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To the question 'What do you do'? we usually give one-word answers, that allow people to categorize us and create stereotypes. For example:
Start your next response with “I help people…” because it usually takes the stereotype away from your job title.
For example: You can say you're a copywriter or you can ...
Tell a story about something that was fun or inspiring to you at work.
It will help you make connections: the brain activity of the storyteller and the listener mirror each other,...
You are educating the other person on the subject of you.
So instead of just saying your title, explain something he or she might not know about your work or industry.
Make it personal and talk about your journey: talk about your dreams and aspiration, and about what led you to where you are today, etc.
Pass on the details about you and your work that are relevant to the person you’re talking to.
Think about what experiences you have that will resonate with the people you’re talking t...
You’re doing everyone a favor by being honest about what you’re good at and what lights you up.
We need more people who can speak frankly about the value they bring to the client...
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An asshole is someone who consistently makes the people around feeling humiliated, de-energized, disrespected, or oppressed.
Some people are so thin-skinned that they think everyone is offending them when it's nothing personal. Other people are objectively treated like dirt everywhere because they're doing something to prompt that punishment.
We've got to take responsibility.
Mean-spirited people need someone in their life to tell them they're contemptible.
In the very short-term, it might seem to your advantage to let someone feel like dirt. However, in most situations, we actually need collaboration and should be givers rather than takers. By being an asshole, you might be destroying your organization by driving out the best people, undermining their productivity, creativity, and so on.
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Make choices leading to the life you want to create for yourself. Don't let your past hold you back.
Your life might not seem to be the best fit for someone else, but it should a life you are happy with. Create a life you love.
Start where you are right now.
Listen to yourself and take action on what you discover.
Charismatic people offer encouragement instead of skeptically listening to people’s goals and ideas. Find ways to encourage people while still holding them accountable:
Charismatic people have lots of connections and share them regularly. Highly charismatic people are not only great at meeting new people, but also sharing their talent with their connections by introducing people who they know will get along well.
This quality is part of the reason charismatic people are such sought after connections; they spread their social wealth.
Likable leaders earn the trust of their team members and treat them well, and that makes the team’s performance better.
Teams with likable leaders tend to be more stable long-term because of lower turnover rates and are also better with changes since they are more likely to have employees committing to adopting to new ways.
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Make sure you're not assuming what you're being asked and take the time to really understand the question.
Insert parts of the question in your answers, but never repeat the negative la...
When you're faced with difficult questions, make sure you buy yourself enough time to determine how you want to respond.
Repeating of rephrasing the question could give you some extra time for thinking about how you want to answer.
Find a part of the question you are comfortable answering if answering the whole question is not an option.
This may sometimes be enough to satisfy the other person.
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The interviewer is likely looking for someone who can solve problems, has good interpersonal skills and the ability to get things done using good judgment and effectiveness.
Not every question lets you show skills easily, so reframing a question to get to the answer you want to communicate might be the best way to do so.
They're usually the conversations with minimum friction, repetition and misunderstanding, and maximum alignment between the people that take part in it.
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When trying to explain complex information to an audience, the first task is to get the content of what you're saying right.
How we communicate is also cr...
Try not to use technical language. If you do, make sure it is absolutely necessary in order to help the audience understand or appreciate your point – and ensure that you explain the word or term immediately afterwards.
Keep your words as simple and clear as possible, and use real-life examples and illustrations where possible. But don’t patronize your audience.
If you look alert but relaxed, your audience will mirror this and feel the same way. Stand up straight, but relax any tension or stiffness in your body.
It’s a good idea to gesture with your hands in such a way that helps to make clear what you are explaining – but only do this if it feels natural, and try not to wave your arms around unnecessarily.
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It is the ability to manage our own emotions and react to the emotions of others.
People who exhibit emotional intelligence have the less obvious skills necessary to get ahead in life,...
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A raise isn’t a favor or a gift; it’s a way for employers to pay fair market valu...
It’s not greedy or entitled to ask for a raise. Unless you work somewhere truly dysfunctional, it’s understood that you work for money. This is okay.
You shouldn’t ask to talk about your salary when your manager is especially harried or having a bad day or nervous about impending budget cuts.
On the other hand, if you’ve just saved the day with an important client or garnered rave reviews for a high-profile project, or if your boss has seemed particularly pleased with you lately, now might be a particularly good time to make the request.
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Our natural bias is to start by imagining all the things that will go horribly wrong if we disagree with someone more powerful. Yes, your counterpart might be a little upset at first, but most like...
You may decide to hold off voicing your opinion if you want to gather your army first. People can contribute experience or information to your thinking — all the things that would make the disagreement stronger or more valid.
Also, delay the conversation if you’re in a meeting or other public space. Discussing the issue in private will make the powerful person feel less threatened.
Before you share your thoughts, think about what the powerful person cares about. You’re more likely to be heard if you can connect your disagreement to a “higher purpose.”
State it overtly then, contextualizing your statements so that you’re seen not as a disagreeable underling but as a colleague who’s trying to advance a shared goal.
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