Eileen Strong

“Thanks for the memories……..So as I gaze back at this picture I realize the journey that many of us have been on.

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, West Allis, Wisconsin

Smiles, friendships, growth, loss and aging are all innocently presented in this picture. More than enough of these smiling 3rd graders have already passed away. Quite the shock! Makes you realize how brief life truly is.
As a professional speaker and trainer I share many stories from my childhood…and capture them to my audience memories.
I’ll say….”come back with me” to your years of innocence and fun filled experiences. Maybe not so much fun, but truly memorable. Or as the late great Jerry Garcia sang from the Grateful Dead….”What a long strange trip it’s been!”
Well that IS the truth. Each day lived, is another day of life that we were blessed to live and learn from.
Whether you feel alive and vibrant or slow and tired due to a multitude of reasons….you truly appreciate each day. I know you’ve heard that before….but think about it again. What if you knew you had only 1 month…or1 week or 1 day left? What would you do? What would you WANT to experience.
Please take every precious moment you are blessed with and savor it.
You are worth it….because NO one is as INCREDIBLE AS YOU!
Believe that….think that….and live it!

Presentations & Visual Aids: It’s show and tell

Most presenters find that using some sort of visual aid helps them to engage their audience. Some people, however, make the mistake of leaning too heavily on their visual aids. Doing so detracts from their speech and distracts the audience.  Think back on the age-old elementary school activity “show and tell”.  You show your audience something and then tell them a story about it. That is how you should use any visual aid in your presentation.

Here are some great visual aids that can add to the success of your presentation when used to enhance your message.

PowerPoint Slides:  Skip the titles, bullet points, and dense paragraphs (they only distract the audience). Simple photos on a projection screen can visually illustrate a point and begin to tell your story without going overboard.  Choose simple, well-composed photos that don’t have busy backgrounds or poor lighting for the best effect. Put…

Why do people lie?

Imagine if the world suffered from “Pinocchio” syndrome? Everyday all of us started with an average size nose. No problems, no exaggerations, no false “small talk” where you weren’t paying attention in the first place. Your “nose” would stay the same size!

But as you begin your day….your nose WOULD grow. Why because you LIED!

Then average person does it at least twice a day.

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Research shows that married couples lie at least 14 times a week to each other. They could be small “white” lies….but they still are lies!

We lie to get out of or cover up a mistake. It is just the nature of the human being. Animals don’t do this, they just go on existing and living in the moment.

A study has shown that a child becomes exposed to lying to someone else between the ages of 3 4. If you wonder how we do this…it is just by example. If a child receives a gift, and they “don’t want it or like it”, they simply say so! But then they are corrected by their parents. They watch their parents tell the gift giver, “Oh no, she really does like your gift. She just wants to go out and play.”

We blatantly make up excuses in front of our child. And the first lesson in lying begins!
And it continues on from there.
Starting today, challenge yourself. Become cognizant of when you think you are concocting an excuse or a lie. Hold back, think about it and then speak the truth.
Try it…you’ll like it!

If you have been lied to and it has hurt you or affected your job, share it with me. I am in the process of working on my 2nd book, “Liars, Tigers, S.O.B.s Oh My!” I would love your input and experiences to add to my book. Names would not be shown, but the experience could and would help other people.

Why? Because we all learn from each other…and because we all lie!
Contact me at Eileen@StrongIncentives.com

Staying Focused…easier said than done!

Ok, I’ll admit it…I suffer from “Squirrel syndrome.”   (I mean ADHD)…but I digress.

It is oh so easily for all of us to let our mind wander and not finish a task that you initially set out to do. It is a fact that our attention span has been drastically reduced,  because of all of the instant response media that is available to us.
Todays Millenials (people born between 1980 – 2000) have created a shorter attention span…it seems for all of us. Immediacy, is the new norm for most of us. We want text messages answered as soon as they are sent. It seems that phone calls are getting harder to get a response from. And God forbid…doing something as archaic as an email, obviously takes too long.  As long as there are different forms of communication, it is up to us and the receiving party which is the best mode to use.

Being the proud parent of two Millenials, I know how they think, act and respond.  And it surely compliments my “Squirrel” mentality. But that doesn’t make it right. There are two good books that deal with the art of responding and reacting. The first book is called “Send.” It deals with the fact that we send emails too quickly and frequently regret what we’ve sent. And this can and DOES cause problems and repercussions. The author wants us to all to wait 30minutes before hitting “that” button. So that regret doesn’t take place.

