CONFIDENTLY RESPOND WITHOUT REACTING

Man is a social animal who interacts with various individuals on a personal and professional level. While some of these interactions result in positive outcomes, there will be others that end badly. Certain people can provoke or instigate others to react in an unfavorable manner which can result in destroying personal and professional relationships. While this is accidental in many cases, some people attain a cheap sense of satisfaction by pushing people’s buttons. Gossip mongers achieve a wildly sadistic pleasure when watching others react as they get angry or frustrated. The most efficient and effective way to deal with such … Continue reading CONFIDENTLY RESPOND WITHOUT REACTING

LEADERSHIP SKILLS: POSITIVE AND PROGRESSIVE COMMUNICATION

“Leaders are born but not made” is what one half of the world says while the other half says, “Leaders are made, not born”. Every person has leadership qualities present but not everyone gets the opportunity to showcase them. While some function as leaders with the required designation and title, others perform the function of leaders without a title. Let us examine some of the basic qualities which we look for in a leader. They are: Efficiency and effectiveness Providing appropriate guidance and motivation Clear and precise communication Communication is an essential part of the first two functions since a … Continue reading LEADERSHIP SKILLS: POSITIVE AND PROGRESSIVE COMMUNICATION

CONFIDENTLY ADMIT YOUR MISTAKE

“To err is human” goes the oft-repeated saying that we keep hearing at various stages in our life. Yet we find it extremely difficult to admit that we have “erred” or made a mistake. Most of our lives are populated by mistakes in different forms at various stages. They can be broadly classified as: Saying something wrong Doing something wrong Following the wrong path Thinking in the wrong direction While some mistakes might have a short-term impact, others might have a long-term impact on our future. But first let’s try to understand why it is so difficult for us to … Continue reading CONFIDENTLY ADMIT YOUR MISTAKE

TURN CONFIDENCE KILLERS INTO CONFIDENCE BOOSTERS

In our everyday lives, we often face situations where we develop cold feet at the eleventh hour. The most common occurrences of cold feet are usually before an academic test/examination, presentation before superiors/strangers/prospective clients. Even the simplest personal situations like a doctor’s appointment can bring out the worst case of cold feet along with a sweaty outbreak in many people. There are many ways to explain this sudden appearance of nervousness and cold feet, but they can be easily summarized into three words – “lack of confidence”. People who have won accolades for their personal and professional accomplishments are not … Continue reading TURN CONFIDENCE KILLERS INTO CONFIDENCE BOOSTERS

CONFIDENCE TO SAY NO

Communication coaches are some of the most sought-after professionals especially by parents who would like to inculcate quality communication skills in their children to ensure good quality, confident communication. But even the most seasoned coach has failed to teach one very basic communication skill – THE ABILITY TO SAY NO. Teachers and parents spend many hours with the most difficult and complicated spellings. Yet the most difficult word for an adult comprises just two letters – NO. While some people consider using the exact word “no” as derogatory, most people are unable to express their disagreement even in a graceful … Continue reading CONFIDENCE TO SAY NO

CONFIDENTLY HANDLING CRITICISM

Humans fear criticism more than cancer. The dictionary defines criticism as a form of expressing disapproval regarding something living or non-living. People criticize others or get criticized regarding their work, lifestyle, habits and many other things. The ability of a person to handle criticism is a big determinant of their future. Criticism can be classified in two ways: CONSTRUCTIVE – Opinions expressed with the right intention and presented in the right manner that encourage a person to aim for self-improvement. DESTRUCTIVE – Opinions improperly expressed that denigrate and discourage a person from doing something out-of-the-ordinary or improving themselves. While constructive … Continue reading CONFIDENTLY HANDLING CRITICISM