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  • Copyright 2013
  • Pages: 993
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-344852-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-344852-8

A brand new collection of 4 authoritative guides to improving your business productivity!

 

4 authoritative books help you supercharge your business productivity and effectiveness – today, every day, for years to come!

 

This extraordinary collection of books will help you get better – way better! – at the tasks that can make or break your career! Start with time management: Attack Your Day presents crucial “activity management” skills and 101 productivity strategies for achieving unprecedented effectiveness, and moving relentlessly towards your greatest life goals. Learn to dramatically improve the way you prioritize activities… organize inherently more productive days… make sure the most important tasks get done… overcome procrastination forever… know how to “turn on a dime” without sacrificing focus … learn how and when to say NO to interruptions! Next, Taking Flight! reveals profound hidden patterns of human behavioral style, helping you gain deeper self-awareness, maximize your personal strengths, and influence others. Learn how to use the proven DISC model of human behavior to become a more effective leader, salesperson, or teacher; revitalize your career; and build deeper relationships. Discover why you “click” with some people and “clank” with others, and what really drives you! Then, create your own personal action plan for making the most of your strengths, working around weaknesses, and supercharging your personal performance. In Winning Strategies for Power Presentations, legendary presentations coach Jerry Weissman distills 75 best practices he’s developed through 20+ years coaching executives on high-stakes presentations. Weissman shares powerful new insights into contents, graphics, delivery, Q&A sessions, and more. He offers new advice on making persuasive political and scripted speeches, developing a richer public speaking voice, interviewing others, demonstrating products, and much more. Every technique is illuminated with a compelling case study, reflecting experiences of communicators ranging from Ronald Reagan to Jon Stewart, Stephen King to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Finally, The Truth About Getting the Best From People, Second Edition brings together 60+ proven principles for achieving employee engagement one-hundred percent of the time. This new edition features more than 15 new truths including: managing virtual teams, building persuasive skills, tuning into your own unconscious biases, managing multiple generations, and identifying and cultivating individual high performers. Whatever your leadership role, this collection will supercharge your effectiveness – and your career!

 

From world-renowned business productivity experts Mark Woods, Trapper Woods, Merrick Rosenberg, Daniel Silvert, Jerry Weissman, and Martha I. Finney

 

Table of Contents

Attack Your Day!: Before It Attacks You

Introduction xv
Chapter 1: Activities Rule! Not the Clock
Don’t Be a Slave to Time 1
Chapter 2: Color Your Choices
The Art of Choosing and Refusing 11
Chapter 3: Carry Your Time in Buckets
Fine-Tune Your Tools 23
Chapter 4: Arrange Your Plate
Think Inside the Box 49
Chapter 5: Don’t Just Execute, Flexicute!
Learn to Turn on a Dime
73
Chapter 6: The Hocus Pocus of Focus
Make Time-Wasters Disappear 81
Conclusion 93
101 Productivity Strategies 97

 

Taking Flight!: Master the DISC Styles to Transform Your Career, Your Relationships...Your Life

About the Authors x
Introduction 1
Part I: Taking Flight! The Fable 5

Chapter 1 Home 7
Chapter 2 The Forest Grid 11
Chapter 3 The Council 15
Chapter 4 An Old Friend 25
Chapter 5 The Aftermath 35
Chapter 6 If a Tree Falls in the Forest… 39
Chapter 7 Reconnaissance 47
Chapter 8 The Four Styles 55
Chapter 9 Reflection 63
Chapter 10 The Awakening 71
Chapter 11 The Home Rule 77
Chapter 12 The Stakeout 93
Chapter 13 The Gathering 107
Epilogue The Power of DISC 113
Part II: The DISC Model 117
Go Online to Discover Your Style 120
The History and Mystery of the Four Styles 122
The Four Styles 123
People Reading 127
Seven Transformative DISC Principles 133
Part III: Applying the DISC Styles in Your Life 155
Steps for Reaching Your Highest Potential 157
DISC for Selecting an Educational and Career Path 165
DISC in the Work Environment 170
Tapping the Power of Style in Teams 174
DISC for Teaching and Coaching 185
Educating with DISC 187
Better Parenting with DISC 190
DISC Action Planning 198
DISC Mapping 203
Postscript 207
Appendix: Style Combinations 211

 

Winning Strategies for Power Presentations: Jerry Weissman Delivers Lessons from the World's Best Presenters

Introduction xv

Natural and Universal

Section I

Content: The Art of Telling Your Story 1

1. Mark Twain’s Fingernails 3

How to Remember What to Say

2. Kill Your Darlings 7

A Lesson from Professional Writers

3. How Long Should a Presentation Last? 11

Be Brief and Concise

4. Follow the Money 13

“So...?”

