While I worked as an employee several years I go, I discovered and practised two (2) important virtues that helped me climb the corporate ladder very fast, such that at the age of 23, I had already become an Assistant Manager in one of the Company’s branches.
At a point, my direct Boss, being the Manager,Nedu Iheanacho left me to do all the jobs myself because he had confidence that I will deliver. I had the privilege to interact with elders and customers and also strike some deals and negotiations with them as a result of the mastery I got in these two (2) important virtues.
Unarguably, these virtues have the capacity to position you at a point that you can become the favourite staff of your Boss.
1. Think through every problem – and you might come up with another easier strategy to tackling it.
2. Develop the habit of working more than you are paid for – and you will natural buy over the heart of your boss.
NB: There are more factors to gaining this kind of access to your boss but I won’t spell all of them out here. Let me reserve the remaining 18 until you have invited me to speak to your Church, Organization or Students as the case may be.
– Emenike Emmanuel –
CEO, Emchis Consulting
Are you a Public Speaker who has a strong desire to multiply his streams of income? Do you wish to be an influential Public Speaker in this industry such that when you speak audience can’t help but listen? Are looking forward to combining your speaking profession with your writing career like some of my friends and fans are hoping that I teach them?
Are you interested in changing the world, flying your name around the world without visa and of course not die a local champion who can’t survive anywhere else except his environment of abode? If you answered ‘YES’ to those questions above, then I humbly advice that you read this article with every sense of interest because I specifically wrote it for you.
Before I finally concluded in my mind that it was time to write this article, I made an extensive research and found out that no article has ever been published online on this issue of Why Public Speakers Need a Website (or a Blog). No doubt, this was the reason why I said you need to read this article with every sense of interest.
Not having a website or at least a FREE BLOG by Motivational Speakers and Writers is one among the reasons why these two industries are often neglected in the society. Can you believe with me that two great speakers and writers can live within the same city (like Aba, Abia State or even Lagos all in Nigeria) without each other knowing themselves? This is one of the tragic things that make Public Speakers and writers not to appreciate the values of the century.
” One of the deadliest mistakes a public speaker or a
writer can do is to invest all his time in building his capacity
only to make his followers and fans trying to connect with him
vulnerable to be manipulated and afterward duped.”
– Emenike Emmanuel
CEO, Emchis Consulting
Whether you are speaking for a living, for fun or you just want to fill the gap, having a website (or a blog) must be considered an ‘urgent necessity.’ Although it is not your website (or blog) that makes you a powerful speaker, but it is necessary for you to grow in the industry of public speaking.
In this computer age where everyone wants it cheap and wouldn’t want to waste time, it is also expedient that you don’t prepare to waste opportunities. No matter how much you seem to labour under correct knowledge, you will never have a second chance to make the first impression. As a Public Speaker you must understand that success in this computer age cannot be achieved with a typewriter mentality. With this I mean to say you should see the need to upgrade. Upgrade by having your own website (or blog).
Having being in both industries (speaking and blogging) for quite some time, I have come to realise how important it is that every public speaker have a website. Both are inseparable twins if success were intended.
In today’s post, I want to share with you 5 Practical Reasons Why Every Public Speaker/Writer Needs a Website or a Blog. I would have loved to charge for this article like others do but because of my vision for Emchis Consulting I cannot and I will not in the future. In Emchis Consulting it is one of my goals to assist you build a successful career. I have done it for entrepreneurs and I can’t fail to do same to my fellow and aspiring public Speakers.
5 Practical Reasons Why Every Public Speaker/Writer Needs a Website (or a Blog)
1. Influence and Accessibility
The sphere of influence and accessibility of a speaker with a website (or a blog) can’t be the same with a speaker who does not have a website or a blog.
It is too mechanical to operate in the century of ours without a website (or a blog). Same fate applies to writers. In my speaking and writing career, I have been able to touch thousands of lives in countries (for instance, Antigua and Barbuda) I do not even know the continent they belong to (apologies for my ignorance), all because I own a blog [Emchis Consulting]. I have had people call me with phone numbers I don’t even know which country had the code (of course I had to research through the internet at CountryCode.org or CountryCallingCodes.com to find out the country that had the code).
Owning a website does not cost a fortune. You can actually have one.
