The famous quote “practice makes you perfect” was exactly how I felt during my mock interview assignment. It was a good exercise to practice and improve my interview skills, because I was able to monitor my actions during this process. My normal practice to prepare for an interview is by answering some usual interview questions in front of the mirror. This exercise was different, because I could give several attempts and review all my responses. This helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies to enhance my communication skills and confidence.
This memo examines the strengths and weaknesses of my presentation on March 19, 2010. In addition, the memo discusses my goals for improvement in future presentations as well as a review of Aly Sherali’s presentation. Presentation Strengths My organization, voice, and passion were all strong points of my presentation. This allowed me to effectively engage my audience and convey my content in an efficient and logical way. Organization Tim Koegel, author of The Exceptional Presenter, explains that there are two essential facets of organizing a presentation: developing a structure that allows you to frame your objective and cover your material smoothly, and looking organized to your audience (Koegel, 31-32).
These issues are the target point, the reservation point, and BATNA. Thus, having a clear mind for defining the target is vital to develop these points. That will help the negotiator set a strong foundation to negotiate with their counterparts. Secondly, being a hard worker has helped me put sufficient effort and time to analyse the situation of negotiation, the other party and certainly, my party. I have become more and more patient in a negotiation process, which includes the preparation before the negotiation, the real negotiation and the effects after a negotiation.
Moreover, the communication module successfully highlighted the ways and means to overcome the stumbling blocks in effective public speaking, active listening and teamwork. After attending the module, I intend to implement my acquired knowledge to effectively decipher the mental codes of the individuals to achieve the desired goals.
Some imperative behaviors essential for goal setting outlined throughout course materials suggest making goals challenging, maintaining a positive attitude, starting out with smaller steps which can be more effectively managed, taking full responsibility for the results, and always persevering towards accomplishing goals (de Janaz, Dowd, & Schneider, 2012). All of these suggestions are applicable towards accomplishing overarching goals, objectives, mission, and vision. Really enjoyed reading about the goal writing acronym SMART, which stands for “specific, measurable, attainable/believable, realistic/achievable, and time bound” (de Janaz, Dowd, & Schneider, 2012, p.59). These types of strategies are especially important when personal and professional life entails having very broad based initiatives which desirably need to become more focused and concentrated towards ethically achieving the most desirable
The personal plan has enabled me to track myself on my developmental changes that are important for my achievement of set goals. Planning has also allowed me to keep track of all the steps that I will need to acquire skills and knowledge. I have also been able to see that if I continue in my current method I will not achieve all of my goals and through techniques such as SWOT analysis I have identified these areas and begun to create methods to fix this problem. The basic purpose of this essay is to point out my personal and professional skill development because these two areas are interwoven. In conclusion it is very important to develop all the weaknesses I have in my professional career.
When I finished the assessment, my results showed that my strengths, from first to last, are developer, empathy, input, connectedness, and restorative. I was excited to learn more about each of these strengths and what they meant. The developer strength states that this is a personality characteristic
The main purpose of conducting the interviews with Dr. Rod P. Githens and Ed.D candidate, Joshua C. Collins, is to understand the reasons they chose this career path; meanwhile, it was a good chance to know more about their experiences and stories. I also realized that there are many important components for a scholar to attain a successful career including good preparation, clear communication, and thoughtful organization. There are many takeaways from these two interviews. The following statements will illustrate the most valuable inspiration I obtained from them. First of all, I believe the scholars have their own definition and understanding of HRD because of different educational background and various disciplines.
I was constantly visualizing what I wanted with his technique and I was actually checking things off my list of what I wanted as gotten. I also like the way the course is structured. You learn a concept that will help you undrstand and utilize the next concept better. So you are going through the material in a logical way that will build up new awareness and techniques to give you that limitless mindset. It Might Be Worth Your While If...
As far as trying new verbal communication skills, I will attempt confrontation more often so I become comfortable with the skill. When giving feedback, my stronger points include being specific, timely, and generally observant. I plan to improve on giving objective constructive feedback that focuses on one’s actions rather than one’s innate qualities. Further, I will concentrate on giving feedback that includes a what one needs to improve upon, together with what one is successfully executing. Both of these aspects will come with practice and paying careful thought and attention when communicating.