FEEDBACK: THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

WRITTEN BY MELANIE TOLOMEO, SALES COORDINATOR, OWN THE ROOM

Here at Own The Room, we say that feedback is a gift. During our communication skills training, we encourage everyone to not only ask for feedback on their presentations but to demand it. Insights from others are important because they can help us see elements of our communication style – verbal and nonverbal – that we cannot always see.

In the workplace, the holiday season often means lots of feedback: performance reviews. This means that we will most likely be on the receiving end of feedback and sometimes on the giving end of it as well. Below are tips for handling both situations.

MAKE YOUR MEETING COUNT

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH AN EXTRA HOUR IN YOUR DAY?

I’m guessing your answer wasn’t, “I’d love to spend it in a meeting.” All of us have many important things vying for our time. That’s one reason it can feel so frustrating when our time gets eaten up in required meetings – especially meetings that weren’t productive, or that we shouldn’t have been in, in the first place.

There are three key things you can do, as a meeting facilitator, to make meetings more effective…and hopefully, shorter:

IT COULD BE MAGIC.

WRITTEN BY ROBIN AMOS KAHN, COACH, OWN THE ROOM

Recently, we did a training for a group of women investment managers at a large financial service company in Zurich. Each woman came prepared with a short presentation they were working on, which we filmed when they first arrived in the morning. Then we did a full day training, the same one that we do all over the world for companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, MTV, universities and non-profits.

If you’ve ever done Own The Room you know

BE DIFFERENT. BE VISUAL. SHOW EMOTION.

WRITTEN BY ROBIN AMOS KAHN, COACH, OWN THE ROOM

I recently saw a speech that stayed with me and moved me. I’ve told many people about this speech because it did everything we believe at Own the Room makes a great speech. 

The speaker used a visual image—a photograph—as part of her talk. It was a moving photograph, the kind that stays with you long after you’ve seen it.

She wasn’t afraid to show her emotions and even though she was standing at a podium, she used her voice and her body language to reach out to everyone in the audience, to engage them. 

The speaker?

Michelle Obama. 

Michelle Obama has always been a

WHO AND WHAT REALLY MATTERS?

WRITTEN BY ROBIN AMOS KAHN, COACH, OWN THE ROOM

Imagine you’re sitting in a conference room and the speaker arrives at the podium holding a huge stack of papers and immediately starts showing endless power point slides. Each slide is dense with so many bullet points, sentences and graphs—you can barely take any of it in. It’s a barrage of information.

How do you feel at that moment? Bored? Frustrated? Angry? What are you thinking about? How can you escape? What’s for lunch? If you fall asleep,