning your presentation and using a lectern typically are two components of presenting that people don’t think about.  Master these two components and you will find your outcome will improve.

Planning:

Don’t begin planning with your opening!  As Steven Covey taught us in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, ‘Begin with the end in mind.’ What do you want the audience to ‘do, think or feel?’ You cannot possibly put together your talk if you don’t answer that question first.

Presentation Presence: Audience Connection and Handling Disruptive People

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By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

How do you feel about your ability to speak capably and confidently at the front of the room, in a meeting, or presenting in any circumstance? How about those high stake talks or speeches?  Feel confident and proud of your results?

In the last post, Nervousness and Reading Your Speech were covered. The next two, if not skillfully handled, can ruin any presentation.

  • Not connecting with the audience
  • Inability to handle disruptive people

Presentation Presence: The number one skill you need to be successful

Presentation Skills

by Marsha Petrie Sue

How do you feel about your ability to speak capably and confidently at the front of the room, in a meeting, or presenting in any circumstance? How about those high stake talks or speeches?  Feel confident and proud of your results?

If not, here is a list of distractions for your awareness.  Knowing you need help and getting help are two different actions.

presentation skills nervousnessAny of these get in your way?

  • Nervousness
  • Reading your speech
  • Not connecting with the audience
  • Inability to handle disruptive people
  • When writing a speech, not knowing how to start

Stop Wasting Time in Meetings

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By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

Have you ever been in a meeting and minutes into it you question why you are even there? Robert Half Management Resources determined that 37 percent of office life is spent in meetings. What a waste. I was speaking to a company last week, and this topic came up – again. Here is some useful information to consider to help your group be more productive and less stressed.

General Meeting Basics:

  • Don’t meet. If you can send a note, email or memo, don’t have the meeting.

Don’t Drown! Devise an Exit Plan Today

By Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

WeMarsha Petrie Sue need to think like a critter. They usually have some kind of extensive exit plan. But what if they fall in a tank of water and there is NO exit? Not a good outcome. So when we do water tank projects, we devise an exit plan for those little guys so they don’t foul the water for the Mule Deer, Cattle, and other animals.

To be exact, our Mule Deer Foundation Conservation team worked Ranch 51 in the Arizona Tonto National Forest. We hiked about 3 miles, carrying in all the plumbing supplies needed including a ‘critter ramp’ for easy exit. Epiphany! How many people have an exit plan or take the time to design one?

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