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The Employee Engagement Puzzle

by Regina Clark - on Friday, June 07, 2013
The Employee Engagement Puzzle

A few weeks ago, many hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout the Unites States celebrated Nurses week followed by Hospital week. Healthcare organizations held lunches, hosted parties, gave away free stuff, and took out advertisements in the newspaper to thank their employees for their hard work and dedication. Some of you who are reading this blog post participated in some of these activities. What the leaders of these healthcare organizations failed to realize is that employee engagement is not something that can be taken care of during one week; employees want to be appreciated and engaged all year long.  

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Emotional Intelligence & DISC

by Regina Clark - on Friday, May 10, 2013
Emotional Intelligence & DISC

For those of you that know about Emotional Intelligence (EI), you know that self awareness is critical to being an effective leader. We need to understand our own style and behaviors before we can influence others. Emotional Intelligence is broken down into five parts: 

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Smile! It Shows the Audience that You are Enjoying Speaking to Them

by Regina Clark - on Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Smile! It Shows the Audience that You are Enjoying Speaking to Them

Effective speakers use visual language to engage the audience. Your hand gestures, facial expression, posture, movement and eye contact are critical components of your visual language. When you take the stage, always maintain eye contact with the audience, not with the screen behind you. Make sure you are appropriately and professionally dressed for the occasion. Make sure your appearance is neat and clean. You don’t need to have a $1000 suit but you need to be dressed appropriately. You don’t want the audience to remember you because your slip was showing or because your shirt was wrinkled. Don’t wear anything that is distracting and takes away from your message. For example, 20 bangle bracelets that make noise every time you gesture is not a great idea. Practice your hand gestures and body movement when you rehearse your speech. Your hand gestures should complement your language, not distract the audience. If you are a mess, the audience will perceive that you don’t know what you are talking about. Don’t forget to smile! When you smile it looks like you are enjoying the audience. 

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Sally Riding Among the Stars

by Regina Clark - on Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Sally Riding Among the Stars

Ten years ago, I was in the audience as Dr. Sally Ride delivered the opening keynote address at the Society for Women Engineers National Conference in Detroit, Michigan. I was at the conference to moderate a panel on work/life balance. I vividly remember Sally‚Äôs charm, humor, passion and brilliance! 

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Managers Need Skills!

by Regina Clark - on Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Managers Need Skills!

There are three reasons people are promoted into management or supervisory positions: 

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Speaking Secrets to Engage Remote Audiences

by Regina Clark - on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Speaking Secrets to Engage Remote Audiences

In today’s global business environment, sharing information with remote audiences via web conferencing and webinars has quickly replaced face to face meetings and live training. Web conferencing is convenient and cost effective for global organizations. There are a variety of vendors that offer web conferencing and webinars at a variety of price points. I use Citrix Go to Webinars to deliver webinars; it is user friendly and affordable. Some of my clients use WebEx, Adobe Connect and Microsoft Office Live Meeting for their conferencing needs. WebEx is the most senior Web conferencing provider on the market today. Whoever you chose to work with, make sure that they offer technical assistance. 

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Ownership is not Leadership

by Regina Clark - on Friday, January 20, 2012
Ownership is not Leadership

I'm working with a new client which is privately owned. There are nine business partners, three who are actively involved with the day to day business. Last week, I had the opportunity to interview eight members of the staff, four senior executives and four lower level employees. I was interested in learning more about the corporate culture in order to customize a recognition training program for the management team. This client provides a limited amount of management development training during the year.  

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Are We Having Fun Yet? Keeping your Brightest Employees Motivated

by Regina Clark - on Thursday, November 17, 2011
Are We Having Fun Yet? Keeping your Brightest Employees Motivated

I was just invited to speak at the 2012 SHRM Talent Management Conference being held in Washington DC on May 1, 2012. Here is the program description: 

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Business Etiquette Tips

by Regina Clark - on Thursday, November 03, 2011
Business Etiquette Tips

A client just asked if I could deliver a 1/2 day training program on business etiquette for a New York audience. Business etiquette is about how we behave at work. I jotted down some business etiquette tips which will work in NY. Let me know if you have more to add to the list. 

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Dealing with Nerves Before a Presentation

by Regina Clark - on Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Dealing with Nerves Before a Presentation

Nervous energy is good. It means that you care. Learning how to use the nervous energy to pump you up instead of paralyzing you is not as hard as you might think. Here are a few things that you can do to reduce your nerves prior to a presentation. 

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