This cast helps you start to plan to create a presentation.
We've covered a number of aspects of presentations in both Career Tools and Manager Tools, but we've never really told you where to start. A great presentation doesn't start when you stand still in front of the room (Presentation Basics - Principle 1). It doesn't start when you send the invites out. It starts way, way before that. At least, it does if you want to be successful.
It's human nature to wait until a few days before a deadline (or the night before) before starting anything, and yet we all know the sooner we start, the easier it is and the more successful we'll be. So, if you hear nothing else in this cast, hear START EARLY.
This cast gives our guidance on what to prepare for your interview.
Our interview series gives the most comprehensive guidance on how to interview. As we continue to build our audience, we receive questions which make us realize we left something out, or we weren’t specific enough.
This cast is one of those which addresses an issue about which we realize we could have been more detailed. That is, what do you prepare for the interview? We don’t mean in the broad sense of preparing to discuss your experience, or how to answer the interviewer’s questions – that’s covered in the interview series. We mean in the sense of the few things you want to make sure are top of mind just before you go into the interview.
In one of our casts we will describe what to do when you’re waiting in reception for the interviewer. We’ll recommend you have several 3 x 5 cards with the pertinent reminders on them so that you can review them while you wait. This cast gives the specifics of what needs to be on those cards.
This cast helps you be more efficient in following up.
We've talked about following up in numerous Career Tools casts. It's one of the marks of a true professional. People who follow up well, who don't let things fall through the cracks and who are in control of their workload stand out from the crowd. So how do you become one of those people?
This cast concludes our conversation on helping you deal with the situation when your boss finds faults with your work.
This cast helps you deal with the situation when your boss finds faults with your work.
This is another cast which follows the theme of 'what we wish we knew when we were 20'. Apart from the robots on the line at car factories, no-one's work is perfect. Part of the reason we have managers is because they have more experience and can guide us to making our work better. For some of us, the criticism isn't delivered constructively and that is hard to deal with. With age and experience, we've learned the hard way how to deal with having our work critiqued. In this cast, we're going to give you a head start, so you don't have to learn the way we did.
We're not covering major deliverable failure here. In this cast, we're just talking about faults with your every day work. If you've missed a major project deadline, or received a below average performance review, this cast isn't for you. If your boss really does criticize undeservedly, then you need our Bad Boss cast. But don't leap to conclusions. Your boss might not be as bad as all that.
This cast gives our guidance on what you do while you wait in reception for an interviewer.
We've given this guidance on what to do when you sit in reception waiting for an interviewer, but it applies equally to any meeting where you're in an unfamiliar building and have to wait to be collected.
Like lots of our guidance around interview etiquette it's a mixture of the practical things to do and what not to do. Many of the things interviewees do are things they THINK give a good impression. Unfortunately, in many cases they're wrong.
This cast helps you deal with meeting a member of the business who is two or more levels above you in the organization hierarchy.
One of the recommendations we make in Manager Tools is that every manager who has managers below them needs to periodically have a 'skip meeting'. That means she meets with not her directs, but their directs. That's all very well and beneficial for the manager, but it can be intimidating directs' directs. If you find yourself in that position, what can you do to give a good impression and not embarrass yourself?
This cast gives our guidance on developing your career using your network.
It seems like in every cast we record, we talk about the importance of building your network. We talk about how your network can help you with problems, get you a mentor and help you find a new job. We've told you how to build your network by being indiscriminate and adding everyone, and then, importantly, KEEPING IN TOUCH with them.
But how can you develop your career on a day-to-day basis by using your network? This cast tells you how.
This cast gives our guidance on how to conduct yourself during an interview.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll probably say it again, interviews are nerve-wracking. For everyone. In some ways it’s like meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time. There’s that feeling of desperately wanting to impress and of being on your best behavior. We call the right behavior in that circumstance ‘etiquette’ or ‘manners’. Fortunately, etiquette rescues us during interviews too.
Debrett’s Guide to British Behaviour says of manners: Manners are valuable in this world for the simple reason that well-mannered people know how to set others around at their ease, know how to make the world feel a more civilised, friendly and calm place, and like to put others' comfort ahead of their own. Would you be more or less likely to employ someone who made you feel that way? Of course, you would be more likely, we all want to be around people like that. So, what to do?
This cast gives our guidance on what to take to an interview.
In our experience interviewing, we’ve seen everything. People who appear to have been away from home several weeks judging by the size of the bag they bring. People who ‘travel light’ and have to borrow a pen and a piece of paper when we give them details of the next step. People who want to show us their artist’s portfolio. People who pull a large sheet of paper out of their bag and start drawing the intricacies of their invention.
There’s a wide range behavior in interviews. What though, are the right things to take to an interview?
Here's an example of a portfolio.