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How To Triple Your Results From Any Workplace Or Business Interaction

How To Triple Your Results From Any Workplace Or Business Interaction

Becoming successful in business and life takes real, hard work. In spite of all the “online talking heads” that often preach overnight success, true fulfillment can take months or even years. When you’re sizing up an accomplishment you want to smash out of the park, it’s essential to know what it will take. Getting more out of any workplace or business interaction requires putting more effort in from square one.

Here are 11 trusted tips for doubling or even tripling your results in business and life.

1. Be Present

Being present in the workplace sounds like a no-brainer – until you consider how difficult it can be. This is not to say being present is impossible, but few people are currently centered and giving their best at work.

Being present is easiest done when you’re focused on the other person and what they are seeking. Listen to both their verbal and non-verbal communication. Also, keep in mind most communication from human to human is non-verbal. Here are three ways to be present:

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  • Assume a comfortable but firm physical posture.
  • Make frequent, but not constant eye contact.
  • Stay focused on them – this is the secret to remaining interested!

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    2. Be Intentional

    In order to double or even triple your results from any interaction, you need to know what your purpose is from the very beginning. For example, if you’re heading into an interview without an established concept of what you hope to take out of it, you’re better off not doing the interview.

    It is totally fine to do an interview that you don’t plan to accept (if offered the job), but it’s an entirely different story if you enter the scenario without a clear goal. Here are a few tips for being highly intentional in business and workplace interactions:

    • Establish your main goal before you enter the interaction.
    • Be prepared with any necessary materials such as a pen and paper to take notes.
    • Include a presentation, if this is appropriate and relevant for your interaction.
    • Keep your notes in a conspicuous area afterwards.

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      3. Be Productive

      Business and work can hardly be called worthwhile if they aren’t productive. Thousands of productivity resources abound across the Internet, in books and in seminars, pointing to one clear conclusion – most of us struggle with productivity in one way or another.

      The feeling of getting something done isn’t worth much if the task itself didn’t help you do your job or level up your business. You can increase productivity with these tips:

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      • Start your day with the most difficult task.
      • Prioritize what will get you results – not just what will look or feel good.
      • Keep your vision small – focus on processes or weekly goals, rather than monthly or yearly aims.

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        4. Follow Up

        Following up is one of the most verbally preached, but behaviorally overlooked aspects of maximizing business relationships. It’s a trademark of the times that people smile and greet one another, exchange business cards, promise to follow up – and then never follow up. You don’t want to end up like one of these people.

        There are countless benefits to following up. You’ll be an individual of your word, you’ll deliver a quality result to the person you interacted with, and you’ll be building (or strengthening) a great habit. Plus, as it is ubiquitously known throughout the business world, the fortune is in the follow-up. Here are some tips for following up:

        • Set a reminder as soon as you walk away.
        • Add a personal element to the reminder, such as a rhyme.
        • Complete the follow-up within one week.

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          5. Think From Their Perspective

          The best negotiators know that there are nearly endless ways to create mutual success. By helping other people achieve what they want, you will naturally come closer to what you want. You simply need to remain genuinely focused on what other people want.

          A few common scenarios you may face throughout your career are: being interested in a promotion that your supervisor may not be keen on, wanting to make a life change that your spouse doesn’t understand, looking to make a career shift when your options are scarce, dealing with an unusually obstinate boss or figuring out how to keep your life moving when you’ve just experienced a personal failure. Here are some foolproof recommendations for absorbing another person’s perspective:

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          • What is this individual looking for?
          • Am I able to help them get the result they want?
          • How can I help move their goal forward?
          • What is one tangible task I can commit to and complete within one week?

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            6. Be Polite

            In a world where common sense and daily manners seem to be on a downward spiral, politeness and public graces can take you far. Soft skills carry just as much weight as hard skills, so this is one area you can’t afford to overlook. How to kill ’em with kindness in the modern world:

            • Hold the door for people.
            • Smile when it’s genuine (many people can tell a fake smile).
            • Find something authentic you can compliment them on.