2. People (fraudsters) Easily Fake Such Speakers and Thus Make Adherers Vulnerable Without Your Knowledge
I have seen people pose on the internet to be Wole Soyinka while on the contrary Wole Soyinka does not have a website nor a registered member of any social networking site according to AfricasCountry.com (May 23, 2014). Since this had continued, who knows how many undisclosed cases of people who may have thought they were following Wole Soyinka on facebook or twitter in their ignorance.
One of the deadliest mistakes a public speaker or a writer can do is to invest all his time in building his capacity only to make his followers and fans trying to connect with him vulnerable to be manipulated and afterward duped.
3. It is Another Easy Way to Give Back to the Society that Moulded You and Gave You a Platform as a Speaker
Any speaker or writer who does not have a website nor a member on any social network in this 21st century should be considered a stingy speaker or writer (strictly my opinion). If people [especially our budding speakers, entrepreneurs and writers] must pay all the time to access every of your intellectual materials then your credibility as a character moulder and life coach should be questioned.
Even Robert Kiyosaki, Fela Durotoye, Les Brown, Guy Kawasaki etc have a website and a blog. Donald Trump, American billionaire personally updates his facebook account himself. Richard Branson, founder of Virgins Inc. gives out free but powerful business advices in his blog at Linkedin.com. Of course you and I are witnesses to the fact that Aliko Dangote, the richest black man in the world from Nigeria joined twitter on December 31, 2014 [with the twitter handle: @AlikoDangote] because he wants to connect with his fans and customers around the world.
Now, what are you waiting for? Can’t you see that having a blog beyond making money is an avenue to blessing someone’s life?
Before you can become a celebrated Brand Ambassador, which is the dream of every professional, you must be actively involved on the internet.
4. It is a Monument For Posterity
In the next 50 years if Jesus Christ tarries, posterity can’t deny the impact I have made today and I will continue to make through my blog because Emchis Consulting will be standing as a great monument in my name. By then Emchis Consulting would have turned out a household name when it comes to offering expert business and career advice on the internet and at conferences and seminars.
I am glad I have others speakers and writers who are also thinking in my direction, a crop of people who are changing the world like me through their websites and blogs even as speakers and writers. Few examples of such are; http://www.SethGodin.com, http://www.OnyiAnyadoMediaHouse.com, http://www.RebekahRadice.com, http://www.Naijapreneur.com etc.
The decision to raise a great monument for posterity no doubt could be one among the reasons why Joel Brown, founder of Addicted2Success.com refused to sell out his blog even when he was offered $250,000, $600,000 and even a couple of million dollar deals to do so. Joel Brown, during an interview with Yaro Starak, founder of http://www.Entrepreneurs-Journey.com disclosed that his refusal for a buy out was primarily because he’s more excited about seeing where Addicted2Success.com will take him than selling out now. Today, Joel Brown makes over $100,000. Thanks to patience, creativity and thinking-for-the-future.
Although it is not only a website or a blog one can build as a monument in his name, but it is important that you see the need to own a website or a blog as a public speaker or a writer.
5. It is Another Way You Can Build Your Reputation and Credibility as a Speaker/Writer
When seeking for further information about a speaker who is to speak at an event or that spoke at an event people turn to the web for help. One of such resourceful websites is the one built by my friend John Chau and his team at http://www.MotivationalSpeakersAfrica.com . People searching through the web scan through articles the speakers had written and the ones written about them.
Once people starts recognizing you in your industry, booking speaking engagements will be a lot easier. Apart from owning a website or a blog where you’ve written articles on your field, other written materials such as books, pamphlets, guest posts, magazine articles you’ve done or audio tapes you have can go a long way in helping you establish your credibility with your prospects.
After your speech at events, do you have a place where the audience that has listened to you could go to know more about you? If you don’t have one, I recommend you to go set up a blog now. You can as well stop reading and do it now. Take action now to move your speaking and writing career to the next level and afterwards you can come back to finish this article.
After speaking at events (like I will be traveling this weekend for my Emchis Financial Empowerment Summit –EFES), I distribute a detachable form that contains information about me and my organization. On the form is a link to my blog.
The reputation and credibility I have built over time through this strategy can’t be matched.
“As much as you can talk every day, you should be
able to write every day to remain relevant.”
– Emenike Emmanuel
Founder, Emchis Consulting
If you do not have a blog that will help you market your skills, or you want to learn how to ultimately maximize the blog you have already, then I will submit I am here to help you start. I have opened up opportunity to train intending bloggers on HOW TO START A SUCCESSFUL BLOGGING BUSINESS. Don’t be left out.
