5 Essential Elements for Successful High-Performance Teams

September 28, 2019 by  

Teams, be it sales or distribution, are one of the most important entities within an organization because they are instrumental to its success.

Here are some key elements common to those successful high-performance teams.

1. Committed to a common cause: Strong teams spend time identifying their purpose, in other words collaboratively defining the common objectives that define their existence. They are committed to achieving their common goals and are responsible individually and collectively. Teamwork is the sum of individual efforts.

2. Focused on goals: Strong teams focus on what needs to be achieved. They may debate and disagree on various aspects related to the attainment of a goal but they do not lose sight of the task at hand. With the synergy of purpose, the team works collaboratively to be on track so that they can attain their predetermined aims and goals.

3. Complement each other’s skills: In order for teams to be successful, the members require good technical or functional expertise. They need to have good decision making and interpersonal skills. Strong teams understand individual strengths, leverage those to the benefit of everyone and complement each other to build on the various strengths necessary to accomplish the outcomes they desire.

4. Share interests and core values: Teams that have interests and core values that are aligned are more likely to meet their objectives than teams whose members have little in common. When team members enjoy each other, appreciate, respect and acknowledge individual contributions then the team will be successful and more likely to accomplish whatever they set out to do.

5. Possess positive energy: High-performance teams possess positive energy and excitement in whatever they do. They possess a strong sense of determination which propels them to accomplish their tasks efficiently, productively, and creatively.

A high-performance team has members who are engaged and involved with their jobs and enable others to do the same. Together, they provide positive reinforcement to each other and because of this synergy, they are able to attain their common goals and enjoy great success.  In addition they employ effective communication skills in order to work effectively and collaboratively together with clear instructions and directions between the team members.

4 Elements a Speaker Can Use To Improve Their Presentation

September 6, 2019 by  

We all want to be good speakers. We all want to feel comfortable, look credible, and mostly, have people follow our advice when we speak. After all, the reason we make presentations is to change behaviours, attitudes, or beliefs. There is no magic to improving your presentations, just time and effort. All speakers, regardless of their abilities or level of nervousness, can improve if they follow these 4 steps.

Make Time To Prepare – There is simply no way around this: it takes time to create a strong presentation. It is easy to procrastinate thinking that since you know your subject and will just be talking; you do not need to prepare. To have a strong presentation, you must allow adequate time to think, create visual aids, and practice. One of the most important keys to a successful and impactful presentation is your preparation, so practice, practice, practice.

Organize Your Presentation – A good presentation has a beginning, a middle, and an end. When it is constructed in this manner you make it clear to the audience where you are going and what you hope they will do when you are done. Taking the time to plan your talk ensures you will cover all the appropriate and necessary material while avoiding confusing and irrelevant side stories or information.

Create Compelling Visuals – While it is easy to create text-heavy slides and bulleted lists, all they compel the audience to do is space out. No one remembers bulleted lists so better to create more interesting slides with less text and more pictures. Design your PowerPoint programs so that they show the audience more images of the ideas they are hearing and explain with your words rather than inviting them to just read the slides. Besides, if all you are going to say is on your slides, what do they need you for? In fact, they can read the slides faster than you can speak them and will disengage because they will get ahead of you and be waiting for the next slide.

Involve Your Audience – Audiences want to be active participants in the conversation, not passive receivers of information. Engaging and involving the audience makes it easier for them to pay attention and retain the relevant information. Asking questions, eliciting comments, and dividing the audience into small discussion groups are effective ways to engage your audience more fully in their learning experience and it will result in a more retentive outcome as well.

The net result of doing the four items listed above is that you will feel more confident as a speaker and audiences equate confidence with credibility. The more confidence you exude as a speaker, the more relaxed the audience will be, and the more they can listen to your words. Confidence alone is not enough to carry your talk – you still need to be organized, deliver your talk well, and have good subject matter expertise.
Your presentation will be more compelling, you will feel more comfortable, look more credible, and your audience will be more likely to take the action you are suggesting. It is not magic, it is not rocket science, rather, it is just four key elements you can employ to improve your talks.