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SoaringEagles Named A Top 25 Most Promising Learning & Development Consultant 2017

We are thrilled to share that SoaringEagles has been named as one of the top 25 Most Promising Learning & Development Consultants 2017 in the Consultants Review Magazine.

Consultants Review is the one of the leading business magazines that features information, trends, developments and insights on the consultancy scene in India. The magazine provides a platform for distinguished Industry leaders like CEO, COO, CFO, VP- Marketing & HR heads to share their views, experiences, successes, best practices and industry trends.

To quote Consultants Review -

"In this edition of Consultants Review, we have listed ‘25 Most Promising Learning & Development’ Consultants that are assured to bring the most value to the organization by maximizing the profitability of the business and attain sustainable growth in the long run."

We are elated to be recognized as one of the most promising Learning & Development Consultants of 2017 as this is a recognition of the quality and effectiveness of our customized corporate training programmes which deliver results for our clients.

Here is an excerpt from the article -

"SoaringEagles has a strong learner-centric approach and arouses intrinsic motivation to learn in their trainees. The company believes in delivering quality content consistently. The company has seized every opportunity that has presented itself in the talent development space. Explaining the importance of their services for companies, Sonali avers, “Disengaged employees and high turnover rate impact the productivity of the business, its level of innovation, and ultimately the bottom line. One of the key reasons for attrition is a lack of opportunity for self-development of employees. Bringing on board an innovative and agile talent development partner like SoaringEagles can dramatically improve performance over a few months of engagement.”

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Articles | Communication

How to Communicate Well With Others: Top 5 Tips

Communication is at the core of our existence. Whether we know it or not, we are all communicating with others all the time – be it through words or through our body language. As a social animal, we cannot survive without communicating with other. Why do you think solitary confinement is one of the most stringent punishments in prison? So the first thing to acknowledge is that you can communicate. Don’t ever say or think that you cannot communicate, you will only pull yourself down.

The quality of your communication determines whether you get what you want or not. If you find yourself in situations where people just don’t get what you are saying, it is time to reflect and understand where the communication is not going right –

  • is it that your idea is not clear; or
  • is it that your words are not appropriate; or
  • is it that you are not able to get the attention of the listener; or
  • is it that you are not able to get the listener interested in what you have to say; or
  • is it that you know what to say but just don’t have the confidence to say it well?

It is important to know where you may be getting stuck so that you can improve the quality of your communication and achieve your objectives. The top 5 tips to enhance the quality of your communication with others are as follows:

Enhance Your Active Vocabulary Vocabulary tree

It is important to use the appropriate words in our sentences to get our ideas across. If we do not have a strong vocabulary, we will struggle to express our ideas clearly and succinctly. If we have to use a lot of simple words to get across one idea which could have been expressed better with one appropriate word, we run the risk of the listener losing interest in what we have to say or worse our ideas get buried under a bunch of random words. So it is important to have a large active vocabulary, i.e., words that we can actually use while speaking and writing.

Everyone has a much larger passive vocabulary than an active one, and that is perfectly alright. However, if you make efforts to listen to how more advanced or difficult words are used by others and try to use it in your communication, you will develop your active vocabulary and then not be at loss of words. Focus on the type of words you will actually use or that are used actively in your industry.

Be Clear about what you want to say and what you want to get out of it

People have very short attention spans and they don’t like to listen to someone who rambles on without any clear purpose. So before you can engage anyone in a conversation, it is important that you are clear about your own thoughts and ideas. When you have that clarity of thought, you will be able to structure your message better.

Einstein on Explaining Simply

It is important to be clear on what is it that you are trying to achieve while talking to someone so that you can guide the discussion towards getting that end objective. This does not mean that you show no interest in the person you are talking to. You objective could very well be to get to know the person better and understand what their challenges are so that you can then see how you can help them. At times we make the assumption that the listener knows what we want and will do the needful without us actually specifically asking for it. This approach may not get you the desired outcome. The better approach is to have a clear ‘call to action’ so that the listener knows what you expect or want them to do.

Grab the attention of the listener

Has this happened to you – you are sitting with a group of people and when you try to say something, you realize that no one is listening and then you just stop talking. Believe me, it happens to almost everybody. The important thing is to not give up and start believing that no one wants to listen to me. You have to make an effort to grab the attention of the listeners and say what you have to say. There are many ways of doing it. You can interject when there is a slight pause in the conversation or when one topic that was being discussed has reached its logical conclusion. You can use phrases like – “I want to add to that” or “I had a similar experience” or “Do you want to hear another perspective” or “I agree and ….” or something on these lines.

