If your team's not able to communicate well, then your organization’s ability to innovate could be taking the hit.
That’s why during last week’s webinar, Don’t Let Your Good Ideas Get Lost in Presentation, Mandel Executive Director Brad Holst walked through common communication hurdles and actionable steps your company can take to stay on the path to innovation and prosperity.
A recent MIT Sloan/Deloitte study named innovation the second most important issue companies are grappling with today. And companies with innovation programs grew three times faster than their peers over five years, according to research conducted by Bain.
Innovation MattersInnovation comes in two different flavors: big and every day.
If you don’t make a clear enough case for your idea, it ends up ignored, shelved, or abandoned—or it gets defeated by a weak idea, better presented. This is a morale-killer for organizations and it happens all the time.
A weak idea eventually shows its true colors, but usually not before you’ve spent a ton of time and money trying to make it work. And not before talent who have truly great ideas start to disengage or leave because they feel like they’re just not being heard.
Good Communication, Better Engaged Employees
Perhaps the most studied generation ever, millennials want to feel like their contributions matter — that their ideas are being heard and valued. If they’re made to feel ignored, insignificant—like a cog in a wheel—they’ll take their talents elsewhere.
One of the single best ways to increase engagement is to prepare your employees to effectively make their best ideas heard. This ability to communicate with clarity and influence not only benefits them as individuals but also increases company morale and your ability to innovate.
Strong Innovation Depends on Good CommunicationHow can you prevent good ideas from getting lost in (poor) presentation?
Here are 3 tips that Brad covered in more detail during last week's webinar.
Tell a story or use a powerful analogy to make your idea's value apparent and your presentation memorable. A lack of memorable stories and analogies can pull down a presentation.
2. Project credibly contagious conviction.
3. Build trust interactively.
Some questions may feel like an attack on your credibility. Take a pause before responding. Keeping your cool, rather than shrinking timidly or getting angry, is the best course of action.
Learning From Great Innovators in the Market
The seventh is the most important. You need to…
Great Communication in Action
Mandel’s clients are trained to use a personal communication tool, called SCIPAB®. It’s a six-step process that helps you organize and simplify your thoughts and then present your ideas effectively.
I encourage you to check it out for yourself. It’s the same proven approach we train people to use in our digital, on-demand program: The Breakthrough Communicator™ ONLINE.
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Gratitude. Appreciation. Recognition. It makes you feel good. This week in the US, many will pause for a day or two to give thanks and show appreciation for the things and people we care about most. It’s no secret how appreciation benefits the person getting it—but did you know it benefits the person giving it just as much? Discover why recognition is such a powerful tool for improving relationships and wellbeing in life—and at work. Learn how to (and how NOT to) express your appreciation to others.
People in communities across the globe are adjusting to communicating while wearing masks. As we’re all experiencing, masks present both verbal and non-verbal communication challenges.Given this, we’ve prepared 5 tips for effective communications while wearing a mask, and compiled several insightful articles from leading publications on additional best practices.
If your 2020 user conference plans were impacted by the pandemic, you’re not alone. And if, like many, you’ve chosen to move forward by converting to a virtual conference, you’ll be relying more than ever on your speakers’ skills. Share these 8 tips with your virtual conference speakers to help them prepare to impress.
It happened fast. One day you were meeting with your colleagues at the office. The next day you and everyone you work with are working in remote isolation from home. Whether you’re new to working remotely or an experienced veteran, we all need to raise our virtual collaboration game to not only make this new reality work, but to make it work really well. Read on to discover seven practical, high impact tactics you can implement right now to ensure the success of your virtual meetings.
Customers coming to a user conference aren’t there for the fanfare, they’re there for the expertise. If you’re an expert speaking at a user conference, you’re highly knowledgeable and passionate about your topic, but you might not be an expert at speaking in front of an audience. Here are five practical tips that you can implement right away for any upcoming speaking event.
In an era of digital transformation, skill development is all the more critical to organizational success. In 2020, we’ll share best practices for skill-building and keep readers abreast of trends that will help transform teams and drive workplace performance.
Learn how making a few smart, yet simple, changes to your email can improve your odds of quickly getting the response you need.
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TED Talks have become a go-to example for how to give an engaging presentation from the big stage. They can be informative, inspiring, and often incredibly entertaining. But is the TED Talk format right for a business presentation delivered in a conference room? Probably not — but the skills used by TED Talk presenters definitely are!
Learn how to identify what goes into a successful TED Talk and how to make those skills work for you in your everyday business presentations.
Learn Mandel’s 3-step model for skillfully responding — not reacting — to tough questions with confidence and ease.
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