I salute those that are striving to improve their public speaking and presentation skills. It’s not always an easy thing to do, especially if one was born introverted, with a learning challenge of some kind, is not a native speaker of the working language or simply was never used to or trained in how to handle “the spotlight.”
‘Tis the season to be invited to Christmas (or “Holiday” or “Festive Season” etc.) parties sponsored by your place of employment. At first it sounds like a great idea: take a day or half-day off work, mingle with friends and co-workers, eat free food and drink free booze. What a great way to get into the spirit of the season and to start saying good-bye to this year and hello to the next one. So what could be wrong with this common company practice?
Like many of you I have a profile on the networking site LinkedIn. (You can find me at http://www.linkedin.com/in/communicationcoach) One of the benefits of LinkedIn is becoming a member of a group related to our fields or interests. I subscribe to a number of groups, and sometimes feel compelled to add my two cents to the discussions, although not often. Today was one of those time