5. Fellini on Creativity 15

Consider All the Possibilities—Before You Present

6. How Woody Allen Creates 17

First Things First, Last Things Last

7. What’s Your Point? 19

Leave Pointlessness to Woody Allen

8. Spoiler Alert 21

What’s Your Point?

9. The Cyrano Parable 23

The Story You Tell Versus the Slides You Show

10. “Does that make sense?” 25

...And Other Meaningless Words

11. Meaningful Words 27

Words That Inspire Confidence

12. Writer’s Block 29

How to Break Through

13. Writer’s Block II 31

Easier Said Than Done

14. Never Say “Never” 33

Well, Almost Never

15. From Bogart to Gingrich 35

Who Did It?

16. Rupert Murdoch’s 90% Apology 39

Who Did It?

17. Winning and Losing the World Cup 41

He’s Just Not That into FIFA

18. John Doerr’s “Chalk” Talks 43

Three Best Practices from a Top Venture Capitalist

19. Vinod Khosla’s Cardinal Rule 45

“Message Sent Is Not the Same as Message Received”

20. The Outline Trap 47

Britannica and Brainstorming

21. Having a ’versation 49

“I” Versus “You”

22. “It’s all about you!” 51

“...But they’re just not that into you.”

23. When Not to Tell ’em 55

“Get on with it!”

24. Bookends 59

Establish Your First and Last Sentences

25. The Sound of Ka-Ching! 61

Scale the “You”

26. David Letterman’s Top Ten 63

Pick a Number

27. Illusion of the First Time 65

Road (Show) Warriors

28. In Praise of Analogies and Examples 69

Add Value and Dimension

29. Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama 71

Masters of the Game

30. Aristotle: The First Salesman 75

The Original Source

Section II

Graphics: How to Design PowerPoint

Slides Effectively 77

31. Vinod Khosla’s Five-Second Rule 79

A Sanity Check for Every Presentation

32. Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the Water 81

Better Box Thinking

33. Jon Stewart’s Right 83

Positioned on Purpose?

34. Misdirection 85

Magicians and Graphics

35. Obama Makes a PowerPoint Point 87

The State of the Union and Presentations

36. Go in the Right Direction 89

A Presentation Lesson from Akira Kurosawa

37. PowerPoint and Movie Stunts 91

Use Graphics to Create Continuity

38. The Anti-PowerPoint Party 93

Another Precinct Heard From

39. Signage Versus Documents 95

Drive Your PowerPoint Home

40. The Graphics Spectrum 97

Lives of Quiet Desperation

41. How Audiences See 99

Follow the Action

42. Why Use PowerPoint at All? 103

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

43. “But, I’m not an artist!” 107

Rx: Infographics

44. The Kindness of Strangers 111

Stand and Deliver

45. No More Mind-Numbing Number Slides 113

Five Easy Steps to Bring Your Presentation to Life

Section III

Delivery Skills: Actions Speak Louder

Than Words 117

46. Eight Presentations a Day 119

Cause and Effect

47. Sounds of Silence 121

Presentation Advice from Composers and Musicians

48. Stage Fright 123

A Close Cousin of Writer’s Block

49. Swimming Lessons and Presentations 127

Deconstruct and Reconstruct

50. Valley Girl Talk 131

Invisible Question Marks

51. “What do I do with my hands?” 133

A Simple Approach to Gesturing

52. “Look, Ma, no hands!” 137

Anchorperson or Weatherperson

53. Foreign Films 139

The Pause That Refreshes

54. Rx: CrackBerry Addiction 141

Control Yourself!

55. The Eyes Have It 143

Relax!

56. Why Sinatra Stood 145

The Voice of “The Voice”

57. Presentation Counts 147

The Rise and Fall of Rick Perry

Section IV

How to Handle Tough Questions 151

58. Listening and Laughing with Johnny Carson 153

Late Night Lessons for Presenters

59. Ready, Fire, Aim! 155

Old Habits Die Hard

60. How to Deal with a Direct Attack 159

“That was certainly a downer!”

