I was fortunate enough to attend Junket in it’s first year in 2015 (see here for a wrap). So when I set about thinking how I could help 2016 Junketeers get the most out of the two days — it became clear to me that Junkee is all about humans.
Yes it’s about working hard, caring about stuff and making your ideas happen, but we only make progress on issues when we’re in communities or teams and excited and supported by other people. Getting the most out of Junket is about getting the most out of two days of intense human interaction. Therefore.. I present to you:
A guide to Junket AKA a handy guide to being a human in 5 easy steps.
1. How to maintain self esteem among so many over-achieving people
Self esteem is a product of so many things; a well functioning and respectful relationship with yourself, appreciation of the people around you, the hard work of earning experience and respect — and of course — morning affirmations and pec flexes in the mirror, all in delicate balance.
Meeting 200 ridiculously intelligent and talented people in a short space of time can really deliver a blow to our fragile egos and make us question: do I deserve to be here? Will anyone want to talk to me? To get around this, I recommend telling yourself these things:
– you are loved.
– you’ve been chosen to be here so, in case you missed it, you’re amazing.
– wow, there’s a LOT to like about you.
– you’re probs going to change the world.
2. How to get a bunch of strangers to discuss the big questions AND get lots done in a small amount of time?
All of us here want to be successful. We want to achieve great things. We want to make a difference in the world. To get there, I’m sure you’ve all read time-tested and influential self help books like: ‘The Go Getter’, ‘Soar with your Strengths’, ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’, ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’, ‘The 4-hour work week’ or ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.
No? Well if you haven’t — I’ll fill you in: the one thing all these books have in common is that the be successful at reaching your goals — you have to actually set goals.
My point is that if you are going to do Junket like a seasoned pro, you need to have a clear set of goals in mind around what you want to get out of these two days. Whether you’re looking for a particular skill set, support, building an alliance, accessing artists or storytellers — getting business brains on the case — whatever it is. This is the time to scout for people who will help you do it.
Come ready to have incredibly wide ranging and wonderfully weird conversations — but also be prepared to spark directed conversations and ask for something if you see an opportunity. Be specific, be action-oriented, be aggressive. Just kidding — be chill. But keep your goals in mind.
3. How to approach an attractive (professionally or otherwise) stranger
Between two strangers — regardless of how attractive and mutually interested they might be — stands doubt, self-awareness, and questionable amounts of self-confidence (as above). The fear of rejection, or coming across as too keen, or circle lurker, are serious and often impenetrable barriers along the road toward beautiful friendships. Saying hi is hard.
To get around this, Junkee have created an app to drive a screen between us! It’s actually a great app — but unfortunately it doesn’t have a laser that you can point towards a target and see if they want to point their laser at you and strike up a conversation.
Lasers aside, use the app wisely — choose targets digitally where necessary. But also stay off your phone for a fair amount of the time and together we can use Junket as a starting point to stave off the impending social apocalypse of the screen-to-face routine that has become way too normal for all of us. Let’s all make an effort to take the faces in the app IRL and forge relationships in the real world.
My advice is — whether they’re a brain crush, professional connection, or just someone you feel you want to point your laser in the direction of — when you catch someone’s eye, say hi.
4. How to be ok with being uncomfortable
On the final day of Junket last year — Amrita Hepi (here again in 2016) raised that a large part of what Junket was about was getting out of your personal comfort zone in order to grow. And another part is about not being afraid making others uncomfortable.
We have a diverse crowd here. And in the many conversations we’ll have about gender, race, disability, sex, violence, environment (and whatever other small talk comes up this year) — we will find that these conversations with yourself and others are never easy.
We need to challenge each other, and we need to be ok with being challenged. If you want to make a difference at Junket and in the world, there is a need to call things out and put heat on people. We need to be ok with receiving and giving this heat. And turning it into something constructive.
So here is a series of hackneyed inspirational phrases relating to this idea, that I give to you to keep in mind at Junket and in life. I recommend accepting right now that:
1. Change is hard, and it’s rarely popular.
2. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone (We’re often the ones challenging comfort zones, but life also begins at the end of your comfort zone — we need to keep challenging our own thinking too)
3. ‘If what you’re saying is always getting applause’ you’re not yet saying the right stuff.
5. How to have a happy ending
Everyone deserves to be satisfied at the end of a long session and we don’t want Junket and our fellow Junketeers to be remembered as the one-night stand who wasn’t very attentive to our needs.. for real change in the world.
The potential in this room to turn ideas into doing stuff, for real, post-Junket, and it having a huge impact — is mind-blowing. It will happen anyway but I encourage you to hold onto the people you meet — whether it’s setting up a Facebook group quickly after a session so you can keep working on things — or sending that email straight away when you get home, or even while you’re still here. This will keep the energy going and the results ticking over after the event.
Last year we saw two strong themes come out of Junket — a spirit of progress and a spirit of protest — it was so so inspiring to be part of and soo many tangible projects and collaborations have eventuated out of Junket 2015. I don’t know what the unique character and killer ideas of the Junket Class of 2016 will be — but I can’t wait to see.
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How do you conduct yourself in a professional manner?
Tips for Presenting Yourself in a Professional Manner
- Make sure your attire is consistent with the company culture.
- Make sure you’re well groomed.
- Accessorize appropriately.
- Dress according to the position you want.
- Be mindful of your workspace.
- Behave professionally.
How can I be professional and friendly at work?
How to Be Professional at Work: 20 Essential Tips
- Be respectful. Even if you think your supervisor is a complete idiot who doesn’t deserve their position, you should avoid ever voicing your opinion in a professional environment.
- Dress for success.
- Be punctual.
- Have a positive attitude.
- Be truthful and trustworthy.
- Keep your working area tidy.
- Mind your manners.
- Be organised.
What do we mean by professionalism?
Defining Professionalism The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines professionalism as “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person”; and it defines a profession as “a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation.”
What it means to be professional at work?
Peter Johnson, HR partner at accountancy firm Cassons, says: ‘A professional is someone who displays high levels of expertise and efficiency. ‘ To most people, acting like a professional means working and behaving in such a way that others think of them as competent, reliable and respectful.
What are the two major areas of behavioral psychology?
Behaviorism historically consists of two central components: operant and classical conditioning. Operant conditioning – upon which most modern behaviorism is based – is defined as the shaping of future acts based on past rewards or punishments, and is largely the context that behavioral psychology places behavior in.
What is the definition for conduct?
Definition of conduct (Entry 2 of 2) 1 : a mode or standard of personal behavior especially as based on moral principles questionable conduct. 2 : the act, manner, or process of carrying on : management praised for his conduct of the campaign.
How is behavior defined?
1. Behavior, conduct, deportment, comportment refer to one’s actions before or toward others, especially on a particular occasion. Behavior refers to actions usually measured by commonly accepted standards: His behavior at the party was childish.
What is the definition of behavior in psychology?
n. 1. an organism’s activities in response to external or internal stimuli, including objectively observable activities, introspectively observable activities (see covert behavior), and nonconscious processes.
What is the way in which someone conduct oneself or behaves?
behave Add to list Share. The way you act or conduct yourself is how you behave. Behave can suggest acting in a polite manner, as when you tell a child (or an adult) to behave in public.
What is self conduct?
: regulation and control of oneself.
What does it mean to conduct yourself in a professional manner?
: to behave especially in a public or formal situation The way you conduct yourself in an interview often determines whether or not you get the job. She conducted herself as a professional and earned the respect of her coworkers.
Why looking professional is important?
Feeling confident about your appearance enhances your self-confidence and attitude not only in the workplace but also in a social environment. We encourage everyone to feel comfortable with what they choose to wear but remember, dress for the job you want not the job you have!
What is professionalism explain in your own words?
Professionalism is the conduct, behavior and attitude of someone in a work or business environment. Professionalism leads to workplace success, a strong professional reputation and a high level of work ethic and excellence.
Dynamic duo Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel continue their tangled professional careers together in The Five-Year Engagement, unlike the last film in which the pair split writing, with Stoller directing and Segel starring, Get Him to the Greek, their new film tackles some tough stuff in name of the comedy – marriage. The film centers on Segel’s Tom and Emily Blunt’s Violet and their stumble to the altar. From the film’s first scenes, it’s obvious that Tom and Violet are very much in love, but a series of big life events that have nothing to do with their nuptials steadily pile up until it looks as if their five-year engagement will be just that, an engagement, with no wedding at the end. In the style of Stoller and Segel’s previous works, the film is both funny and true, and the addition of Judd Apatow as producer and a cast that includes Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Mindy Kaling, Rhys Ifans, Kevin Hart, Chris Parnell, and Brian Posehn only pumps up the film’s improv-influenced laughs.
The press junket for The Five-Year Engagement was a laidback affair, and one that drove home the point that the film was a collaborative effort between people who actually like each other. Comprised of four roundtables of paired talent, your faithful Reject and a group of other online journalist spent time talking to Segel and Blunt, Nicholas Stoller and Judd Apatow, Brie and Kaling, and Parnell and Posehn. Revelations from the junket were not just confined to bits about Five-Year, however, as so many of the film’s cast and crew have worked together on other flicks that stories and trivia about productions such as Anchorman, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and The Muppets all found their place in conversation as well. After the break, check out 21 things we learned at the junket for The Five-Year Engagement (genuine laughs not included).
1. There are no “big plot movements” or contrivances to Tom and Violet’s relationship – as Segel said, “there’s no car accident; there’s no big earthquake where someone dies or something, and there’s also no big contrivance, like ‘I’m a scientist and she hates science.’”
2. Alison Brie didn’t model her British accent after just anyone, she modeled it after Blunt — the pair play sisters in the film.
3. The process was a collaborative one – Blunt shared, “It felt very collaborative…they did a great first draft, and then I signed on, and I came in and I gave a couple of ideas, and they were incorporated or not, but it was very collaborative, with different perspectives of what we feel about relationships. I think it was a very personal movie. Everyone talked and shared a lot, and a lot of that made it onto the screen.”
