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Three Habits of Unproductive Listeners

Sheldon. Big Bang Theory. Listening SkillsAndy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

One of the most important personality traits is the ability to stay flexible. You can’t learn if you think that you know everything, and if you don’t continue to learn, you won’t be productive.

Habits of Unproductive Listeners:

Not listening.

People forget to listen when they are having a conversation. When you are only crafting a response in your head while someone else talks, you are failing to really listen and you are showing the other person that you don’t actually value what they say.

Being Rude.

You should never interrupt a mid sentence. This applies to assuming you know what people are thinking and finishing what they say, or to just plain interrupt. Bottom line- It’s rude and it’s disrespectful. Furthermore, you can be missing out on something that can be of great help to you that may improve your productivity.

Assuming Boredom.

Learn to listen even if a conversation seems to be mundane, it may mean a lot to the other party involved, and you can still may gain some information that can be of great help. Through talking to others, you create relationships with people who could benefit you in the long run, even if they’re boring in the present. Never ignore even a simple conversation, because it can lead you to finding that to know someone quite as well, or you may enable you realize something important about yourself.

Without other people, life can never be fulfilling. You are actually cheating yourself in the end if you won’t do others the courtesy of listening to what they have to say. When someone is talking to you, make the effort to listen, really listen, and make your life better for it.

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Give Employees a Voice: Reap the Rewards of Productivity in the Workplace

Consult employees and ask questions to increase productivity in the workplace

Consult employees and ask questions to increase productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

A business consists of many different factions that, ideally, should all be pulling in the same direction and keeping productivity in the workplace at a high level. It is therefore vitally important that the employees really engage with the company; that they buy into the philosophy and culture of the organization. This is effectively achieved where the employees feel as though they are an integral part of the company. The surest way to achieve this is to ensure that your employees have a voice. This can be done in a variety of ways.


Nobody likes decisions affecting them to come out of the blue. All too often, people feel alienated by their company by a decision making process that excludes them. They then become disengaged from the company and productivity in the workplace suffers. Whenever you have to make a decision that affects a member of your company, it is wise to consult them first. This will enable them to raise any concerns that they may have, allowing you to ease their fears. What’s more, if you take their concerns on board, they will feel valued by the company; they are far more likely to work hard for you as a result.


Sometimes, employees feel as though they can’t raise their concerns to the management; that they lack any real influence and fear that dissenting will put their job at risk. Allowing employees to form committees ensures that they are able to air their concerns, and have them confidentially relayed to the management by a representative.

When you give your employees a chance to air their views, you will find that they are far more willing to work for you. A valued workforce is a workforce that will gladly maintain a high level of productivity in the workplace.

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Business Keynote Speakers Give Tips on Negotiating

Negotiation skills come in handy in any career. These simple tips from business keynote speakers can help you get an upper hand.

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Business keynote speakers encourage some things when it comes to negotiating.

It’s Important to Listen

Before opening your mouth, it’s important to listen to what the other side has to say. Jumping to conclusions can create a bad impression. Make sure you are relaxed and give the other party the opportunity to speak before you ask questions. Tell the truth about your situation. For example, if you are having negotiations about a loan, make sure you say the exact amount that you owe. Being transparent will make your life much easier. This can increase the number of business relationships you have.

Conquer the Nerves

Business keynote speakers remind you that you might find that the one you are negotiating with is as nervous as you are. Try to relax by arriving early to the meeting place and finding a good way to relax. This could involve some breathing exercises or listening to some music. Have a lot of information about what you are going to negotiate. This will give you an upper hand over your counterpart. It can also give you more confidence and therefore you are more likely to get what you want at the negotiating table.

These are some tips that business keynote speakers would give to those who want to negotiate successfully.

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