Did you enjoy this article or there were things you think I should add to it? Let me know what you’re thinking on the comment box. Feel free to reblog it; share it on facebook, twiiter and google+.
I am Emenike Emmanuel, the Executive Director of Emchis Motivational Network. I write, speak and motivate individuals and organisations to achieve excellence in life and business. Through this blog (Emchis Consulting) I have touched thousands of lives around the world positively. I have also interviewed different industry specialists in three different continents. I believe that anyone can succeed if the person can find out where he or she is naturally planted. And guess what? I am a Nigerian.
Now, are you looking for a speaker to stir hope and peak performance in your audience? Stop the search and give me a call (on +2347036251361) to book appointment with me.
In case you want to be my friend on facebook or twitter the liberty is yours.
Top 50 Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
In Emchis Consulting it has always being my joy to see you become successful in your career. Today, I have just finished compiling 50 Job Interview Questions you are likely going to be expecting in any job interview, be it in any part of the world and how you will respond to it. In case you are planning to go for any job interview or someone dear to you is going for job interview I recommend you read this post and invite others to do same.
Here it goes. Enjoy it.
1. Tell me about yourself:
The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items
unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.
2. Why do you want to leave your current job?
Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do,
you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason
such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.
3. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
4. Do you consider yourself successful?
You should always answer yes and briefly explain why. A good explanation is that you have set goals, and you have met some and are on track to achieve the others.
5. What do co-workers say about you?
Be prepared with a quote or two from co-workers. Either a specific statement or a paraphrase will work. Jill Clark, a co-worker at Smith Company, always said I was the hardest workers she had ever known. It is as powerful as Jill having said it at the interview herself.
6. What do you know about this organization?
This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview.
Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players?
7. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
8. Are you applying for other jobs?
Be honest but do not spend a lot of time in this area. Keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this organization. Anything else is a distraction.
9. Why do you want to work for this organization?
This may take some thought and certainly, should be based on the research you have done on the organization. Sincerity is extremely important here and will easily be sensed. Relate it to your long-term career goals.
10. Do you know anyone who works for us?
Be aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization. This can affect your answer even though they asked about friends not relatives. Be careful to mention a friend only if they are well thought of.
11. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not,
say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
12. Are you a team player?
You are, of course, a team player. Be sure to have examples ready. Specifics that show you often perform for the good of the team rather than for yourself are good evidence of your team attitude. Do not brag, just say it in a matter-of-fact tone. This is a key point.
13. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Specifics here are not good. Something like this should work: I’d like it to be a long time. Or as long as we both feel I’m doing a good job.
14. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?
This is serious. Do not make light of it or in any way seem like you like to fire people. At the same time, you will do it when it is the right thing to do. When it comes to the organization versus the individual who has created a harmful situation, you will protect the organization.
Remember firing is not the same as layoff or reduction in force.
15. What is your philosophy towards work?
The interviewer is not looking for a long or flowery dissertation here. Do you have strong feelings that the job gets done? Yes. That’s the type of answer that works best here. Short and positive, showing a benefit to the organization.
16. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
Answer yes if you would. But since you need to work, this is the type of work you prefer. Do not say yes if you do not mean it.
17. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
If you have not, say no. If you have, be honest, brief and avoid saying negative things about the people or organization involved.
18. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
19. Why should we hire you?
Point out how your assets meet what the organization needs. Do not mention any other candidates to make a comparison.
20. Tell me about a suggestion you have made
Have a good one ready. Be sure and use a suggestion that was accepted and was then considered successful. One related to the type of work applied for is a real plus.
21. What irritates you about co-workers?
This is a trap question. Think real hard but fail to come up with anything that irritates you. A short statement that you seem to get along with folks is great.
22. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples:
Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude .
23. Tell me about your dream job.
Stay away from a specific job. You cannot win. If you say the job you are contending for is it, you strain credibility. If you say another job is it, you plant the suspicion that you will be dissatisfied with this position if hired. The best is to stay genetic and say something like:
A job where I love the work, like the people, can contribute and can’t wait to get to work.
24. Why do you think you would do well at this job?
Give several reasons and include skills, experience and interest.
25. What are you looking for in a job?
See answer # 23
26. What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
Do not be trivial. It would take disloyalty to the organization, violence or lawbreaking to get you to object. Minor objections will label you as a whiner.
27. What is more important to you: the money or the work?
Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.
