Episode 038: Why You are a Bad Listener and How to Fix It [PODCAST]

You’re probably not a good listener. No offense, it’s just statistically likely. So, the question is then, why are you a bad listener and how do you fix it?

Why you are a bad listener and how to be better

No one wants to be known as a bad listener. No one wants to forget an entire side of a conversation and have to ask someone to repeat. Everyone wants to be a good listener. Few people want to become a good listener. Just like everyone wants to play the guitar, while few want to learn to play guitar.

4 “Musts” to Make the Leap from Successful to VERY Successful

I’m going to make one assumption about you as I write this post:

You are already a successful person.

I know that to be true because unsuccessful people don’t usually read self-improvement blogs. No, you may not be a millionaire yet, your business may still be virtually unknown, or you haven’t gotten the promotion you’ve wanted for the past two years, but the very act of reading this shows me you are already successful. But I also know that you want to take it to the next level. So how do you do that?

Go from successful to very successful
To make the leap from successful to very successful, there are four things you must learn to do. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook

To make the leap from successful to very successful, there are four things you must learn to do. In studying the most successful people in history, I’ve found that each of them clearly learned to do each of these. Some learned them earlier than others. But eventually they learned them all before they reached the level of very successful.

4 “musts” to make the leap from successful to very successful

1. You must learn the magic word.

7 Secrets of Personal Development from Dale Carnegie Training

You’re ready to take your career and your life to the next level. Now what?

If you haven’t heard of Dale Carnegie, you’ve probably lived in Siberia for your entire life. Welcome to life.

Dale Carnegie Training was founded on the principles of the famous speaker and author of How to Win Friends and Influence People. Today, the company offers leadership training to help businesses and individuals achieve their goals.

I asked Celia Wang from Dale Carnegie Training to share seven secrets of personal growth with us. Take it away Celia…

Dale Carnegie Quote Only you can take charge of your personal development. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook

When it comes to taking your career and life to the next level, many people don’t know where to start. The following seven “secrets” of personal development can help you learn how to find success and stay positive through your struggles and triumphs. Read on to see insights and tips from Dale Carnegie Training, which specializes in leadership training, to help you go further this year and beyond.

Secret 1: Only you can take charge of your personal development.

What Would Sam Walton Think of Today’s Wal-Mart? Part Two – Principles 6-10

There is no denying that Sam Walton was one heck of a businessman.

And his rules for building a business clearly worked. But where is Wal-Mart today? And what would Sam think?

Original Walmart Sam Walton

His Ten Rules for Building a Business are found in his book, Sam Walton: Made In America. Yesterday, we covered rules 1-5 and where Wal-Mart stands today. Today, we’ll take a look at the last five.

Here are the remaining rules for building a business and what I think Sam would think today.

The One Question Everyone is Asking

Are you being heard? Are you hearing others?

When I advise marketing clients, I ask them to put themselves in a potential customer’s shoes and ask this question. You, too, should ask it anytime you are speaking.

What's in it for me? What's in it for me? What's in it for me?

Others are constantly asking themselves that question as you talk. If you want to truly be heard, you must answer that question.

What is in it for you?

You already know the answer to that question when you are talking. More profit. Less hassle. A feeling of accomplishment. Those are all great things, except that no one else cares.

That is the cruel reality…and it is reality.

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Five Killer Meeting Tips from Tom Dixon

Raise your hand if you like meetings.

Even at the finish line of a marathon, that is a question sure not to cause a stink. (Get it? Marathon…sweaty people…stink? OK, good.)

Whether you are one of the eleven people worldwide who raised their hand to that question or you are like the 99.9999% of us who hate meetings, you want them to be better. So I brought in Tom Dixon to offer some helpful tips.

Tom Dixon Meeting Tips - Leadership
Tom left a great comment a few weeks ago in my post, Do This in Your Next Meeting. It Works.

One trick I’ve learned as a meeting participant is to play back one or two sentences that recap what I’ve taken away from the discussion…this can be helpful to others to solidify what was discussed as well as a chance for the group to clarify any points I didn’t get right.

Tom normally writes at his blog, Monday is Good where he offers practical career help. He believes it is possible to look forward to Monday. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter too. You won’t regret it.