Showing posts with label communication. Show all posts
Showing posts with label communication. Show all posts

Apr 24, 2016

Belligerence

computer beside a banjo
Dear Reader,

What's the biggest asset you can have as an employee in a modern 21st century organization? Wow, that's a loaded question.

Is it raw talent and mastery of your skills, or by proxy, a fancy certificate on the wall that convinces people that you can do the job?

Feb 29, 2016

How To Get Your Way, Finally

Graphic of person holding sign showing the word no
Dear reader,

If you're like me, you might have had this same problem again and again at the office.

Have you ever felt like your coworkers know exactly how to get what they want from you, and you're powerless to persuade them to back off? You probably got buckets of advice from friends and family, and none of it worked out.

Well, it wasn't all bad advice. It was just horrible advice for you. Let's talk for a moment.

Aug 29, 2015

Is Your Office DOPE?

http://WorkingQuietly.com/2015/08/introvert-office-dope-depend-people-work-alone.html
A lot of us are in the office every day. The office is where the "work" is, and it's also where the people are. So, you'll probably be dealing with a lot of people in the course of completing your work. This is unavoidable.

But, when was the last time you were able to do something entirely on your own, without the need to reach out to one or more colleagues to get the job done? Wouldn't that be nice?

Jul 18, 2015

Working Alone Is A Virtue

In today's world of work, collaborating with other people to do our work is as common and expected as the stale air we breathe in at the office every day.

We assume that working with others is naturally a good thing, and we take every opportunity to interface, collaborate and build consensus for every tiny little decision we take. For some people, this is a blessing, but for others it is a curse.

Jan 17, 2015

Communication Toolkit for Introverts

https://www.packtpub.com/business/communication-toolkit-introvertsFind your voice in everyday business situations

By Patricia Weber
(reviewed by Working Quietly)

As introverts, one of the major tipping points in our career journey is when we realize that a lot of the "common sense" knowledge we were taught just doesn't seem to fit who we are as individuals, and if we're lucky, we eventually discover our true nature, and realize how the word introvert just wraps around our personality like a warm blanket.

Jan 11, 2015

The Office: Are You Tired Of Pushing Back?

http://www.workingquietly.com/2015/01/introvert-the-office-are-you-tired-of-pushing-back.html
We hear it all the time. So many of us have worked (or currently work) in an office where we have to deal with a seemingly endless line of people (we call them stakeholders) who want something from us. To deal with the endless stream of requests, we're told, requires that we "push back" to manage the daily workload.

Dec 13, 2014

Extroverts Are Awesome!

Did that get your attention? I hope it did.  Seriously though, in the spirit of understanding and appreciating the good points of all people on the personality spectrum, I think it's incredibly worthwhile to talk about the things that really make extroverts shine. The Holidays are upon us, after all, so why not extend a friendly olive branch?  Let's get started!

Nov 1, 2014

3 Signs You're A People Pleaser

How was your week?  Honestly, I've had better, but as the old cliché says it's the tougher times that build character and make us appreciate how far we've come in our lives and careers.

Throughout my own career, I learned a lot of things about how to work in an office, and how to work with people.  I'll be honest, just like some people crave coffee while others prefer to drink something else, I have never had a strong craving for dealing with people. So, any skills I have learned have been purely for tactical reasons, to make me more effective in my job.

Sep 28, 2014

The #1 Secret Of The Confident Professional Introvert

Are you an introvert working in a professional setting? Do you feel like you are keeping a secret that you don't want to let anybody find out?

In a professional work environment, the desire to project a clean, comfortable and bland image for your coworkers and clients is often the biggest concern for an introvert who wants to prove to others that they can "fit in". Is there a better way?

Aug 31, 2014

5 Magic Words That Speed Up Your Conversations At Work

Comic Book Background - End Your Conversations!
If you work in an office, there is a good chance that you will be dealing with a wide variety of personalities on a daily basis. As an introvert, I can honestly say that one of the biggest threats to my concentration and creativity at work was the looming prospect of getting derailed into a lengthy conversation with a coworker. This would typically result in my brain getting over-saturated with loads of new unconnected information, causing me to lose focus in my projects for lengthy periods of time.

Jul 8, 2014

When Being Agreeable Is Not Helpful: How to Embrace Your Introversion In Business

Do you habitually agree with what somebody is telling you, without really thinking about what you are being told? In our small talk-laden society, it is natural for us to expect that we will engage in several conversations at a superficial level, where the expectation on your part is to simply acknowledge what is being said, to allow the discussion to flow through unobstructed to the next topic. Although we might expect this to be a normal characteristic of small talk, when does this become risky behaviour?

May 13, 2014

Introverts Make Great Teachers

Red apple clipart
In this article, I'm going to talk about a paradox of the introverted mindset, and how it relates to one of the oldest and most ubiquitous professions in the world: teaching. There are no pre-requisites for this lesson. :)

If the thought of public speaking or lecturing a class makes you want to leave the room via the closest exit, I don't blame you. Naturally, the thought of being the center of attention for a group of people for an entire day should stir up feelings of anxiety for introverts and extroverts alike. There is another perspective on the subject, however, that may help you quell those feelings of anxiety if you ever find yourself in that situation, just as I do on a regular basis.