To Make Your Meetings More Productive, Do 1 of These 4 Things

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by The Learning Factor

If you feel like most of your meetings at work are a waste of time, the good–and bad–news is that you’re onto something. One survey found that 50 percent of meeting time is unproductive while up to 25 percent of meetings are spent on irrelevant issues. The same way we put deliberate thought into building businesses for our customers, we need to be intentional about planning meetings for their participants. A successful meeting is designed with its participants in mind.


Here are four tips for designing a brain-friendly meeting.

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The design of your meeting might be more important than the content you plan to discuss.

7 Steps To Survive Your Company’s Re-Org

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by The Learning Factor

While it may seem like remaining employed after a company’s reorganization is reason for celebration, the reality is often not so rosy. A 2015 survey by research and training company Leadership IQ found that 74% of employees who kept their job after a corporate layoff said their productivity declined. Many report feelings of guilt, anxiety, and anger. Another 2016 study by the University of East Anglia in England found that even when companies are restructured without layoffs, restructuring has a mostly negative effect.


If you’ve been through a “re-org” and still have a job, getting over those negative feelings and finding your way is important for your future success, says Dave Popple, president of Psynet Group, an employee assessment firm. “If you survived a reorg, it is because your company saw value in you and believe that you can help them move forward,” he says. So, if you’re having trouble reconciling your feelings and taking advantage of the new opportunities before you, here is a seven-step plan.

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The re-org is over, and you still have a job. Here’s how to shed the survivor’s guilt and make the most of the opportunity.

Do These Four Things To Make Your Boring Presentation Sound Interesting

Posted on June 19th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Let’s be real for a second: You don’t have a monumental bit of news to report every time you have to give a presentation. Maybe the third Tuesday of the month has just rolled around, and it’s time to update your team on the latest batch of figures. And whatever status report, project review, or operational details you’re going to share with them, you know it’ll be dull.


So how do you make those basic facts and figures more than a form of ritualized torture? Here are a few pointers.

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All that data needs to be in there—what can you do? Well, this.

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