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11 Signs You Actually Love Your Work

11 Signs You Actually Love Your Work

Did you know that the majority of U.S. employees are satisfied with their jobs? According to a Society for Human Resource Management survey, 81% of U.S. employees reported overall satisfaction with their current jobs. Satisfaction is nice but hardly exciting. Let’s look at the signs love work!

1. You don’t dread the work week; You look forward to Monday morning.

When you love your work, you look forward to Monday morning. Even the most successful people have difficult weeks but if you love your work, those weeks are the exception rather than the rule.

2. You don’t arrive late, but you do arrive early.

Arriving on time (or early!) shows your interest in your work. While everyone is late from time to time due to traffic or personal challenges, happy professionals are known for their punctual habits.

After all, how often are you late for something you’re looking forward to? If you work from home, getting an early start is an even greater sign that you enjoy your work.

3. You don’t complain about work; You speak about your work with enthusiasm.

Many happy professionals take pride in sharing their passion for their work with others. For example, you may be an active contributor to a LinkedIn Group dedicated to your profession.

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Or you may simply enjoying answering the question “What do you do for a living?” If you are delighted,

4. You focus on winning instead of just getting by.

Winning is a quality that sets happy professionals apart from their unhappy peers who aim to “get through” each day. Adopting a winning attitude at work gives you momentum to work on challenging goals in the rest of your life.

– Learn how to Keep winning by reading 7 Things Your Boss Expects You Know About Winning At Work.

5. You’re not a clock watcher, but you do lose track of time.

When you are deeply involved in enjoyable work, you lose track of time. Minutes and hours fly by like seconds. It’s a wonderful feeling!

Flow, a concept discovered by researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is a state of very deep focus on a task. It helps you break through challenging problems and represents a new level of productivity.

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– Tip: Getting into flow doesn’t have to be rocket science – Achieve Flow by Hacking Your Tasks.

6. You ask for more responsibility instead of worrying about work load.

When you love your workplace and profession, you are hungry for more work. Over time, many people become more productive at their work tasks. Instead of heading home at 4 pm, you ask for more work to do to remain productive.

7. You don’t complain about your company; Instead, you laugh with your colleagues.

The people you work with make a big difference on how much joy you feel at your workplace. When you laugh with people at the office, it’s much easier to relax and have an effectively perspective on problems.

In contrast, unhappy workers tend to work with people with a negative attitude.

Nobody denies that problems exist at work but there’s little to be gained by obsessing over problems.

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8. You are proud of your work accomplishments instead of complaining about shortcomings.

Preparing for your annual review is a joy when you love your work. Why? Because you’re proud of everything that you achieved. Your email archives are full of positive comments from management and customers.

You exceeded your sales quota. You may even be winning awards for your performance.

– Tip: Take pride in your accomplishments on a regular basis by writing a short monthly summary of your work accomplishments. You may be pleasantly surprised at your results!

9. You don’t avoid requests for help; Instead, you help the people around you.

Helping a coworker out is a sign that you are a leader who understands the importance of teamwork. Helping out at work takes a variety of forms.

For example, you may offer to cover a coworker’s responsibilities when she covers on vacation. Or you may buy a treat for someone who is having a tough day. When you love your work, you are proactive in helping the people around you reach their goals.

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10. You don’t run away from conflict, but you manage it effectively.

Even when you love your work, conflict is bound to happen. Whether you have different personalities or different understandings of a contract, conflict happens at the office. Effective professionals face conflict head on and resolve problems.

Once conflicts are solved, they can get back to winning and helping their coworkers.

11. You don’t get bored at work; Instead, you realize there is always something new to discover.

Having a sense of wonder is a key element of happiness. At the office, discovering something new each week keeps work interesting. You might, for example, discover some Microsoft Excel hacks from the department’s resident Excel ninja.

Or you might learn how to get funding for your MBA! The potential discoveries are limitless. Seek out those discoveries and you will ultimately become happier at work.

Featured photo credit: Happiness/geralt via pixabay.com

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Bruce Harpham is a Project Management Professional and Founder and CEO of Project Management Hacks.

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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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