Monthly Archives: January 2017

GEN Z AT WORK | Claire Madden on Sky News

Click here to watch the interview. Generation Z at Work: Generation Z (born 1995-2009) make up approximately 18% of our population, just under 1 in 10 in the workplace, but by 2025 will make up 31% of our workforce. Claire Madden was interviewed by Nadine Blayney on the Switzer program on Sky News to discuss how we can best prepare for the emergence of this new generation as employees.  Gen Z are the most technologically savvy, globally connected, socially networked generation in history.  As one Gen Z explained in a recent interview, when you wake up in the morning, the most normal first thing is to check your notifications – “naturally your hand goes to your phone and you’ll open a social media app, it’s almost muscle memory”. The digital technologies and global communication platforms so readily accessible in today's society have undoubtedly been a tool which has assisted the unprecedented breadth of connections, facilitated over social media platforms and other apps that enable efficient and convenient communication.  But as a Gen Z stated in an in-depth interview, “it creates the weird contradiction – you’re more connected and globally you’ve never been able to access more people or communicate with more people, but it’s affected face to face contact – even when you’re with someone, if it gets a bit boring or the conversation trails off you might get on your phone”. In this interview, Claire unpacks some of the implications of this technologically savvy generation entering the workforce and keys to building multigenerational teams. About Claire Madden: Claire Madden is a keynote presenter, in demand for her ability to understand and communicate the engagement styles of the emerging generations, particularly Generation Z.  To enquire about [...]

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Top 10 Tips for Powerful Public Speaking

Whether it be a conference keynote, a boardroom briefing, a team meeting or a sales pitch, many of our jobs and roles in life require that we stand up in front of people and speak. For some, the idea of speaking in front of other people creates great anxiety and fear.  However, like anything we do, the more we learn and practice, the easier it gets. Learning to communicate confidently as a public speaker can be assisted by applying some simple keys. Here are 10 Top Tips for Powerful Public Speaking: Don’t tell the audience that you are nervous. It’s very common to feel anxious in your stomach, maybe even a bit shaky or edgy prior to delivering a presentation.  This is just nerves.  Everyone gets them.  The difference is, some people let their nerves become a distraction, and others learn to manage them.  No matter how nervous you may be feeling, resist the urge to announce in your introduction that you’re feeling nervous.  As soon as you do that, it makes everyone in the room focus on your insecurities rather than focusing on your content or the message you are wanting to communicate. Clarity of content You need to know what you are wanting to communicate before you get up on the stage.  If the content or ideas are a little fuzzy for you, they’ll be a total blur for your audience.  Work at getting clarity on your messaging before you get up on the stage, then communicate the content that you understand.  Don’t try to overcomplicate it- clarity and simplicity are key. Start in the centre of the stage How you start your presentation really has an impact.  Even if you will need [...]

By | 2017-01-31T07:54:08+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Communication|0 Comments