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This spring, we are planning a pony party for my 6-year-old's birthday party. I know this sounds a bit overdone, but the sheer joy of her anticipation of this event is well worth the price of admission to me this year.
As I listen to my daughter talk about this upcoming event at The Ranch to her friends, I hear and see pure joy exuding from her.
When was the last time you felt this type of joy? A sense of letting go of responsibilities and just having fun with life?
My advice is to have more fun. Life is short. Work to the best of your ability and don't be afraid to feel the passion and joy that comes along with life. Make time for joy. And when you do, I believe all the pieces in work and in your life, begin to fall more in line.
Enjoy the ride!
Chief Engagement Officer
How to Make A Board Presentation With Major Impact!
For many executives, making presentations to the Board can be a nerve-wracking experience. Even if you are familiar with the individuals who sit on your company's Board, there can still be something intimidating about going into a room of very intelligent, powerful people and trying to explain a technical concept or bigger yet, asking for their buy-in on your project.
I would like to share my Top Tips for Making a Board Presentation with Major Impact:
1. Start with a Story. Often when you enter a Board meeting, there is no time for niceties. You head to the front of the room, all eyes on you, and make your pitch. But something is missing. The personal connection. Even for a numbers-focused Board, they need to understand the personal element of your presentation.
Get the Board's attention right in the beginning and make a personal connection to your presentation at the same time by using story telling. The story should be no longer than 2 minutes MAX in length and must have a point that is relevant and that you need to directly link back to the topic of your presentation. Don't assume they will make the leap there, you need to verbally tie it together for them to make it relevant.
This story can be about a customer experience that proves your point or it could even be your own personal experience to demonstrate a parallel between your topic and the human connection of its importance. Even highly technical speeches can weave in a personal story. Read More Tips.
Quote of the Day: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill
Carey-Ann Oestreicher (pronounced O-striker), Chief Engagement Officer for Potential Unlimited, works with individuals and companies to help them reach their full potential.
Recipient of a Top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award, Forbes Women ranked a Top Online Influencer and nominee as one of Canada's Most Powerful 100 Women, Carey-Ann has held a variety of senior positions including vice-president level and she has worked in industries such as: financial services, automotive and transportation, publishing, cosmetics and fashion.
Carey-Ann's media appearances include CTV's Canada AM, Global TV's Survivor series, CBC NewsWorld, TSN. She has also been quoted in numerous publications such as The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Canadian Business magazines.