4. Segel and Stoller approach actors in a different way than most – as Segel explained, “as soon as we hire somebody, especially to play the female lead, the first thing we do is sit down with them, and have a long talk. Just a talk, its not even about acting, abut how you feel about relationships, how you would actually handle these scenes. Then we do a rewrite to tailor it to the person that’s playing the role.”
5. Blunt’s role was written for her.
6. Segel and Blunt wanted to make Tom and Violet appear to be more than just lovers, but best friends.
7. Segel writes every part as if he’s going to play it – including the female parts.
8. Segel, Stoller, and Apatow like to make their films relatively cheaply, with “everything going on the screen” – Apatow initially pitched Forgetting Sarah Marshall as “a Ben Stiller movie for the quarter of the price.”
9. Segal embraces “passive aggressive facial hair” – in the second half of the film, Tom breaks out a truly angry beard, which Segel lifted from his own life, saying “I’ve done it to make a point when I was unemployed. It was kind of like, ‘Really, Hollywood, you won’t cast me? Well, watch this, I don’t give a fuck either.’ That’s sort of where it came from. I’ve done it in a relationship. It is a weird passive aggressive move I have that I’m trying to move past.”
10. Segel went to culinary school to get into character for Tom, who is a (once) high-powered chef in the film.
11. The film initially featured a turkey puppet, which was later cut – let’s hope that it pops up on a deleted scenes feature.
12. The film also once included a subplot about Tom and Violet’s different styles of handling money – which ties into that exploding restaurant that’s been featured in some of the film’s ads, stuff that’s not in the final cut of the film.
13. “Astral Weeks” by Van Morrison is Segel’s favorite album.
14. Stoller doesn’t get too attached to stuff in his films – the filmmaker commented, “I don’t really get attached to anything. I’m pretty brutal about cutting stuff. With each successful movie, I’ve discovered anything that’s not connected to the immediate story is going to be cut out of it.”
15. Anchorman’s Baxter the dog posed a big problem for the filmmakers – Apatow shared a story about the crafting of the “Baxter gets kicked off the bridge” scene in the film, saying, “Mike De Luca was the head of DreamWorks Pictures at the time, and he said, ‘People are going to go crazy. You can’t kick a dog off a bridge,’ and I said, ‘It’s a stuffed animal. Literally we make sure you can tell it’s a stuffed animal.’ He was like, ‘People are not going to like it. You’re going to have a problem. You’re going to have to do a re-shoot,’ and people were so upset. Then we had to do a re-shoot, where you saw Baxter climb out of the river, and the people were like ‘Yay! The stuffed animal came back to life.’”
16. The filmmakers wanted to Elmo to appear in The Muppets — Stoller revealed, “we tried to get Elmo into The Muppets, because there’s always like a Sesame Street cameo, and the joke was that they’re trying to get celebrities, and they try to get Elmo. In the background you see Elmo, and foreground his lawyers, and they’re like, ‘He can’t do it. He’s not going to do it.’” Funnily enough, that’s what really happened – Elmo’s lawyers wouldn’t actually let him be in the film.
17. The filmmakers aren’t afraid to go past ninety minutes with their comedies — Apatow said, “With that extra fifteen, twenty minutes is where you can get to real character, and you’re not just stuck in plot. There are people who like short movies, and I think they should just watch our movies on DVD, because they can pause and go to the bathroom, eat dinner, and come back to it.”
18. Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor (where Tom ends up working) is a real place — and you can visit them for some of their world famous sandwiches.
19. Like Blunt, Brian Posehn’s role was written for him — though he didn’t know it until he attended an audition/table read for the film.
20. Posehn promises that the cast really did laugh every day — not just lip service.
21. Stoller and Posehn first met each other while writing for a series that never came to be: the Austin Powers animated series — they’ve also written for the Oscars together.
The Five-Year Engagement opens this Friday, April 27.
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Qualities of a Leader – How to Conduct Yourself Professionally
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Leadership comes with great responsible. As a leader, misconduct can ruin your reputation. The rulebook of professional code of conduct is ever- expanding but with great leadership qualities you can be a person of influence. Leaders are people of exceptional character who are able to find the path and lead others through it. Vision, teamwork, empowerment and trust are the hallmarks of a true leader. Whether we are following or leading, we are all leaders and should conduct ourselves properly in other to be good ambassadors of our people. One who leads must develop vitality, aliveness and a deep feeling of shared value among his people. You must consciously lead if you want your team to move from good to great.
Leadership can be defined as the ability and capability of an individual to influence, inspire and encourage others to contribute their best toward the betterment and success of the group. A person who can bring about change, therefore, is one who has the potentiality to be a leader. One quality does not fit all for leaders. Leaders are different as the organizations they lead. What and who they are in relation to the set they lead determines their ability to lead and the willingness of the people to follow.
No matter the kind of group different leaders lead, generally, some qualities must be possessed by a leader for him to conduct himself professionally and lead with a positive difference.
Belief: A leader must believe in his ability to lead the people rightly. Belief strengthens your power of achievement. If you do not belief in yourself and abilities, nobody will believe you.
Self-awareness: Proper knowledge of your skills, passions, strengths and values will help you in your leadership journey. You can’t give what you don’t have, therefore, you must know yourself and lead yourself before you can lead others well.
Wisdom: This is the principal thing. It will help you to maximize your intelligences and know when to say or do things right. Wisdom gives you hindsight, insight and foresight.
Effective Communication and Connection: The ability to create common ground matters a lot in leadership. The capability to listen and understand the thoughts, concerns and ideas of your people will help you greatly in leading. This virtue will help you connect well with them and gives you the platform to easily communicate your thoughts clearly to them. A vision is nothing until it can be sold.
Every leader who wants to succeed must be confident, innovative, enthusiastic, inspiring, courageous, motivating and teachable. People only follow those who know where they are going. Improving yourself will help you become a better leader who has the qualities it takes to conducts himself professionally. Great leadership is not developed is not developed in a day, but daily. Conducting yourself professionally helps you sharpen your inter-personal skills.
By Frank Pray | Submitted On December 03, 2010
Giving formal deposition testimony can be stressful if you are not prepared. If you are anxious or uncertain, those emotions will affect your appearance, and may adversely impact your credibility. You may seem evasive or unable to remember, when you actually are just too nervous or too surprised. Here are some ways to maximize your deposition performance:
1. Watch a training video for witnesses facing depositions. There is nothing like “being there.” Your attorney should provide you such a video on request. Several companies produce these “preparation” videos. The video should be one simulating an actual deposition process. It should point out pitfalls and opportunities on how to answer questions.
2. Ask your attorney questions about the process well before the deposition date. What are the issues in the case, and how will the attorney taking the deposition likely approach those issues in the deposition? You can be sure the attorney is looking for more than just information. She or he wants “admissions” that the attorney can use to make or defeat the case. An admission might be, for example, in an employment case, the answer “Yes” to the question: “Did you agree by this writing [Exhibit “A”] that you were an “at will” employee?”
3. Listen carefully to the scope of the question. Answer only the question. Avoid blurting out long answers. They only invite more questions going down trails you might have better avoided.
4. Practice a mock deposition with your attorney, and let your attorney “rough you up” a bit with some aggressive or tricky questioning. That is the best way to learn. Your attorney should initiate such a preparation session, but if she does not, ask for it.
5. Whatever happens, remain cordial and polite. Avoid being sarcastic or argumentative. Being rude or angry will cost you points with the judge or jury. Most depositions are now videotaped, and so anticipate your face will be telling a story, as well as your words.
6. Lawyers can ask the dumbest questions, or the most compound, complex, and confusing questions. If you get a question you don’t fully understand, don’t answer the question. Instead, ask for a clarification, explaining that you don’t understand the question.
7. If you need time to fully examine a document placed before you in deposition, take the time. Don’t be rushed into answering questions about a document you do not remember, or have not reviewed fully.
8. Memory is notoriously poor with the passage of time. Don’t state as a certainty that you remember things that you are not able to recall clearly. State instead: “I don’t recall”, or “My best estimate is. ” Avoid guessing.
9. Be rested, and as focused as possible. Do not be under the influence of medications. If you are tired during the deposition, and unable to concentrate, ask for a recess.
10. If the attorneys make objections, let them complete the objection for the record, and unless instructed by your attorney not to answer, complete your answer. If the attorneys engage in a yelling match, or undertake a long exchange of argument about a point of law on the record, let them finish, while you wait patiently for a question to answer.
These ten points will not make the process particularly fun, but they will give you a greater sense of confidence and control to complete the process favorably to your case. Not enumerated is the obvious best advice of all: Tell the truth.
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Ambitious conductors start here. There are some excellent tips in Tim Ashley’s Guardian profile of Vasily Petrenko on what it takes today to become principal conductor of an orchestra. Here are some of the buzzwords from the lavish double-page spread – “big, blond, handsome . age of 30 . youngish fashionable crowd . easy on the eye and a balletic mover on the podium . wowing everyone . Russian bombshell . striking determination”. And yes, contemporary music is mentioned. In the penultimate paragraph.
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Timely post about the contrast between the coverage of classical music by newspapers and blogs here –
Fascinating post and linked-profile, pliable.
Having read about, but having never seen a picture of Mr Petrenko, I thought, at first glance, that you were posting an older picture of the American conductor (and one-time Mstislav Rostropovich demi-protegee) Hugh Wolff. though I don’t believe that the Anglo-American publicity machine ever called Mr Wolff an “American bombshell.”
And silly me thought that the turn of phrase “bombshell” usually referred — sexistly — to female divas such as Anna Netrebko.
Conduct Yourself Professionally to Maximize Your High-Ticket Sales Brand
How many times have you heard the word “professionalism?” How many times have people advised you that the key to success is to act professionally? I can understand all of that. I get it.
However, the problem is the more people use the word “professional,” the less meaning it has. It becomes yet another buzzword. It becomes yet another addition to the online marketing vocabulary that people just toss back and forth and repeat mindlessly over and over again. Its sheer reputation, it seems, is its number one enemy.