Phubbing

Another scenario very common these days is when you are trying to say something and the listener starts looking at their phone or doing something else. Before you can get your message across, you need to grab their attention.

Make it interesting for the listener

If you want to engage with someone and have them listen to your ideas, you need to make sure it is interesting for the listener. You need to look at things from their perspective and present your ideas in a way that makes it meaningful for them. If the listener does not see anything of interest to them in what you have to say, they will eventually switch off and your efforts would be wasted. So it is better to understand your audience and tailor your content so as to make it about your audience and not about you. This simple strategy will see your quality of communication improve dramatically.

Work on building your confidence

When you have confidence in yourself, it shows and it attracts others to you like a magnet. People want to get to know you and your self-confident attitude shows that you are worth their time and effort. A self-confident person also makes others feel better about themselves. People who lack confidence tend to avoid connecting with others, they avoid eye contact and project disinterest. This turns people off. For good conversation to take place, people need to make eye contact and need to show interest in each other. So to become a good conversationalist, work on building your self-confidence. When you feel good about yourself, you will be able to make others feel good about themselves.

Remember, a conversation is always a two–way street so both sides need to get to speak and should listen when the other person is talking. Being a good conversationalist is not only about speaking well but also about listening well. When you listen actively and understand the other person’s perspective, you will be able to present your ideas in a much more attractive manner.

SoaringEagles offers a range of courses on enhancing self-confidence and improving communication skills. There are also courses on public speaking and presentation skills. The courses help you to enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence, build better rapport, think more creatively and critically, and present your ideas with conviction and clarity. To find out more and benefit from our programs, click on the Request Consultation button above.

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How to Do Well in a Group Discussion

Whether you are looking to get into a good MBA college or get a job with some of the leading companies, you will have to encounter the much dreaded ‘Group Discussion’ selection process. While there are many articles around do’s & don’t for doing well in Group Discussions, the guidance tends to have a limited view on the whole process.

Given that SoaringEagles works extensively on helping people get placed by doing well in Group Discussions and Interviews, we are sharing details of strategies that will help you do very well in Group Discussions.

Understand the purpose of the Group Discussion from the recruiter’s perspective

The first step is to understand why colleges and companies use Group Discussions as part of their selection process. This will help you structure your approach to meet their requirements and hence stand out of the crowd. Colleges and companies that get a lot of applicants need to have a process to eliminate applications and reduce the number of applicants they interview. Personal interviews take a lot of time and effort and hence Group Discussions can help them shortlist some candidates.

Understand the key traits and skills recruiters look for during a Group Discussion

So you need to understand the traits recruiters look for while evaluating candidates during the Group Discussion. Some of the key traits they look for are as follows:

  • Communication Skills
    • Ability to express ideas clearly
    • Assertiveness
  • Interpersonal Skills
    • Leadership Skills
    • Team Work
  • Reasoning Ability and analytical skills
    • Logical thinking
    • Creative thinking
    • Ability to think on your feet
  • Personality traits
    • Initiative
    • Flexibility
    • Openness to others and new ideas

You need to keep all these in mind when preparing for and presenting yourself in a Group Discussion. If you focus on only getting a chance to speak and speaking loudly to be heard over the noise, you may miss out on demonstrating some of the other key skills that they are looking for. Later you may wonder what went wrong.

Confidence is at the core of the selection process

While the recruiters look for the above mentioned skills and traits, one of the key things that a person needs to demonstrate is confidence. Confidence is basically the belief in one’s ability to succeed. Even if you have all the skills they are looking for but don’t have confidence in your abilities, you will not get selected. You can build confidence by working on yourself. Invest in courses that help you develop these skills and give you an opportunity to practice them. SoaringEagles offers a comprehensive 40-hour course which not only helps you build confidence but also develops your interpersonal skills, creative and analytical thinking, and commercial awareness. (Check out how to build confidence here.)

Prepare for the likely topics

Walking in for a Group Discussion without preparing for topics that are currently making a lot of news could be a recipe for disaster. You may have very little understanding about the event and will struggle to come up with good points. This will be evident to the recruiter immediately. They will put you down as someone who is not up-to-date with the latest developments – not something you want.  So make sure you look up recent developments and have points from different perspectives. Having details about the event and being able to analyze it well will make you really shine in a Group Discussion.