28. What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is?
There are numerous good possibilities:
Loyalty, Energy, Positive attitude, Leadership, Team player, Expertise, Initiative, Patience, Hard work, Creativity, Problem solver
29. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor
Biggest trap of all. This is a test to see if you will speak ill of your boss. If you fall for it and tell about a problem with a former boss, you may well below the interview right there. Stay positive and develop a poor memory about any trouble with a supervisor.
30. What has disappointed you about a job?
Don’t get trivial or negative. Safe areas are few but can include:
Not enough of a challenge. You were laid off in a reduction Company did not win a contract, which would have given you more responsibility.
31. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for.
32. Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?
Probably this one. Do not give fuel to the suspicion that you may want another job more than this one.
33. What motivates you to do your best on the job?
This is a personal trait that only you can say, but good examples are:
Challenge, Achievement, Recognition etc.
34. Are you willing to work overtime? Nights? Weekends?
This is up to you. Be totally honest.
35. How would you know you were successful on this job?
Several ways are good measures:
You set high standards for yourself and meet them. Your outcomes are a success. Your boss tells you that you are successful
36. Would you be willing to relocate if required?
You should be clear on this with your family prior to the interview if you think there is a chance it may come up. Do not say yes just to get the job if the real answer is no. This can create a lot of problems later on in your career. Be honest at this point and save yourself future grief.
37. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
This is a straight loyalty and dedication question. Do not worry about the deep ethical and philosophical implications. Just say yes.
38. Describe your management style.
Try to avoid labels. Some of the more common labels, like progressive, salesman or consensus, can have several meanings or descriptions depending on which management expert you listen to. The situational style is safe, because it says you will manage according
to the situation, instead of one size fits all.
39. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
Here you have to come up with something or you strain credibility. Make it small, well intentioned mistake with a positive lesson learned. An example would be working too far ahead of colleagues on a project and thus throwing coordination off.
40. Do you have any blind spots?
Trick question. If you know about blind spots, they are no longer blind spots. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do their own discovery on your bad points. Do not hand it to them.
41. If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.
42. Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
Regardless of your qualifications, state that you are very well qualified for the position.
43. How do you propose to compensate for your lack of experience?
First, if you have experience that the interviewer does not know about, bring that up: Then, point out (if true) that you are a hard working quick learner.
44. What qualities do you look for in a boss?
Be generic and positive. Safe qualities are knowledgeable, a sense of humor, fair, loyal to subordinates and holder of high standards. All bosses think they have these traits.
45. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.
Pick a specific incident. Concentrate on your problem solving technique and not the dispute you settled.
46. What position do you prefer on a team working on a project?
Be honest. If you are comfortable in different roles, point that out.
47. Describe your work ethic.
Emphasize benefits to the organization. Things like, determination to get the job done and work hard but enjoy your work are good.
48. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
Be sure that you refer to something that was beyond your control. Show acceptance and no negative feelings.
49. Tell me about the most fun you have had on the job.
Talk about having fun by accomplishing something for the organization.
50. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? And what type of projects will I be able to assist on?
About The Author
I am Emenike Emmanuel, the Executive Director of Emchis Motivational Network that focuses on Business development, Personal Development and Public Speaking. I write, speak and motivate individuals and organisations to achieve excellence in life and business. Through this blog (Emchis Consulting) I have touched thousands of lives around the world positively. I have also interviewed different industry specialists in three different continents. I believe that anyone can succeed if the person can find out where he or she is naturally planted. And guess what? I am a Nigerian.
In case you want to be my friend on facebook or twitter the liberty is yours.
How to Become a Motivational Speaker Elders Will Love to Listen to
Before I go ahead to tell you the kind of Motivational Speakers elders will love to listen to let me tell you who a Motivational Speaker is. A Motivational Speaker can as well be called an Inspirational Speaker. It all depends on the title the person in focus wants to go by. A Motivational Speaker is a speaker who makes speeches intended to motivate or inspire an audience. Business organisations may require the services of a Motivational speaker to help the employees see the future of the business in a more positive dimension. With soft words of encouragement a Motivational speaker helps an audience especially that involving a business entity to be goal oriented.