The whole concept of professional is very powerful. In fact, in many cases, it is what separates people who make money hand-over-fist from people who are barely getting by. It can mean the difference between living high on the hog and struggling for every dollar that you get.
Professionalism. Now, here’s the problem. When people recommend this word or when people throw it around, they forget about context. You have to be professional in the right way with the right people at the right time after certain things have happened.
In other words, context matters. You can just say, “I’m a professional with absolutely no context and no frame of reference. You’re just wasting your time. You’re just setting yourself up sooner or later for some sort of disappointment. I’ve seen this happen.
This is why it’s really important to focus on professionalism as an integrated part of your overall online strategy. This is how you maximize the value you get for your effort and time. With this philosophy in mind, you will stop posting for the sake of posting.
I remember when I started in this game. I was posting everywhere. I was creating all sorts of content. I was even making videos. However, at the end of that day, I had very little to show for all of that because I was not a professional. Instead, I was generic. I was too busy blasting out one article after another and making a lot of worthless noise. I wasn’t building a brand.
Make sure that every move you make has the highest chance of pulling in the most recognition in your high-ticket niche. That’s how you do this on a profession level. Everything else will not work. Focus on recognition and building legitimacy first.
Get this out of the way and build a solid foundation and guess what will happen next? That’s right! The money will flow. Remember, in this game, marketers shoot to become credible and authoritative.
This is the key. You don’t start the game looking to make the most amount of money possible. You don’t start the game with greed. Instead, you start this process of building a solid, high-ticket sales brand with the intention of delivering value.
I remember hanging out with a multimillion-dollar salesperson. This person was very meek and humble. You couldn’t tell just by looking at him that he pulls in seven figures year after year like clockwork, but I knew exactly who I was talking the moment he opened his mouth.
Everything I heard from this man screamed value. He wasn’t wasting my time. He wasn’t insulting me by patronizing me. No. Every single second he spent talking, he was adding value to my life.
Ultimately, he summed it up. The secret to sales success is actually pretty straightforward. You have to always remember that for you to get what you want, you must first give other people what they want.
It’s very easy to figure out what you want. You want to make money. No mysteries there.
However, instead of focusing on your needs and trying to get what you want from other people first, focus on giving them what they’re looking for. Give abundantly. Give unexpectedly. Underpromise and overdeliver. If you are able to do this, then the money will flow.
The problem with this game is there that too many online marketers shoot for the quick-and-easy cash. They focus on the big payoff. They don’t focus on serving.
If you focus on serving and delivering value, you are building a brand. Build your online business empire on solid foundations and you will succeed in the dog-eat-dog world of high ticket sales. Click here for the key framework you will need to establish the success you deserve in this very competitive space.
By Dee Allyn | Submitted On January 06, 2011
First impressions are worth a thousand words. This motto especially holds true in regard to a job interview. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize this, which is why they keep striking out. Without a thorough understanding of interview basics, you may continually strike out as well. Anyone can fill out an application, write a resume, or prepare a cover letter, but it takes someone with both intelligence and foresight to excel at an interview.
Many people fail at job interviews because they act like buffoons. When you are at a job interview, you must closely monitor not just what comes out of your mouth, but also the way in which you conduct yourself. For instance, you shouldn’t be chewing gum or sucking on breath mints during an interview. Nor should you be speaking in slang. Such behaviors are not only rude; they’re also quite unprofessional.
Of all the interview basics I’ve ever encountered, the one I see most frequently ignored is the one pertaining to confidence and positivity. I realize that searching for a job is time-consuming, difficult, tedious, and frustrating. Your next interview be the 20th interview of the week. However, you absolutely cannot allow this attitude to permeate your job interview. You must sling aside your mopey and defeatist feelings, and charge into it brimming with positivity.
Don’t get me wrong, though. This doesn’t mean that you should giggle in glee, or act like a narcissistic pig. The key is to act in moderation by maintaining a positive yet professional demeanor. It shows your potential employer that you are neither a Debbie Downer, nor an immature or overly cocky brat. Make sure to maintain this demeanor even if you hear something you dislike. Just make a mental note and consider bringing up the issue later.
Be Clear and Direct
Don’t over-sell yourself. When you are asked a question, answer in a matter of the fact manner. Job interviewers must deal with a plethora of candidates, so their attention span isn’t all that great. In fact, it looks somewhat like this
— After the first ten seconds, she’s paying full attention.
— After the second ten seconds, she’s paying a bit less attention.
— After a minute, her mind is starting to wander.
— After two minutes, she isn’t listening at all.
There are some questions, however, that might require long answers. When dealing with one, merely break up your spiel by interrupting it with questions of your own. They can be as simple as, “Does that make sense?” or “Is this answering your question?” Not only does it jolt the interviewer awake, but it also gives her an opportunity to speak.
Additional Interview Basics
Other things you should do include: maintain eye contact; don’t fidget; refrain from using outlandish hand gestures; don’t bite your lips; and never shrug your shoulders as if to say, “I don’t know.” In fact, answer each and every question with words. Simple head shakes and nods are a big no no. Last but not least, make sure to prepare, prepare, and prepare some more. You would think everyone would know to prepare before a job interview, but you’d be surprised at how people miss out on one of the simplest interview basics.
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– Hello babe…just call me Cumberbatch … 007 Benedict Cumberbatch
– ok ok just call me Ben
If I meet Benedict Cumberbatch in real life
Once I treated his manager at my working hospital… yep! that’s the closest I’ve been from him 😢
Benedict Cumberbatch the master of sensuality
Me: if I make a brand of trousers called “ Cumberbritches” will you endorse them?
Benedict Cumberbatch: Only if you get me a billboard slot in times square
Me: Say no more
( I would hang it myself from a zeppelin if necessary)
*btw yeah is fictional… So please do not ask “ is this real. where can I get them?, does it come with the model? ”
He wasn’t asking, he wanted the interviewer to correct himself
Martin: “ da fuck ,you just called my Silly Benny?? BEN??”
Interviewer: I mean, Benedict Cumberbatch
Martin: ok you may proceed. But NOBODY calls my Ben “ Ben” bitch!
I need to learn this trick but Still don’t know how. Is it just an illusion? Is it a science thing? Does Benedict Cumberbatch know something about gravity that none of us do?? Should we donate him to NASA. I
By last is there Some brilliant mind here to illustrate me, please 🙏
Neil Gaiman revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan in the Amazon series adaptation of “Good Omens.” Gaiman said that Cumberbatch’s Prince of Darkness will be “a giant, animated Satan” who appears “400 foot high.”
Btw the ” Holmes” house is for sale… Anyone interested?
Yup! The beautiful Holmes welsh cottage where Sherlock parents lived in the series and where Benedict and Martin filmed is on sale
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When I find myself in times of trouble
Benedict Cumberbatch comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
“ I was at University, playing Salieri in Peter Shaffers play Amadeus. When my dad told me. You’re better than i ever was or will be, you’ll have a good time doing this. I’m going to support you. It was a huge thing for a father to say this to his son. It was very humbling and moving. One of the reasons I get out of bed in the morning and try to do my best each day is to make them proud ”
It’s 1 am and my mom has literally been playing with the ufo catchers for hours now, she’s cleaned entire machines, I’m not kidding. I drew this comic in the meantime
It wouldn’t be a Mission: Impossible for Tom Cruise to make a movie with legendary Canadian director David Cronenberg.
It wouldn’t be a Mission: Impossible for Tom Cruise to make a movie with legendary Canadian director David Cronenberg.
The two met Monday night during Cruise’s two-day trip to Toronto to promote his new World War II thriller, Valkyrie, but the actor coyly refused to say whether a future project is in the works when he sat down with the Star in a Yorkville hotel suite.
“I love his movies; I admire his filmmaking,” Cruise said of the Eastern Promises director. Would Cruise be interested in making a picture with him?
“I’d like to, very much,” Cruise replied noncommittally, smiling.
If it seemed like the star was dancing around the subject, it could be because we’d just finished talking about his next onscreen dream: making a musical.
“I’m glad musicals are coming back, so I can really embarrass myself,” Cruise said with his trademark hearty laugh.
We know Cruise has the right moves; from his underpants dance in Risky Business to last summer’s comedic turn as foul-mouthed and flabby producer Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder, he’s good on his feet. But we’ve never heard him in a singing role.
“Exactly!” said Cruise with a grin, slapping his knees for emphasis.
“I will sing, if I can find the right one. I will sing and you will tell me if I did it or not. It’s an interesting challenge.”
Cruise said he was anxious to spend a couple of days promoting Valkyrie in Toronto, a city “I love,” he said, as he glanced out the hotel window at the snow-capped shops of Yorkville.
“I love the cold,” added Cruise, who lived in Ottawa as a boy.
Toronto is also where Cruise started to train as a pilot in 1994. Flying is one of his many passions.
It’s very unusual for a star of his wattage to come to Toronto for the sole purpose of talking up a film without being on a city-jumping tour or a studio junket. But Cruise has a lot riding both personally and professionally on Valkyrie. Not only is he co-owner of United Artists, which made the movie with MGM, it’s also a chance to redeem himself after a poor showing with his first UA/MGM movie, Lions for Lambs.
“I’m glad I had time, I wanted to come up here and it worked out perfectly,” said Cruise, who wore a simple black shirt, dark jeans, and white socks and tennis shoes. He looked tanned, lean and fit, and spoke passionately about Valkyrie. “I hadn’t been here in a while and wanted to come back,” he replied when asked why he chose to come to Toronto.
“Because I need to. Because I promote my movies. I always promote my movies.”
Valkyrie, which opens Christmas Day, stars Cruise in the true story of Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, who led a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944.
Directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, the X-Men movies) and with a heavyweight supporting cast including Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Terence Stamp, Valkyrie has had its problems.
