Don’t like public speaking or giving presentations? You’re not alone–most people don’t. We’re fighting our primeval fear of ostracism whenever we stand up and begin to regale an audience. But chances are good that you like telling stories and sharing experiences a little more than you like delivering a keynote or running through a slide deck; after all, some 65% of our daily conversations are made up of personal stories (and, well, gossip). advertisement advertisement So if you could use a bit more confidence for your upcoming speech or presentation, storytelling can give it to you. Not only do stories make for more effective, memorable experiences for the audience, they can also make delivering them easier on you. Here are five reasons why. Related: Four Quick Tips For Speaking More Confidently 1. You’re Already Good At It Quick check: Are you a human? Yes? Great! Your ancestors have been sitting around campfires for tens of … [Read more...] about Want To Be A More Confident Speaker? Tell A Story
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Mackey used to keep snacks in a cabinet near their desk to share with officemates. Nothing unusual about that except that Mackey recalls it prompted an incident with a supervisor. “They once took a box of them out and shook it directly in my face while making pig-like sounds.” Mackey says this was par for the course with this particular supervisor, “along with the insults, ‘jokes’ and general incompetence.” advertisement advertisement This all happened about 10 years ago in a government job, according to Mackey, who initially opted to stay quiet. It wasn’t long before they started hearing from direct reports that they were experiencing the same, or often worse, behavior. “I documented it all and took it to our department supervisor, who ran it up the chain of command,” Mackey says, but ultimately nothing changed. Mackey resigned after accepting another job offer and moved out of the area. “After I saw that executive … [Read more...] about These are your bad boss stories
“I was worried that my boss, who’s in his fifties, would see me as a ‘special, fragile, millennial snowflake’ who wasn’t committed to my job,” journalist and podcaster Molly Woodstock told me. They wanted to shift their work hours to accommodate a therapy appointment. Though Woodstock knew it was “a super reasonable and necessary request,” they were still afraid of having that conversation. advertisement advertisement As a writer and trainer on disability issues—particularly mental illness—I hear these sorts of stories all the time. Employees across industries have a lot of questions: Can an employer insist I tell them why I need time off, or ask me for a doctor’s note? Will I be passed up for promotions if I disclose a mental illness? Can they fire me for taking “too many” days off? Here’s what you should know when navigating mental health in the workplace: What legal protections do I have? … [Read more...] about What to know about calling out sick for mental health reasons
With two weeks to go until Christmas, there aren’t many shopping days left. And while you’ve still got plenty of time to walk into brick-and-mortar stores to grab your gifts, online orders are another story. Time is quickly dwindling if you want to ensure your online orders arrive in time to put under the tree. Amazon wants customers to be keenly aware of this fact, too, which is why the company has posted a reminder on its website outlining the dates people need to order by using various shipping methods to ensure their items arrive by the 24th. Those dates are: Last day for free shipping by Amazon for orders over $25: Saturday, December 14 Last day for standard shipping (items ship within three to five business days): Wednesday, December 18 Last day for free Prime shipping: Sunday, December 22 Last day for one-day delivery: Monday, December 23 In other words: Get those orders placed ASAP if you want to take advantage of free shipping—and don’t want to … [Read more...] about Amazon Christmas order deadlines: These are the dates you need to know
In 1996, Dwayne Betts, then 16 years old, walked out of a courtroom with a sentence for nine years in prison; he’d flashed a gun at someone in a suburban mall and stolen his car. Betts, now a lawyer who represents young people facing trial, still remembers what the judge said to him before sending him off: “I am under no illusion that sending you to prison will help.” advertisement advertisement That was almost 20 years ago. Even if Betts’s judge knew the justice system was a flawed solution, there was no energy around seeking an alternative. But now, “outrage over the criminal justice system has become a defining civil rights issue,” host Kai Wright says in the first episode of Caught, a new nine-episode podcast from WNYC airing throughout March. “People are talking about the excesses of cops and courts with a new urgency.” But that conversation, Wright says, tends to focus on the end of that story–when someone receives a … [Read more...] about What Happens When You Ask Kids In Prison How To Fix The Justice System?