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3 Tips to Sound Smart When Someone Puts You on the Spot | Inc.com

Public speaking can be terrifying, but at least you tend to have time to prepare.<p>Speeches and presentations are scheduled well in advance so nervous speakers have plenty of opportunity to read up on public speaking tips, dig into the psychology of taming your nerves, or even go the Malcolm Gladwell …

Public Speaking

4 world champions of public speaking explain how to deliver presentations your audience will love

Being a great public speaker requires much more than confidence.<p>It's about connecting to audience members on a personal level and leaving them with a satisfying message they can act on.<p>We spoke with some of the most talented speakers around the globe —the last four Toastmasters International world …

Public Speaking

How Can You Become a More Compelling Leader? Make 1 Simple Change | Inc.com

As a leader, of course you seek to <b>engage employees so they're motivated to do their best work.</b><p>So you're well aware of the importance of communicating, After all, you spend the whole day in meetings: one-on-one sessions, team meetings, large-group conferences. So it seems you're always in front of …

Employment

Can the 30-Second Rule Really Help You Make Better Presentations? (You'll Be Surprised at the Response!) | Inc.com

It's natural to feel nervous when giving a presentation. You're not sure if the people you're working with will stay attentive, or if they'll even understand what you're saying.<p>The trick, as it turns out, is to grab your audience's attention in the first 30 seconds of your presentation--otherwise, …

Brainstorming

9 research-backed ways to be more persuasive

When you think of it that way, everyone needs to harness the power of persuasion: to convince other people your idea makes sense, to show investors or stakeholders how a project, or product, or business will generate a return, to help your employees understand why they should embrace a new …

Self-improvement

Want Your Boss to Love Your Big Idea? Follow This Advice | Inc.com

Maybe you've got a new initiative that needs funding, you're trying to close a deal that will skyrocket Q4 revenues, or you're just trying to keep the boss (or your boss's boss) awake during a product status update. Regardless of the content, having to make a presentation to busy, impatient, …

High Level

8 Highly Effective Habits That Helped Make Bill Gates the Richest Man on Earth | Inc.com

How did Bill Gates get to be the richest person in the world, with a net worth around $80 billion? Being in the right place with the right product at the dawn of the personal computer era certainly had a lot to do with it. But so do some very smart approaches to work and life that all of us can …

Bill Gates

This 10-Minute TED Talk Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Presenting | Inc.com

Think back to the last time you were mesmerized by a magnificent public speaker.<p>What went through your mind? Did you think, "Wow, I wish I could give presentations like that. I'd love to be able to get my message across effectively to my [team/employees/potential investors]."<p>But here's the thing: …

Public Speaking

5 Remarkably Simple Steps to Inspire and Engage Your Employees | Inc.com

Here's a simple truth: <i>really</i> inspired employees get a lot more done for your business and for your customers than employees who don't really care about the job they do. Uninspired employees don't necessarily telegraph the full extent of their disengagement, but that doesn't mean they don't pose a …

Employee Engagement

3 Smart Ways Successful Leaders Respond During Tough Times | Inc.com

This too shall pass.<p>This truism prevents complacency during good times and instills hope during tough times.<p>Have you been wishing for the good old days lately? Or at least to rewind the economic clock a few months when it wasn't so inexpensive to fill up your car with gas.<p>Leading a company during a …

Management

7 Habits of Remarkably Successful Leaders | Inc.com

Every great business needs effective and successful leaders--men and women who can inspire their employees to reach deep within themselves to get things done. Unfortunately, almost 60% of all businesses have a shortage of leadership talent, and this shortage has a negative impact on the ability of …

Leadership

3 Heavy Lifters That Can Supercharge Your Business Analytics | Inc.com

Since the dawn of the computer age, companies have sought to fully understand--and benefit from--the various opportunities that collecting and analyzing data can deliver. I've personally been hesitant to identify exactly what data or resources to use. Data can be interpreted in a biased and …

Big Data

Who Needs Leadership Training? Watch These 5 TED Talks Instead | Inc.com

Companies spend a crazy amount of money each year training their employees--on average, $1,208 per employee, as of 2013. A lot of time and resources are sunk into developing better leaders within organizations.<p>But does it have to be such a process? Not always. Publishing and materials that once …

