Category Archives: #UnleashYourPotential

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5 Ways of Assertive Workers

Whether it’s getting a promotion at work, standing out from your peers, or wanting to be heard at a meeting, here are five ways to be more recognized at the work place.

1. Ask and clarify.

Communication is an undeniable major aspect that affects how things get done at work. There are tasks that need no explanation but there are those that need to be refined. Ask to get more details about the task at hand and clarify those that seem vague. This assures you that you and your manager are on the same page.

Author, blogger, entrepreneur and marketing superstar Seth Godin shares three agreements that can help you and your team or boss check if you have the same perspective for work goals: agreeing on the goals, on reality, and on what success looks like.

2. Come to meetings with actionable ideas.

It’s not enough to have ideas. Make sure these are actionable and measurable. Show your teammates and bosses that you are aren’t just actively participating in your meetings and brainstorming sessions by throwing out ideas, but also by mapping out how you can go from ideation to execution.

3. Know what you are talking about.

When you are trying to make a case at work, preparing well and having all the facts laid out will give you the edge when you are making a pitch, justifying a new acquisition, or trying a completely new process the team or even the company is unfamiliar with. You should know your project, pitch, or product thoroughly and be able to answer questions about it with ease.

4. Use the “Positive No”.

If you haven’t heard or read about this yet, this concept and book, based on William Ury’s Harvard University course for managers and professionals, teaches you how to “say no clearly, respectfully, and effectively to anyone.” Use the information you have so that it will be easier to say no to a process at work that might not be working anymore, an unrealistic deadline, or additional work that you feel will hamper your current load.

5. Be confident.

Not everyone is innately confident—maybe some of you have a naturally quiet demeanor. The danger here is that it can be misconstrued as ineffectiveness or you can be perceived as someone who can be easily swayed.

“Sort of, kind of, maybe, might”—these are the words you should not use when explaining the status of a task or when requesting for something you need at work.

Do you sometimes here yourself say, “We might need this…” or “It’s kind of…?” Catch yourself when you use a questioning or unsure tone and take note of your body language as well. Dr. Nikki Martinez in a Huffington Post article says that “body language [is] 97% of communication. Your body language must be as assertive as your words.” Practice, practice, practice and work on taking your confidence up a notch.

How can you be more confident? Let John Robert Powers help you unleash the best you with its various courses on Personality Development and communication programs like Public Speaking or a Holistic English Learning Program.

Learn more about these on their website or send them an e-mail today. Want to call instead? You may reach the John Robert Powers team at (02) 892 9511 or (02) 927 0465.

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WHAT TO WEAR TO A GO SEE

First of all, what is a go see? A go see is basically an audition for models where you can meet with an agency, a manager, or a designer.

So, when you go to a casting call or a go see, remember that the rule of thumb is to keep your styling to a minimum! What you really should be bringing with you is your natural beauty and talent—these are what they should remember the most about you.

What to Wear to a Go See

The agencies usually send in a list of things that you need to bring and this includes your portfolio. Make sure you research beforehand what the modeling job is for so you can include photos of a similar theme shoot or modeling experience.

When in doubt as to what to wear or how to look, always go for simple styling but make sure to keep your look sleek and neat. Get in touch with John Robert Powers for more modeling tips.

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST GO SEE

A go see is an interview or an audition for models. If you have the confidence, self-esteem, and the capability to show how well you can project the client’s concepts, you’ll get the job. Take note of these tips:

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Remember to be cautious of the go see or casting calls that you go to. To avoid getting scammed, make sure you only attend the events hosted or run by trusted agencies, designers, etc. For more tips and information about modeling, get in touch with John Robert Powers and let us help you on your journey to the top.

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The Font Choice

The font choices you make are as important as the clothes you decide to wear. For example, no matter how nice the suit a person is wearing, your impression of them could be ruined if they’re wearing dirty, beat-up sneakers. Your typography may only be 10% of your presentation deck, but it’ll have a major impact on how your audience absorbs the information you’re giving them.

1. Try to use safe typefaces.
Just like your favorite everyday shoes, there are some typefaces that will always be safe to use in a presentation. These fonts are always clear, legible and will not distract the audience from the content of your presentation. Try using fonts like Lucida Grande, Helvetica, Georgia or Palatino.

2. Use decisive contrast.
If you need to use multiple typefaces (in order to make certain key words or phrases in your presentation stand out), use fonts that have large, contrasting differences. Note, however, that not all different typefaces will work well together. There are some that look quite nice when they are in tandem. Try figuring out which fonts have similar x-height or stroke weight, or make your life easier by using this site: https://www.canva.com/font-combinations/

3. Avoid using wild typefaces.
Just like your outfit, if everything is too wild, people will just end up staring at you; rather than listening to what you have to say. So, apply that same thought to your presentation deck. If all your fonts are too wild, people will just spend their time looking at the deck, instead of absorbing the content. Use wild fonts as your headers, but not for the entire thing.

As you continue to make your presentation decks, you’ll start to figure out which fonts work best for your audience, and which ones look best with each other. Whichever font you choose, always make sure you remain confident during your presentation.
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Make the Good Better

An excellent presentation can be the deciding factor in any type of meeting. Do you have everything you need for your presentation? Great! The fundamental goal in any presentation is for it to change the audience in one way or another so here’s how to make sure that your audience remembers what you’re saying:

1. Follow the right sequence.
One of the first things to remember is that there is this thing called a serial position effect. Essentially, this means that the first thing that is presented in a sequence is best remembered by an audience. A good way to go about your presentation is this: “Tell people what you’re going to tell them, tell them, and tell them what you told them”.

2. Draw connections.
Connections matter when remembering things. You might not remember the entirety of the presentation, but if you can remember parts of it, and are able to connect them to other parts, then you should be good. Making connections among the key points in your talk increases the amount that people will remember from what you present.

3. Make the audience work.
In order to get your audience to really process and absorb the information you’re giving them to memory, they have to put in a bit of effort. If your audience thinks deeply about the points you’ve made in your presentation, they’re more likely to remember what you told them later on. Ask your audience questions. Let them vote on certain alternatives, just get them thinking about the points that you are making.

4. Make it simple.
If you can sum up your presentation in just one sentence, what would that sentence be? Try to include the aspect of your topic that has the biggest impact to your audience. If you’re having a difficult time, ask yourself: “If my audience only remembers one thing from my talk, what should it be?”

Communication coach Dianna Booherhas once said, “If you can’t write your message in one sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.”

Remember to present with confidence and believe in the things you’re saying!
Learn more at John Robert Powers.