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              7. Utilize The Supreme Power Of Listening

              In the same way that everyday politeness is fading from the public limelight, listening is a prized skill that has just as much value in business as it does in the personal world. Being able to listen well means meetings are more efficient, you don’t have to double check on project instructions and you’re more likely to be successful and well-liked. Here are a few ways to massively improve your listening skills:

              • Exercise empathy; put yourself in the speaker’s shoes.
              • Don’t assume you already know everything.
              • Listen to absorb, rather than to immediately respond.

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                8. Remember The Small Things

                Remembering smaller aspects of your daily interactions shows people you truly do care; that you aren’t just another employee or friend. Being mindful of relatively personal bits of information others share with you indicates you’re a trustworthy and upstanding person – increasing the likelihood they’ll want to collaborate with you. How to remember the small things:

                • Be sincerely interested in other people and their observations.
                • Think of one aspect of their personal life you can remember, and next time you see them, ask them about it.
                • Keep a pocket-sized notepad wherever you go.

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                  9. Laugh A Bit

                  Laughter is a great way to let off some steam and turn an otherwise difficult day into a more cheerful one. Naturally, you don’t want to overdo any laughing, but if an observation strikes you as funny and it’s appropriate for the situation, go ahead and guffaw. Here are a few tips for laughter opportunities:

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                  • Laugh when sincere, but don’t drag it on.
                  • Tell people what you appreciated so much.
                  • Look for ways to cheer others up when they’re feeling blue.

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                    10. Practice Generosity

                    Generosity is the secret weapon of everyone who has ever been successful. You might think I’m kidding, but upon second glance, it’s easy to see why the likes of Og Mandino, Zig Ziglar, Dale Carnegie, Jim Rohn and Tony Robbins have all included going above and beyond as part of their core messages. Here are four ways to practice generosity:

                    • Give in a way that excites and engages you.
                    • Focus on giving something small and genuine, rather than huge and insincere.
                    • Give something that is of practical value to the recipient.
                    • If possible, give a gift that is particularly timely or opportune.

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                      11. Think Of Your Normal Contribution, Then Double That

                      Here’s the true secret sauce. To double or triple your results, you have to double or triple the input you’re providing. In other words, if you want your boss, co-workers and/or clients to truly be astounded, offer them something that only you can provide through your work, and do it with a spirit of gratitude. A few tips for doubling or tripling your input are:

                      • Think of what you would want to receive if you were the recipient.
                      • Look for ways to solve the unique problem your client or boss is facing.
                      • Increase the value of what you’re providing, rather than just adding fluff. Think of what will make it more meaningful or useful, rather than just “bigger.”

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                      5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

                      5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

                      Not being able to stay productive at work is a problem that everyone runs into at some point; no matter how much you like your job, there are certain factors that prevent you from staying at maximum proficiency throughout the whole day.

                      A lack of productive focus at work can lead to extra stress on yourself, missed deadlines, passed opportunities, raise denial, demotion and even termination.

                      So, if you are someone who has trouble with your productivity, here are five effective tips on how to be productive at work:

                      1. Take breaks

                      First and foremost, it’s important for you to take regular breaks. Trying to work throughout the whole day will tire your brain, which will then cause you to doze off and think about something else.

                      If you keep working your brain, it will fill up and get jumbled with information—sort of like a computer hard drive. Taking a break would be like resetting your computer so that it can start afresh, or de-fragmenting the data so that all the information is in order.

                      This is a great thing because it allows you to solve problems you were unable to solve previously, by seeing it differently; if you are able to organize your thoughts properly, you will be able to take in new information more easily.

                      There have even been studies about methods of saving time and staying proficient, and taking breaks is one of the leading factors.

                      According to Christine Hohlbaum, the author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, eating lunch away from your work area every day will greatly increase your productivity. Eating in your work area will give you the illusion that you are working, but whether you like it or not, your brain will begin to wander and think of something else and then you will be working tirelessly with no progress.

                      It’s important to take breaks before and during work too: if you come to work in a rush because you woke up late, your mind will not be mentally prepared for the day ahead, and you will spend the first 10 to 15 minutes trying to get organized and composed before you can actually start working.