Leadership

How to Understand Any Topic in Just 15 Minutes

Identify the expert. Schedule a conversation. And start asking questions.<p>My client was in a bind. She was expected to communicate the company's new direction so that employees could understand it and support it, but the senior management team had shared only a sketch of what the new direction was …

Management

12 Things Great Leaders Do Every Day | Inc.com

What should great leaders do at their jobs every day?<p>That basic question--asked by a manager at Barry-Wehmiller (B-W), a $2 billion capital equipment and engineering consulting company based in St. Louis--inspired longtime CEO Bob Chapman and his executive team to create a checklist that literally …

Leadership

18 Ways to Make the First 10 Minutes of Your Workday Super Productive | Inc.com

How you handle the first 10 minutes of your workday can largely determine how productive and effective you'll be the rest of the day.<p>"Getting off on the right foot isn't just important with relationships, it's important with the start of any workday, as well--particularly busy ones," says Michael …

Productivity
Top 10

5 Extremely Common Traits of True Leaders | Inc.com

Experts talk often about the importance of leadership in business and that corporations need strong leaders to grow and prosper. While leaders differ from one another as much as anyone, true visionary leaders share these five traits, and that is what makes makes them different from most people.<p><b>1.</b> …

Employment
Employment

7 Ways to Earn More Respect From Your Boss | Inc.com

Respect is hard to earn, and just as hard to keep, but it's a necessary element for almost any professional relationship. With more respect comes more trust, more appreciation, and more value--making respect one of the most valuable commodities in the business world. Getting your boss to respect …

Leadership

7 Elements of a Great Company Culture | Inc.com

Earlier this month I revealed my 51 Rules of Leadership Excellence. I put them in random order because they are equally critical to success, but Rule 11 begs further discussion: <i>Consciously build a powerful company culture. Otherwise, it will build itself and you probably won't like the results.</i><p>What …

Team Building

You Can’t Move Up If You’re Stuck in Your Boss’s Shadow

Having a good boss — someone who stands up for you, who buffers you from interoffice politics, and who competently represents your team to the rest of the company — is a wonderful thing. Except when it’s harmful to your career. If you aren’t visible to others in the company, you’re unlikely to have …

Boston

7 Essential Tips for Kick-Ass Company Scorecards | Inc.com

Ah, the dreaded quarterly business review. A parade of department leaders perform 45-minute monologues while their colleagues check emails, cat nap or quietly prep for their own presentations.<p>Participants withhold valuable feedback either because they're disconnected from the other departments or …

Management

Making a Tough Decision? Ask These Five Questions First. | Inc.com

Leading is mostly about making decisions. Sometimes you have the wind to your back and those decisions are easy, but in most cases the wind pushes against you, making decisions anything but easy.<p>The same applies in our personal lives. Decisions are tough, rarely clear-cut, and often made with less …

Leadership
Employee Engagement

Top 10 Ways to Take Your Leadership From Good to Great | Inc.com

There are a lot of really good leaders out there in the world, but there are relatively few who are truly great. Great leaders are hard to find, but the good news is that any leader can become better and more effective by adopting some simple habits and then putting them to use every day.<p>I am a …

Team Building

7 Qualities of Remarkable Leaders | Inc.com

There are all sorts of leaders in this world--some better than others. We have all worked for or met leaders who stand out from the rest of the pack--who are, in short, remarkable.<p>To succeed over the long run, companies need great leaders. Research shows that company stock price growth over 10 …

Self-improvement

How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work

Difficult conversations — whether you’re telling a client the project is delayed or presiding over an unenthusiastic performance review — are an inevitable part of management. How should you prepare for this kind of discussion? How do you find the right words in the moment? And, how can you manage …

Self-help

Get the Boss to Buy In

An engineering manager at an energy company—we’ll call him John Healy—wanted to sell his boss on a safer and cheaper gas-scrubbing technology. This might have been an easy task if his boss, the general manager, hadn’t selected the existing system just a year before. Instead it was, in Healy’s …

Management

15 Signs Your Employee Is Ready to Become a Manager | Inc.com

Chances are, there are a few great leaders on your team that aren't yet in managerial positions. Some of them may already take on the role of a manager without claiming the title, while others may show subtle signs that they've got what it takes to lead.<p>Just as the wrong hire is costly, so is the …

Entrepreneurship