How To Boost Performance

You have to leave town but before you go, you ask one of your directs to fill in for you and lead the next team meeting. They have never led a meeting before and you can tell they are really nervous. Their anxiety is caused by a simple question; “Can I do this?” The answer to this question is rooted in the degree of Self-Efficacy a person possesses. Self-Efficacy is the belief that you have the skills necessary to complete a task, and that you  have the capacity to translate those skills into effective performance, especially under difficult circumstances. Those who have high Self-Efficacy for a certain task will usually out perform those who score low in the same area. The opposite of efficacy is doubt. If you doubt your ability to run the meeting in place of your boss, you will most likely experience anxiety, confusion, and negative thinking. All of these states produce sub-par performance. So in order to give your direct the best chance of performing like a super star, you need to help them increase their self-efficacy beliefs for the task at hand. But how do you do that? Here’s how to boost a person’s performance by helping increase their self-efficacy beliefs by focusing on these three sources. Previous Experience People learn their current self-efficacy from their interpretations and memories of past attempts to enact the behavior. When you remind your direct that while they may have never led any meetings for you, they have led tons of them in the past it strengthens their confidence for the task at hand. This is why reviewing...

Four Questions You Must Answer In A Speech

The 4 Questions Whenever you must communicate an idea or concept, there are 4 questions you must answer to maximize the effectiveness of your message. By making sure each of these 4 questions are answered in your presentation you will hold the attention of more people in the room and get more of them to take action on what you are saying. You will also avoid giving a presentation that people are not interested in because they don’t see any benefit. In this post we answer the first of the four questions. Why In your opening sentences you want to answer the question “Why should I listen to you?” You do this by outlining clear and tangible outcomes that make this information important. People are inundated with information these days and need a good reason to give their full attention. By answering “Why” in the opening you give them reason to pay attention to what you have to say. Compare these two openings: 1. Today I want to talk to you about how to run an effective meeting. As you all know, running an effective meeting is part of the tool set every good manager needs. Meetings are an essential part of the communication process. There are three points I want to make today about running effective meetings. They are………. 2. Today I want to talk to you about how to run an effective meeting. I’m going to outline 3 things you need to do in every meeting you run. In fact, if you do these three things, you will be able to cut your meeting time in half,...