Present In The Moment Equals Success In Your Business!

I had a realization in my business the other day that to be successful in your business you have to be present in the moment! Most of the time I am but on Tuesday I was not. I had this dark cloud over my head that cast a spell over me. I was living in the past for a moment like it was my future. I was entertaining those self- sabotaging thoughts that were preventing me from moving forward. I was stuck in moment that wasn’t the present moment, that wasn’t portraying the real me, the creative me that is passionate about helping my clients. So what are some things I do that keep me in the present moment.

One of the biggest things I do is internalize that this life I’m living is a journey or a process and that I am right where I’m suppose to be. So when it comes to my business, I have the same attitude. That keeps me out of the past and also it stops me thinking about things like where I’m supposed to be.

Another thing I do is I help others. This may sound weird because it’s also what I do in my business. But this is the important part of it because when I’m helping others in my business or in life I am present in the moment. I don’t think about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. I am totally there for the person I am with.

The coolest thing I do is just be. Realizing that I believe that all my decisions are made in the present. Any action I take is in the present. Also even the emotions I feel are in the present. So it really does nothing for my business if I’m living in the past or thinking about the future. Really the past is the old story. The future is what I’m journeying toward. The present is really where I can live in my sweet spot. The present is the daily stuff I do to enhance and grow my business. It’s where the clients I work with get what they need in the present! How cool is that!

I have a curious nature and I was wondering what prevents us from living in the present. I think it’s really wishing for things that will not happen over night. Or it’s worry about things that might happen. It’s okay to wish for things and dream of things as long as you are enjoying the moment you are in. “Worry,” on the other hand, is like a bad word because to worry about things that might happen in your business or worry about things that can fail will never help you to live in the present. Plus worrying about something that can happen puts you in a make- believe world because it hasn’t happened. I know this sounds crazy but really what has worry ever done for anybody.

I have a mentor that always says to live life, like you mean it! The only way you really do that is by being present in the moment! I would love to hear from you now! What keeps you present in the moment! How do you live life in the present moment like you mean it?

What Makes a Good Negotiator?

Have you ever wondered what makes a good negotiator?

This is a question that many people before me have tried to answer. It turns out that there are many different answers depending on who you ask.

I believe that this is the wrong question to ask… here’s why. I believe that it would be far better to wonder about what makes a good negotiator within a specific discipline rather than what makes a good negotiator in a generic sense.

It would make more sense to ask what makes a good sales negotiator, purchasing negotiator, labour negotiator, contract negotiator, conflict resolution negotiator etc. You see, it doesn’t follow that because you are great at conflict resolution that you would be a great purchasing negotiator just as it doesn’t make sense that because you are good at golf that you would also be good at tennis.

Wondering about what makes a great negotiator is too general a question to be useful. Let me explain what I mean by further using a sporting analogy.

Do you know what makes a good sportsperson?

- A positive mind-set?

- A strong belief in their own ability to succeed?

Of course it would be important to know, master and apply the principles of good sportsmanship no matter what sport you participate in, but in addition to this you would need to master the best practices, strategies, techniques and tactics unique to your specific sports discipline (tennis, golf etc.).

If you are a golfer or tennis player, it would be far more useful for you to know what makes a good golfer or tennis player rather than only obtaining an answer as to what makes a good sportsperson.

For far too long academic institutions and training providers have been turning out ‘good negotiators’ rather than great, discipline specific, negotiators. This means that negotiation skills have been taught on a generic level without a focus on the application of the strategies, best practices, techniques and tactics within a specific negotiation discipline.

It is simply not true that all negotiation principles, best practices and techniques hold the same value no matter what type of negotiation you are involved in. You should most definitely be deploying different strategies and tactics if you are negotiating with a provider of a commodity based product within a commercial environment than you would deploy if you are seeking to reach a long term mutually beneficial outcome in a political negotiation.

If you wanted to develop your negotiation skills, it would still make sense to attend generic negotiation skills development training workshops just as it would make sense to attend a general workshop on the principles that underpin great sportsmanship if you desired to be a professional golfer.

What won’t make sense though is to expect that a generic negotiation training workshop will equip you with the specific tools, techniques, strategies and tactics you need within your specific discipline (sales, purchasing, conflict resolution etc.).

So here is an important piece of advice – if you are looking to further develop your negotiation skills, make sure that you hone those skills within a learning environment that is specifically tailored to your discipline.

This way you will extract far more value from your investment of time and effort.

Presentation Techniques: The Fundamentals and Purpose of a Great Presentation

Making presentations is the foundation of every growing company. Department heads use them to be able to submit reports with flair while newly graduates use them to vamp up their resume in order to attract more employers. Whatever the position, there is always the necessity to have good presentation skills.

Fundamentals of Good Presentation

Good presentation outlines a type of company, department or person. Whatever is shown determines the image, representation and branding of an institution or an organization. Anyone who knows how to cook the right presentation with the techniques always has an edge on professionalism and is always a potential asset. But knowing the elements of a good presentation is not as easy as frying scrambled eggs. So there should be a guide on how to go about it.

There must be a high level of confidence from the person presenting for the show to be successful. Having a unique personality who knows when and how to execute the words and tune in the punch line on the right estimation is always a plus. To do this, knowing the complete details in the presentation by heart and also anticipating possible critics is important.

While confidence is vital, learning significant technical skills is also crucial. Self-reliance is nothing when someone does not know how to control a PowerPoint, openoffice, keynote or windows movie maker. Whatever the career path is, being a true professional means understanding all the information related to the presentation and also going out of the way to acquire new skills.

Facilitating a Presentation

Just like a department meeting, there is always a designated person to show the presentation. While brainstorming sessions also need it, normally, presentations are more used after all the information is gathered. When this happens, the rest act as the audiences while the facilitator takes the role of the star.

For informal meetings, common for non-corporate settings, listeners are free to ask questions while the presentation is going on. This is where the information of the presentation can be altered. Facilitators should be ready to be able to paraphrase all the details handed out. So, it is good to make sure that the words on the presentation are in bullet form and the texts are not less than 10 points. This is to give a chance for the audience to read all the items on screen.

For a more formal setting where the facilitator needs to complete the presentation before questions are encouraged, making the presentation exciting and energetic is critical. Liveliness keeps the audience awake and allows them to take note of every point given. No one wants a listener to repeat the presentation after everything is shown, right? This is where animations, audio syncs, cool images and other visual aids are greatly of use.

Main Functions of Presentation

Presentation is important in every company setting. Staffs are required to prepare presentations for monthly, quarterly and annual reports especially in a corporate business. The boss assigns practically everyone with this task, randomly, so it is important to be prepared all the time.

Also as equally important in business or marketing companies, presentations are used to discuss summaries of the number of sales per employee in a given time. When some departments need to present significant changes on the sales plan, they also need to make a presentation.

Applicants for a multimedia position also need to prepare a presentation to serve as their virtual portfolio. Instead of handing out a large book, they can save it on a CD and hand it to an interviewer. Multimedia companies all have computers; anyway, so it is more convenient for the Human Resource department to review portfolios on screen rather than carrying those heavy clear books one by one.

With all the functions of presentation given above, it is evident that the main purpose of presentation is really to communicate with the target audience and persuade them to agree with the report using visual and textual techniques.