Having said all that about who a Motivational Speaker is, and what he has to offer, let me tell you how you can become the kind of Motivational speaker elders will love to listen to. That’s to say that there are speakers, especially young motivational speakers elder dislike listening to and others they can spend their last card on flight ticket to hear them speak. Now, what makes the difference? Is that one of them being disliked do not have a peculiar story to share or that the speaker speaks in a manner inconsistent with what elders love to invest their time listening to? In few lines from now you will get to know why some young Motivational Speakers are preferred over the other when it has to do with speaking to elders.
Don’t forget that every audience has their own kind of message. I was once in a meeting where a young Motivational speaker was speaking to a crop of young students in a manner that should have being reserved to a Church congregation. And guess what? The response he got said it all.
How to Become a Successful Motivational Speaker Speaking to Elders
When granted/offered the privilege to speak to elders, it is a great opportunity you must never joke with. I know of great and talented Comedians who have lost every contact with the Government meetings in Nigeria simply because they misused this kind of opportunity and I also know of others who have repeatedly being invited to spice up every government’s meeting with some sort of comic relief because they maximize the first opportunity. Remember they said there’s no second chance to give first impression.
If you make it to speak before elders, whether in the traditional settings, in Church, in government or in business, here are things you must do and the ones you must never do in order to remain afloat in the industry of public speaking.
This article shall be continued on the next post as: How to Become a Successful Motivational Speaker Speaking to Elders
Top 10 Tips To Help You Stay Positive While You Look For a New Job
Probably something happened and you lost your job or you are in a job that does not bring you maximum satisfaction, there’s still hope for you to remain positive while you go ahead to look for other new jobs.
Don’t let what the media is saying discourage you. No matter how bad they say things are in the labour market, great companies are still busy looking to hire the best available staff. If you have the right skills, a strong passion and the backing grace of God, it is then guaranteed that job could be waiting for you around the corner.
You need to be upbeat and positive. In order to help you stay positive, here are top 10 tips to help you stay positive while you look for another job.
1. Volunteer at Church, School, Hospital and other relevant organization of humanitarian service.
By doing this it is possible that the spotlight will fall on you. You attract people you never thought possible in your life and God being faithful, you will come across a person who will favour you with a new job.
2. Join a Think Tank
A think tank is a group of experts who provide advice and ideas on political, social or economic issues. This group of experts help you brainstorm to come up with new ideas that will keep you on the fore-front of what is happening in the society. This kind of network really helps a great deal.
3. Keep a Routine
Don’t go into bad habits of waking up late, sleeping in the afternoon, visiting people in the afternoon or procrastinating around the house when you ought to be looking for a new job. Wake up when you ought to, engage in activities that will yield long-term profit and get to diversify.
Come up with new job responsibility to keep you active and viable. If you finally had the privilege of attending a new job interview, you will be asked what you did or were doing while you waited for a job. Most times I suggest you just submit unsolicited applications to different companies, attend their interview sessions even if you don’t need the job and certainly you will have something to learn without having anything to lose.
4. Be well informed with details about the industry you are into
Yes. This is very important. For instance you studied engineering, and as things are, there’s no job, that shouldn’t make you to undermine the series of important activities going on in your industry. You must stay up to date to stay positive.
Don’t go below just because you are not working. Keep yourself positively busy by learning to know more about your industry or another industry you might be willing to work in. If there is a particular company you submitted application letter to, begin to make extensive research about them. What this thing does is that it will help you to stay ahead of your competitors when the time for interview comes.
5. Become adventurous
Let the passion to know and learn new things begin to spin up from you. Look for a new language or dialect to learn, a new kind of meal, deal making strategy, how to live on less, how stuffs work and so on and so forth. There are over one thousand and one things you could learn while you look for a new job. My concern which I also know ought to be yours is for you not to look back in regret after many years are gone. Utilize this very opportunity – it will help you stay positive.
6. Avoid negative people
At the very time you are jobless when advisers will come with both their solicited and unsolicited advices. Some of them will make you cry and some of them will make you smile. Some will discourage you while others will encourage you. In fact, there is nothing you won’t see at this point in time but where the heart of the matter is is in your reaction. Sort out those people whose thoughts and advices are always perverse – those who are always thinking up one new negative thing or the other and avoid them. You don’t need those kinds of people to stay positive while you look for a new job.
7. Think different, Think Positive
Do not focus on the negative side of life. Give no room for any kind of thought that won’t make you better. Staying positive while you look for a new job can’t be possible if you can’t think different and positive.
8. Network with others
Keep your contacts intact. Make new connections and make best use of the social network. That reminds me, what do you do when on facebook, linkedin, twitter, youtube, google+, pinterest, instagram and other social networks? While you look for a new job, make as much connections on these social networks than ever. These connections will one day turn out to be clients or job referrals.