The opening date has shifted a number of times, and there were initial reports Cruise and Singer were prevented from shooting in Germany because of Cruise’s Scientology faith. Both have denied that in published reports.
Cruise was also quick to put the kibosh on the latest rumour swirling: that wife Katie Holmes, starring on Broadway in All My Sons, is expecting a sibling for 2 1/2-year-old Suri.
“No, she’s not,” he said.
Would they like to expand the family? Cruise also has two older kids, Isabella, 15, and Connor, 12, adopted with ex-wife Nicole Kidman. “I will have 10 children; I love kids and my children,” he said. “I feel really fortunate to have the teenagers and a 2 1/2-year-old. It’s a great dynamic.”
Just got into a new environment? Or maybe this is your first day at work? Being the new kid in the company can be quite scary. It is normal to feel a bit lost because you are not sure what your new colleague will be like.
You will ask questions like, “Are they easy-going?” or “Will they accept me?”
It doesn’t matter if the company has 5 employees, or 500 employees, your first impression counts. Learn these tips for introducing yourself at your new job and being the superstar new employee that your co-workers will like.
How to Introduce Yourself on the First Day of Work
A great introduction to your new colleague can be difficult.
But fortunately, you will get a little help from your supervisor, or human resource department who will help to introduce you to your coworkers.
What’s left, is totally up to you.
Starting off your new job great will help you in building both professional and personal relationships with your coworkers.
Knowing how to properly introduce yourself is the first step in building a great working relationship with your co-workers at work.
1. Know Your Environment
There are generally 2 ways to introduce yourself:
- Casual Introduction
- Formal Introduction
When you are in a new environment, it is important for you to “fit in”.
First, get a rough idea of the environment in your new workplace.
Next, consider your new workplace’s environment before determining if you should introduce yourself in a formal or casual way.
And always remember, your dress code and the colors of your outfit plays a big part as well!
Experts advise checking with the human resource before you come for work.
“You need to learn the company culture before anything else.”
Think up a simple introduction that you can use to introduce yourself to your co-workers. Your introduction will include your name and job title.
“Hi, John here. I am the new Marketing manager.”
Example – General
In a simple introduction, you will be expected to talk more about yourself when you and your team are in a more relaxed setting. You can talk about your career, interests or even hobbies.
“Nice to meet you. My name is Jesse. I am the new accounts analyst.
I worked at ABC Company for one year before joining this company. Outside of work, I enjoy doing yoga and reading novels at the beach.”
Example – People Leaders
The way you introduce yourself depends on your role in the company and the people you are addressing. As a people leader, a proper introduction to your new team can help you gain your team members’ respect. This will help to establish yourself as a leader and not just a boss.
Thus, in these cases, you may find it better to give a longer introduction.
“Hi team, my name is Peter Thomas, your new marketing manager.
Previously I worked as a marketing manager in ABC Company and have 15 years of experience marketing a wide array of events, from conferences to international sports events.
I believe I can lead this team to even more success. However, I cannot produce great marketing results alone. This is why I need your utmost commitment and cooperation. Together, we can achieve great things.
Marketing is a team effort. And I am excited to work with all of you.”
Most big companies and even some smaller companies will have orientation programs that help new employees to settle into the company. Orientation is basically one of the best times to introduce yourself to your peers, who might just be as lost as you.
Tip: When a group of new colleagues gathers together, this may just be the best opportunity to make friends with colleagues from different departments.
If you are one of the lucky few where your company has an orientation program, remember to take the opportunity to introduce yourself to as many colleagues as possible.
Knowing someone in the company can help you calm your nerves and feel more comfortable adapting to the company.
Knowing what emails you’ll need to send when you start a new job can help you integrate into the company faster and easier.
Often, your manager or a senior colleague will be helping to show you around the company and help you with the introductions. They will introduce you to your team members, colleagues from the same department, and sometimes even colleagues which are from other departments that you will be interacting with often.
Example – Simple and Quick Introduction
“Hi, I am Jeff from the Marketing Team.
This is my first day with the company, it is great to meet you.”
3. Ask a Team-member to Help Introduce You
On your first day of work, the few first people you will meet will probably be your team members. These people are some of the co-workers that you will probably work most frequently with.
If in any case that the person who helps you during the orientation does not introduce you to the team (this does happen sometimes). Probably you may want to take the initiative to ask for an opportunity to meet your team members.
Not only it is important for you to get to know your team early. It is good to let them know that you are keen to get to know everyone on your team and that you are excited to be a part of the team.
Example – Ask to Get Introduced
“I am excited to have met a few people this morning, but I will really want to get to know the people I will be working with.
Do you think we can go meet my team members?”
Tips: In a team, there are usually more than just a few people. Take the initiative to introduce yourself to your team members one by one. This will help you to build rapport with each of them and make it much easier for you to talk with them in the future.
Example – Simple Introduction to Your Team Members
“I’m Mike, the new engineer. Nice to meet you.
We will be working together in the future and I am excited to be a part of the team.”
When you are trying to choose a career, there are two things you should do that will help you make a better, and well-informed, decision. First, you have to learn about yourself. Then, you have to explore careers that might be a good fit based on what you have learned. These are Steps One and Two of the Career Planning Process. If you go online, you will be able to find a wealth of information about any career that comes to mind, but learning about yourself will take a lot more effort. You will have to do what is known as a self-assessment.
What is a self-assessment? Is it a test of some sort? A self-assessment is not a test. It does not have the desired outcome, for example, right or wrong answers that would demonstrate the mastery of a subject. It is a way to learn about yourself by gathering data that includes information about your work-related values, interests, personality type, and aptitudes. Your goal will be to find occupations that are suitable based on the results. Of course, there are other factors that you will have to weigh when making a final decision, but that will happen during the next step of the process—career exploration.
Why You Should Do a Formal Self Assessment
How much do you know about yourself? If you are like most people, you probably have to give a lot of thought to this question before you can answer it. You might know what your hobbies are and that you are (or aren’t) a people person. You probably couldn’t explain, with ease, what work-related values are important to you and, while you may know some things that you are good at, you may not have a complete list of all your aptitudes. Even if you could provide a rundown of every one of your characteristics, there’s a good chance you don’t know how to use that information to help you find a career that is a good fit. Utilizing a variety of self-assessment tools will help you put together all the pieces of the puzzle.
Anatomy of a Self Assessment
A self-assessment, to be effective, must take into account an individual’s work-related values, interests, personality type, and aptitudes. All of these characteristics make up who you are, so ignoring any of them won’t give you an accurate answer. Let’s take a look at each one.
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Avoid cultural conflict by avoiding stereotypes when negotiating across cultures
After losing an important deal in India, a business negotiator learned that her counterpart felt as if she had been rushing through the talks. The business negotiator thought she was being efficient with their time. Their cultures have different views on how to conduct negotiations, and in this case, the barrier prevented a successful outcome. In this useful cross cultural conflict negotiation example, we explore what this negotiator could have done differently to improve her negotiation skills.
Research shows that dealmaking across cultures tends to lead to worse outcomes as compared with negotiations conducted within the same culture. The reason is primarily that cultures are characterized by different behaviors, communication styles, and norms. As a result, when negotiating across cultures, we bring different perspectives to the bargaining table, which in turn may result in potential misunderstandings. Misunderstandings can lead to a lower likelihood of exploring and discovering integrative, or value-creating, solutions. Let’s talk about the main causes of cross cultural negotiation failure.
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Cultural conflict in negotiations tends to occur for two main reasons. First, it’s fairly common when confronting cultural differences, for people to rely on stereotypes. Stereotypes are often pejorative (for example Italians always run late), and they can lead to distorted expectations about your counterpart’s behavior as well as potentially costly misinterpretations. You should never assume cultural stereotypes going into a negotiation.
Instead of relying on stereotypes, you should try to focus on prototypes—cultural averages on dimensions of behavior or values. There is a big difference between stereotypes and prototypes.
For example, it is commonly understood that Japanese negotiators tend to have more silent periods during their talks than, say, Brazilians. That said, there is still a great deal of variability within each culture—meaning that some Brazilians speak less than some Japanese do.
Thus, it would be a mistake to expect a Japanese negotiator you have never met to be reserved. But if it turns out that a negotiator is especially quiet, you might better understand her behavior and change your negotiating approach in light of the prototype. In addition, awareness of your own cultural prototypes can help you anticipate how your counterpart might interpret your bargaining behavior. It’s not just about being aware of their culture, but also how yours might be viewed.
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A second common reason for cross-cultural misunderstandings is that we tend to interpret others’ behaviors, values, and beliefs through the lens of our own culture. To overcome this tendency, it is important to learn as much as you can about the other party’s culture. This means not only researching the customs and behaviors of different cultures but also by understanding why people follow these customs and exhibit these behaviors in the first place.
Just as important, not only do countries have unique cultures, but teams and organizations do, too. Before partaking in any negotiation, you should take the time to study the context and the person on the other side of the bargaining table, including the various cultures to which he belongs—whether the culture of France, the culture of engineering, or his particular company’s corporate culture. The more you know about the client, the better off you will do in any negotiation.
In this cross cultural conflict negotiation example, we see that the negotiator has learned after the fact that her Indian counterpart would have appreciated a slower pace with more opportunities for relationship building. She seems to have run into the second issue: Using time efficiently in the course of negotiations is generally valued in the United States, but in India, there is often a greater focus on building relationships early in the process. By doing research on the clients cultural prototypes, they can adjust their negotiation strategy and give themselves a better chance at creating a valuable negotiation experience for both themselves and their counterpart.
As this business negotiator has observed, cultural differences can represent barriers to reaching an agreement in negotiation. But remember that differences also can be opportunities to create valuable agreements. This suggests that cross-cultural conflict negotiations may be particularly rife with opportunities for counterparts to capitalize on different preferences, priorities, beliefs, and values.
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Do you have any advice on how to solve cultural conflict? What experiences have you had that might help our other readers? We would love to hear from you.
