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10 Changes You Would Undergo If You’re Working In A Good Company

10 Changes You Would Undergo If You’re Working In A Good Company

If you stay in the same job for more than 10 years, is this loyalty or a liability? It depends on whether the company you work for is a good one or not. What do we mean when we say that you are in a good company? Here are 10 changes you should actually undergo which will make the definition clear. Loyalty would certainly pay off.

1. You accept bigger challenges.

Let us imagine giving up on hard work and challenging goals. Why would you do that? If the company culture was hostile or boring, then you would certainly avoid a challenge or move on. But the hallmark of great company culture is where employees are happy and there is an excellent atmosphere of collaboration, transparency and employee freedom. Once you realize that, you will be happy to face more challenges because it is so stimulating and rewarding.

“Better moods = better performance. Hostile or even boring working environments are not sustainable. Poor work product and attrition result.” – Jim Benson, founder of Personal kanaban

2. You are happier when representing your company.

This is a test of your loyalty and you would change your attitude about this. Look at the old scenario where you did not feel that you were really part of the organization. You were unhappy and this came across whenever you mentioned the company’s name, whether it was on social media, attending conferences or networking in general.

But since you are now working with a good company, you resonate with their values and their culture and you are more than happy to be a good ambassador. You now understand what makes a great company and this will guide you in future job searches.

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3. You know that learning from failure is important.

 “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”- Bill Gates

Do you remember the dreaded question, “What was your greatest failure?” at job interviews? Better companies ask this question because they are more keenly aware that not all careers follow the same path. They are also more likely to have performance assessment, strong training programs and encourage their employees to mentor and be mentored. Now that you see failure as a valuable learning experience you are much more relaxed and enjoy being supervised, rather than dreading it.

4. You are more involved in decision making.

Can you remember working for companies where decisions were taken exclusively by the managing board of directors and filtered down to the humble employees like you? The result was that you did not care or were not even interested in deciding policy, procedures or staff performance.

A good company will encourage its workers to come forward with suggestions, ideas, ways to improve customer relations, office procedures and also policy. You automatically feel much more involved and welcome being a part of the decision making process. You feel proud when your ideas are sometimes adopted and your motivation reaches stellar levels.

5. You have changed your mindset about teamwork.

You may have believed teamwork was just an added extra which prevented you from working as an individual. You may have had your own agenda to work on, your own little projects and of course, your precious career path to follow.

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Working with a good company changes all that and you know that when you offer to do some of the grunt work like everyone else on the team, it can make the difference when meeting the deadline. This is what happened to a manager of a large IT project when she drove the van delivering the computers.

In a good company, you get to work in a dream team where everyone pitches in, there is real communication and everyone works together despite their different specialties.

6. You have a clearer idea about customer service.

“Customer service is about making customers happy, and the culture is about making employees happy. So, really, we’re about trying to deliver happiness, whether it’s to customers or employees, and we apply that same philosophy to vendors as well.”- Tony Hsieh CEO Zappos

Many a company has failed because they have not managed to juggle satisfying their employees, customer service and keeping their suppliers happy. Customer service is not just about getting great goods delivered on time. It is also closely linked with the reputation the company has in the way it treats its employees when outsourcing around the world.

You now understand why Amazon bought Zappos for $1.2 billion in 2009. You also know that you are just one of the faces of your company brand and why it is so important to build trust among customers. When customers are not satisfied, the business fails.

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7. You appreciate your colleagues more.

In many companies, it is so competitive that everyone is a little bit wary about sharing ideas and there is very little collaboration between departments. Combine that with office gossip when communication channels are a bit opaque and you get a very mediocre work atmosphere. You cannot escape the time wasters, the whiners and the cynics and at times, this can be suffocating.

In a good company that all changes dramatically. You have really talented people at your beck and call. They help out with resources, data and information when you need it. You do the same for them now that you have experienced, diligent and hard working colleagues.

8. You are prepared now to go the extra mile.

In many companies, you are besieged with requests for doing extra time which may or may not be compensated. When that happened, you resented it and your work life balance suffered. You may even have been hounded by management on weekends with emails and pestering phone calls.

