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Handle Rejection Gracefully In The Workplace

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Have you experienced getting rejected at work? There are many reasons why we get rejected. However, they all have one thing in common, rejection hurts. It can come from big or small situations and activities and can hit you suddenly. Some examples include: being denied a promotion, not getting picked for a plum assignment, being turned down on a date by a colleague or receiving a smaller than anticipated salary increase. Whatever the reason for the rejection, it is always better to handle it with grace. Here are some tips to cope with rejection in the workplace.

Don’t Take It Personally

When you get rejected, do not let malicious thoughts or fallacious assumptions fester in your mind that the other person has a motive behind it. Instead of thinking negative thoughts, learn from it. Find the reason behind your rejection. When your boss, co-worker or superior rejects something, it is usually because they don’t like it or because they find that somebody can do it better. Learning what they want will make it easier for you to give them what they need because you will now know how to anticipate their requirements.

Give Yourself A Pep Talk

After a rejection, it is normal to feel down. The first thing you need to do is to bolster your courage by giving yourself a pep talk. If you keep hearing your inner voice whisper negative thoughts, you need to tell it that it is wrong. Think positive thoughts instead. Think of all the things you learned going through the process of trying to improve yourself for a promotion or raise for example. Remember that rejection can be fair and impartial. Maybe your co-worker has better skills or longer experience. You can only understand and deal with the rejection if you deal with it head on.

Let It Out

The more you dwell on the rejection, the more hurt you will feel. One of the best ways to deal with rejection is to break self-made walls by talking to somebody how you feel. Confiding in somebody is cathartic. It lets all your feelings out so that you can deal with it, examine it and then let it go. It does not have to be a co-worker; it can be your spouse, best friend or parent. In fact, studies show that confiding in somebody is better for your physical and emotional health; while the opposite (suppression), requires more mental effort that could lead to stress.

Ask For Feedback

Feedback from superiors and managers won’t belittle you. The most graceful way to accept rejection and to move on is by asking for feedback. This is also a good way to learn, know how to improve and better yourself so that rejection is less painful and becomes a learning experience you can grow from.

Learn From Rejection

Now that you have received feedback, it is now time to process it so that you can learn from the experience. Superiors usually give a reason why you are being rejected. We know it hurts, but listen to the reasons carefully in order to gain kernels of knowledge on how you can learn from the rejection. If you automatically reject the reason or feedback, you will not be able to improve your performance or change your behavior. You have the right to reject parts or all of their feedback depending on what you believe is true. However, listen to what they have to say so that you can learn from the information you received.

Seek Sympathy From Family and Friends

It’s alright to seek sympathy, but make sure that it is only short term. Sympathy can get in the way of things you need to do for improvement or becoming prepared for the next time opportunity strikes. Nobody likes a whiner, so take a short moment to whine and then move on.

Getting rejected is part of life in the workplace. Whatever the reason you were rejected, it is best to see it as a challenge or learning experience rather than dwelling on it. Don’t stop believing in yourself and you will find success. Remember to work hard to succeed. If you get rejected, work harder.  

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Things You Should Never Say During A Presentation

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Many people have cold feet when they are asked to present something in front of a live audience. A sales presentation is a make or break situation for the companies. An excellent presentation can bring in a lot of new prospects for the company. Similarly, a bad presentation can also sour the relationship with an eager prospect. Public speaking is intimidating, but you can avoid the common mistakes and make a mark as a public speaker. You should be calm, confident and organized during the presentation. Here are some points you should remember during a presentation

“Hello! Can everyone hear me?”

You can feel very nervous before your presentation, but do not begin with this question. It is your responsibility to check the audio, but try to arrive early to check everything. When you are speaking at a large conference hall, the chances are high that someone has already checked the audio-visual facilities. Take a deep breath and smile at the audience. Begin with full confidence.

“I’ve got a lot of information to cover, so let me get started.”

This statement can make your audience lose all interest in your presentation. People believe that longer presentations are boring. Starting with this statement assumes that it’s going to be a long boring lecture instead of a captivating presentation. If your presentation happens to be long, do the work to shorten it in advanced, and come prepared to give a more condensed presentation without losing the overall message. 

“I’ll keep it short”

This is a promise no one keeps. You should not use this statement before the presentation. Your audience comes to hear something promising and get inspired. It does not matter if your speech is long or short. When you say “I’ll keep it short”, you’re also underselling your ability to maintain your audience’s attention. 

“I did not have much time to prepare”

You should not begin your speech with an excuse. People in the audience look forward that the presentation will be a well-prepared one. They invest their time and money to be prepared for your presentation. It’s only fair that you should be prepared to present. 

Fillers

Never use the words like “Umm”, “you know” or “like” in your presentation. Your audience will assume that you are not confident about what you are saying. The fillers in your speech can distract them from the main point of the presentation. If you need to think about something, you can take a short pause in between.

