-Professional Communication, part 2
-Presentation Do's and Don'ts
-Tips for Overcoming Anxiety/Appearing Confident

Welcome back to the MBA Working Girl Podcast-Where Business Theory and the Real World Collide! I'm your host, Laura Adams.

MBA Essential Tip:
When you give a speech or presentation, it's always possible that you'll get a question that you can not answer. Before you craft a presentation, try to anticipate what difficult questions you might hear. Find out the answers and practice your responses.

But if you don't know the answer, you must admit it. A great way to solve this problem is to ask your audience if anyone knows the answer. You can also suggest a good source to find the answer, or offer to research the issue and follow up with the individual or group.

Here's the best way to organize presentations-

A. Introduction
     1. Gain Attention
     2. Why Listen
     3. Thesis
     4. Preview Body
     5. Transition

B. Body
Main Point 1 with support, transition to 2
Main Point 2 with support, transition to 3
Main Point 3 with support, transition to Conclusion

C. Conclusion
Review each Main Point
Tie In

This episode is the 2nd in our 2-part series on Professional Communication. You'll learn about how to structure the Body and Conclusion of a great presentation.

I offer lots of suggestions about how to easily overcome anxiety, appear confident, and give a top-notch delivery.

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Do Good Work, Laura

Direct download: MBA_WGP_32_-_See_the_Means_of_Persuasion.mp3
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-Professional Communication, part 1
-Secrets to Persuasive Presentations

Welcome back to the MBA Working Girl Podcast-Where Business Theory and the Real World Collide! I'm your host, Laura Adams.

MBA Essential Tip:
Making an effective oral presentation can be a great boost to your career. It's a skill that's required as we move into positions of greater responsibility and leadership. If you show an ability to present well, you can be thought of as a leader. So consider every chance to speak as a serious opportunity to sell your competence to your organization. Great presentation skills can be largely attributed to natural ability - however, with practice they can be learned.

There are 4 different delivery styles that are used:
1) Extemporaneous - previously planned but delivered with the help of few or no notes.
2) Impromptu - delivered without previous preparation
3) Memorization - previously planned and recited from memory
4) Reading - previously planned and read from notes

The first style - extemporaneous - is the best way to give a successful business presentation!

"Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people." -William Yeats (1865-1939)

This episode is the first of a two-part series on Professional Communication. Use this information to get more comfortable with making presentations yourself or to evaluate others who present to you. We'll discuss the 5 components of the Introduction in show #31. Then cover the Body and Conclusion, plus tips for overcoming anxiety, appearing confident, and making a top-notch delivery in show #32.

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Thanks for listening-
Do Good Work, Laura

Direct download: MBA_WGP_31_-_Communicate_in_the_Language_of_the_People.mp3
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-Using Internal Controls for success
-Cell Phone policies at work
-10 Cell Phone Tips for professionals

Welcome back to the MBA Working Girl Podcast-Where Business Theory and the Real World Collide! I'm your host, Laura Adams.

MBA Essential Tip:
Internal Controls fall into two main categories - financial and administrative. You have probably heard of Sarbanes-Oxley.  This is a major financial control that became law in the U.S. for public companies. It was named after Senator Paul Sarbanes and Representative Michael Oxley. It's long name is the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002.
It's purpose as stated on sarbanes-oxley.com is, "to improve quality and transparency in financial reporting and independent audits and accounting services for public companies, to create a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, to enhance the standard setting process for accounting practices, to strengthen the independence of firms that audit pubic companies, to increase corporate responsibility and the usefulness of corporate financial disclosure, to protect the objectivity and independence of securities analysts, to improve Securities and Exchange Commission resources and oversight, and for other purposes."

"The individual is the central, rarest, most precious capital resource of our society." -Peter Drucker (1909-2005)

In this episode I'll discuss Internal Business Controls - what are they? - what is their purpose? - what are their limitations?

We'll also talk about policies for cell phone use at work.  I'll share  10 very important tips that you must follow to use a cell phone like a real professional in the workplace!

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Thanks for listening-
Do Good Work, Laura

Direct download: MBA_WGP_30_-_Precious_Capital_Resource.mp3
Category: podcasts -- posted at: 9:31 PM

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