Learning from a Royal Wedding

For those of my readers who know that I am British, it will not surprise you to know that this week’s column features the highlight of our year – the wedding between Prince William and Katherine Middleton.

On Friday, we witnessed a royal wedding in the beautiful Westminster Abbey. The wedding itself was an inspiring event, watched by over two billion people around the world. Dignitaries, royalty and celebrities from hundreds of countries attended this momentous, festive occasion.  The bride was breath-taking in her white wedding gown which trailed behind her along the deep, lush red carpet of the abbey.  She started the morning as a commoner and ended it as a royal Princess, a Duchess, a Countess, a Baroness and, most important of all – a wife.

The event was full of romance and pageantry, which we British love.  The massed colour of the Regiment of Guards, the millions of well-wishers and the richness of it all, was quite spectacular.  The outpouring of goodwill for the royal couple, was touching and reinforced the position of the British monarchy. The wedding sparked a Twitter and Facebook frenzy as millions joined in the celebrations online.

Communities coming together

In the evening, I watched the highlights of the day on television which included the multi-ethnic street parties that took place throughout the day.  People came out of their homes to be together, sit together and enjoy the spectacle.  Some of them said that they didn’t know their next door neighbours until that very day and it made me wonder as to why it has to take a special event for people to come together to share common interests.

This week’s street parties showed people celebrating the royal wedding in a traditional way with everyone coming together and sharing ethnic customs and food all with multi-cultural enthusiasm.    Everyone joined in the celebration, young and old. Flags were hung from the lampposts and children had the British Union Jack painted on their faces as they danced and sang, and ate. This was a community coming together and interacting in a way that was so important – a neighbourhood coming together as one.  People talking to strangers who had never before spoken a word to each other.

It made me wonder, why do we have to wait, sometimes forever, before we talk to our neighbour or our colleague at work.  It is just so nice to have someone who will ask us how we are, if we had a nice weekend and how are our family.  But because our lives are so hectic, these simple courtesies are forgotten.  We spend our lives texting and emailing instead of actually talking to people, face-to-face in order to establish and re-establish a relationship. This is the wonder of technology but I believe that something is lost to us in everyday conversation with those whom we really care about and for others that we are too busy to talk to.    When you ask someone how they are, do you wait long enough for a response or have you already moved on to something, or somebody, else?  Life and work are important – but so is finding time to communicate with your husband, your wife, your children, your friends, your neighbours and your colleagues at work – about the ordinary things of everyday life. They may seem ordinary but they are really important, because they bring a sense of community, of togetherness.

If we communicate well with each other, we feel better and we work better.  And as far as industry is concerned, if you want to get more from your team, then talk to them.  If you want to manage a difficult situation at work, then diffuse it by talking to the affected parties.

Smile and world smiles with you

We don’t necessarily need a Royal Wedding to bring us all together but it certainly does focus our minds on the genuine feelings of everyone around us.

Smile and say ‘Hello!’.  It costs nothing but the return on investment will be enormous and you may find a new friend for life.

This celebration certainly put a smile on Britain.  Try it for yourself today.

Key Points

  • A royal wedding can bring people together
  • When people come together it makes a community
  • Talking to your neighbour and colleague can engender a sense of belonging

[Reprinted with the kind permission of Gulf News

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Stress and Anxiety: Is Your Office a Bully Free Zone?

According to the memoirs of former British prime minister, Tony Blair, ‘A Journey’, he writes that he felt bullied by his chancellor, Gordon Brown.

 

Being bullied tends not to be openly discussed in case this increases the risk of further ill-treatment, and because the victim often feels ashamed to discuss it with colleagues in case his/her professional credibility is called into question. Even the mildest form of intimidation may be very disturbing, and, if prolonged, the effect on the victim can be severe.

 

A bully will typically shout and verbally abuse victims publicly, in order to confirm his/her control and will often allocate tasks which they know the person is incapable of doing.

 

How can victimisation be avoided?

 

Individuals who are being bullied have a number of options including confronting the bully; contacting the HR department [if available] or complaining to the bully’s immediate superior.

 

In reality, however, the victim will often stay and keep silent or, alternatively, if they are so unhappy, they will end up leaving their job.  If possible, talking to a colleague can help, but in the end it is up to the victim to take action.  