“In Future, we plan to…”

Never reveal anything about the products that is still under production. Make public announcements of your new products and offers. Your audience expects detailed information of your new and ready products. If you have something exciting on the way, wait for it to actually be ready to start talking about it. 

“Avoid reading through the pages”

Do not just read aloud the pages or slides. This can turn the session dull for your audience. Try to present your points in an interesting way. You can begin with a small story or show some examples.

“I’ll get back to that later”

The audience is always eager to interact with you. They can ask many questions after your presentation. Do not avoid their questions. It leaves a bad impression on your audience. Try to answer their questions politely.

“I guess that’s it”

You should not end your presentation with this statement. Prepare your speech in such a way that it becomes obvious it is the end. Your transition to your next point should come naturally.

Make your speech fit in the given time-slot. Do not come underprepared and prolong your speech. You should not completely depend on the prepared write-ups or slides. Try to conclude it with some interesting information. Keep some time to interact with the audience, but do not get stuck with irrelevant points or questions.

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Beating The Post Holiday Blues

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The Holidays are always a rush of gift giving and food. We usually ride the season with a lot of adrenalin to help us get through the parties, vacations, and coming home to mom and dad’s. But, after you’ve opened all your presents and uploaded your holiday pics to social media sites, the adrenalin wears off and you start to feel down in the dumps. It is no surprise that holiday blues usually take place after the trimmings are taken down and the festivities have ended. During the crash, fatigue sets in, we don’t want to go to the gym and postpone opening and reading emails. All we feel is laziness usually due to over indulgence of food. But it does not have to be this way. Here are ways to kick the post holiday blues.

Stay Connected

Just because you’ve said goodbye to friends and family does not mean that you can’t communicate with them until the next holiday season. Drive away the doldrums by keeping in constant contact. Continue to update them on social media or send them emails from time to time. Call mom and dad on the phone even just to say hi. When you stay connected with the important people in your life, you feel less lonely and won’t miss them as much.

Exercise

Did you know that exercise is a good way to get rid of depression? Working out can actually make you feel better. Exercise releases dopamine into the bloodstream so you feel happier and content. As a bonus, you get to melt off pounds that you probably put on indulging in turkey and dessert during the holidays.

Plan Your Next Holiday

Nothing can get you more fired up than thinking about your next trip. Why wait for Christmas when you can plan another getaway during Valentine’s Day or any holiday? It can be something simple as a budgeted long weekend or even an overseas trip. Whatever your plan is, it will make returning to work easier and help you avoid thinking about the holidays. Cultivating something positive and forward thinking is also a good way to reset your brain.

Schedule Fun Activities

Drinking alcohol will only make you more depressed, so switch to scheduling fun activities instead. Research tells us that having things to look forward to makes us happy. You can host a President’s Day party with friends or a small tea party to catch up with friends you weren’t able to visit during Christmas. If you want to keep it simple, you can engage in movie night with your siblings, dinner with the family, or a relaxing massage.

Spend Time Outdoors

This might not be possible for some people but spend time outdoors every day. According to a meta-analysis of 10 studies, spending as little as 5 minutes outside everyday can help improve mood and self-esteem. Spending time outside is also recommended for people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or winter depression.

Keeping these strategies in mind can help you beat post-holiday depression. The holidays have to end, but it does not mean to say that the fun has to stop. Think of these suggestions every time you’re battling post-holiday misery.

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Meal Prep Ideas for Your Busy Work Week

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Here are some meal prep ideas for your busy work week. If you’re busy, then you may not feel like coming home and investing energy in cooking complicated meal prep ideas. However, with proper planning and doing the meal prep on weekends, this task can become easy and fast. If you prepare a menu for the week, you can buy all the ingredients at once and preserve them. Here are few steps to ensure that you get nutritious homemade food even during a busy work week.

Planning in Advance

Plan in advance for the meal prep ideas that you are going to prepare for the coming week – just pen it down. You should create a menu either for the week (preferable) or the month, and make sure that you have a list of the ingredients that you need for every meal. Make sure that you have a list for every meal that you will be preparing at home, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make sure to have snacks available.

Preparation

Another way to save time is putting meals together, especially those that you’ll be baking or slow cooking. You can do this for as many meal prep ideas as you want, and store them in your freezer to pull out whenever you are going to cook them. Make sure you have all ingredients. Put all ingredients into the slow cooker and leave it to cook.  Set the timer correctly to avoid the food getting burnt.

Easy meal prep ideas

Prepare easy meal prep ideas such as salads, soups, sandwiches, and pasta. There are also other items that you can find in stores that are “ready to make” packs. Have them on the menu and leave the most complicated recipes for the weekend. Simpler meals will often suffice as long as you put some love into it. Just ensure that whatever you eat is healthy and nutritious.

Shop intelligently. You can have your menu ready and do the shopping all at once on a weekly or monthly basis. This saves time and money as well. Also, you can make it easier for yourself if you just plan in advance and ensure that nothing is left for the last minute. Here’s also some healthy ideas you could try with super foods

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