61. No Such Thing as a Stupid Question 163

A Lesson in Q&A from Dilbert

62. The Patronizing Paraphrase 165

Trying to Channel Bill Clinton

63. Tricky Questions 169

Be Transparent or Be Trapped

64. Robert McNamara Was Wrong 171

You Must Respond to All Questions

65. Breaking into Jail 175

The Elephant IS in the Room

Section V

Special Presentations 177

66. Speak Crisply and Eliminate Mumbling 179

Be Your Own Henry Higgins

67. How to Develop a Richer Voice 185

Be Your Own Echo Chamber

68. How to Deliver a Scripted Speech 193

When the Words Count

69. Speaking to an Audience of a Thousand 197

The Big Tent

70. How to Beat the Demo Demons 201

Plan B and More

71. Bring Your Panel Discussion to Life 203

How to Herd Cats

72. Mark Your Accent 207

Eliza Doolittle Is a Myth

73. How to Interview Like a Television Anchorperson 211

Seven Easy Steps

74. Ten Best Practices for the IPO Road Show 215

75. Cicero: Peroration 221

Timeless and Borderless

Endnotes 223

Acknowledgments 237

Index 239

About the Author 249

 

The Truth About Getting the Best from People, 2/e

Introduction xi

PART I The Truth About Employee Engagement

Truth 1 You don’t need the carrot or the stick 1

Truth 2 You have direct influence over your employees’ passion quotient 4

Truth 3 You get the best by giving the best 8

Truth 4 It’s not money that motivates 11

Truth 5 Employment engagement isn’t for sissies 15

Truth 6 Real engagement gains happen after survey scores come in 19

PART II The Truth About Yourself

Truth 7 Your behaviors are your brand 23

Truth 8 You can’t give what you don’t have 26

Truth 9 “Best” doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone 30

Truth 10 Think you’re a great leader? Think again 34

Truth 11 You could be your own worst employee 38

Truth 12 Visionary or beat cop? Your choice 41

Truth 13 Your health may be compromising your leadership effectiveness 44

Truth 14 You don’t have to be perfect 48

Truth 15 Your career can recover from an engagement hit 52

PART III The Truth About Engaged Cultures

Truth 16 Employee happiness is serious business 55

Truth 17 Great leaders make their people cry 58

Truth 18 Better questions lead to better answers 61

Truth 19 Individual passion builds a passion-fueled customer service culture 65

Truth 20 Authentic is better than clever 69

Truth 21 Retention begins with hello 72

Truth 22 The bad will do you good 75

Truth 23 Your biggest complainer may be your best supporter 78

Truth 24 You can sell an unpopular decision 82

Truth 25 Flex is best 85

Truth 26 Nobody cares if you don’t mean to be mean 89

Truth 27 Controlling your temper is a labor-saving device 93

Truth 28 There is no “but” in “I’m sorry” 97

PART IV The Truth About Motivation

Truth 29 Engagement happens one person at a time 101

Truth 30 If you’re a manager, you’re a career coach 104

Truth 31 The candidates you’re seeking may not be the ones you need 107

Truth 32 Ask for cheese—you might get the moon 111

Truth 33 You lead better when you get off your pedestal 114

Truth 34 Trust is your strongest persuasion tool 118

Truth 35 If they aren’t buying it, they aren’t doing it 121

Truth 36 Overselling an opportunity can cost you precious talent 124

Truth 37 Focusing on what’s right can help solve what’s wrong 128

Truth 38 High performers are motivated by a piece of the action 131

Truth 39 All the generations want the same thing 135

PART V The Truth About Performance

Truth 40 Compassion promotes performance 139

Truth 41 A hot star can brighten your whole team 142

Truth 42 B players are your A team 146

Truth 43 High performers have enough coffee mugs 149

Truth 44 Discipline deepens engagement 152

Truth 45 You don’t have to inherit the problem employees 155

Truth 46 Performance appraisals are really about you 159

Truth 47 New hires can inspire current employees 162

Truth 48 Terminations are an engagement tool 165

PART VI The Truth About Creativity

Truth 49 Innovation begins with y-e-s 169

Truth 50 Everyone can be creative 172

Truth 51 You stand between inspiration and implementation 176

Truth 52 Failures promote progress 179

Truth 53 People don’t quit their bosses, they quit their colleagues 182

Truth 54 Extreme pressure kills inspired performance 186

Truth 55 Creativity is a balancing act 189

PART VII The Truth About Communication

Truth 56 Open questions ignite inspiring answers 193

Truth 57 Serving your employees means managing your boss 196

Truth 58 Bad news is good news 200

Truth 59 Trivial conversations are essential 203

Truth 60 The way you listen speaks volumes 206

Truth 61 Crap happens 210

Truth 62 Engaged employees need to know more 213

PART VIII The Truth About Teams

Truth 63 Absence makes the employee happier 217

Truth 64 Your team has untapped talent 221

Truth 65 People need to fight their own battles 224

Truth 66 Games don’t build teams 228

Truth 67 Answers build teams 231

Truth 68 Your team can lead you to greatness 234

Truth 69 You’re still the boss 237

References 240

About the Author 242

 

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