In a good company, you are much more likely to be passionately involved in the team and the project. There is absolutely no problem with doing extra hours because you are really committed, so it pays handsome dividends in job satisfaction which many people never or rarely experience.

9. You understand your role in the company.

In a good company, the mission is very clearly stated and everyone is working towards the same goal. Not only that but everyone knows what role they play in making it all happen. You feel fully engaged and motivated. Google employees know which cog they are in organizing the world’s information.

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Facebook workers know how all the various teams work in keeping the world connected. You also are proud of your company’s record in being committed to reducing its carbon footprint and making the world a better place.

10. You can see your career taking off.

The great thing about working for a good company is that work is now interesting, rewarding and motivating. You actually look forward to going to work every morning because there are projects to finish and you can see your career developing. You are pleased that your skill set is being constantly enriched, the colleagues are collaborative and there is a great team spirit in the office.

You thank your lucky stars that you are no longer one of 33% of American workers who are dissatisfied with their work and want to move on.

Featured photo credit: Happy Birthday Center for Total Health 40176/Ted Eytan via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

Not a lot of people are good at public speaking. You could even say that virtually everyone needs to get some practice, and preferably good guidance, before they can learn to stay calm when facing a room full of people. Having all eyes on you is an uncomfortable experience and it takes time to get used to. However, even if you can manage to control your stage fright and stay focused, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your presentation won’t put people to sleep. This is usually the case with long presentations on a very dull subject, with the presenter speaking in a monotone voice and dimming the lights to play a PowerPoint presentation.

You have to work hard to develop the right skills

If you want to be remembered and actually get people engaged, you need to make your presentation fun and enjoyable, without coming off as corny or desperate to please. I know, it doesn’t sound that easy at all! A good presentation during a promotional event or given to an important client can be a game changer for your business, so it is easy to get stressed out and fail to perform all that well. Luckily, giving an interesting lecture is something that can be practiced and perfected. There is plenty of advice out there on the topic, but let’s look at the most important aspects of giving a memorable and fun presentation.

1. Make your presentation short and sweet

With very long, meandering speeches you tend to lose the audience pretty early on, and from then on out it’s just a test of endurance for the few bravest listeners. Not only will people’s attention start to drop rapidly after sitting and listening to you talk for 30 minutes, but you also risk watering down your core ideas and leaving your audience with little in the way of key phrases and important bits of information to take away from the whole ordeal. Famous speakers throughout history have known the importance of condensing the information by using well thought out sentences and short phrases loaded with meaning.

JFK’s famous: ”It’s not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” expresses so much in very few words and gets the audience thinking. Ancient Spartans, for example were famous for their quick, dry wit, often demolishing their opponent’s argument with a single word or phrase. You’ll want to channel that ancient spirit and be as concise as possible when preparing your presentation.

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2. Open up with a good ice breaker

At the beginning, you are new to the audience. There is no rapport, no trust and the atmosphere is fairly neutral. Even if some of the people there know you personally, the concept of you as an authority on a particular matter giving a speech will be foreign to them. The best way to encourage a warm and friendly atmosphere is to get some kind of emotional response out of the audience right at the beginning. It doesn’t matter what emotion it is, you just need to connect with them on a more personal level. It can be shock, curiosity, laughter, knowing smirks, nervousness – whatever gets them out of that initial feeling of indifference. There are different kinds of effective ice-breakers, but generally speaking, the most successful ones utilize one of these tactics:

  • Joking
  • Tugging on their heart strings
  • Dropping a bombastic statement
  • Telling an interesting and relevant anecdote
  • Using a metaphor or drawing comparisons

You can make a small, self-deprecating comment, stir the presentation one way and then suddenly surprise the audience, use sarcasm, open up with a short childhood story that taught you a lesson, quote a famous person and elaborate on it from personal experience, use an inspirational anecdote or hit them with a bit of nostalgia. Just remember to keep it short and move on once you’ve gotten a reaction.

