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Insights on Communication Skills and Relationship Building

3 Ways to Reassess Your Leadership Skills

Posted by Kerri Garbis

May 11, 2017


Take a moment, right now — how would you rate yourself as a leader? How effective do you find your leadership skills? Do you feel you're the leader you want to be, or would you rate yourself "needs improvement"?

Leadership skills should be ever-evolving and developing. Of course, from time to time, we can find ourselves in a rut of bad habits. That's when some self-assessment can help shake you out of your routine, and perhaps open you up to something new. Here are three points to help you reassess the current state of your leadership skills, and some suggestions for next steps:

1. A matter of trust: No one can, or should, do it all. And no one leads in a vacuum. If you find you can't remove yourself from even the smallest aspect of your work, you may be having a trust issue with those around you. The tricky thing about a trust issue is that it needs to be a two-way street — you've got to give trust to others to get trust in return. Take a look at the relationships around you, and see if you notice any that are weak or challenging.

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Topics: Business Communication Skills

Communication Skills Round-Up: Best of the OC Blog, 2016

Posted by Bridget Beirne

December 20, 2016

Wondering what was most popular on the blog this year? Take a look at five top performers:

Spring is in the Air! The Official Conference Speaker's Toolkit
Ovation President Kerri Garbis tells you the "must haves" for conference presentations.

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Topics: Business Communication Skills

Are These Roadblocks in the Way of Your Professional Development?

Posted by Blog Tipster

September 23, 2016

Like Matthew McConaughey in a car commercial, we'd all like our journey down the road of professional development to be smooth. We hope that our professional selves will just evolve seamlessly over time, taking into account lessons learned and triumphs won.

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Topics: Professional Presence, Business Communication Skills

Don't Miss "Take 5 Tips", Our New Series of Business Training Videos!

Posted by Bridget Beirne

June 29, 2016

ovation_logo_sheen.pngWe're excited to share our new, bite-sized, super-useful business training videos on all things communication skills. "Take 5 Tips" brings you 3 minutes of thoughts on presentation skills, emotional intelligence, storytelling, and more.

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Topics: Professional Communication Skills, Business Communication Skills

3 Major Ways to Survive the Gauntlet of Impromptu Speech

Posted by Bridget Beirne

April 29, 2016

bridget-beirne-1.pngThe Q&A portion of any presentation has the potential to be extremely exciting and informative. However, it can also descend into chaos and undermine an otherwise great delivery. Some of the most confident presenters still tremble in the face of Q&A; even though they've got a completely well-rehearsed and prepared presentation, the idea of having what is essentially an impromptu speech tacked on to the end of the proceedings is daunting, to say the least.

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Topics: Presentation Skills Training, Business Communication Skills