Ingenious Corporate Interactions at Events

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Summer temperatures fade and cool chills move in, these are signs that the holidays are right around the corner. Along with the holidays comes the influx of social gatherings in a business setting. Holiday parties, award ceremonies, speeches and the like. So what does this mean if you’re employed at a company? Additional responsibilities concerning social interactions. For instance at holiday parties there is (normally) alcohol. We’ve all seen the movies where the irresponsible employee drinks a little (or a lot) too much at a corporate function and ends up making a major fool of himself. Yikes! So what does one do in the case of a corporate event? The point is to socialize and network with coworkers, right? It is and that’s why paying attention to body language, social cues and alcohol levels is quite pertinent.

Top tips for making sure the holidays don’t ruin your career:

1) Watch alcohol levels: Either you decide to not drink or keep it to a minimum. It’s not impressive to see who can consume the most alcohol, especially at corporate functions. Stick to one or two alcoholic drinks and be sure to have water before, between and after.

2) Monitor noise levels: Along with drinking, no one wants to see the intoxicated employee make weird noises while disturbing the party. Keep in mind other people’s volume levels and adjust accordingly.

3) Engage with new co-workers: Sure most of us tend to talk with the people we already know, but make it a priority to talk with as many new co-workers as possible. Use the first hour of an event to make a figure eight out of the room by going around and saying hi to new people throughout the event. Then, spend the rest of the event either continuing those conversations or engaging with your current workplace friends.

4) Play nice around the boss: Corporate events/parties are less formal environments where it may be tempting to strike up conversations with higher up executives (unless you are the CEO!). Be cautious on how you approach those situations. It’s alright to interact with people who you may not be able to work with on a normal basis as work, but be sure to keep in mind it is also a party and conversations should be light and stray away from business talk. Not many want to chat business if they just got done a full day of work anyways.

Have you been to any corporate celebrations lately? What was the event and how did you interact with others? Let thoughts on how to take corporate event interactions BEYOND business basics in the comments below!

The Unproductive Presentation

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They happen every once and a while. You have to prepare documents to share with colleagues and bosses for presentations on what you have accomplished – say in the past fiscal quarter. Many dread these presentations because they are long, demand high attention spans and unfortunately unproductive. Unproductive? Yes, unproductive. With so many departments operating in a standard business, board presentation meetings tend to turn into Show, FLASH and Tell. A chain of trying to over impress whoever is looking at the presentation in the hopes that nothing will be critiqued and all with continue as planned. But, why? Why not strive for improvement than fight for mediocrity? Here are the top reasons why meetings are unproductive and how you can change them to go BEYOND the average employee (or even business owner).

 

Unproductive quality: Skewing data to make it look like something is happening when it really isn’t.

Why it sets you back: Data that doesn’t show a full scope of what is happening will not allow for effective changes in operations.

Way to go BEYOND: Be sure to accurately display data in presentations, then follow up presentations with questions/concerns and initiate a conversation around improving current objectives and executions.

 

Unproductive quality: Not reading documents before a presentation.

Why it sets you back: If you do not know what is happening in a presentation you will likely 1) have a greater chance of forgetting to share pertinent information if you are the presenter or 2) not be engaged during the presentation and have a greater chance of zoning out and/or not understanding the material.

Way to go BEYOND: Reread documents for a presentation before presenting or listening to a presentation. This will ensure you’re up to speed with what is happening and will be more engaged during the presentation.

 

Unproductive quality: Consuming food.

Why it sets you back: How distracting for a presenter if you are eating while trying to listen/learn from another person.

Way to go BEYOND: Have a healthy, high protein meal before entering a meeting/presentation. This will ensure your brain is energized and ready to learn while also preventing annoying eating sounds in the meeting.

 

Have you experienced bad presentation etiquette recently? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! This blog is always looking to go BEYOND basic business.

 

Proper Work Relations

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In an era where mobile sites, media outlets and blogs (such as this one), stories surrounding employee incidents can go viral very fast. A very publicized incident that happened in the 21st century stems from how the well-known supermodel Naomi Campbell threw a phone at her housekeeper. Whether this incident really happened or not, we may never know, but it does open on the dialogue for how situations like this can be dealt with. If you are having difficulties in the workplace with a co-worker, then it may help to look at the suggestions below on how to work bette with others in difficult times.

Be honest: Use direct language when speaking with colleagues. If something is bothering you, bring it up. A lot times people do not realize what they are doing and it’s a kind gesture to make sure what is bothering you is evident and hopefully unintentional on the other party’s part.

Rise above bad behavior: Don’t know what to do to make someone stop annoying you at work? Truncate the situation by ignoring that is bothering you. Often times ignoring the actions the other is trying to do eliminates the benefit for the other person. They may just want a strong reaction from you. Don’t give that reaction.

Sweeten the conversation: Be as friendly as possible. Had a previous implication with someone? Try to forgive that person and extend your personal olive branch. The person will see your efforts and hopefully act in a positive light as well.

Reposition your perception: A good tactic to change the relationship between two individuals is to focus only on the positive actions. Does your co-worker say thank you after you complete a task? Or is appreciative when you do other work? Remember the “good moments” during times when interactions are not favorable.

Report if necessary: Still having problems? While it’s important to respect the work environment and avoid becoming a workplace tattletale, if problems continue it may be best to send a incident report to your boss. This will ensure that the workplace remains professional and that co-workers are kept inline if they proceed to interact poorly.

Have you ever experienced a tough co-worker relationship? How did you manage the situation? Leave thoughts in the comment section below!

This post was inspired by Monster’s, “How to Get Along with a Coworker You Hate” post.

How to Excel in the Business World via Robin Williams

This week was tragic. The world lost a soul who brought uncountable joy to endless people in many countries. Robin Williams was no doubt a global celebrity and his legacy will live on.

As I scrolled down PR Daily’s website, past the articles about women dominating careers in PR and why the word “spin” needs to be cut from commonly used PR terms, I found an article titled, “8 clever and inspiring Robin Williams quotes.” While reading them – I love quotes – I realized some are pertinent to the business world. Well, all of them are. Here are the top three any why they matter when doing business.

1) “There is still a lot to learn, and there is always great stuff out there. Even mistakes can be wonderful.”

This applies to business? One should never stop learning. It’s important to continue to grow in whatever position you hold in a company. Whether overseeing a whole company or working an entry level position, learning from co-workers is a great trait to foster on the job. Mistakes will happen, but embrace them. Those mistakes will lead to new discoveries and improvements – if you let them.

2) “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

This applies to business? If you’re having trouble getting a message through to someone consider tone. Jeff Haden details the importance of how messages are crafted in a post on Inc. called, “3 Ways to Make a Genuine Impact Simply by Saying Thanks.” Emails, phone calls and handwritten notes, if done well, can alter the way you interact with co-workers and other businesses. Be alert to tone in business communications because as Williams says, “words and ideas can change the world.”

3) “Carpe per diem: Seize the check.”

This applies to business? This quote relates back to self value in the work place. As a creative many times it’s difficult to “monetize” work. Photographers and other creative individuals work in industries where it’s sometimes very difficult to make money starting out. Williams quote reminds us to know our self worth. You won’t get what you want unless you ask for it so go out and ask for what you want!

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Want the see the other 5 quotes? Visit PR Daily’s blog for the article that inspired this post!

What’s your favorite Robin Williams quote?