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8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

Benjamin Hardy has nailed what might be every productive person’s perfect morning routine.   He states that although life is busy, You are the designer of your destiny. You are responsible. You get to decide. You must decide — because if you don’t, someone else will. Indecision is a bad decision.   Hardy has provided his insights into a short morning routine that has the potential to quickly change your life. Wake up Get in the zone Get moving Put the right food in your body Get ready Get inspired Get perspective Do something to move you forward   Here is a Readers Digest…

Your Checklist for Effective Meetings

Through this week, the By George Journal has posted some helpful tips on how to make the meetings you attend more effective, more relevant to your work and/or interests. We start this feature by providing you with a useful checklist (this advice has been taken from the By George Treasury). We trust these tips will make for more efficient and productive meetings in the future. We suggest you clip and save this checklist for effective meetings! Have an agenda and circulate it prior to the meeting. Ensure the agenda expresses the objective of the meeting. Invite the correct people at the…

On more effective meetings

Here are a few additional thoughts on meetings….   Effective meetings begin and end with common courtesy. The Golden Rule of Meetings is: Do onto others what you’d want done to yourself. Take a moment to recall all those things that frustrate you about meetings – and don’t repeat the most common mistakes. Good meetings don’t happen by chance; they are a by-product of a thoughtful person who plans in advance. So, in the interest of workplace sanity, we are forwarding a few thoughts on how to run an effective meeting. Let’s start with the call of the meeting… If…

Effective Meetings Tips: Your follow up after the meeting

Ensure minutes are prepared and circulated participants as soon as possible after the meeting date.  Read minutes and note any necessary edits that need to be made to reflect what transpired. Send any post-meeting communications to all participants in a timely manner. Evaluate the meeting and note whether it met the stated objectives. Pass along your assessment if it is appropriate. If you were the chairman, seek feedback from the meeting’s participants.  Ask how the next meeting may be improved. Complete your personal notes on meeting’s subject matter – denoting persons present and any significant points raised. Ensure you follow-up…

Effective Meetings Tips: Participating in the meeting

Start the meeting on time. Review the agenda and announce all expectations at the outset of the meeting. Keep the meeting moving along by sticking to the agenda. Be attentive to the person speaking — do not begin sidebar conversations or be reading or completing paperwork while a person is talking. You expect common courtesy from others, so practice it yourself. If you are the Chair, attempt to engage all the participants in the discussion.  This will ensure everyone is on the same page. Should the discussion be derailed, bring the meeting back on track by restating the objective(s) and expectations. Get their feedback…

Effective Meetings Tips: In preparing for a meeting

By George begins this week by sharing tips on conducting more effective meetings. (We all spend too much time in meetings not to consider how to make them more efficient and productive.) Here is the first of three posts this morning… tips in preparing for a meeting.   Determine whether there is a need for a meeting. Avoid a meeting if the same information could be covered in a memo, e-mail or brief report. Set realistic objectives for the meeting. What information must be shared and what can be accomplished. Have an agenda and circulate it prior to the meeting.…

Leaders within our Workplace

In surfing through old business columns (dated 2010), we came across a good commentary on effective leadership in today’s workplace. Dave Jones, then with Proximity Canada in Toronto, comments on the distinction between two types of people in the workplace – managers and leaders. Jones says: “There are few true leaders in the world.  It’s risky.  It’s hard.  It’s often times unappreciated.”   Here’s his distinction.   Managers: deal with what’s handed to them iterate on what’s been done chart a course in ink check boxes have “not my…” in their vocabulary i.e. department, job, budget, responsibility lean to the conservative…

6 Steps of Effective Advocacy

Advocacy 101… the six steps…   Plan: Write your objectives and course of action down on paper and discuss with all participants.   Identify target audience: Get specific about who you want to reach and develop your lists.   Focus theme and message(s): Take time and pay attention to your messaging — be clear, concise, precise and use engaging language.   Develop tools and tactics: Answer the question, “what will best make our point?”, and develop presentation materials that will be effective with your chosen audience(s).   Implement plan and analyse response (and revise messages if necessary): Constantly monitor your…

Modern Business Wisdom

“In today’s business environment, a company’s website is the key to their entire business.” – Marcus Sheridan “In the digital space, attention is a currency. We earn it. We spend it.” – Brian Solis “Content is fire; social media is gasoline.” – Jay Baer “Mass marketing is turning into a mass of niches.” – Chris Anderson “The customer’s perception is your reality.” – Kate Zabriskie “Content marketing is no longer a numbers game. It’s a game of relevance.” – Jason Miller “Content is the fuel for your lead generation efforts.” – Dayna Rothman “Marketing is telling the world you’re a…

Our articles tagged “writing”

The By George Journal articles tagged “writing” are for those who fancy themselves to be writers, copy-editors, hacks and flacks. We trust these posts will be helpful for a public relations practitioner or corporate professional – or anyone else for that matter – who writes for a living. Here are examples of what you will find buried deep within this blog: Rules for Writing Plan English Basics of Developing “Good SM Content” 20 rules for fine writing Your Wordplay Weapons Paraprosdokians to Enjoy Go ahead and check out our menu of articles tagged “writing” and take a moment to read…