9. Checkmate on your expectations
I know it is good to be expectant. Yes. I also know that without expectations most of our requests won’t receive the support of the invisible Creator – God, but most times people who expect too much end up placing themselves on a high jump. It makes most people want to turn out a perfectionist which is unhealthy for peaceful co-existence.
Don’t expect everyone to be good and don’t expect everyone to be bad. Give people room to be free with you. It is a powerful tool to helping you stay positive while you look for a new job.
10. Don’t give up
A wise man said that the road to success is littered with the carcasses of men who tried and failed. Don’t participate in the folly by giving up on yourself and your abilities. Keep your faith tuned on. Everything you are passing through today is among what is needed to shape your glorious future. Okay, come to think of it; what will you tell your posterity if you give up today? Will you tell them there weren’t jobs to do in your time? What if their destiny is connected to yours? Can you afford to stand the shame of being the reason for their calamities?
Don’t give up. Never stop submitting applications. Never stop attending interviews. Never stop researching on the next available job. Never stop making studies about your industry. And never stop working on a new career. You will ultimately come out a winner someday.
Before I conclude this article, let me also tell you that there is another means of getting a fat paycheck. And that is creating your own job. If you have faced too many rejections before now, don’t bother, you have the capacity to create a job others will be eager to work in. Look at what Bill Gate said. He said; “I failed in some subjects, my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.” Did that word mean anything to you? I repeat, don’t give up. Also, see this. Reid Hoffman, the founder of Linkedin said; “all humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.”
God bless you for your time to read this article. I believe it has credited your knowledge bank. You can go ahead to share it with friends on facebook, twitter and google+.
Having been in the speaking profession for few years now, I have observed that there are speeches that don’t just sell and there are others people will cry to listen to. To have a great speech written down is not where the matter ends; it is at its presentation. If you have mastered how to write creatively with new thinking and great possibilities you must as well learn how to make great presentation.
Meanwhile, this article is only for those who want to thrill and fire up their audience. If that doesn’t matter to you don’t bother reading further because I will shock your mind.
To prepare a powerful speech that will end up selling heavily you must have the audience at the centre of your heart. They are the reason for the speech and if they finally don’t get motivated to do more and have more after your speech, you have ended up doing nothing.
How I know the level of regards you have for your audience is in the quality of time you invest in preparing a speech and the quality of the speech you present – including your willingness to give out for free things they should have ordinarily paid for.
Recently a friend of mine from India who I met on facebook complained to me bitterly about 30 Pre-Primary Teachers who spoiled her mood by using harsh and rude words on her on the feedback form. Although it was not only these 30 people that were present for the meeting but this 30 out of 100 (where 70 of them were from the faculty of engineering) gave same harsh and rude feedbacks. She asked; “does this happen? Is there any other way to conduct special session for them?”
Although I gave her few replies then but in this article today I will be going in details.
Three things make audience or listeners reply harshly in their feedbacks. These things are;
1. If they don’t feel belonged to the kind of speech delivered in the meeting.
2. If they feel intimidated by other professionals present.
3. If you kick against their philosophy (or belief system).
To present a speech that is proven to sell you must make it void of those three things.
Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. Chuba Okadigbo and the rest of those we know as master communicators didn’t wake up to become that perfect, they worked it out. Before you prepare or present a speech, these are some of the assignments you must undertake;
Narrow your topic
Be centric, specific and focused. There’s definitely no way you can cover all aspects of blogging for instance, if that’s what you are expected to present a speech on. But any attempt to be everything at the same time will leave you embarrassed.
Hide every ulterior motive if you have any
If there is any ulterior motive you have like to using the audience to sell your materials don’t make it known. Hide it as much as you can.
Speak in the tone of your audience
Don’t speak like one from the moon. Use illustrations that pertain to the daily dealings of your audience. Otherwise I can assure of being seen as a television than a speaker. If you are speaking to High School graduates speak their language. If you are speaking to professionals in a particular field do an extensive work to know more about them so that you will be able to flow.
Even if you are already an Expert it is advised that you make a note of your speech. Use bullets to point out major issues you can’t fail to miss.