Adapted from “Dear Negotiation Coach: Crossing Cultures in Negotiation,” by Francesca Gino (Associate Professor, Harvard Business School), first published in the Negotiation newsletter, September 2013.
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Have you ever had that sense of accomplishment that you felt like you deserved an award or, at least, a pat on the back? Invigorating, isn’t it? Being proud of yourself can give meaning to what you do and how you live your life, which is why it’s so important to celebrate yourself whenever you’ve achieved something, no matter how big or small it is.
However, pride in oneself doesn’t always come naturally. It can be a struggle, especially if we have low self-esteem or we’re constantly comparing our progress to other people. But, we must not forget that noticing the tiny steps that we take can actually make our hardships worthwhile.
In this article, we’ll be exploring the significance of being proud of ourselves and how to do it in five simple but purposeful ways!
Why we can’t take pride in ourselves
Did you ever feel like your accomplishments don’t really matter so you’d rather just keep them to yourself? Sometimes, you don’t even consider your “accomplishments” as big successes, so why celebrate them at all? If you can relate to this, well, you and I are of the same species.
Personally, I’m not one to brag on the internet for all the world to see. But, as I got older and have gotten a closer look at myself, I’ve realized that it’s not just my meekness that keeps me from celebrating my achievements. More often, it’s about discounting my accomplishments and feeling like my experiences aren’t significant as opposed to others or on a bigger scale.
If you’re having a hard time being proud of yourself, perhaps, these scripts that I used to subscribe to may also sound familiar to you:
- No one cares about what goes on in my life.
- Other people are more successful than I am.
- This is not the best that I can do.
- I’m still not where I want to be, so there’s nothing to be proud of.
If you recognize this kind of thinking whenever you are trying to reach a goal or have already reached it, then it’s a sign that you should start shifting your mindset to a more positive one.
Pride as a positive emotion
When we think of “pride,” it’s not always without a negative connotation. We may be reminded of being arrogant, boastful, or conceited. In a certain context, pride manifests when we feel superior to others and refuse to accept, forgive, or level with them.
But, when we’re talking about pride as a positive emotion, it becomes a source of confidence, self-respect, fulfillment, and motivation. According to the Handbook of Emotions, pride is a positive feeling that follows after personal achievement. We may also have the urge to celebrate the achievement and share the news with others and feel even more motivated to improve on our future endeavors.
If we look at the brighter side of pride, it’s actually rewarding and nourishing; it’s the kind of feeling that we should fill ourselves with more!
Being proud of yourself is not selfish
Taking pride in oneself does not necessarily equate to being egoistic. It doesn’t mean that we are looking down on others in order to feel like we’re on the top of the world.
Studies on the implications of pride
A study published in Cognition and Emotion explored how psychology students experience emotions such as pride, joy, and envy. When it comes to pride and joy, most students have reported that they feel a sense of self-inflation.
However, this self-inflation does not mean that they devalue others by experiencing such emotions. On the other hand, it’s the ones who are envious who feel that there’s a distance between them and others and that others are less worthy than them.
Being proud of ourselves is also more associated with our accomplishments that involve doing something good for others. Another study found that parents take more pride in themselves when they are able to care for their children or contribute at work than when they achieve something for themselves.
So, if you’ve been suppressing that bubbling pride in you just because you don’t want to come off as boastful or inconsiderate, now, you can finally let it out, knowing that this emotion is actually coming from a good place!
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Meetings are an important part of a business process. But you need to run them well! You might want some help with your English to get them started smoothly, and feel confident about being in charge, so here are the exact sentences your colleagues are used to hearing at the start of a meeting.
Start With a Quick Introduction
Open a meeting or a conference call by greeting everyone, and introducing yourself.
Hello everybody, and thanks for joining. I’m Michelle Carter, project manager at Antiveo, and I’ll be chairing the meeting today.
Of course, being a chair here means that you’re the person in charge of conducting the meeting, not a piece of furniture.
Now you can announce the subject of the meeting. Add its duration as well!
Today, we’re going to talk about our new software integration. The meeting should last around an hour.
Finally, you can let the participants introduce themselves.
Before we begin, let’s go around and introduce ourselves. Bill, would you like to start ?
Setting up a Smooth Meeting
After the introductions, you can take a moment to set up a smooth meeting.
Make sure that someone is taking minutes – that means, writing down what’s being said. For instance, you can ask :
– Emily, could you take the minutes today and send them to everyone after the meeting, please?
Another Tip: You should also make sure to establish the rules clearly.
Before we begin, remember to say your name before you speak. And let’s avoid cutting anyone off when a person speak, so we can all give our full input.
Finally, you can check on the participants’ preparation. Like:
Has everyone read the minutes of the last meeting? Are there any questions about them?
Start the Actual Meeting
Now it’s time to begin the actual meeting.
It starts by presenting the agenda. A meeting without an agenda is going to feel purposeless, and in the worst case it will waste everyone’s time. So be sure to have clear goals and points to discuss, and don’t stray from that plan.
We have several things to cover today, and limited time. Let’s start with the first item on today’s agenda.
And now you can begin your presentation!
OK. As you know, we did some tests on the software, but we had some problems. For instance, we…
And your meeting is off to a great start!
So, to recap:
– Start your meeting by greeting everyone, introducing yourself and the participants.
– Set up clear rules, an end time, and the topic of the meeting.
– Be sure someone is taking notes, and follow the agenda.
Opinions: as half of the old saying goes, everyone’s got ‘em. Whether it’s on Twitter, on Yelp, or in Facebook posts from your great-aunt’s best friend, we’re constantly subjected to other people’s opinions—so if you want to share your take with a wider audience, it’s worthwhile to think about how to make it stand out. And if you zoom in on an opinion, build it out, and give it structure, you’ve got yourself a review.
You can review basically anything if you find the right outlet for it, but the best way to present your thoughts depends on what you’re writing about and who your audience is. But with most types of reviews, there’s a simple structure you can stick to in order to help you get started:
1 A thesis
Before you write, make sure you know the general message you want to convey. A simple thesis will help keep your review from straying off-topic. This could be as straightforward as “I really liked this meal!” or as complex as “These shoes took a while to wear in.” Think to yourself: If I were telling a friend about this, what would I want their main takeaway to be?
2 Likes and dislikes
In the most glowing review, you may not include any dislikes. If the review is critical, try to find at least one positive to include, just to provide a break in between your incredible zings.
3 Your recommendation
A star rating may be the first thing most people see, but when folks skim your review, they’ll probably check the bottom for an idea of whether or not you’d recommend the meal, album, hike, or movie to others. You could also include a short explanation, like “I knocked it down one star because my utensils were dirty,” or “I’d recommend this play, but only if you’re as big of a musical theater buff as I am.”
If you need more direction, Grammarly has a few great places to start.
Writing a book review? Grammarly has tips and tricks for how to keep your review informative, enlightening, and kind.
Remember that you’re reviewing a book that another human poured their heart and soul into to write. Express your honest opinion, but don’t be nasty about it. Imagine if it were your book being reviewed, how would you want a reader to express their critique?
If you’re writing a movie review, Grammarly can help keep you from getting too stressed about how to rate the film you just watched:
Rather than grasp for an arbitrary value, state plainly what a movie called to mind, or how it didn’t quite land with you, and explain why.
Writing a review of your new favorite restaurant? You may need to paint a bigger picture of your experience than for the review of the tub of cheese puffs you ordered on Amazon.
Avoid vague words and phrases like “The service was bad” or “The pie was great.” Instead, provide specific details like, “The server was friendly but inexperienced and botched our drink order” or “The lemon meringue pie had a wonderfully flaky crust, a tart and tangy filling, and dreamy melt-in-your-mouth meringue.”
No matter what kind of review you’re writing, here are a few more quick tips:
- Judge the product, restaurant, escape room, or dog park for what it is. If you’re reviewing a McDonald’s, don’t complain about how you weren’t waited on hand and foot. Write your review based on reasonable expectations.
- Assume the best. You’re often assessing someone’s execution of their vision or product of their hard work, especially when it comes to art or food. You’re also more than likely writing this review on the internet, where the creator could probably find and see it in just a few clicks. We’re all human—assume the people who made this thing weren’t out to get you.
- Check your writing. Reviews reflect back on you, and readers might not take your opinion seriously if your spelling is all over the place or you use the word “ambiance” three times in one sentence. Grammarly can help you make sure your review is as effective as possible.
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When asked ‘What is one word you would use to describe yourself?’ many people get frozen up because there are either too many words or none come to mind in the moment. It is only when you actually sit and think about it do words to describe yourself come to you.
In this article, we will look at 45 best words to describe yourself for self-introduction so that you can be prepared the next time you are asked that question:
Personality-Related Words to Describe Yourself
You can use so many words to describe yourself based on your personality. Here are 23 of them:
01 Adventurous – ‘Hi, I am Adventurous Amy.’
An adventurous person is someone who isn’t afraid to take risks or to try new things. It shows that you are outgoing and open-minded.
02 Assertive – ‘In time, you will come to know that I am assertive and unapologetic in my beliefs.’
To be assertive means that you are confident in whatever you do or say. This is a good word to use because it shows that you are strong-minded and have firm beliefs.
03 Brave – ‘Brave is perhaps the best word to use to describe me.’
People who are brave are willing to stand up for themselves and others despite the consequences that may follow. This is good for self-introduction, because it lets whoever is listening know, that you are bold and fearless.
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04 Courteous – ‘Everyone who meets me says I am very courteous so that is the word that I will use to describe myself.’
This is a good word to use because of what it means. A courteous person is someone who is well mannered and polite to everyone he/she meets.
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05 Determined – ‘Determination is my strong suit.’
A determined person is one who will go the extra mile to ensure their goals are accomplished or their dreams are realized. It shows that you are resilient and dedicated.
06 Easy-going – ‘Hey I’m Frank, I’m a pretty easy-going guy’.
This is one of the best words to describe yourself because it means that you are easy to get along with and friendly.