Perform on the day of the Group Discussion

All your preparation will come to fruition only if you perform well on the day of the Group Discussion. So it is important to prime yourself for a good show. There are many strategies you can apply to pump up your confidence. One such strategy is visualization. Visualizing yourself as speaking confidently, taking on the role of a coordinator in the discussion and making logically sound arguments will all make you feel ready for excelling in the Group Discussion. Managing your emotions plays a very important role here.

If you want to really do well in a Group Discussion and subsequent Interview, check out the programs offered by SoaringEagles. These programs prepare you in a comprehensive manner and give you a lot of practice to be ready to crack the selection process. For more details request for a free consultation by clicking the button above.

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Top 5 Secrets to Career Success

Who doesn't want  success in their career? Unfortunately most people struggle to move up the corporate ladder after a few years into their career. They believe that just doing their job should get them a promotion. However, the real world does not work that way.

When they look at people who are doing well in their career and moving up very fast, they believe that either the person is very lucky to be in the right place at the right time, or that they are doing something unsavory to get such career growth opportunities.

The reality is that if you want to be promoted and have a great career, you have to convince your superiors that you are ready for the bigger role and capable of bringing in or handling larger volume of business.

Here are the top 5 ways in which you can stand out from your peers and build a successful career:

1. Stand out / Differentiate yourself

If you appear no different from the 10 other guys around you, why will you get special treatment. You have to make effort to stand out by taking initiative, showing your passion for your work, deliver results, having great customer relationship and so on. Your career will skyrocket if you are able to create a positive brand image.

2. Go beyond the call of duty

People who just do the bare minimum work will remain trapped in the 'average' performer bracket. You need to take on more responsibilities and help others and think of the company's requirements. This will give you lots to talk about during your appraisal process. You will also get noticed as someone who takes a lot of initiatives and your career will get a major boost.

3. Be action-oriented

If you want to create something and do it faster than your competition, you need to the action-oriented. The best laid plans are of no use if they are not actually implemented. Waiting for everything to be perfect before launching a new product or service will only slow you down and keep you away from market realities. This can also have a disastrous impact on your career. So be action-oriented and get stuff done.

4. Be strategic

If one gets bogged down by day-to-day work and loses track of their goals, then it is obvious that they will not be able to make an impact on the company and also their own career. So be strategic with your work. Always have a bigger picture view of things and a medium- to long-term view of where you need to be.

5. Invest in yourself

Whether or not you know it, you have a brand. This brand is not just about your technical skills. It's about your executive presence, communication skills, interpersonal skills, strategic thinking skills and how you pitch your ideas and present yourself. It is critical to invest in yourself to develop these skills. If your company does not send you for training, do it yourself. You are responsible for your own career growth.

Do these five things and see how people start viewing you differently. You will see doors opening and more opportunities falling in your lap.

To invest in yourself, explore the career advancement courses offered by SoaringEagles. Many working professionals take out time on the weekends to enhance their skills. Check out the programs here.

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10 Traits of Truly Confident People

Have you come across people who appear at peace with themselves? Very few situations can actually get them frazzled. This quiet self-assurance is the sign of a naturally confident person. On the other hand, there are people who try to appear confident by being loud and aggressive but in reality, they are trying to mask their insecurities by putting on a show of strength.

Truly confident people don’t have to try hard to appear in control of a situation – they just are better geared to handle any situation. Confident people tend to have a big impact on everyone they encounter. However, this is achieved more out of the strong influence they have on their own thoughts and actions. They tend to inspire others by setting an example themselves.

So where does this confidence come from? This comes from an innate belief in themselves to be able to handle whatever is thrown at them. This confidence comes from experience and a sense of self-efficacy. This is also a result of actively following some habits consistently over time. The top 10 habits that most naturally confident people possess are as follows:

1.They see challenges as opportunities to learn

Challenges are a part of life. Our attitude towards these challenges determines how we manage them. If we see challenges as an opportunity to learn something new or test our limits, we will go in with the right attitude. On the other hand, if we see challenges as a roadblock, we will not even put the effort required and hence will not be able to manage it successfully. Confident people see challenges as an opportunity to learn and grow and it only adds to their sense of achievement when they overcome it.

2. They are willing to take risks

We grow when we step out of our comfort zone and try something new. Confident people willing take risks and step out of their comfort zone because they have the self-belief that they can handle it. Fear doesn’t hold them back because they know that if they never try, they will never succeed. On the other hand, people who are afraid to take chances tend to stagnate and go deeper into their shell.

3. They actively listen to others

Confident people are better communicators. They know that to really have a good connection, they need to listen. They don’t feel the need to prove themselves. Hence, they have the ability to listen and learn more and respond better.

