Feb. 16-March 18 see the legendary production of “Hair” featuring the famous song “Age of Aquarius” among others. Show times are Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Arts Center, 2600 Stemmons Freeway, Suite 180. For tickets, call 214-219-2718.
The fact of the matter is that over a lifetime, employees have been sold a “bill of goods” from friends, family, society, the media and even their employers that when an employee finds the perfect job, then they will be happy. More and more organizations are doing what they can to provide a productive and positive working environment for their employees but not once has any company installed a happiness bar (think juice-bar). You don’t dispense happiness from a tap.
Leaders know they are judged not by what they say but by what they do – simply stated, leaders value actions over words. They know that they must lead by example. They know (I hope they do) that people – their team, peers, bosses and even competitors and adversaries are always watching them.
You don’t have to be a paid motivational guest speaker to improve upon your body language! Do you make eye contact with the listener? Do you use your eyes, eyebrows and mouth to express your meaning? Or does your face suggest boredom and disinterest? Do your hands and arms add meaning to your message or do they nervously move about?
After much on again, off again, no I am not coming, well maybe, golly, maybe I should, do I have the time, well, let’s go anyway, Gov. Sarah Palin graced corporate keynote speaker the Republican D.C. Senate fundraiser with her presence.
What is the occasion? Does the event itself suggest a topic or guide your remarks? Or, were you given a topic? Consider this, as well as what you want to talk about and what you have the expertise to address. Is there controversy surrounding the issue? Is there a problem to which you can offer a solution? Could you clarify a topic that may be cloaked in secrecy or that is misunderstood? All these elements should be pondered as you plan the presentation.
There are so many ways to toot your own horn. The possibilities are simply endless. The key is to actually do it! Many say they understand the value of self-promotion but then don’t take that extra step to get started doing it. Each week take a moment to reflect back on the previous week as to what happened in your world. Was there something newsworthy? Should you be sharing your story? If it’s a good one, others will follow and listen.