In summary, before preparing your speech next time ask those that invited you about the academic levels of all the attendees they are expecting. Ask of the total number of people expected, the number of doors and windows in the room or hall and sitting arrangement. Make sure you arrive at the venue before every other person so that you can get accustomed to the environment. If you don’t like the sitting arrangement or where the platform is, you can ask for rearrangement if possible in order to suit your choice and style.
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How To Build A Strong And Lasting Relationship With Your Boss: Your Best Strategy Ever Reviewed
Are you always finding it difficult to cope with your Boss? Have your Boss made you wish you never worked with anyone in your life? Or you want your boss to be always fond of you? If you answered YES! to those questions, then this article was written with you in mind. Read it and leave your comments with me.
At one time or the other in your life you must work under a boss. The kind of relationship you develop is critical in having a successful career.
The speed with which you climb the career ladder is much more linked to how good the relationship you have with your boss is. When your relationship with your boss goes sour, it could make your boss delay your promotion and never talk about your pay increase. Although it is unfair but that’s just how life is.
In order to build an effective and lasting relationship with your boss, these are things you must do;
1. Be Honest With Your Boss
Honesty they say is the best policy. Get to make your boss develop trust for you. When you make mistakes on the course of exercising your job responsibility own it up. Don’t try to lie about it or blame someone else. If you do, it will hurt you in the long-run. Speak to your boss about your mistake and he will be extremely happy with you. Since no one is perfect in life, he is also not expecting you to be perfect. If he finds out about your honesty, it will help strengthen your relationship with him.
2. Burn Your Ego
No one likes an egomaniac. Humble yourself. Don’t try to suppress other employees working under you because if you do, you are already creating an avenue through which your own boss may tackle you. Do your best by leading by example. The best of workers always take the lead.
3. Be Teachable. Always Be Ready to Learn
Generally speaking, your boss is probably more experienced than you are. That is to mean there’s always something your boss has to teach you. If you are always ready to admit where you don’t measure up so that you will be taught, you will soon realize how dear you will become to him. Don’t be afraid to approach him. In most situations, he will be happy you are seeking advice from him and he will definitely be willing to teach you even beyond what you’ve asked.
4. Get to Understand Your Boss’ Weaknesses And Strengths
Like I said earlier, no one is perfect – including your boss. He has his weakness, so also his strength. Instead of capitalizing on his weakness, look out for things he can do very well and praise him for it while you go ahead to protect his weakness before outsiders. Let him know you are concerned about him.
5. Don’t Cover Anyone Up
Yes! I said it. Don’t cover anyone up. Covering colleagues who erred against the company’s policy does not always yield the best of result. Let your colleagues know in advance about your stand so that they don’t get disappointed. Research made by Warren Buffett has shown that those who tried covering others up end up destroying the integrity they built in 20 years in just 5 minutes. If this is true like I know it is, it then means that if your boss finds out you lied, you might get fired sooner than you ever thought.
6. Begin to Work More Than You Are Paid For
You think your boss isn’t watching? No! He is. Those extra times you give; those extra job responsibilities you undertake and those unpaid consultations you did are under close-watch. There are watching. By doing all that you are simply letting the spotlight fall on you. It makes your boss like you the more. Employers will be willing to pay more to employees who are ready to give more.
7. Don’t Take Credit For Other Peoples’ Work
Taking credit for other peoples’ work is a big error in the corporate place. Not only is it dishonesty, but your boss will sooner or later find out. If your co-workers find too, you lose every respect they once had for you. And this may hamper your chances of one day becoming their boss. Don’t be ashamed to say you worked as a team.
8. With your character; let your boss know that you are an employee today just because he is your boss. It gladdens his heart to know that you recognize the importance of the office he occupies. Both of you are interdependent. For him to have done well within the period under audition, the individuals under him must have done well. His success is the success of all and his failure the failure of all.
9. Develop a Positive Relationship With Your Boss Not a False Relationship
Don’t flatter your boss. He is no fool. He will soon find out. When approaching him for any discussion put up a smiling face. Frowning always sends the wrong information. Don’t try to fake to be happy when you are not especially in cases you feel your right has been infringed. If you decide to hide it, you can’t hide it enough. And it will be unfortunate that you displayed it at the wrong time.
Having known that you spend huge amount of your time at the workplace, it will be in your own best interest to have a happy, strong and lasting relationship with your boss and co-workers. Doing this helps you build a happy career life, achieve optimum satisfaction from your job, get adequate promotion and pay increase. To have an Effective and a Lasting Relationship with your Boss read this article all over again.