drrobpennington

347 Added | 3 Magazines | 7 Likes | 5 Following | 774 Followers | @drrobpennington | Psychologist and award winning Speaker, Trainer and Author Rob Pennington, PhD has been helping leaders and teams improve collaboration and performance since 1974.  His 3 electronic magazines contain articles that he has written or that he has read and selected for inclusion.  You can get more information about having Dr. Pennington make a difference in your next meeting by going to:  www.DrRobSpeaks.com 

The 1 Thing You Should Never Cut Out of a Presentation (But You Probably Do)

Wondering why your presentations aren't hitting the mark? The answer is on the cutting room floor.<p>"It's missing something..."<p>That's all my friend said in his email.<p>We had been working together to find the perfect opening story for an upcoming presentation about financial independence. We needed a …

Storytelling

How to Actually Handle Q&A Sessions After a Presentation Like a Pro

A bad Q&A session can be the death of an otherwise great presentation. Here's how to keep it alive.<p>It was one of my first presentations and though it wasn't my best, it wasn't horrible. That is until they opened it up for questions.<p>Though it only lasted about 10 minutes, that single Q&A session …

Employment

Harnessing the Power of Influential Storytelling

How to Make Work More Meaningful for Your Team

There is a well-known story about a cleaner at NASA who, when asked by JFK what his job was, responded “I’m helping to put a man on the moon.” This anecdote is often used to show how even the most mundane job can be seen as meaningful with the right mindset and under a good leadership.<p>Today, more …

Leadership

These 13 Things Will Kill Great Leadership

Many people hold an oversimplified idea about what leadership means.Some think it’s just a matter of guiding others to complete a task. Others …

Leadership

Get Over Your Fear of Sales

When you graduate from college with a degree in communication studies and rhetoric, the business world can look very confusing. Unsure of where I fit …

How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day

You probably know the feeling all too well: You arrive at the office with a clear plan for the day and then, in what feels like just a moment, you …

A Quick Technique To Stay Positive When You're Feeling Down

We all like to think of ourselves as the woman warrior, the indomitable female the can-do girl who lives every moment with intensity and attention. But, alas, we are human and we have our down days and up days and in-between days. The days when we don't feel as positive or as motivated as we might …

Mindfulness

Chill Out and Live In the Now With Ram Dass

It can be hard to live in the now. Daily existence is filled with constant struggles that not only preoccupy our time but overwhelm our minds with worries and obligations (like the impending doom of our upcoming election). But that shouldn't stop you from trying to live that hakuna matata life.<p>So …

Buddhism

Networking with People You Can’t Meet in Person

These days, most professionals work with clients or colleagues across the globe — which means you’re at a serious disadvantage if you limit your networking efforts to local industry meet-ups or inviting people out to coffee. In order to develop solid professional relationships with contacts outside …

Networking

The 5 Elements of a Strong Leadership Pipeline

Investments in traditional leadership development are often misguided and a waste of money.<p>It’s not that development itself isn’t important. In a Deloitte study of 7,000 organizations this year, 89% of executives rated “strengthening the leadership pipeline” an urgent issue. That’s up from 86% last …

Leadership

How Microsoft Uses a Growth Mindset to Develop Leaders

Research shows that managers see far more leadership potential in their employees when their companies adopt a growth mindset — the belief that talent should be developed in everyone, not viewed as a fixed, innate gift that some have and others don’t. But what are those organizations doing to …

Harvard Business Review

On Connecting with His Audience...

Jack Canfield Interviews Rob On Leadership

Jack Canfield interviews Rob about being a successful speaker.

Employee Performance Depends On These 3 Critical Factors

For decades, business leaders believed that simply focusing on performance management was the key to building a successful company. If they just had the right vision and strategy, clear objectives, people with the skill sets to achieve those objectives, and alignment toward their goals throughout …

Employee Engagement

How A Great Amazon Book Description Can Help Authors Sell More Books

Whether on Amazon or any other e-tailer, book descriptions are more important than most authors realize. Many times I'll see blocks of text pulled from the back of the book and while, in theory, that's not a bad idea. It may not be the greatest if your book description isn't strong to begin with or …

Publishing

How to Not Be Offended

There is an ancient and well-kept secret to happiness which the Great Ones have known for centuries. They rarely talk about it, but they use it all …

Effects Of Screen Time On Adult Sleep

Screen time at night keeps adults from falling asleep and sleeping well due to cognitive stimulation and sleep deprivation. Your brain's electrical activity increases, neurons race and divert you from calming down into a peaceful state of mind for sleep.<p>In addition the physical act of responding to …

Sleep

5 Ways You Can Use Mindfulness To Fix Your Brain, Reduce Stress and Boost Performance

There's no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts your performance by physically altering your brain.<p>Researchers from the University of British Columbia recently pooled data from more than 20 studies to …

Mindfulness

Good Bosses Create More Wellness than Wellness Plans Do

In the name of employee wellness, and in response to insurance company demands, corporations are offering well-being initiatives with financial incentives. Complete this cholesterol screening, say, and you’ll get $100 added to your paycheck; participate in some number of wellness programs, and …

The Workplace

The Secrets of Great Teamwork

Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundamentals for group collaboration.<p>The basics of team …

Management

5 Quotes to Create a Positive Mindset During Negative Times

Let's say it's been one of those days...<p>You know what I'm talking about.<p>One of those days where you've been happily living your life when out of nowhere you trip and stumble. You run out of your favorite moisturizer. Numbers go wrong. People are cranky. Your ex contacts you and hurls abuse. Someone …

Motivation

When Stress Is Good for You

Many people believe that all stress is bad, but you may have heard that there's "good stress" and "bad stress." Do you know what people mean by that? …

Stress Relievers: 70 Ways to Reduce Stress

Best Stress Relievers for All Types of People<p>We all experience stress on a regular basis, though the type and intensity of the stress can vary from …

How Resilient Are You?

1. When you set a goal for yourself, do you usually achieve it?<p>Yes, once I know what I want, I do the work to get there – even if I have to overcome …

Speaker Magazine

Marquesa Pettway / July 27, 2017<p>Speaker Magazine Columnist Marquesa Pettway, CSP, interviews Influence main stage presenters Kindra Hall and Sekou …

Happy Workplaces Can Also Be Candid Workplaces

Recently the Communications Workers of America – the union that represents T-Mobile employees — contested a T-Mobile Employee Handbook clause on maintaining a positive work environment. The clause reads as follows: “[e]mployees are expected to maintain a positive work environment by communicating …

Harvard Business Review

How to Know If Someone Is Ready to Be a Manager

When you’re hiring a new manager, the stakes are high. You need someone who can effectively lead people, manage a budget, liaise with upper management — and, usually, do it all from day one. But what if a potential hire doesn’t yet have a track record in doing all of the above? Would you hire or …

Management