07 Funny – ‘People say I’m pretty funny. I agree.’
Someone who is funny tells a lot of jokes and is very amusing. This is a great way to introduce yourself to people who don’t know you because it lets them know that you are a lot of fun to be around.
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08 Generous – ‘They call me Generous George.’
A generous person is someone who gives from the heart without expecting something in return. Generosity can even come in the form of support or even lending a helping hand.
09 Honest – ‘I am kind, honest and reliable.’
An honest person is someone who doesn’t lie, cheat or steal. This is a great word to use to describe yourself in a situation where this quality is necessary such as a job interview.
10 Independent – ‘Independent is one word I would use to describe myself because I am able to work under minimal supervision.’
Using the word independent to describe yourself suggests that you are capable of doing things on your own, without much or any assistance. In a job interview, say something like this to persuade them to choose you.
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Email plays an essential role when it comes to approaching a professor for scholarships, funding and research supervision. Content of your email is the first impression which you will give to the professor that will describe you are a serious and well qualified applicant. So, what is the best way to write an email that can increase your chances of selection for the specific position in the professor lab or research group? Here are the guidelines about the structure and content of the email.
Your email should illustrate that you are a qualified and suitable person for the open position in professor lab. It should be short, clear and concise without repeating the whole details of your CV . Always make the first impression good by reading about the professor’s research projects and mentioning them in your email. Throughout your email keep in mind about grammar and punctuation. You can find a sample email template for contacting the professor at the end of this article.
1. Subject line
Normally, professors are busy with their research work and supervision of their students. They can ignore your email. To avoid this problem, always include a strong, attractive and information based subject line for your email. The subject line will help the professor to guess about the contents of your email even before opening it. We recommend you to always use a clear and catchy subject line. For example, “Request for research supervision Fall 2019”, “Request for PhD supervision”, “Request for MS supervision” or “Prospective PhD Student”.
Your email should be formal and start with Dear Dr._____, Dear Prof._____ or Respected Prof._____. Always use professional greetings and avoid use of titles like Mr.______, Mrs._____ or Ms._______. After that, you can write a good morning or good afternoon depending on the time when you are sending email to a professor. Moreover, you can include email opening sentences such as “I hope this email finds you well.”, “I hope you’re doing well.”, or “I hope you’re having a great week.”.
3. First paragraph
The first paragraph should be about your short introduction stating about your name and where are you from. It should also address briefly about your qualifications and experience the professor is looking for the open position. You can include that I would appreciate the chance to discuss with you about your lab projects and research in the area of (write professor’s area of research into which you are interested) and about possible MS/PhD opportunities in your lab or research group. Avoid all kinds of abbreviations and slang terms.
4. Second paragraph
In the second paragraph, you can write about your previous research, work experience or other skills which are relevant to the professor’s research area. You can get information about current and previous research projects of professor after visiting the official website of the lab. Avoid any kind of complexity, while writing about your previous work experiences and research projects. You have to list your expertise and achievements in an easy to understand the way that will help you standout from the competition.
5. Third paragraph
The third and last section is the concluding paragraph. Here you need to state your motivation and interests in professor’s lab or research group. You can mention the specific research areas of professors which fascinated your interests to apply in this lab. Then, you can particularly show your interest in a specific domain. End this paragraph with polite request to consider you for the open option. For instance, “If possible, I would love to start working on (project name) in your lab beginning this summer.”
6. End email with a formal acknowledgment
At the end of your email, you can mention that CV is attached with the email. If there is additional information that I have not included that you would like, I would be happy to provide it to you.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Sample email to contact a professor
Subject: Request for Research and MS supervision
I hope you are doing well and are in good health.
My name is (write your name) and I have completed (your degree title) from (your university name, don’t only use abbreviation) with (your CGPA/total CGPA, don’t mention CGPA if it’s low). As an option you can write about your big achievements such as Gold Medal and Dean certificates, if you have any.
During my undergraduate/Master, I have worked on some projects to actualize and implement the theoretical knowledge of (write your expertise, e.g. signal processing, automation and smart systems) into practical work. In this paragraph, you can also relate your previous and current work experience, internships, online courses and projects with the professor’s area of interest. If you have any research publication then you can mention in this paragraph
I visited (write professor Lab or Research Group name e.g. Networking lab) website and found that you have research interests in (write research area of professor e.g. 5G, Internet of Things and automation). I am very enthusiastic to conduct research and pursue MS under your supervision.
I have attached my CV with this email and looking forward to hearing from you soon.
I shall be thankful for your response.
Conclusion of this article
The above email is just a sample, we recommend you to write your own email based on the highlighted guidelines. Always send emails to professors during week days using the official email address of your university or company. Don’t use any kind of abbreviations and slang languages. Don’t attach anything other than CV because adding too many files can end up your email into the spam folder. After 2 weeks, you can send a reminder email to the professor if you don’t g et any reply (Also read these 10 points and how to make academic CV) . We hope you like reading this article and wish you the best of luck for getting your dream scholarship. Please feel free to drop a comment below, and let us know about your views for this article. Join us on Facebook to never miss any guideline and expert advice.
Have you ever learned how to do something with the help of an internet search?
The answer is most likely a resounding “yes.” Most recently, I taught myself how to fold a fitted sheet with a helpful video from homemaker extraordinaire, and friend of Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart.
Videos are an especially compelling way to learn how to do something online because, well, the video shows you exactly how to do it. I’m not alone here, either — most customers would prefer to watch a marketing video rather than seeing an ad.
So if you’re among the 45% of marketers who are adding video content to their strategy this year, there could be a lot of value in making videos specifically for those in your audience who are trying to learn how to do something, too.
In this post, we’ll explore just how popular these searches are on YouTube and other platforms, and what you can learn from eight how-to videos about how to make great teaching videos of your own.
How-To Video Searches Are Popular
How-to searches are incredibly popular. Think about just your own life for a moment, and reconsider my question at the beginning of this blog post. They also may be a great opportunity for brands to show off their products.
According to WyzOwl’s 2018 Video Marketing Statistics Report, 72% of people prefer to learn about a product or service through video.
Video marketing is growing, and so is the number of platforms it can be seen on. While Youtube and Vimeo used to be the primary place to find videos, consumers now similarly use social platforms like Facebook and Instagram to learn about brands and products.
10 How-To Videos to Learn From
1. How to Fold a Fitted Sheet
You may recognize the title of this how-to video — it’s the one I mentioned earlier in this very blog post. Are you always geting stymied when putting away fitted sheets on laundry day like me?
What I love about this video is how it showcases personality. It’s a simple how-to video of humans demonstrating how to do something, without any animations or high tech features, but it’s still extremely effective at teaching the viewer. Stewart and her guests make jokes about how hard it is to fold the sheet — Stewart even joking that her inability to do so led to her divorce — and they show the viewer how easy it is to get tripped up in the process. Stewart and her guests also have empathy for the viewer and show exactly how to avoid pitfalls along the way.
Takeaway for marketers If you want to create a how-to video “hosted” by a real, live human, make sure they act like a human. Videos are an easy way for brands to showcase personality, so put yourself in the shoes of your viewer, and infuse humor, sincerity, and empathy into your instructions. If the concept you’re explaining is complicated, tell the viewer that. If you had no idea how to use your product at first, share that. Speaking like a human — instead of reading off a script like a robot — will make your video memorable, effective, and enjoyable, too.
2. How to Cook Perfect Pasta
Tasty on BuzzFeed shares cooking and recipe videos that frequently go viral on YouTube and other social media and reach millions of people every month. But this video isn’t one of Tasty’s trademark recipe videos — it’s one of several how-to videos that break down common or difficult cooking skills step-by-step.
In this video, Tasty uses hyperlapse to speed up the cooking demonstration and get the viewer the information they need as quickly as possible. This fast-paced filming style is eye-catching if it starts auto-playing in a social media feed, too. Tasty chose a smart how-to search term, too — there’s a ton of search volume around the phrase “how to cook pasta.”
Takeaway for marketers: Viewers prefer YouTube videos on the shorter side, so sped-up hyperlapse filming helps conserve time and creates a neat visual effect. Work backward and conduct keyword research to learn what terms your audience is searching for to find a topic to make your video about.
3. How to Escape Quicksand
Evidently, Princess Buttercup’s tragic fall into quicksand in The Princess Bride wouldn’t have been quite as terrifying in real life.
In this how-to video, Tech Insider uses captions and animations to break down a complicated concept. I wasn’t exactly searching for information on how to escape quicksand when I found this video, but the unique subject matter made me instantly click, intrigued. What’s more, the sound isn’t required — although it does add dramatic effect — which might make people more likely to click and watch all the way through, since many social media videos are watched on mute.
Takeaway for marketers: Your how-to videos don’t necessarily need to be about a dry topic related to your industry. If you create a fascinating piece of content that goes viral, you’ll generate interest in your brand that way. Animations and captions help to show — rather than explain — trickier concepts like quicksand, so consider these visual elements for high-level explanations. And if there’s a way to make your videos volume-agnostic, do so. Some videos will require narration or other sounds, but the visual elements mentioned previously could do the talking for you.
4. How to Blow Out Curly Hair
Anyone who’s ever gotten a blowout knows that it can be expensive and time-consuming to have it professionally done.
So Bustle cleverly made a how-to video that teaches viewers how to DIY and save money– a motivating factor behind many how-to online searches, I suspect. This video is also short, which MiniMatters suggests for enticing viewers to watch videos all the way through. YouTube counts a view as once a video has been watched for approximately 30 seconds, so viewers with short attention spans might be more likely to stick around for that long if they see a video is shorter, like this one.
Takeaway for marketers: Almost everybody wants to save money where they can, so think about ways your how-to video could help viewers do that when brainstorming topics. When filming, try to keep videos as short as possible to attract viewers and keep them watching all the way through to steadily increase your number of YouTube views.
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Throughout the Victorian age, parties that featured a séance were all the rage. Hosts would gather people together to contact the dead. In recent years, there has been increased skepticism towards séances. However, a lot of people continue to believe that making contact with the dead is possible.