“Once words are spoken, a thousand horses cannot pull them away!” I love that sentence. It is honest and pure. Haven’t you ever regretted saying or doing something…I sure have.

The other book is called “Blink”…and it discusses how we make up “our mind” within the briefest amount of time. Literally in the “blink of an eye.” Research has shown that a jury makes up their personal “final” decision, within the first 7 minutes!!! And that trial might go on for a long time!

So staying focused, knowing what goal you have in mind is critical. As I tell my audiences…”Do not go pass “GO”, do not collect $200, do not buy any Hotels”…till you have done your research and know what next steps  methodically need to be done. As Bob Villa from the TV show “This Old House” would say: “Measure twice…cut once!”

Know what needs to be done. If you  DO get distracted, pull back, regroup and continue on. This strategy has been recognized and respected by many time management experts. “Start, continue & then finish…before you go on to the next project.”

I’m getting better at this, with time. And it does make a difference!

Oh wait…..I just saw a squirrel go by…………………..

Eager to have your teams learn some powerful time management tools? Call me in for a training session or a webinar to have your teams productivity & profitability improved!

It is easy to reach me at EileenStrong.com or Eileen@StrongIncentives. And yes you can even TEXT me at 732-233-3668.

Now take a deep breath and get back to what you were doing!

“Why NOT you?”

Russell Wilson’s dad said this to his son…repeatedly…regarding his “limitations” of being only 5’11″!
Coaches questioned whether he really could be a solid, successful quarterback and that size would hinder him.

Obviously he proved everyone wrong…as did all of his incredible teammates. Think you can, think you can’t was proven again to be right. They thought they could and they DID!

When you are making a presentation…know that you CAN make a great presentation…..and you WILL.

Remember, know your material.
Know your audience.
And KNOW that you will make a great presentation….and you will!
Just like Russell Wilson!

Call me to find out how great of a presentation YOU can make!
732-389-3868…..a simple call with powerful results!

The powerful fear of speaking in public…is quite real!

Two weeks ago in Las Vegas at the world famous Electronics show….a CEO of a major firm….stood in front of his audience and started to present. Unfortunately, the prompter PowerPoint failed. He stood there “paralyzed” with fright. He scanned the audience and said “I can’t do this!”

Do you ever feel as if you are being sent for punishment because you had to make a presentation? 

 

What is YOUR attitude level of confidence whenever you have to speak? Is it like this CEO’s…or do you take it in stride, present take the consequences? Seriously you ARE in control. Lay out your presentation in a 5 W format. Who-What- Where -When -Why. Then list one feature followed by 3 benefits. Use this as a skeletal layout then fill in the relevant material. Use this for structure….and practice , practice, practice! You WILL SUCCEED!href=”http://eileenstrong.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/image1.jpg”gt;Image this!”

 

 

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Presentations & Visual Aids: It’s show and tell

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Most presenters find that using some sort of visual aid helps them to engage their audience. Some people, however, make the mistake of leaning too heavily on their visual aids. Doing so detracts from their speech and distracts the audience.  Think back on the age-old elementary school activity “show and tell”.  You show your audience something and then tell them a story about it.

You know your material….why don’t people remember when you speak?

ImageGrant Kristin both know their professions extremely well! He’s a professional videographer…..and she’s in nursing management. They excel within their fields, and when they are asked questions….they give you concise and concrete answers. That simply means that their listening audience remembers what they said. 

They know how to talk and present because their mother is a professional speaker. And yes they have learned. 

Do people remember you whenever you speak on a topic? Or are your nerves in such a dominant factor that people remember more of your er’s, ah’s um’s. In Toastmasters we actually have a counter for all of your “er’s ah’s” to be counted. This is to make you more aware of how you can minimize this weakness and work at eliminating  that habit significantly.

When you speak, focus on the KEYPOINT of what your message is…..and bring it to your audiences attention (no matter the size) at least 3 to 5 times. You want your message and key points to be REMEMBERED…so that they come back and want to learn more from you. 

And of course…..do MORE business with you.

I’ve revamped the K.I.S.S. theory  – Keep It Simple Successfully! Be content rich when you speak; repeat your Key point and be remembered because of what you presented.

As a professional presentations skills expert Strong Incentives can show you how to do this! Call today and make positive changes today in your next presentation.