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Presentation Skills Training: Deliver Your Message. Convince Your Audience.

In today’s fast paced business environment, there’s no time for drawn-out overly-wordy diatribes. Give me the goods, and make it quick. Effective leaders know that the longer their team is forced to sit and focus on a single conversation stream, or in a single meeting, the less they start to hear. You want to deliver your message, convince your audience, and keep their attention. It’s not a natural skill for most of us, but with the right presentation skills training you can learn to deliver your message efficiently and effectively.

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Quick Quote Wednesdays: Abraham Lincoln

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

~ Abraham Lincoln


Tips Tuesdays DiSC Series 4 of 21: i in DiSC

The i in DiSC: Learn to communicate and interact effectively with Magnovo’s Tips Tuesdays DiSC Series

The ‘i’ is the Influencer.They are very inspiring and enthusiastic. We trust them because they care about us. They are optimistic and see the cup ‘half-full’. They love to be persuasive and talk us into things. Always encouraging and they have the best stories!

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Leadership Development Principles: Why Effective Leaders are Great Teachers

Learning is a continuous process which begins in infancy and, if an individual so chooses, continues until the last breath. Teaching others to learn is a key component of basic leadership development principles, and while the internet contains a wealth of valuable information, it still takes a live human being to truly inspire and to be the driving force behind nurturing, encouraging and mentoring future leaders.The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~William Arthur Ward

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Quick Quote Wednesdays: Ruth E Renkl

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.

~ Ruth E Renkl


Tips Tuesdays DiSC Series 3 of 21: D in DiSC

The D in DiSC: Learn to communicate and interact effectively with Magnovo’s Tips Tuesdays DiSC Series

The first personality type we are going to discuss is the ‘D’, for Dominance.Words that describe that personality are very direct and clear, and they are confident in the way they act in front of a group. They are very outspoken and speak their mind.

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Using the DiSC Behavioral Model to Improve Communication with Millennials

Many managers turn to traditional leadership tools and techniques when interacting with their employees, including the growing population of Millennials who have entered the workforce.

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Team Building With an Antisocial Employee

How DiSC® Training Can Boost Engagement at WorkCan there really be such a thing as team building with an antisocial porcupine or a prickly pear?

You know the guy–he’s more full of excuses than ideas. His body language shouts “Back off!” no matter what’s going on. When tasked with a high priority collaborative project, he’s the very last person anybody wants on their team.

So how did you get “stuck” with him on your team in the first place? There seems to be some unwritten mandate in the corporate ether that every company be issued at least one of these cantankerous characters!  

Sadly he’s really not such an anomaly; he’s probably more the norm than the exception.  The truth is that behind our masks, we’re all brandishing quills or prickles to protect ourselves from one thing or another. So before jumping to the conclusion that your company isn’t a right fit for a problematic worker, you may need help adjusting your perspective.

A DiSC personality profile may help you to recognize that what appears to be an aggressive porcupine charging offensively—quills raised and ready for combat—is in reality a sensitive, insecure soul. He’s struggling to survive by living in self-defense mode 24/7.

DiSC stands for Dominance, Influencing, Steadfastness, and Conscientiousness–and we each exhibit these traits–sometimes too much of one, and too little of another. DiSC personality profile training can help you understand those personal attributes and turn them into company assets.

A DiSC personality profile offers a peek behind the mask into the trembling heart of an authentically vulnerable, fallible human being. Instead of regarding this one as an odd duck, the insights you gain using this amazing tool could reveal that he isn’t so odd after all.  As for the prospects of you or your team building with him, DiSC can highlight those points of commonality you and the other staff members may have with this employee; teach you how to emphasis them; and ultimately build relationships with him.

At the risk of overtaxing this team building metaphor, I ask you to consider this: When handled properly, a prickly pear [or cactus fruit] is rich in Vitamin C, calcium and is a great source of dietary fiber. And the meat is also helpful in the treatment of  obesity, diarrhea, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and some viral infections.

The point is that with proper handling, any employee can become invaluable to his or her company. He can improve the financial health of the firm and actually nurture your corporate culture.

Team building with an antisocial, high maintenance employee–yes, that’s actually a thing [provided, of course, that you’re armed with his DiSC personality profile.]


Understanding Millennials Through Office Team Building Activities

Walk into any place of business – from retail stores to manufacturing plants to white collar offices – and it’s clear that American workers are all at the same crossroads.

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Quick Quote Wednesdays: Jack Nicklaus

Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration …and expectation.

~ Jack Nicklaus


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