If you’re planning to hold a séance in your own home, you need a few likeminded people and a few vital supplies.
When choosing participants, select people who believe in the possibility of communicating with the dead, skeptics can harm the séance’s chances of success. And because the experience can be intense, it is usually best to keep young children out of the circle.
Otherwise, all you need concerning supplies is a round or oval table, candle, and food. Both the candles and food are believed to attract spirits who are looking for warms and sustenance.
How to Hold a Séance
To hold a séance, and increase the chances of contacting a spirit, follow these steps:
- Assemble the Participants: Gather the people who will participate. Some say the number of participants must be divisible by three. But this does not seem to be an absolute rule. No fewer than three people should attempt a séance, as it can be emotionally and physically exhausting on a small group.
- Choose a Medium: You might want to choose a medium among the participants. This could be a person who has had experience with séances or someone who has displayed that they’ve got psychic abilities.
- Use a Round or Oval Table: This helps create the symbolic circle believed necessary for the ritual. A square or rectangular table would make it more difficult to join hands.
- Set the Table: In the center of the table, place some simple and naturally aromatic food, such as bread or soup. This is believed to help attract the spirits who still seek physical nourishment.
- Light Candles: Also in the center of the table, place no fewer than three candles (or a number divisible by three) lit candles; the more candles, the better. Spirits still seek warmth and light.
- Create Some Atmosphere: Dim the lights and eliminate any distractions. Turn off all music and quite the television.
- Join Hands: Seated around the table, the participants must all join hands in a circle.
- Summon the Spirit: The participants must speak these words together: “Our beloved [name of spirit], we bring you gifts from life into death. Commune with us, (name of spirit), and move among us.”
- Wait for a Response: If no response comes, repeat the chant until the spirit responds.
- Communicate: If and when the spirit responds–either by rapping, or some other means, or through the medium–ask your questions.
- Begin: Ask the spirit, yes and no questions at first. Ask the spirit for one rap to communicate no, and two raps to communicate yes, for example.
- Communicate Directly: If a spirit chooses to speak through the medium, you may ask any kind of question.
- Maintain Control: If the séance seems to be getting out of hand, end the séance by breaking the circle of hands, extinguishing the candles and turning on the lights.
- End the Séance: When you’re done with your line of questioning, thank the spirit for joining you and tell them to go in peace. Break the circle of hands and extinguish the candles.
Hosting a séance can be an emotional, yet satisfying experience. When hosting your meeting, proceed with caution and patience to get the best results.
Introductions seem so simple, yet many of us get nervous and stumble after hearing the words, “Can you introduce yourself?” The Public Speaker helps you master the art of effective introductions during a meeting.
Like you, I attend my fair share of meetings. As a consultant, I’m often meeting with people I’ve only laid eyes on for the first time just moments before and, almost always, I’m asked to introduce myself to them.
“Lisa, tell us a little bit about yourself.”
Why is this little question so hard to answer? Perhaps because we are complicated and we’re being asked – usually on the spot – to make ourselves sound simple. Or maybe because there’s an element about it that always makes me feel like I’m supposed to be selling myself.
Meeting introductions are easy to master, though, so today we’re talking about how to do it well.
Tip #1: Communicate Your Contribution
This may sound like an obvious thing to do, but the truth is that I end up in a lot of meetings where introductions sound a little like this one:
“Hi, my name is John Miller and I am the VP of Marketing at Concept Management Northeast, just outside of Boston.”
I’m always left thinking, “That’s nice, John, but I could have gathered all of that information from your business card.” It doesn’t tell me why he’s been asked to help run a leadership conference in Atlanta, the planning of which is the reason for the meeting in the first place. By adding about 20 carefully-prepared extra seconds, John’s introduction could be 20 times more informative and interesting.
“Hi everyone, my name is John Miller. I’ve got 15 years’ worth of experience marketing conferences like this one to vendors, colleges, and HR departments. What I am good at, and the reason why I’m here, is getting the right people, businesses and great ideas in a room together. I’m not good on details; that’s why I work with Tim. I promise that I’ll get people excited about the conference and the gifts and talents of everyone else in this room will take over from there. I’m looking forward to working with all of you.”
With this introduction, I feel like it’s very clear what to expect from John.
Client relationships can make or break a business—and a career. If you work with clients already, you know that establishing mutual respect and a good working relationship should be your number one priority. And if you are just starting out with clients, you’ll learn this very quickly.
The first meeting with a new client? Well, that’s the first thing that can make or break the relationship.
Whether you’ve just been assigned to an existing project or you’re getting down to business with a newly closed client, it’s important to impress from day one. After years in the PR world, here are five things I always keep in mind.
1. Do Your Research Beforehand
Just like you would go into an interview with a solid understanding of the company, you should go into your first client meeting with at least some baseline knowledge about your client and his or her business. Obviously you can’t know everything—and the client should understand that you are just jumping in—but the more you’re able to showcase your knowledge of the industry and business, the better.
Start by knowing how to pronounce the company and client names, and even top competitors just in case. Have an understanding of your client’s stance in the industry and any successes and struggles the company has faced. You can often find this out by doing some research online ahead of time. Google your client contact, the company, and the industry—and be sure to check out the news section for any trends. Articles can reveal so much about a company, including its stance in an industry.
If this client has worked with others in your company before (or has worked with other people in your network), learn what you can from them. Is there anything especially unique about this client? Does he or she have any likes or dislikes that your colleagues have picked up on? Any tips for working better together? These nuances don’t have to be obvious; they can also be the smallest, most ridiculous things. For example, one of my clients doesn’t like contractions (or should I say, does not like contractions). It’s a tiny pet peeve, but knowing this helps me avoid annoying someone right away.
Finally, it’s worth doing a little research to learn seemingly unimportant details about the person you’ll be meeting with. Did you go to the same university? Have similar hobbies? It may not be related to your work together at all, but weaving these tidbits into the initial conversation can build a great rapport.
2. Be Upfront About Your Experience and Capabilities
A client’s main concerns will be your skills and knowledge—are you the right one to help with this work? Most likely, you will be presented with an opportunity to introduce yourself and give a little background, and this is a chance to address these experiences up front. Remember: You were chosen to work with this client for a reason, so don’t be afraid to show off what you’ve got.
Not sure what to say during your intro? After stating your name, this template is a good place to start:
Great to meet you! For your background, I’ve worked in [role] for more than [number] years and have worked with around [number] companies. I’m excited to be working in the [industry type] industry again—I actually worked with a [example of company] at a previous agency.
This doesn’t need to be longer than a couple sentences—you don’t want to seem like you’re trying too hard—and be sure to round it out with a reason why you’re excited to be working with together.
3. Listen and Adapt
Once you’ve had a chance to introduce yourself, sit back and listen. Even in the first conversation, you should be picking up on what matters most to the client and what he or she wants your role to be. Should your meetings be focused on work and the task at hand or more about getting to know one another? Should you be asking questions to prompt more conversation or reigning in a conversation that loses focus? Should you interject recommendations throughout the meeting or listen entirely before coming back with your thoughts?
Be prepared to adapt no matter what the case is. Mirroring your client’s sentiment and body language will help with your first impression, while noting and adapting to these will help in all of your future interactions.
4. Ask Questions and Take Notes
Everyone loves to feel like an expert and be sought out for expertise. Based on your prior research, ask relevant questions about the client and his or her business. This relationship is new, and now is the best time to gather as much information as possible. Your questions shouldn’t be so basic that a little research would have already addressed them (e.g., “What is your company’s main service?”) and should focus more on overarching trends, like the direction of the business or industry. Try questions like: What are your company’s biggest challenges? What trends are seeing in this industry? And, of course, make sure you’re taking thorough notes.
Also, if your client is looking for a more personal relationship, feel free to also ask questions about family life or outside interests. Once again, take notes. Knowing about a client’s upcoming holiday plans, family, or even preference between tea and coffee could be of use in the future.
5. Follow Up Quickly
A quick email after your introduction will provide the client with your contact information, give you the opportunity to reinforce your eagerness to be working together, and allow you to reiterate any action items that came out of your meeting. This can be a very brief note.
Thank you for the warm welcome earlier this week!
I’m excited to be working with you and the [Company Name] team. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can find my contact information below.
You will be hearing from me shortly to set up our first status meeting.
If possible, now is a good time to make your role clear to the client. If you’re the point person from now on, mention that in your email so that there is no confusion moving forward.
With a great first impression, your relationship with the client will be off to a running start. You can look forward to establishing a good working relationship and diving into the good stuff—the work.
A brief: “Don’t skip preparing your answer to this question. A well prepared answer can put you, as a candidate, in the right direction right from the beginning of the interview. You have a good opportunity to sell yourself effectively in few words and it allows you to set the tone for the rest of the interview.”
The job interview is made up of several parts, and each part is instrumental in telling the interviewer more about the candidate.
Needless to say that the first part, the introduction part, is one of the most important parts in any job interview – the initial impression, the first interview seconds/minutes, affect the entire application process for a prospective candidate.
The first question you will probably be asked in an interview is:
Here are some tips that you should keep in mind when introducing yourself in an interview:
What to Say when Introducing Yourself?
The interviewer doesn’t want to know details about your personal life, but to know that you can do the job based on your qualification and what you’ve achieved in your previous jobs – that your professional abilities fit into the job and its requirements.
Think of these first words, the introduction words, as a preview of yourself, so that you focus your answer to address what really maters the interviewer – tell enough interesting information, main topics, about yourself so that the interviewer can easily take the lead of the conversation and continue the interview.
How to introduce yourself professionally in an Interview?
Few key points about yourself
As it is the beginning of the interview, you will be able to provide only few key points about yourself that are interesting and yet useful for the continuity of the job interview:
- In two or three sentences focus on what most interests the interviewer – start with your most recent job, explain why you are interested in this position and why you are well qualified for the position – your key qualification and professional qualities.
