Seven Ways To Outperform Your Colleagues

In the previous column, we had looked at three important ways to elevate ourselves and become the best at what we are. I wish to continue and highlight upon the
18 Aug 2018 11:00
Seven Ways To Outperform Your Colleagues
If your aim is to rise higher and faster towards attaining success, then start practising self-control

In the previous column, we had looked at three important ways to elevate ourselves and become the best at what we are.

I wish to continue and highlight upon the remaining four.

There are significant ways to help you successfully and healthily com­pete with your team-mates and col­leagues and eventually reach the pinnacle of professional as well as a personal success!

Become the best presenter

You will be quite surprised to know that one of the most required and important skills are presenta­tion skills.

Today, the content or subject of your communication may be im­portant.

But what is as important if not more important is the manner in which you present your content or your subject to your listeners or the audience.

I have seen a few managers who, despite not knowing much about the subject, have spoken in such amazing ways, that the listener be­came highly impressed.

I would like to say that if you wish to outperform your colleagues, then create the best combination of well- prepared content or subject-knowledge along with excellent presentation skills.

Remember, just knowing your sub­ject is not at all enough to impress your superior or your customer.

You need to learn specific aspects of presentation namely body Lan­guage, verbal modulations, con­vincing skills, eye contact, content – structuring and overall impact creation techniques.

How will you build your presenta­tion skills? The answer is simple. The first thing you must do is a search on the internet for the best motivational speakers or present­ers.

You could even watch their short videos on the internet and thereby observe the various impactful ways in which these motivational speak­ers or presenters present to their audience.

Immediately after observing these people on the internet you must slow and steadily implement at least a few of their techniques in your day-to-day communication and presentation opportunities!

Apart from this, you could also look out for specific training semi­nars or conferences on the topics of presentation skills.

By attending these seminars you will get a more practical and a ‘hands-on’ experience of using the skills of presentation.

“I want to be the best presenter in my organisation,” that must be your immediate motto!

Develop the strength of self-control

If your aim is to rise higher and faster towards attaining success, then start practising self-control.

Where is self-control required? I believe, within the context of pro­fessional growth, it is required at two levels.

The first level is that which is to do with your emotions and the second one is about having control over your ‘spoken’ words.

As regards to emotions, I must say that I have seen a lot of managers and leaders who do not have control over their emotions.

Emotions such as anger, confron­tational and aggressive outburst, emotions of irritation become an impediment or obstacle to their professional growth.

People in their teams start feeling fear and nervousness towards them and this also results in the entire team-morale getting negatively af­fected.

Certain other emotions such as fearfulness, being forever pessimis­tic, feeling shy to make tough deci­sions and becoming stressed and dejected could also make you lose your grip on the climb to higher success.

In such situations, you must try your best to strengthen your mind and exercise tremendous self-con­trol.

In situations where you seem to lose your temper, try to reduce that temper and deal with the situation with calmness and composure!

The other aspect regarding con­trol is related to our ‘spoken’ com­munication, especially the ‘tone’!

Even the senior most managers and leaders have this issue of be­ing unable to exercise control over their rude and hurtful tone of com­munication.

Remember, shouting and speaking in a hurting tone can damage me­dium and long-term inter-personal relationships.

Typically what happens is that the person who was rude and hurtful in his or her tone feels remorse for it, but later, when the damage has been done.

Even while experiencing emo­tions of anger, disappointment, ag­gression and irritation what will set you apart is the way by which you control the temptation to be­come rude.

Add activities related to sports or music or adventure or any kind of

inspiring recreation into your life

If you want to be the best and reach your goals, then don’t become a ‘workaholic’.

Do not make your entire life re­lated to only your office and your work. Please add other positive di­mensions to your life.

Join a health club and start exer­cising, play sport regularly. If you like music then try to learn to play a musical instrument or maybe learn to sing.

You may love adventure and hence you could try to join a group of en­thusiastic trekkers.

What I believe is that the moment you add another positive dimension to your life you will find an amazing motivation and positive energy in the way you work at your office.

There will be a tremendous amount of exuberance and excite­ment in all aspects of your life and this itself will make you reach higher levels of professional and personal productivity.

The three ‘P’ Pillars- Passion; Perseverance; Post-failure analysis;!

The way you will not only steadily raise but also maintain your inner passion and determination to ac­complish your short-term, medi­um-term and long-term goals.

Despite encountering obstacles or tough challenges, the manner in which you persevere and not give up will positively differentiate you from the others.

Hence strengthen your passion and also your attitude of persever­ance from now onwards!

Having said this, the post-failure analysis is the third and an impor­tant pillar to ensure your speedy rise!

Many people, after experiencing failure or a professional crisis, become negatively affected and stressed so much so that it further affects their morale at work.

But you can differ from the oth­ers by doing a proper and proactive root-cause-analysis of a ‘failure’ rather than brood and get disap­pointed over it!

Through this process, you will be able to spot the reasons for the fail­ure but also learn to do the same activity in a more effective manner in the future!

I am sure there would be a lot of many other ways to outperform your colleagues and team-mates but even if you can start concen­trating on these seven ways, I am sure you will see yourself climbing the mountain of success more suc­cessfully than the rest.

You will be the winner!


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