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Best Ways to Listen Better

Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing many ways to understand the difference between hearing and listening. We…
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Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing many ways to understand the difference between hearing and listening. We spoke about what the process of listening implies, and brought to you glimpse of a LearnEd class with our    Effective Communication Path. This is an example of  formulas  that our educators at LearnEd follow when working with clients on effective communication strategies. Our educators also bring in real-world examples and stories to help clients internalize and understand these formulas while giving a lot of practice routines to move closer to mastery.Here’s one of our favorite TED Talk videos that we find useful and effective.

Julian Treasure is a communications expert. His work deals with how to make someone better at listening, and hence better at conversing with the world around them. While all of his Ted Talks and books are a treasure trove of information, lets deep-dive into just one of them for this post. Take a few minutes and listen to the talk here.

The talk focuses on ways in which one can consciously retune their hearing in order to listen more meaningfully. In the previous posts in this series on the LearnEd Blog, we have detailed how to modify your process of listening in order to achieve the same results. He talks about patterns such as distancing, wherein our brain automatically distinguishes a continuous sound as noise and wipes it out of what we register as hearing. A fascinating part of this talk focuses on filters – how the filters of culture, values, attitude, expectation and more alter the way we perceive and listen to others.

Not only does he use extremely simple terms to help us understand what he wants to say, he also does it in a humorous way. The use of real examples from his own life, live trials with the studio audience and their reactions make the talk very engaging and informative.

At LearnEd, our goal is to practice such techniques and help you discover your latent communication strategy, just as Julian does all over the world. Contact us now for more resources like this.

Ace your Next Presentation at Work!

No matter how good we are at our jobs, when it comes to presenting our ideas or our work, we…
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No matter how good we are at our jobs, when it comes to presenting our ideas or our work, we sometimes falter. I personally often think it would be easier if I had the option to write out my ideas in a mail, rather than explain them to my colleagues in person, because that flusters me. So when our clients express the same fears, trust us, we do too! In order to help you on your way, this week at LearnEd’s blog is about how to squash your fears when it comes to spoken presentations.In this first part, here are our top tips on how to prepare for the perfect presentation:

Clarity and Research:

No one likes to speak for longer than they have to, and no one likes to listen to people ramble. When you have been given a clear agenda, plan accordingly. Write out what the requirement that has been given to you is, and what it is that you intend to say. Even if you need to make a Powerpoint presentation to go with what you have to say, write these out beforehand. It will help you understand what your point is, and how to structure the flow of the entire presentation. A little clarity and some research will take you a long way in making efficient use of your time, and in giving you confidence. Work thoroughly on what your idea is, and on ensuring that you get that across as directly as possible.

Listen to Other Speakers:

This may sound silly, but pay attention during other presentations- not just on what people are saying, but also on how they are saying it. Listening attentively will gradually help you figure out why certain speakers are making more of an impact than others. It will help you pick up small tips on what to do and what not to do when you’re in the speaker’s position, and will help you prepare for the listeners’ reactions accordingly.

Prepare for Questions:

A good presentation often puts people in a Catch-22 situation (don’t know what that reference means? Go on, look it up). If you’re good at what you’re saying, you will invite engagement from the listeners, including questions, and that can sometimes make you feel as if the information you gave earlier is incomplete. Not to mention, it would need for you to speak in an impromptu manner. To avoid this worry, when you are writing our your presentation, prepare for questions that you anticipate. This will have you take a more rounded approach towards your topic, and will help you prepare for new situations, thus making you less frazzled when fielding questions from colleagues or seniors.

Practice! Practice! Practice!:

This one is the most obvious, and yet the most overlooked. Sometimes we feel overconfident, and sometimes we feel so underconfident that we think practicing will just make it worse. However, nothing will make you feel right about a good presentation at work the way practice will. Find a supportive colleague or two whom you can trust to help you out, and if not, practice by yourself. A good rehearsal, even if it is just the one, will help you calm your nerves, and it will help you remember the flow of things. Hard work and smart work both fail if one doesn’t know where to take a breath, and preparing yourself beforehand will allow you to sort yourself out immediately!