- Highlight your greatest achievements – put forward short statements (or a short story) that draw attention to your accomplishments.
Answer the Questions Concisely
While introducing yourself, try to be precise. A long and winding introduction may put off the interviewer right from the beginning – the best way to introduce oneself in an interview is to prepare a brief speech, an oral profile, which would be easy to remember, so that one can say it out flawlessly, confidently, subtly and yet has good impression on the interviewer.
Never make it too long – make it up to 1 minute top. You would want to interact with the interviewer as soon as possible, giving him a chance to lead the conversation rather than missing your way right at the beginning of the conversation.
Don’t repeat phrases from your resume
Remember that your resume is already on the table – your resume is in front of the interviewer. Of course, you will be able to expend more about info that is written in the resume during the interview flow.
Asking this question, the interviewer wants an introduction speech, a briefer – he will wait to hear the main points about you.
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By: Susan Sherwood
You probably have the same internal monologue every time you’re around one or two people in your life. “Really? I’m 3 feet away from you. Why are you talking so loudly? I can hear you!” Or maybe, “You are so loud. Your desk is on the other side of the office, but I can’t even hear myself think.” If someone you know has a natural volume between a shout and a roar, it’s acceptable to say something if it’s truly interfering with your comfort or productivity. It’s also OK if it’s someone important in your life, who is going to be embarrassed after realizing they’ve been drowning out the rest of the restaurant for 30 minutes.
Some people are inherently loud because of their physical build – they have large larynxes and vocal cords [source: The Body Odd]. Other loud talkers were raised in environments where commotion was the norm and they had to speak up to be heard. People who are hard of hearing may have trouble modulating their voices [source: Shellengarger]. No matter the cause for the volume, loud talkers fall into two camps: those who know they’re loud, and those who are clueless. Either way, communicating your concerns requires some sensitivity and patience on your part, but you may end up making your environment a little calmer and quieter.
Approaching a stranger about loud talking might seem daunting — and in a lot of cases, it’s really not worth bringing up. But there are some exceptions. A sleepless red-eye flight. A ruined romantic dinner. A movie you can barely hear. At times like this, it’s fine to excuse yourself and politely request, “Could you please speak a bit more quietly?” You won’t always get cooperation — or even a polite response — but nothing will change if you don’t try. You can also ask a flight attendant, wait staff, or movie theater manager to intervene.
Telling a friend or family member that they talk too loudly is a conversation that should be handled privately. If you’re trying to get someone to be more discreet, what message do you send if you’re broadcasting the complaint? Make an observation and a request, and avoid using “you,” as in, “You talk too loudly.” Though it may be true, it comes across as accusatory, which doesn’t inspire cooperation. “Your voice” identifies the problem without laying blame, so try saying, “You probably don’t realize, but your voice can really carry.” You may have to offer reminders periodically, since loud talking is often a well-established habit. See if the two of you can strike an agreement on a quiet cue – a signal or phrase – that’s effective but not offensive. One trick is to deliberately speak quietly — the other person will often get the hint and lower his or her voice in return.
Addressing loud talking in the workplace is a little different — especially when it’s a colleague and not someone you directly manage. Before complaining, find out whether your own habits are affecting your work environment for other people. Be prepared: They really could be. Maybe you have a squeaky chair and constantly fidget, or you sigh a lot.
If you do learn you’re annoying other people, don’t be defensive. Listen and offer a way to address the concern. Then, it’s your turn to talk about speaking volume. Direct criticism probably won’t go over well, so try putting the blame on poor soundproofing, thin walls or bad acoustics. This way you’re seeking help for a common problem. Acknowledge your own sensitivity to noise, and express your grievance in terms of your unfortunate hypersensitivity. Say something like, “In the office, your voice carries, and I can hear it very easily.” Ask for help with the situation and listen to recommendations. Suggest a mutually agreed-upon verbal or nonverbal quiet cue, just as you did with your acquaintance above. With this plan in mind, set a date to check in with each other and measure progress. If you oil that squeaky chair, maybe your office mate will speak more softly.
Your WFH Look: Business on Top, Party on the Bottom
We’re working from home more and more these days thanks to improved telecommunication technology, more lenient approaches to what a work day should look like and you know, infectious disease pandemics. According to a recent Gallup survey, 43 percent of Americans occasionally work from home, which is up four percent from 2012.
Additionally, Quartz provides U.S. Census data which indicates 5.2 percent of U.S. workers worked solely at home in 2017 — that’s almost 8 million people, the size of Manhattan.
All healthy homebodies rejoice. But, staying at home all day trying to work may be a slippery slope when it comes to remembering you are still part of an organization which might require you to see people from time to time.
If you’ve been working from home for a while, you’ve likely already figured out some of the tricks to pulling off a professional look in between loads of laundry — actually turning your camera on for meetings is a big one to help maintain an interpersonal connection with your co-workers — but if this is a new situation for you, we are here to fast track your office-appropriate look (at least on camera) to ensure you maintain the most polished look you can, without actually having to put on your suit.
Hit the Showers
No two ways about it, you still need to get ready for work in the morning. Sure, if you’re not going to be seeing anyone — virtually or in person — no one will know if you skip a day, but if you have plans on getting in front of the camera to call in for a meeting, you should assume everyone calling in will expect you to look like you would walking down the hall. That means take yourself a shower — or at least wash your face. Sticking to your normal routine will help set your mindset to “work mode.”
Just having a simple routine can also provide some solid health benefits. According to experts at Northwestern Medicine, “routines offer a way to promote health and wellness through structure and organization.” The psychological benefits of showering and getting ready for work (even if that work takes place in your home office) can play into how you conduct yourself in virtual meetings and throughout the day.
If you’re one of those guys who takes great pride (and great time) on your hair in the morning, you might be leaving that off your morning list when there is no one else around to be impressed by it. But, when the time comes for your Zoom meeting, and you have to hop on the screen at the last minute, you might need to MacGyver your mane into something that looks more boardroom and less bedhead. Keep that in mind when you start your work day.
Have you ever watched cable news at night and wondered if those anchors are wearing full suits or just jackets? It’s one of those questions we may never know, but if we had to guess, we would say probably not. So if they can do it, why can’t you, right? Well, while we fully support your decisions, whatever they may be from the waist down, from your waist on up, you need to be office-appropriate.
What you need to wear when you conference in is a button front shirt, it’s that simple. It needs to be clean and comfortable (because cozy comfort is certainly a perk of working from home) and wrinkle-resistant so you can go from lounging on the laptop to pulled together for your virtual presentation in literal seconds. If you are looking to add some to your new work-from-home-wardrobe, a dress-ish shirt like this is comfortable enough to be in all day, ridiculously easy to care for and classic enough to wear to the office when, and if, you go back.
Dr. Karen Pine, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and fashion psychologist tells Forbes: “When we put on an item of clothing it is common for the wearer to adopt the characteristics associated with that garment. A lot of clothing has symbolic meaning for us, whether it’s ‘professional work attire’ or ‘relaxing weekend wear,’ so when we put it on we prime the brain to behave in ways consistent with that meaning . It’s the reason why we feel fitter in our sports clothes, or more professional in work wear.”
So you’re fresh and clean and ready to call in. What else could possibly be left? Eye contact. Sitting alone in a home office day after day (after day after day) might leave some missing actual face-to-face contact. The next best thing after genuine facetime at the office with coworkers is genuine eye contact with them from home. Just like any meeting in “real life,” maintaining eye contact and being alert will help you listen and in turn, make sure you’re actually heard.
Don’t believe us? Various studies have shown that there is proof more eye contact means significantly more memory retention from those you were meeting with. Since working from home still isn’t every boss’ cup of tea, remembering what was said in a meeting may play a bigger role now more than ever.
(Don’t) Focus on the Background
How often do you watch the news and see some guy who noticed the camera, try to claim his time in the spotlight? It’s distracting then, and it’s distracting when your roommate walks by in his underwear or your dog curls up behind you to take a nap as well (although some of us might be willing to give the dog a pass). Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Keep your background movement-free.
When it comes to the actual space behind you. think of yourself as a YouTuber setting up your backdrop — it doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate, but instead, it has to be just a simple background. Movie posters? Nah. Lava lamps? No thanks. You bongs? You get what we’re saying. Find yourself a clean wall and a plant. That’s all you need.
Background presentation is so important, one of the most popular cloud-based video conferencing companies, Zoom even offers users the ability to upload and display an image or video just in case you don’t have a clean wall or room to use. This requires a green screen, which thanks to the booming YouTuber culture today, these have become less expensive than you might think. If working from home is your new norm, and you don’t feel like dropping coin on a fancy home office, this might be the way to go.
Find Your Light
Now that you’re all framed up, what’s the point of a great shot if no one can see all the hard work you put into looking so damn good? It’s time to find your light. How, you might ask? Step one, no backlight. Your perfect spot is not in front of your perfect window, because you’ll be too dark and it will be too light. Instead, find balance.
Don’t know where to start? Try sitting across from that window with the good light, since natural light is always the best. If windows aren’t in plentiful supply, aim for warm light sources that will diffuse harsh light bulbs helping to minimize stark shadows and high contrasting spots. This is all to say, avoid overhead lighting. It’s not flattering and adding a couple of inexpensive lamps to your workspace isn’t too difficult and doesn’t have to be costly.
But this optimal lighting isn’t just for those looking at you through the screen, the right lighting choices helps you focus when working outside of a professionally lit environment as well. As written in the Harvard Business Review, the No. 1 perk for employees is natural light, and research by Cornell University Professor Dr. Alan Hedge good natural light at work (or home when working) can substantially improve your health. In fact, this research concluded that workers in daylight office environments reported a 51 percent drop in the incidence of eyestrain, a 56 percent reduction in drowsiness and a 63 percent drop in the incidence of headaches.
Coincidence natural light is also the most flattering when getting on a work video call? We think not. Here are some good options from our sister site Mashable if you’re in the market for some daylight you can plug in from nine-to-five.