There is nothing like a training course to get you out of the office for a few days. Usually you get to stay in a nice hotel, eat some good food and socialize with like-minded people, all at the company’s expense! It’s an added bonus if the course is interesting and stimulating and starts you thinking about ways to tackle problems back at work.
Also, find the level of study of the subject and the measure of its difficulty level so that you can assess yourself where you are good at and where needs you’re complete focus and attention. This will surely improve your skills, polishing those weaknesses into something profitable which gives you greater chances on passing the exam.
He asked what position in particular I was applying for, and I mentioned that “customer service”, “public affairs”, and “event planning” are of the most interest to me. He suggested that I go for the “Management Training Program” as he felt it would be a perfect fit for me based upon my credentials. I asked him more about being a manager, and all he answered with was, “You would have 5 people under you that you would train, it’s a great opportunity, you have the potential of making a six figure income”.
R – Reflect back or ‘paraphrase’ their main ideas, content, key words and ideas. You need not use the exact same phrase or sentences; rather just serve back the message that you got their main points. The beauty of this is that it immediately gives an opportunity to clear up any miscommunication right at the beginning of the conversation, as opposed to getting halfway through only then to realize you weren’t following the whole picture, and you have to start again from the top.
E stands for efficient. He reviews that there are certain task that are “big rocks” that directly impact revenue vs. small rocks that are less important aspects of the business. As long as our managers use their time wisely to complete the big rocks, the little rocks will get taken care of as well. It is important to stay on task, avoid disruptions, and get the task completed.
While you are cultivating sponsors for your cause, your competitors will be busy developing sponsors for their counterattack. The biggest threat to your winning a complex sale is the existence of an individual who wants your competition to win.
Now I am not suggesting you need to spend 3 hours preparing for your project meetings but prepare you must as a person who attends a meeting or as the person who chairs the meeting. If you have not, you need to be trained to play your part effectively and you need to obtain some feedback on the effectiveness of your meetings. Interestingly, few project managers have had any formal training in chairing skills but chair several meetings including project management ones.