While I've never had a clear picture of what it's really like to work on Wall Street, I recently devoured three well written books that convinced me otherwise. Consecutively, I read No Backing Down by Tameron Keyes, Susan G. Bell's When the Getting Was Good, and Nina Godiwalla's Suits. Living vicariously through these books, I felt like an observer peering into a rapid-fire culture of high antes, big deals, and even bigger egos.
Presenting is a skill almost all of us can afford to improve upon. Whether you're terrified of the focus being on you or you enjoy speaking in front of a group, practice using these tips to get even better.
1) The message: If you're getting ready to present and feeling anxious, make is a point to over-focus on your material. Think carefully about what you're imparting, not about what people will think about you. The more you can focus on your message and its soundness, the more you'll be able to crowd out anxious thoughts. Don't indulge stress-inducing thoughts; theyre just distracting and unhelpful "noise."
In my last post, we looked at how you can become aware of the politics that exist at your workplace. I offered up questions ”much like an external consultant would ask” to help you quickly understand your surroundings. This week, I want to move past awareness to help you build more social and relational capital. Below you'll find a mix of strategies employable in just about any industry or function:
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