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Turn Negative Thoughts At Work Into Positive Actions

All of us at one time or another has become a victim to those 'little voices' in our head which fuel an emotion or event and turn it into something dark and depressing.
In fact, we very often go about our working day not even knowing that we are constantly talking negatively to ourselves. Examples of negative talk include statements such as: "I could have done that much better, why did I let myself down.

Three Ways To Improve Your Written Communication

Communication skills all too often focus on the spoken word, whereas many people could stand to improve their written communication skills in the office, too. A badly written email, letter or memo reflects badly on an individual, almost as much as poor verbal communication. Don't fall into the common traps - here are three ways you can easily improve your professional written communication.

Know your reader and your medium

Adopt Time Saving Measures As Part Of Your Daily Routine

As utility companies recently announced another rise in fuel prices I was pleased to reflect that I adopted several money-saving measures some time ago. These were not drastic acts that saw me writing by candlelight, just a few minor lifestyle changes that would cut down on my consumption. The changes were minor: I fitted low energy light bulbs, I only fill the kettle with as much water as is required, and I make sure that electrical appliances are not left on standby overnight.

The 7 Deadly Presentation Sins

There is much advice out there for giving presentations, yet most of it focuses on new ideas and what you have to do if you're presenting. They very rarely tell you what NOT to do, not necessarily out of avoiding negativity but more to teach someone how to present if they've never done it before. In business and at work, the chances are that you've already presented, but you want to know what can detract, spoil or otherwise make your presentation go less smoothly. These are the presentation "sins", and here's what they are and how to avoid them:

1. Not practising or preparing enough

What Are The Essential Skills To Be A Successful Project Manager?

Considering what a vital component of the modern corporate world project management has become it can often be an intangible art to accurately define. No two project managers (PMs) are exactly alike and many work to very different ideals utilising a variety of divergent methods. It is safe to say that there is no definitive explanation of how to be a great project manager but there is enough research and experiential knowledge to be able to outline the general qualities that a successful PM must embody.

Moving Onwards By Managing Upwards

Middle-management brings you into contact with a lot of people - some below you in the company's hierarchy, others higher up. Your role demands that you lead and look after those within your remit, to support, to delegate when necessary, to keep your corner of the company running as smoothly as can be; that's all in the manager's job description. But what about those who manage above you? You might not be leading them, yet you need to be able to work with them, to ensure that their requirements of your department are achievable, and to clarify your team's position in schedules and budgets.


Time Management - The 'not To Do' List

Do you find yourself constantly doing the same tasks over and over again? Have you created a 'to do' list which is becoming longer as the weeks unfold and preventing you from actually achieving anything worthwhile during the day? The primary objective of a 'to do' list is to help you to manage time effectively so as you can complete those menial chores quickly and move forward with other projects and plans.


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