From the yearly archives:

2011

RT5 #10: Top 5 Tips for Creating Clarity

by Robin on November 1, 2011

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5. Let people know what it is you want to talk about.

4. Tell people why this is worth knowing or doing.

3. Tell people the WIIFM.

2. Have a follow up dialogue to check for shared understanding.

1. Rinse and repeat. And be patient.

 

What other tips do you have for creating clarity? Leave your tips and comments!

 

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5. Determine why you get distracted…and then figure out what to do about it!

4. Change venues.

3. Use your calendar and a timer.

2. Block the internet and communication with the outside world.

1. Use distraction-free writing tools.

 

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Pomodoro Technique Wikipedia definition, Pomodoro website
  • Focus Booster desktop or web-based timer (uses Pomodoro Technique timings or adjust it for your own times). This is the one I use, but there are many online timers available.
  • Block all internet access for a specified amount of time with the Freedom application (free download, $10 to purchase)
  • To block specific websites for specified amounts of time use Self-Control for the Macintosh or Focal Filter for the PC.
  • Tools for a distraction-free online writing environment:
    • Notepad++ (PC)
    • Writer (web-based),
    • JDarkRoom  (Mac)
    • WriteRoom  (Mac and iOS devices)
    •  q10 (PC)
    • OmmWriter (PC, Mac, iPad. Download Mac and iPad versions through the respective app stores).  This is my favorite distraction-free writing tool.
      Correction from the podcast: OmmWriter is NOT free, but it is very moderately priced.  Definitely worth it for me.

 

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RT5 #8: Top 5 Tips for Co-Facilitating Meetings and Training Sessions

October 11, 2011

          5.  Have a pre-meeting with your co-facilitator. 4.  Stay present and focused while the other co-facilitator is “on”. 3.  Demonstrate the behaviors and language of co-facilitation. 2.  Communicate with each other during the co-facilitation. 1.  Give—and get—feedback from each other.   What other tips do you have on co-facilitation? Leave […]

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RT5 #7: Top 5 Reasons People Don’t Give Positive Feedback (and what to do about it)

October 4, 2011

        5. I don’t have time. 4. It won’t sound genuine. 3. People will expect a raise at the end of the year. 2. If I don’t tell them they are doing something wrong–they know they are doing it right. 1. I don’t need positive feedback. What other tips do you have […]

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RT5 6: Top 5 Tips for Providing Effective Feedback

September 27, 2011

        5. Provide regular feedback (even daily!). 4. Provide a high-quality feedback message that is specific and includes the impact. 3. Regular feedback is about intention…not about time. 2. Provide constructive and positive feedback. 1. Feedback is about the other person…it’s not about you.   What other tips do you have? Leave […]

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