The best, most influential business presentations start with extensive preparation and practice, writes executive education professor Carmine Gallo. Focus on delivering a strong beginning and end to the speech, and record rehearsals so you can identify areas for improvement.
Acceleration Partners CEO Robert Glazer deliberately schedules time for productivity and guards it against distractions. "You'll see that in people's calendars and you know it doesn't mean 'hey, you can have this time from me,' it means, 'hey, I'm actually doing the stuff that I needed to deliver to everyone,' " he says.
If you find yourself struggling to write, try making a list of key points; working in short, timed bursts; and pretending the audience is filled with friends, writes Jim Anderson. "The list that we create does not have to be good -- it just has to be a start," he writes.
Wellness programs can fail to be effective if they offer incentives that target already healthy employees or if they are so focused on results they do not recognize progress achieved, according to strategic planning firm OPOC.us. Instead of a regular cycle of wellness activities, OPOC.us says, plans should change based on the interests and needs of employees and they should include some face-to-face contact rather than putting everything online.
Some hiring executives -- tired of interview pretense -- have used unorthodox methods to determine a candidate's potential, such as playing table tennis to discern their level of intensity and risk-taking, writes Jared Lindzon. One executive has people drive his car to gauge their multitasking skills, while another prompts more honest conversations by explaining why people shouldn't work for him.
Learning how to help someone struggling emotionally improves your ability to remain calm during conflict and resolve it, writes clinical psychologist Nick Wignall. He offers five tips including validating your emotions before addressing theirs and showing an interest in understanding their problem versus trying to solve it.
The city that welcomed the most international visitors last year might not have occurred to you -- and it wasn't Paris, London, New York or Hong Kong. And surprisingly, Los Angeles didn't even crack the Top 20.