Are you being groomed for a job you don't want at your company? This happens all of the time. You’re a rockstar at your company, and your boss starts preparing you for a role you would excel in. Meanwhile, you realize that this particular role doesn’t excite you, you’re not engaged by the work, or it’s just not where your passions lie. So, what do you do? “If you’re not fully engaged with your work and you don’t see it aligning with your future career goals, it will cause problems for you,” said career expert J.T. O’Donnell. According to O’Donnell, you won’t be as effective or engaged at work, and people will notice. As a result, you’ll be unhappy and you won’t get where you want to go in the long run. So how do you deal? How can you overcome this obstacle?
Think about the last time you had a presentation, led a meeting, or pitched an idea. Was your audience fully engaged? Were people leaning forward, enchanted by your delivery, and completely fascinated at what you were telling them? ...Or were they looking off into space, eyes glazed over, clearly not listening to what you were saying? When you're presenting, part of your job is to captivate your audience. If you want to become a great presenter, you must learn how to condition your audience before you open your mouth. If the people you're speaking to aren't fully engaged, they won't take away the important points you bring up during the presentation. Marie Wedderburn, a presentation coach at Own The Room, a communication skills training company, warns that your audience will mentally step out if you don't grab them from the very beginning. So, if you feel like you could do a better job captivating people with your words, try this: next time you hold a presentation, a pitch, or a meeting, start with a scene. Share something that will captivate your audience. Whether it's a joke, a story, a compelling statistic, or something else, find a "hook" that will grab people's attention and hold it. Your goal, as a presenter, is to condition your audience so everyone is "waiting for you to open your mouth," said Wedderburn. Keep them engaged. Harness their interest. If you can achieve this in the first few seconds of your presentation, meeting, or pitch, you're more likely to hold attention throughout. How will you start your next presentation? What has captivated you in the past? Watch the video above to learn more about this presentation tip.
Self-improvement has become a national hobby. On Amazon alone, for example, 134,989 titles are currently available when the search term, “self-improvement” is entered in the search bar. We are obsessed with become “better” at everything from meditation to sex, from sleep to success. Related: Why Do You Need A Career Development Plan ASAP? Professional development doesn’t have to be offered by your company in order for you to take advantage of the many opportunities that are available to you. Online learning of every description is exploding right now, and as a result, there is no excuse for you not to continue to learn, grow, and hone your skills to help you prepare for your next job or promotion. Remembering the fact that “every job is temporary,” you cannot afford to languish in any position for long without taking some proactive steps toward developing yourself. Here are four suggestions that you might want to consider:
Whether you are on the verge of graduating or you have other plans to join (or re-join) the workforce, you need to look for ways to efficiently and effectively develop as a professional. You have to continually improve your strengths and/or your weaknesses, build good rapport with your co-workers and bosses, and be able to prove your worth to be the best employee you can be. Related: 3 Steps To Create Your Own Career Development Plan New employees can sometimes be confused when trying to identify the right steps to take. Some end up in choosing the wrong job, and this creates obstructions in an otherwise bright career path. Here are three career development tips that can help you achieve success with absolute confidence.
If you're pondering how you're going to get where you want to be, there are some simple steps you can take that will help you create your own career development plan. Let’s not be confused by the word “simple.” Related: The Importance Of Having A Solid Career Plan Sometimes the simplest of concepts or steps can be tough to do because they require some thinking and some effort. Yet, your think time and effort are an investment in your future and happiness, which make it all very worthwhile.