 

My advice would be to confront the bully immediately, and in a direct but quiet way that does not escalate the situation, i.e. so that the bully does not become further incensed to a point whereby he/she will want to exact revenge.

 

My clients often tell me that informal complaints are usually met with little or no  response. While a complaint of bullying or intimidation is very often difficult for managers to resolve, an indication that the complaint is being taken seriously is welcomed by staff who have expressed concern over a bullying situation.

 

As people are often reluctant to discuss being bullied, managers need to be sensitive to the telltale signs, and know how to act when they see them. Undoubtedly the most effective intervention is the training of managers to help them ensure the quick resolution of such disputes between their staff. Quite often, managers do nothing simply because they do not know what to do.

 

It is also clearly important that employers recognise the impact that bullying can have indirectly on the morale of the entire department concerned, as well as on the individual employee. In particular, a formal document detailing policy and procedures should be in place to deal with issues of workplace bullying and/or harassment – as this indicates unambiguously that the organisation takes the issue of intimidation seriously, and provide a mechanism for dealing with complaints, both informally and formally.

 

Bullying is unacceptable in the modern workplace and no responsible company or organisation should be seen as condoning it.  The health of employees is important, and that includes both physical and mental wellbeing.

 

Have you ever been bullied at work?  Leave your comment in our column.

 

Key Points about Bully-Free Zone

 

·    Bullying destroys staff morale

 

·    A demoralised workforce is less productive

 

·    Bullying and intimidation must be reported

 

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Motivating Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

It was a pleasure to be back in Dubai last week, and the positive mood from the commercial sector was perceptible.  Company outgoings have been streamlined and I now hear the word ‘consolidation’ increasingly being replaced by ’growth’. 

The presentation I delivered entitled ‘Release the Hidden Entrepreneur in You’ at the Big Idea event was a resounding success.  Aspiring Entrepreneurs presented their business ideas to a panel of judges, of which I was one.  The creativity and innovation delivered from the platform certainly demonstrated to me that entrepreneurship is the keyword, not only for the winner who deserved his award but for all the finalists.   

Entrepreneurship is the prime factor that will bring about a quicker economic recovery in the region as a whole, and in the case of Dubai, will bring about a turnaround in commercial and industrial activity.

Entrepreneurs bring innovation and life to the workplace with new ideas and an energy and enthusiasm that is communicated to the entire workforce. In all countries and all societies there are those who lead and those who follow, and commercial activity needs both to attain sustainable success.   Dubai, in particular, has been a good example of this over the past fifteen years as a sleepy fishing port has been dramatically transformed into one of the world’s busiest tourist destinations and a commercial hub for the entire Gulf region and beyond.

A case study

I talked to Khalid Al Kamali, an 18 year old  student – who is also a UAE National Snooker and Billiard Team player – and his thinking was refreshing and insightful.  Here was a young man studying for law but with a passion and drive for the chosen recreational sport in which he excels.  Khalid maintains that you cannot be successful if you don’t have the right attitude and mindset.  To be so young and yet have such a clear vision and focus will certainly take him to where he wants to go in life. 

The future for Dubai, and the UAE, is certainly bright if we use Khalid as our example. A young man with a strong belief system who lives and breathes his personal goals.

‘Motivating Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow’ is my mantra, and after my visit here last week, it has been strongly reinforced by the optimism I encountered for the future, in so many business people with whom I talked.

I will be returning to Dubai during Global Entrepreneurship week, from 15 – 21st November, when it is estimated that 7.5 million participants will take part in 32,000 events in over 100 countries around the world, exposing people of all ages to quality entrepreneurial experience.  Now, isn’t that a perfect example of the world pulling together? 

Key Learning Points

  • Entrepreneurs bring innovation and life to the workplace
  • Entrepreneurial attitudes and mindsets will bring about sustainable growth
  • Global Entrepreneurship week takes place from 15 – 21st November.

Do you have an innovative idea for tomorrow’s business world?  Leave your comment in the column.

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How Public Speaking Skills Can Raise Your Game …

Impressing the board… Pitching to clients…  General employee motivation…

Make vital extra impact with the practised skills of the motivational speaker.

You’ve come a long way in business without making any formal study of presentation techniques. So why should you start now?

Because when the recessionary pressure’s on, you face more competition,   both within your organization and beyond it  –  which means you must put across your ideas with extra force and conviction, whether it’s to a couple of key decision-makers or a large conference hall.