That’s all from Team LearnEd on how to prepare for a presentation. Keep your eyes peeled for the second part of this post, where we share tips on how to sail smoothly during the actual presentation!

New Year, New Learning!

By now, chances are that you’ve been flooded with every possible variant of a happy new year message that exists…
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By now, chances are that you’ve been flooded with every possible variant of a happy new year message that exists on Whatsapp, Facebook and all other platforms. I’d still like to take a moment and make this worth your while – Happy 2019 to you and yours! May this year bring you lots of happiness, success and new learnings! While new year resolutions are a bit of a cliche for me, I do believe in setting some goals that I try to accomplish during the year, goals to get something done, to achieve something, to let go of something or to learn something!

This first month of the new year, this is what I strive to learn. As a child, I was always a lazy student who left studies and homework until the absolute last day. This meant that I had become a champion at memorising bulks of information, but actually understanding none of it. My father realised this and set me two everyday tasks, hoping to turn them into habits for me. The first of these was to write down one multiplication table every day, and the second was to look up five new words in a dictionary and write down their meanings. While the multiplication tables failed to do their magic, the dictionary became a rather close ally to me. I’d look forward to learning new words every day and showing them off to my classmates the next day. This continued for a few years in school, and the results started showing, at least in my English exams. Of course, after a while, I became complacent and let go of the habit, but I still believe that this everyday exercise played a significant part in my vocabulary building. It introduced me to new words in a self-guided method, and my new learning propelled me to practice it every day too. This new year, I think I want to kickstart this habit all over again. New words every day, if not from a dictionary, then from a book or article that I’m reading, but I do want to actively work on my English and vocabulary skills. After all, one can never know enough words, right?

Would you want to adopt this method too? Write in to us in the comments section or contact us via our website and we can even practice together! If you’re afraid to start alone, contact us know and pick up our Accelerator programs for guided everyday practice with our internationally trained language and communication experts. Let’s make 2019 the year when we all take a huge leap forward in our communication and English abilities!

Are you “employable?”

Getting a great college placement and then getting job success are both directly related to your “employability.” If you are…
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Getting a great college placement and then getting job success are both directly related to your “employability.” If you are in specific industries such as manufacturing or pharmaceuticals, you will need to think about this even more carefully. That’s because there is a higher possibility for career growth compared to other industries. 

After surveying over three hundred students and newly placed candidates, we know for a fact that your soft skills, plus your English communication for speaking and writing in many important situations, and your emotional intelligence or attitude play the most crucial role in career success.  

It will surprise you to know that the development of these very important skills was has been neglected in our higher education system. Most college graduates worry about how to do well in an interview, interview skills in other words because they know that most employers today consider them as a top requirement to get a job. They also worry about how to prepare for placement and what it is that will make an impression on the recruiter. 

On the other hand, most new hires worry about how they will gain the trust of their supervisors and create more growth opportunities for themselves in their current job. 

The CBI/Pearson Education & Skills report, published in November 2018, highlighted the following: Around four in ten (43%) rate readiness for work as one of their three most important considerations. Indeed, it ranks as the single most important factor for almost half (45%) of businesses when recruiting school and college leavers.

Thus, very often then we are asked what employability skills mean. Many people are still under the false impression that it means having a strong CV or resume and having good interview skills. We are not discounting the importance of these, but they form a very small part of the big picture! From our twenty years of experience in the education and coaching field, we know that at the heart of the big picture are employability skills like strong communication and other personal attributes like being a team player, shouldering responsibility, leadership qualities and the like and it is these attributes that enable you to be successful in life.

While your technical skills may get your foot in the door, your people skills are what open most of the doors to come. Your work ethic, your attitude, your communication skills, your emotional intelligence and a whole host of other personal attributes are the soft skills that are crucial for career success.

With the world moving fast towards online learning, we’d like to invite you to join our 5-day course on “Precise Writing for Pharma Industry”. 

Be a forerunner amongst your peers and upskill yourself. Join our Webinar on April 3rd, Friday at 9 PM IST. Webinar attendees will also receive a valuable early-bird discount on our upcoming online courses!