• Shut off the alerts on your phone to be more productive. Unsubscribe from email and text notifications and increase the time between email checks, so you only get pinged hourly when new email arrives, advises tech author Dave Johnson.
• Use images and stories to improve your public speaking. Telling stories is a great way to illustrate a point, says Anne Day, founder of Company of Women. And it’s much easier for most people to remember than a list of facts. She also suggests using images for maximum impact in your slides.
• Set a social media policy you can memorize. Here’s an easy one: “Don’t lie, don’t pry. Don’t cheat, can’t delete. Don’t steal, don’t reveal.” Farris Timimi, M.D., medical director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, crafted this brief social media policy, which could be applied to virtually any job or industry.
• Make your boss feel appreciated. If you snag a big project or a bonus, send a note thanking your boss for his or her help, writes syndicated workplace columnist Anita Bruzzese. Another tip: Make an effort to make your boss’s spouse feel welcome at company events.
• An admin’s kickstarter. Ask these questions: What’s the next action we need to get this moving? What do you need to make that happen? What will you do next? Then what? What’s the priority right now? What is the next step?
— Adapted from Conversations for Change, Shawn Kent Hayashi, McGraw-Hill.
• Use this tactic to get promoted or receive a raise, says consultant Steve Tobak on CBS MoneyWatch: Do what it takes to get the job done, even if you’re not being paid for it. “Put yourself out there, take risks, do the work, accomplish things,” he says.