This means picking up professional tips from motivational speakers, which are based on well-tested stage techniques like controlling your nerves, freeing-up your body language, and speaking familiar lines as though you’ve just thought of them. You didn’t know you were in show business? You are now.

As past President of the London chapter of the Professional Speakers Association, Carole Spiers is an exceptionally well-qualified conference speaker in her own right, as well as a popular trainer of large or small groups at all levels of business.

But her star product is her One-to-One Presentation Coaching  –  the truly individual service that identifies your own possibilities as a platform artist and optimises them to the full.

There’s no substitute for this personalised input by a world-class expert, whose stage technique is matched by a profound knowledge of the business world, having been MD of her own international consultancy for 25 years.

With her One-to-One service, Carole is free to focus sharply on your own individual strengths and weaknesses, which you may not have known about.

Are you good at exploiting those first few seconds, when a new audience is trying to figure out where you’re coming from? Among other things, do you realize how much difference your choice of clothes can make to this vital first impression?

Do you tend to show fear in front of a large group? Are you aware that they can smell fear, and that it will kill a speech stone dead?

Do you sometimes make simple mistakes like turning to face the Powerpoint screen, or failing to make regular eye-contact with the back rows.

Or might you have an undiscovered skill as Chair of a business meeting or conference? That’s a much sought-after mix of stage presence and tactful diplomacy, and it will add authority and prestige to your image.

These are only a few of the points that Carole can establish about your personal presentation skills that could soon be helping you seriously raise your game as a communicator in business.

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Going solo: Carole Spiers Provides a Special Brand of Marketing Support

The shock of quitting a full-time job for the first time and becoming a sole trader definitely leaves you feeling weightless in space.

So in addition to specialist marketing strategies for starting a small business, you need the reassurance of meeting other people in the same position.

These are among the many benefits of attending this year’s edition of the popular Carole Spiers Masterclass ‘Turn Your Passion into Profit’ http://bit.ly/cU3yF2

 This is a packed one-day schedule of ideas for small business marketing  –  everything from getting your launch announced on TV to the style and wording of your business card.

Increasingly this means exploiting the vast new arena called social media networking  –  marketing your business through websites, blogs, LinkedIn & Twitter. Internet marketing is now the principal source of new clients and enquiries. So learn how to excel in this and other important channels of marketing for small business.

 Going solo  –  summary

  • Becoming a sole trader can leave you feeling disoriented
  • You need to meet others in the same position at a Marketing Masterclass
  • Get the benefit of marketing ideas specially geared to small business

P.S.  If  you want to uncover the REAL truth behind marekting on a zero budget, then join us at our ultimate one-day marketing bootcamp.  www.turnyourpassionintoprofit.co.uk

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Starting a Small Business: Carole Spiers understands the stress of a launch

There’s no stress like it, that four-in-the-morning feeling just after you’ve taken the plunge.

Suddenly you’re having to market your business  –  or not eat!  So you can see why our one-day Bootcamp in small business marketing  –  ‘Turn Your Passion into Profit’ www.turnyourpassionintoprofit.co.uk   –  is crucial for providing the factual advice you want, as well as the general reassurance you need.

In the company of other entrepreneurial players on the brink of a new launch, you’ll learn the amazing truth of just how far you can get on a virtually nil budget.

And you can get this essential marketing support in the form of a packed day of marketing solutions, techniques, tips, questions-and-answers by charismatic speaker Carole Spiers. Publicity, promotions, networking, TV & radio, crucial updates on internet marketing. All the key launch-questions about target markets and how to reach them on a minimal budget. You’ll never hear such immediately usable ideas for marketing.

 Small Business Marketing  –  summary

  • The moment of launching a business is a highly stressful experience
  • You need the backup of a one-day Masterclass in marketing solutions
  • Meet others in the same position  –  share their marketing insights

P.S.  If  you want to uncover the REAL truth behind marekting on a zero budget, then join us at our ultimate one-day marketing bootcamp.  www.turnyourpassionintoprofit.co.uk

Another key insight from Carole Spiers, Entrepreneur, Marketing Expert, World Authority on Executive Stress, Motivational Speaker.

Book Carole Spiers as a guest speaker for a high-impact presentation on proven stress management strategies. Tel:  +44 (0) 20 8954 1593 or email info@carolespiersgroup.co.uk.

 

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