Category : Tips & Tricks

decision-making

How To Become A Better Decision Maker

Can you make decisions in an instant? Then you’re one of the lucky few!

Many struggle to make decisions on a daily basis, whether it be in their professional or personal lives, and this can hinder their chances of achieving success.

There are steps, however, that you can take to help become a better decision maker.

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Ask someone you trust what they think

It’s important to confide in people you trust and know the circumstances when facing difficult decisions.

Getting another person’s perspective on a situation can help to shine a new light and ensure you feel confident going forward with any decision you make.

 

Take emotions out of the equation

Decisions led purely by emotion are never a good idea. If you find yourself emotionally drawn to something, it’s best to take a step away and come back to it at another time. Although you do need to trust your instincts, making big decisions when you’re not feeling level-headed can result in you making a bad decision.

 

Be confident about what you’re doing

Even if you don’t feel completely confident about the decision you’re making, tell yourself you do. Trust me – you’ll feel so much better for doing so!

 

Trust your instincts wholeheartedly

Going with your gut instincts is probably the soundest piece of advice you can get. To put it simply, going with your gut can help you decide when something is right – and when it isn’t. So if you feel anything isn’t quite right about a situation, it probably isn’t.

Trust this feeling and you can’t go far wrong.

 

Don’t change your mind

We’re all guilty of changing our minds every now and again, but once you’ve made a decision, don’t talk yourself out of it or into another.

Be honest with yourself and others

The only way you’ll make a decision that’s right for you is to be completely honest. If you ask yourself questions and honestly answer ‘no’ to many of them, then it may be time to re-think the direction you’re thinking of going in.

 

Think about the future and goals

Are you wanting to reach certain goals before you hit a certain age? Then considering this in your decision-making will help make life much easier. If doing one thing will help you achieve what you want to, then, ultimately, you need to stay on that path.

 

Look at the bigger picture

It can be all too easy to focus on one good thing or sparing a thought about a bad situation. But if you can remove this negativity and look at the situation as a whole, you’ll make better decisions going forward – guaranteed.

 

Do you have any tips for making decisions for those who struggle? Feel free to share them on social media or via the comments section below!

Presentation

How To Ace Your Next Presentation

Whether you’re pitching for new clients or presenting your latest work to other departments, presentations can be nerve-wracking experiences.

With a lot riding on them, getting presentations just right is often at the back of your mind when you’re preparing.

With these useful top ten tips, you can ace your next presentation with ease.

1. Check your brief

Misreading or misinterpreting a brief is a simple mistake to make, so make sure you fully understand what’s expected.

Not only will it help you feel in control but it ensures that you avoid any embarrassment or unexpected questions on the day.

2. Don’t underestimate the importance of research

Conducting plenty of research not only means you can go the extra mile with your presentation, it can help you feel more prepared too. Set aside plenty of time before you get started on your presentation to get stuck into research.

3. Think about your structure

The flow of your presentation is important for keeping your audience interested throughout. Consider how best to structure your delivery to ensure that it seamlessly goes from one topic to the next rather than jumping around.

4. Add some style

You don’t have to go crazy making your presentation look pretty but adding some style can give your audience something to focus on. Include visuals such as graphics, graphs, and more so that your presentation isn’t one dimensional.

5. Prepare for a Q&A session

The dreaded Q&A session following a presentation can be a stumbling block for even the best. Anticipate the questions you’ll be asked and have answers prepared – but expect some curveballs too!

6. Practice Practice Practice

We all know the phrase, but practise really does make perfect! There’s no substitute for rehearsing your completed presentation; whether with colleagues, friends, or simply in front of a mirror, practice as much as you can.

7. Inject some personality

Presentations can be dull.

Adding a touch of personality can help yours stand out from the crowd and keep your listeners interested. Use some anecdotes, be interactive, and, most importantly, be yourself!

8. Get into a calm space

Before your presentation, leave some time to get into a calm space and quickly go over all your key points. If you’re feeling anxious, try taking some deep breaths, releasing tension in your muscles, and focus on how well prepared you are for this.

9. Find a focal point

If you’re never sure where to look during a presentation and the thought of making eye contact fills you with dread, picking a focal point can help. Choose a point that’s towards the back of the room and at around eye level.

10. Remember that nerves aren’t always a bad thing

If you hate public speaking, presentations will inevitably make you nervous. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, nerves can give you a boost of adrenaline that can help you deliver a better performance. Of course, you need to keep your nerves in check but you can use them to your advantage.  

Got any of your own tips? Leave a comment in the box down below!

Stop Procrastinating & Start Doing: 5 Tips To Be More Productive

Did you know that if you are logged on to the Internet you can waste up to half of your time procrastinating?

This can cost yourself or your company valuable time and money.

Change agent and marketing visionary Trevor McClintock shares his top tips for minimising those pesky distractions and getting down to business sooner rather than later.

Set realistic goals – not unattainable goals

To ensure maximum productivity you must ensure you set clear aims out of what you wish to achieve.

Each day write yourself a realistic plan of what you will set out to achieve and by the end of the day review where you are up to and measure your progress compared to the rest of the week.

By the end of the day where do you want to be?

Are your goals attainable?

Always have a clear goal in mind when you begin a task.

If the task is not helping you achieve your daily goals is it worthwhile or just a task that could potentially take up a lot of time without any tangible gain?

Think deeper and ask yourself why are you doing what you are doing?

Do one thing at a time

In the world of technology, it is more difficult than ever to get on with one thing at a time when there are constant distractions to contend with.

We are all victims of information overload and it’s important to minimise this and regain focus on what is important.

Depending on what you are trying to achieve, you want to distance yourself from technology to focus single-mindedly on the task in hand.

One practice that can help with this is to avoid connecting to anything before you begin.

Achieve focus by just getting on with the task in hand.

Clear your desk of distractions, close all unrelated windows on your computer, or shut off the Internet all together.

Multi-tasking can also make you less efficient even though it feels like you are really busy.

Know what actually matters

It’s easy to busy yourself with unimportant tasks.

Ensure you prioritise what actually matters.

Ensure you make time for the important things in life to keep the balance

People are essential for being engaged and motivated.

Ensure you have adequate social interaction in your day to stay inspired and connected. Eat well and exercise regularly.

Take care of yourself and productivity will follow on from this.

It sounds like common sense but sometimes people do not take care of the basics.

Time to daydream is essential for creativity.

Sometimes people fail to make space for this.

As productivity expert Chris Bailey once said, “Some of our best ideas happen when we give ourselves mental space to make connections”.

Have focus

All time is finite.

It’s what you do with the time that you have that determines how things turn out.

If you have less time but more focus and energy, then you will still achieve more than if you had more time but lacked focus and energy.

How much do we accomplish by the end of the day?

When we achieve what we set out to, we have been perfectly productive.

Sort out what is important compared to what isn’t.

Eliminate your distractions and have an attributable intention behind everything you do.

Make sure you make the most of your time and plan according to your goals.

When you haven’t achieved your goal for some reason, ensure you question why it hasn’t happened in order to achieve the desired structure for the next day.

Do you need help achieving your productivity goals?

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