Is Your Workforce Ready to Go Mobile?

The Future of Work is high tech and — perhaps most importantly — mobile. From the smallest startup to the largest international corporation, companies are embracing mobile technology. It allows for on-the-go access to information, increased productivity, flexibility for where and how work gets done and improved customer support. So is your company mobile ready?…

Break This Rule: #5 – Open with Your Introduction and Close with Questions

Sound like a dreaded college lecturer? BOOKENDS will hook your audience and send them out singing! The most important moments in your presentation are the first 30 seconds and the last 30 seconds. I call them bookends. The opening hooks your audience and gets them interested, and the closing sends them out energized by your…

Remote Team Building: Trust, Communication and Human Interaction

In a March 2013 CNBC interview, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh joined the ranks of other high-profile CEOs in speaking out against telecommuting following Marissa Mayer’s infamous work-at-home ban for Yahoo employees. Hsieh proclaimed that working remotely was counterintuitive to building a strong corporate culture, stating that Zappos encourages personal relationships outside of work to help…

Break This Rule: #4 – Picture the Audience in Their Underwear

Stupid visuals distance you. Connect with your audience! (Who really wants to visualize Bob from accounting in his underwear?) I’ve heard them all. Participants in my workshops tell me they’ve been instructed to not only picture the audience in their underwear but also in chicken suits, or with silly propeller hats, or as monkeys. Stop!…

Do Your Teleworkers Feel Excluded? 3 Ways to Bring Remote Workers Into Your Office

One-fifth of Americans now telecommute, with the number expected to reach 60 percent in the next five years. As working from home goes mainstream, business leaders are tasked with a variety of new challenges, from ensuring workers remain productive to effectively communicating through phone conversations and email. Another issue gradually emerging is the exclusion that…

How to Overcome the Side Effect of a Work-From-Home Lifestyle

We’ve all heard the stereotypical and sometimes mistaken conceptions about remote workers: We all hang around in pajamas until noon. We wear bunny slippers with business suits for meetings. And we are all constantly struggling to balance time and attention among kids, work and that leftover lasagna in the refrigerator. As a remote worker and…