It’s a new day, a new year, and I’m wondering, where do you want your career journey to take you? I ask not so much with your “technical” skills in mind, but rather, your human skills.
Here’s an inspiring truth: We often do our best work and have the most powerful impact when we learn to let our inner leader shine. Like the best leaders, that means learning to communicate in ways that spark and encourage great ideas; drive the business forward; and build caring, compassionate working relationships.
Early summer yields a bumper crop of noteworthy college commencement addresses. These speeches by cultural luminaries and business leaders often exhibit strategies to benefit the rest of us in our own talks at work. Like the most memorable TED talks, commencement speakers often invest significant time crafting and rehearsing talks beforehand and merit analysis. Here we spotlight Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s recent address to graduates at University of California, Berkeley. Sandberg’s powerful and moving address embodies useful tips to make your own presentations at work more impactful
Springtime means academic graduations, and wedding season around the corner. You may have an opportunity to toast a young graduate in your life, or fete newlyweds about to embark on the adventure of married life. Toasts are a succinct way to express emotion or a point of view during a special occasion. Sadly, many toast-givers don’t plan or deliver their best, failing to make the grad or bride and groom shine. Follow these strategies for impactful and engaging toasts they’ll remember: