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How to Facilitate Good Meetings: My Top 7 Tips

I’ve talked alot about the importance of running a good, efficient meeting, including how to  improve meeting engagement and how to end them well.  But, a good meeting only runs well if it is facilitated well from start to finish. Ever Been in Meeting Hell? When I’m in a poorly run meeting, I get distracted and find myself doing unproductive things like calculating the cost of the meeting (number of participants x approx cost per staff hour x number of hours/minutes). And if I’m distracted, there’s a good chance others are as well which means a whole lot of time

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How to Facilitate an Appreciation Circle

Appreciation

You shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you really mean it. Then you should say it a lot. People forget that. ~ Jessica, Age 8 Studies have found that practicing appreciation can improve relationshps and motivate employees.  It can also increase wellness and lessen stress. In short, regular appreciation will not only boost performance and engagement, but also improve an employee’s health and well-being. There are certainly many ways to show appreciation.One of my favorites to use with a work group is to facilitate an appreciation circle. Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable Participating in an appreciation circle can be uncomfortable for some at

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Employee engagement: How to have the best staff meetings ever

I used to dread having our monthly staff meetings. They were boring. I had trouble keeping people awake to share updates and announcements. And, they were a lot of work.  I never had enough time to make them very interesting, so they usually just ended up with announcements and a round table of updates. So, I did what every clever manager does when they don’t want to do something – I delegated it.  I asked my assistant to help me organize them with a goal of making them more interesting and engaging. And, boy did she ever! We brainstormed and tried new

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How to become a better communicator in 2014: My top 5 tips

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

Is 2014 your year?  Is it time to work on your communication skills?  Most of us spend a lot of time noticing what others could do better, when what we really need to do is take a closer look at ourselves. If you want to have better relationships and more success at work, then it’s time to work on you.   Here they are — my top 5 tips for improving your communication in 2014: 1. Know who you are talking to. We often jump to conclusions about other people’s intent.  Think about who you are talking to.  Is there a

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Body Language | What works at work

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

Your positive body language can be the key to success in your work.  It helps you give a good impression, convince clients, and please your boss. Only a small percentage of communication involves actual words: 7%, to be exact. In fact, 55% of communication is visual (body language, eye contact) and 38% is vocal (pitch, speed, volume, tone of voice). Think about it. Before you even open your mouth, the rest of your body has already spoken volumes. What does your body language say about you? Does it say you’re confident, smart, and enthusiastic—or just the opposite? Here are some tips on

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3 ways to turn around a bad day at work

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can. – Lucille Ball One of my favorite episodes on the I Love Lucy show was when Lucy and Ethel worked in a chocolate factory and the candy conveyor belt kept going faster and faster. How did they react? They started stuffing the chocolates in their mouths to stay ahead. Ever feel like you just need to stuff some chocolates to make it work? Ever had one of those kind of days? Yeah, we all do once in a while. But how you react to your

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