3. Keep things simple and to the point

Once you’re done warming up the crowd you can ease them into the core concepts and important ideas that you will be presenting. Keep the same presentation style thoughout. If you’ve started off a bit ironic, using dry wit, you can’t just jump into a boring monologue. If you’ve started off with a bang, telling a couple of great little jokes and getting the crowd riled up, you have to keep them happy by throwing in little jokes here and there and being generally positive and energetic during the presentation. You need a certain structure that you won’t deviate too far from at any point. A good game plan consists of several important points that need to be addressed efficiently. This means moving on from one point to another in a logical manner, coming to a sound conclusion and making sure to accentuate the key information.

4. Use a healthy dose of humor

Some of the best speeches and presentations in the world, which have been heard and viewed by millions, all feature plenty of humor. No matter the subject, a great speaker will use natural charisma, humor and beautiful language to convey their points and get the crowd excited about what they are saying. A great example of building rapport with the audience through the use of humor is Barrack Obama talking about the government building Iron Man.

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It is silly and fun, and absolutely not something that you would expect from a man in a position of power speaking in such a serious setting – and it’s exactly why it works. The more serious the situation and the bigger the accent on proper social behavior, the harder your jokes will hit.

5. Try to tell a story instead of ranting

Some people can do all of the above things right and still manage to turn their short and fun little presentation into a chaotic mess of information. You don’t want your speech to look like you just threw a bunch of information in a blender in no particular order. To avoid rambling, create a strong structure. Start with the ice breaker, introduce the core concepts and your goals briefly, elaborate on the various points in a bit more detail, draw logical conclusions and leave your audience with a clear takeaway message. You want to flow naturally from one part to the next like you are telling a big story chapter by chapter.

6. Practice your delivery

Standing in front of the mirror and practicing a speech or presentation is a technique as old as mirrors – well, come to think of it, as old as human speech, since you can see yourself reflected in any clear and calm body of water – and that means that it is tried and true. The theory is incredibly simple, yet the real problem is actually putting in the effort day in and day out. Work on your posture, your tone of voice, accent, pauses between sentences and facial expressions. The most important thing is to talk slowly and loudly enough to be heard and understood clearly. Many famous speakers, such as Demosthenes and King George VI, overcame speech impediments through hard work.

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7. Move around and use your hands

Although you won’t instill confidence in your project if you are very jittery, moving around erratically, not knowing what to do with your hands and making fast movements, standing dead still can be just as bad. You shouldn’t be afraid to use your arms and hands when talking as it makes you seem more passionate and confident. The same goes for moving around and taking up some space. However, try to make slower, calculated and deliberate movements. You want your movements to seem powerful, yet effortless. You can achieve this through practice.

8. Engage the audience by making them relate

Sometimes you will lose the audience somewhat in techno-babble, numbers, graphs and abstract ideas. At that point it is important to reel them back in using some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Make comparisons to events from everyday life that most people are more than familiar with. By making things look simple, not only will you help your audience get a better understanding of the subject by enabling them to visualize the information more clearly, you will also draw a connection between you. After all, you are all just regular people with similar experience, you just happen to be performing different roles at the moment.

9. Use funny images in your slides

Although slides are not really necessary at all times, if you do need them to make your point and present your information more effectively, it’s best to liven them up. They say that facts aren’t always black and white, and your presentation should reflect this. Add a bit of color, make the information stand out and use an interesting animation to switch from slide to slide. You can use the slides to add some more humor, both in terms of the text and the images. An image that is used to elicit a positive response needs to be funny within the context of what you are discussing. For example, if you are discussing the topic of authority, an image of Eric Cartman from South Park in a police uniform, demanding that you respect his “authoritah,” is a nice way to have a bit of fun and lighten things up.

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10. End on a more serious note

When all is said and done you will want the audience to remember the core concepts and keep thinking about what you have said after the presentation is over. This is why you should let things naturally calm down and end with an important idea, quote or even a question. Plant a seed in their mind and make them think. Let us turn to Patrick Henry for a great way to end a speech: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

As you can see, there is quite a bit to learn when it comes to giving a good presentation, one that is both memorable and fun. Be sure to work on your skills tirelessly and follow in the footsteps of great orators.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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