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Although some economists have called an end to the recession that began in 2008, many business owners continue to be stressed in 2013 over financial issues. Some owners wonder if they can stay in business, given the volatile economic climate around the world. Others stress over health care or personal issues that have manifested from uncertainty. Stress itself can be damaging, which is why it’s important for people to manage stress. The following tips can help reduce stress while creating a positive attitude and increasing productivity.
Identify the causes of stress
Think about the root of your stress by reflecting on situations and writing them down. Use your own method, whether it involves writing down situations in story form or generalizing events with bullet points. Make a timeline of how problems unfolded then summarize the issue with a word or short phrase. Possibilities may include financial matters, miscommunication, upcoming deadlines or illness.
Change the way you work
Sometimes falling into routines can become dull or make you feel trapped. Figure out a new schedule that breaks the pattern. Analyze your priorities and rearrange them if possible. Shifting your focus can help develop goals that may have fallen through the cracks. By experimenting with new ways to accomplish tasks you will gain a fresh perspective that may open new doors to success.
Take some exercise
Physical exercise, as well as eating healthy food, can raise your energy level, which can improve your self-confidence. Even walking or jogging around the block can help make your blood circulation flow better, giving you a feeling of well-being. Something to consider if you want to improve your health even more is join a physical fitness program in your neighborhood, which can also expand friendships and opportunities. After a work out try taking deep breaths then relax.
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Take time out
All work and no play is simply not the best way to enjoy life. If you find yourself working around the clock day after day, figure out how to inject recreation into your schedule. Take a short vacation, even if it’s just for a day. Visit art exhibits with friends or see local entertainment. Music and comedy are two of the best remedies for stress.
Presentation skills are an essential facet to business operations, no matter how trivial. This is as much a universal truth as is the sun rising in the east, but while countless people accept its ideology in the corporate world, few truly understand it.
Presentations have a tendency to hide behind convenient labels, like “promotion.” In truth, if you have a desire to be the brightest star among your co-workers, you must present yourself in a way that ‘promotes’ your highest abilities. At its core, setting out to win your boss’ approval is nothing more than a presentation of your strengths.
Should you find yourself in a position where profit rides on the communication of important ideas, it is important to bear in mind that presentations can make or break a multi-million dollar sale. Corporate sponsors place a high responsibility on presenters, for their financial success is dependent upon the organization and subsequent communication of key points.
One of the leading causes of stress in the workplace is misinformation. Sharpening up your presentation skills will ultimately play to your advantage, as in order to lead a team, one must possess extraordinary communication skills.
While many presenters fail to communicate key points before losing the interest of their target audience, still others have managed to reduce 30 minutes of information to as little 90 seconds. Learning to identify key points saves time not only in presentation but in preparation, leading to further stress reduction and better communication.
In order to lead a team in the achievement of a common goal, one must be able to effectively communicate a singleness of purpose in a way that informs, motivates and calls to action. Here, communication of key issues becomes tantamount to professional success.
While in terms of advertising, presenters are the men and women behind the curtain, scrutiny from the media determines the validity of key points. It is an unfortunate reality that your reputation is dependent upon what you do and don’t do in front of the camera, but it is a reality that you must bear in mind.
While becoming a better presenter may not find you in the corporate job that you’ve always dreamed of, it may or may not give you a leg up over the man or woman standing next to you. What do you have to lose?