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Bridget Beirne

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How's It Going? Professional Skills Check-In

Posted by Bridget Beirne

January 31, 2018

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 I have a friend on Facebook who, periodically throughout the year, writes a brief post with the date and the simple message, "How are your New Year's resolutions going?" The first few times I saw it, it gave me a bit of anxiety — how WERE my resolutions going?! Now, I kind of look forward to his check-in posts. They're a reminder that I'm a work in progress, always trying to learn and improve.

With that in mind  how's it going? Did you make any big resolutions a month ago? Did any of them have to do with your professional life? Did you eschew them entirely? (No judgment if you did.) If you didn't, but are still looking for manageable ways to track some improvement, it's not too late. Here's a few things you may want to (belatedly) resolve to work on, based on some popular professional skills-related resolutions I've heard in my day-to-day conversations.

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Topics: Professional Communication Skills

Happy Halloween! 2017 Business Communication Fears Collection

Posted by Bridget Beirne

October 31, 2017

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How to Bring the Element of Surprise to Your Business Storytelling

Posted by Bridget Beirne

July 28, 2017

 

Great storytelling is surprising. When we watch an excellent movie, see a compelling play, or read a great book, the best ones have events that we don't see coming. In fact, one of my favorite reactions to anything I watch, listen to, or read is, "WHAT?! That came out of nowhere!"

When you use a well-told story to lead an audience towards a big reveal in your presentation, you help them question their own assumptions; especially useful if you're presenting for an audience who might not be on your side. Storytelling not only gets you closer to your audience and your goals for them, but also gives you a means to build intrigue for an important revelation.

In order to bring the element of surprise to your business storytelling, there are a few steps you can follow to build something your audience will never see coming. Have you tried any of the following? If not, give these a go during your story development:

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Topics: Business Storytelling

Simple Activities to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence Skills

Posted by Bridget Beirne

April 21, 2017

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When I get frustrated or overwhelmed at work, I describe it as "my brain going fuzzy". It feels as if my gray matter is sending a message that it's officially checking out. I find it hard to concentrate. I can get stuck in an ever-expanding loop of negative mental talk, and an inability to walk away from the progress of thought. 

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Topics: Emotional Intelligence

What is Professional Presence? 3 Essential Thoughts

Posted by Bridget Beirne

March 17, 2017

 

For professional actors, it's common to hear the idea of "stage presence" discussed with awe: "She has such amazing stage presence!" "His presence just dominated that scene." No doubt, if you've ever discussed a performance by one of your favorite actors (stage or screen), you've commented on their presence. 

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Topics: Professional Presence