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                      Instead, you should try to wake up 20 minutes earlier than the time it would take you to “just get” to work. Take that time to stare off into space and not worry about anything.

                      If you do this, your brain will be empty and ready for all the challenges it has coming for the next few hours.

                      If your employer only allows a set amount of breaks during the workday, that doesn’t mean you can’t just get up and walk around for a quick break every now and then.

                      Even if it’s only 5 minutes, it will refresh your brain and you will gain renewed energy to do your job.

                      Learn more about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                      2. Pace yourself and balance your workload

                      One problem that most people run into is that they underestimate the amount of work they have to do, and end up doing 50% of the work in the last 20% of the time they have to do it. This is due to an issue of balancing one’s workload.

                      When you receive a project, or are doing a job you normally do, take some time to really plan out your work schedule.

                      Consider how much time it took you to do this last time; determine how you can break the project into smaller parts and which can only be accomplished on certain days, and whether anything might come up that could interfere with your plan.

                      All of these questions are important for starting on a project, and when answered, they will help you stay productive throughout each day.

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                      For example, if you needed to design a project to map out the amount of aid offered in various regions after Hurricane Sandy, you can break it up as follows:

                      You will need to know what organizations are offering help to begin with, how much aid those organizations gave or plan to give, which regions were hit by Sandy, and which regions suffered the greatest losses.

                      You start this project on a Thursday and know you have until Tuesday to gather this information.

                      In order to stay productive, you need to plan out your work week—now you know you can find out which organizations are involved in helping the Hurricane Sandy Victims any day since that information is online, but gathering information on the organizations may require you to call them.

                      Since phone calls can only be done during week days, you have to plan on gathering all of that information before the weekend comes.

                      That is just one example of a situation in which pre-planning your project will help you stay productive; had you researched the affected regions first, you would not have received the info on the organizations until the weekend, and may have missed your chance to call them.

                      That, in turn, would have wasted time you could have spent working on this project to finish it.

                      Knowing what you need to do, when you can do it, and how long it will take you, is important in balancing your workload and being more productive and efficient.

                      3. Put your work first

                      This is an issue that usually occurs with young people who are new to the workforce: they’re often tempted with offers to go out at midday, and then come back lost in thought and unfocused on their work-related tasks.

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                      While it is important to take breaks, your breaks should consist of you clearing your mind, not loading it up with other less important information—like sports.

                      However, that is not the only situation where you need to worry about putting your work first before all else.

                      In a work environment, the senior employees will oftentimes push some of their menial tasks onto the newer employees. If you fall into that category, you need to know that their work is not your work, so if you have tasks that need to be done, you need to do it first.

                      If you are a new employee, you must learn to say no to other people even when it means you may not be in their good graces anymore. You can help others out once your work is done, but you are paid to do your own work, not anyone else’s.

                      4. Don’t open your browser unless you need them

                      In this day and age, everyone is constantly monitoring their social network. This is a major pain point for companies, which is why many don’t allow employees to access their social networks on company workstations.

                      When you are at work, disconnect the internet from your phone and keep your browsers closed so you’re not tempted to log onto your social media accounts or browse any sites that are not work-related.

                      If you keep your browsers closed and phone tucked away, only to be used in an emergency, you will find yourself being a more productive employee right away. 

                      5. Try to be happy and optimistic

                      If you always have a negative outlook on life, you will be more distracted and less motivated to get work done, so it’s important for you to start your day off right.

                      This can be done by having a good breakfast or by taking time in the morning to watch one of your favorite TV shows before work.

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                      If you are happy, you will find yourself able to work much more productively as your mind won’t wander into worrying about something else.

                      Also, if you stay optimistic and keep telling yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to, the tasks will seem much less daunting and will go by much more quickly.

                      Take a look at more effective ways to stay positive at work:

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                      Happiness and optimism are the keys to being a productive and happy employee.

                      All in all, heed the five tips above and you will find yourself being one of the most productive people at your company.

                      While you do not need to master them all, each and every one of them will help you become a better and more efficient employee.

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