HR Section: Perfectionism, Mistakes, and Moving forward.

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It pays to practice this at work everyday  –  It’s staying in the moment, connecting with the audience 
in an authentic way, and making yourself 
real to them through the music.

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DIY Section: The best presentations aren’t presentations

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There are some great presenters. There are people to whom any of us would gladly pay money to let us listen to them read the phone book. The odds are that you are not one of them. I’m certainly not one of them. So, you and I should stop making presentations. Instead, we should engage in conversations with the people with whom we are communicating.

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Skills@Work Section: The art of the 9-minute presentation

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Corporate presentations should seldom last longer than nine minutes, writes Kevin Karschnik. Keeping things short and sweet helps ensure that your audience remains engaged, with research showing that audience attention flags during longer presentations. “While it may take you longer to prepare a concise message, your audience will appreciate it more because you get to the point and save them time,” Karschnik writes.

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HR Section: Peek into the way we will work in future

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The explosion in computing scale, in companion devices [smart phones and tablets] and in cloud computing, will have enormous impact on how business gets done, and how people live their lives…

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Work & Culture Section: How a single question mark keeps Amazon on track

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a public e-mail address for handling interactions with customers, and he forwards some e-mails to his team accompanied by a single “?” in the message. The so-called question mark escalations prompt a flurry of activity to figure out what went wrong and report to multiple managers before passing them up to Bezos himself. Responding in such a way turns customer complaints into a kind of audit of Amazon’s processes, and helps the company stay on track

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Analyzing the Analyzers by Ajay Kelkar

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The attached book is an interesting description of  analysts. I feel the challenge for us is the blend of these different skills that we need to bring together & the fact that our clients really don’t care “what is under the hood”. This makes both jobs –the analytics one & the client manager’s role a very tough ask.

I loved the grid below that shows the wide variety of skills needed & as long as we don’t look for “god” in our analyst employees but find ways to build complementary team structures.

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5 Tips for Giving Really Amazing Presentations

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Some people live for making presentations; others consider it their worse nightmare.  It could be five  people in a boardroom or 500 in the audience, but if you are the presenter the spotlight is on you. You’ll either be the hero or the goat.

No need to panic. Here are five ways to help make your presentation astounding and enjoy the opportunity to bask in the limelight.

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