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Think on your feet : tips and tricks to improve your impromptu communication skills on the job

by Brown, Jen Oleniczak,

Format: Print Book 2020
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"[Think on Your Feet] is a helpful maven's guide ideal for anyone who views a podium with fear and trembling."-- Publishers Weekly

Get out of your own way!

Our professional lives are full of situations outside of our control. A job interviewer asks a question out of left field. A coworker puts you on the spot in front of the boss. Your PowerPoint presentation crashes at a critical moment.

Most people react to the unexpected with anxiety and unease. We get rattled, stumble over our words, and overthink the situation. Others, though, handle it with self-assurance and aplomb. They gain a sense of empowerment and energy when the pressure is on.

Like great improv actors, they're able to think on their feet.

The great thing is, improv isn't about winging it or flying by the seat of your pants; improv at its core is about listening and responding. It's based on rules and techniques, and it taps directly into your soft communication skills. By incorporating it into your prep work for professional situations, you'll learn how to retrain your brain for the unexpected and get out of your own way in those unexpected--and expected--professional situations. Practicing improv isn't about being funny. Instead, it's about developing the mental agility to spin any surprise in your favor and to communicate with confidence.

Filled with engaging improv activities, this interactive guide will ensure you never come away from a tough moment pondering the woulda, coulda, shoulda! again. You'll learn how to nurture your personal style for communicating in every professional situation. From effective listening in the office, giving presentations, and leading meetings to negotiating a raise, acing an interview, and more, you'll start communicating with confidence and stop letting the unexpected hold you back. Take your workplace communication--and your career--to the next level by mastering the art of Thinking on Your Feet.

Attending to your audience: who, what, when, and how
Interpersonal communication: the everyday professional communication
Networking and small talk
Leading a meeting and leading in a meeting
Get out of your own way
Presentation skills.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Brown (ImprovE) offers a helpful compendium of advice sourced from the Engaging Educator, her communication coaching company, in order to help readers manage the fear of public speaking. She recounts her realization, while working as a museum educator, that her colleagues quaked in their boots at the prospect of having to give unexpected presentations, and that her improv comedy background spared her the same fears. She started the Engaging Educator as a side hustle, only to find she had tapped into a real demand. The key, she says, is in learning how to prepare for the things that can't be prepared for, by "learning how to pay attention to what's going on around you, process that information, and respond to it." She breaks her techniques down over a series of encouraging, if repetitive, chapters, variously aimed at helping readers with impromptu speaking, networking and small talk, leading meetings, acing interviews, and "getting out of your own way" while delivering a pitch (concentrating on achieving one's personal goals isn't enough; "you need to think about what's in it for them"). The result is a helpful maven's guide ideal for anyone who views a podium with fear and trembling. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Business communication.
Interpersonal communication.
Publisher New York :2020
Language English
Description xi, 238 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-228) and index.
ISBN 9781260457032
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