4. They don’t judge others and themselves harshly

Confident people don’t feel the need to put other people down to feel good about themselves. They are not insecure about themselves and hence can be more balanced in their views about others. They don’t compare themselves to others. They have their own inner benchmarks for themselves. Given their more realistic assessment of themselves, they are also not overly harsh on themselves.

5. They are intrinsically motivated

Most confident people are intrinsically motivated which means that what drives them to do something is their own desire and not an external reward or punishment. This intrinsic motivation enables them to chart their own path and keep going at it.

6. They are doers

Confident people tend to be more action oriented. They have the ability to get things done. They know that if they want some outcome, they have to work for it. They don’t waste time complaining about things that bother them. They actually see what they can do about the situation and go ahead and do it.

7. They are assertive in their communication

Confident people has a heightened sense of self-awareness and know exactly how they feel about different situations. Hence they are able to communicate how they feel about something, assertively and respectfully. This trait actually leads to more respect from others around them for being able to speak their mind.

8. They don’t bother too much about what others think about them

People who always worry about what others will think tend to be unsure about themselves and hence are not confident. Conversely, confident people don’t worry about what others think and they are capable of stating how they themselves feel about any situation. Hence they have a better self-image and self-worth.

9. They are positive

Confident people have a positive attitude in life. Instead of finding faults and complaining and worrying about what can go wrong, they look at the positive side of any situation. Even challenging situations are approached by confident people in a very positive way. They generally feel that things will work out for the better over time.

10. They feel in control of their lives

Confident people have a high internal locus of control. They attribute their success and failures to their own actions and hence believe that they are capable of changing situations. This sense of control gives them a lot of confidence and contentment.

So the next question is, can someone learn to be more confident? Most definitely yes. As long as you are motivated to work on building your confidence, there is no reason why you cannot do so. It will require understanding yourself first and then learning some of these habits and religiously following them over a period of time to start seeing your world change for the better. This is where a Coach can help you ensure that you stay on track and get to your goal. To know more click on the request consultation button above or visit https://soaringeagles.co/coaching

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Mastering the Art of Communication

Life would be so simple if we could always say what we actually mean! Have you wondered and asked yourself – when did my communication with this world start? Would you be surprised if you were told that the first attempt to communicate with the outside world was when you first kicked in your mother’s womb?

When did this get transformed into a skill? Did you ever sit back and think for a while why effective communication with staff, colleagues, and superiors is so important? Communication comes into play even before we are born. As we grow up and choose professions, the requirements and standards change.  Studies have shown that 70% of workplace mistakes are due to poor communication. This is when the need to practice the 7 Cs of Communication arises.

Visual Communication

We are aware that communication can be verbal and non-verbal. Verbal communication can be either oral or written. Non-verbal communication is through body-language, eye contact and gestures, to name a few.

One can either choose to be dormant in life or soar high like an eagle and reach pinnacles of success in career and social life. It’s all about successfully breaking barriers like negative body language, poor verbal communication, insufficient clarity and inadequate social and cultural etiquette.

It is very rare to find people who naturally possess effective communication skills. So, if you notice shortcomings in your ability to communicate or struggle to express your ideas, don’t worry or feel inhibited. Through effective training, you can develop any skill that you lack. So don’t let the absence of some skills, which might hinder your performance and growth in your workplace, hold you back.

Why is communication skills ranked first among the soft skills? Ponder for a few minutes and the answer will be apparent. Communication involves most of the other soft skills. It is a package of effective listening, presentation, negotiation, conflict management, leadership, business etiquette and cultural orientation.

Many times we would have fared extremely well in our field of expertise; some of us may also turn out to be gold medalists. But C’est Tous! (That’s It). Applying one’s professional skills in the real world in order to succeed requires the basic ability to communicate. Be it to crack that job interview, convince a colleague or assume a leadership role. Even the best in any field have had to undergo some element of training and that includes those born with natural talent. A diamond also requires cutting and polishing to glitter. The choice is ours to decide whether to develop or remain content where we stand. As always, the best time to act is NOW!

Our Late President, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is believed to have remarked, ‘Success is when your signature changes to an autograph’. Receiving the right kind of training for effective communication is part of the journey of your signature turning into an autograph.

The current fast-changing, competitive corporate world no longer leaves you any option but to cope with your shortcomings in communication. There are many training courses waiting to fill that gap. Choosing the right one is very important. SoaringEagles offers a range of programs. For further details click the request consultation button or the WhatsApp button above.

- Amitha Venkatesh, Blogger