Add urgency to calls by standing up

When on the telephone, one of the best ways to get a better outcome is to stand up when making calls.

You might think that you look an idiot standing up whilst everyone in the office is sitting down. However, your results will soon speak for themselves come pay day.

Standing up when on the phone is like magic for a whole number of reasons.

Firstly, it changes the shape of your body, meaning, the sounds you make when talking are different and people on the other end of the line can tell and will react in a positive way. They will indeed hear your height!

Secondly, in relation to the phone on your desk you will be taller, so you will feel more confident as you will be bigger and taller than the phone. Although this seems like madness, remember we are all chimps at the end of the day.

Thirdly, standing up creates confidence as you will be standing up straight and have your shoulders out, meaning you are not slumped at your desk.

The last and best reason? It is so much healthier than sitting down for eight, nine, or ten hours day.

Remember Donald Rumsfeld used a standing desk and look at everything he accomplished. Oh.

Mondays super-smashing-aworesome quotes to make your week better than 7 days all inclusive in Cancun*

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplis it. the time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nighingale

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

“Success is not final, failure is not fata: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“First you have to believe in yourself before other can beleive in you.” Mim Ikonn

“Either write something worth readin or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin


*results may vary 🙂

All agendas should only have only three points

I’ve covered this in another life hack about why you should never have a meeting without an agenda.

Now, in this one, we will talk about why every agenda should only have three points. That’s all you need. Three points.

The three points are the problem, the discussion of the solutions, and then the decision on the solution and who is accountable. So essentially three points.

What is the problem?
What are the potential solutions?
What is the decision? Who will implement?

So it’s the problem, it’s the solution, it’s the decision.

That way, you go in with a formulated problem that everyone’s got to discuss, you come up together with a solution, and then you make the decision on which solution is best and who is accountable.

That way, you get an efficient meeting and actually you’re there to talk about moving things forward instead of just having a conversation.

Monday’s 5 super quotes

“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” – Peter Drucker

“Real intergrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” Oprah Winfrey

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

“Sometimes, things may not go your wat, but the effort should be there every single night.” Michael Jordon

“Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty: It is its own reward.” – Mahatma Gandi

Always say no to no agenda meetings

No Agenda, No Meeting

Have you ever been in a meeting and it felt like a total waste of time.

We have all been there, the meeting where Keith from Accounts mutters on for ages, Jenny from Marketing talks and talks and talks and talks and after 90 minutes another meeting is booked in the diary without anything being accomplished.

It is a total waste of life and could be time that you had spent on prospective clients.

As Dave Barry once described meetings as:

“Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate.”

Which, is a tad rude, however he really does capture the sentiment behind all the wasted times in meetings. So what is a great way to ensure that you only have meetings that are really productive?

Ensure that every meeting has an agenda. Now, within some organisations this will be harder to accomplish that others, but quite simply, decline any meeting that does not have an agenda. That way you will avoid those meetings that are destined to be time wasters.

If you cannot avoid the meeting due to this excuse simply create the agenda. That way you will look professional and will keep the meeting on track.