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Motivational Quotes to Jump Start Monday: Journey Wisely

Motivational Quotes to Jump Start Monday: Journey Wisely

motivational quotes, motivation, success, success quotes, success and inspiration quotes, Ed Sykes, motivational speakers, va, virginia beach, norfolk, chesapeake, hampton roads, the sykes groupYour journey of success starts with a single step.  You will have miss steps along the way.  Embrace your challenges along the way   It is how we react and learn from these miss will determine how smoothly the rest of our journey will be.  Realize you success is a continuous journey.  Just when you think you are at the end of the journey, the journey continues on.

Enjoy this motivational quote along with other motivational quotes from our website to be motivated and inspired to achieve more success in your life!


Wednesday Motivational Quotes: Be Willing to Expose Yourself for Success!

Wednesday Motivational Quotes: Be Willing to Expose Yourself for Success!


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When you make mistakes that are very public, it may sting and hurt.  However, you must be willing to make the mistakes so that you will learn from them and become a better person.  Think of these mistakes preparing you for something bigger and more exciting in the future.  That is what success is all about!

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Motivational Quotes: Change Starts with Your Thinking

Motivational Quotes:  Change Starts with Your Thinking


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Albert Einstein as he wears furry slippers.

Change is occurring all around us everyday.  Most changes are small and go unnoticed by us.  Think about your daily ride to work and notice what changes are taking place over the course of a week:  possible changes in traffic patterns, new stores opening, weather patterns, etc.  Each day we adapt to the changing situations without even thinking about it, and we achieve our goals.

The organizations we work for are going through change to adapt to a very competitive marketplace.  Most organizational change, much like your daily commute, is subtle.  Some changes create a variety of emotions among employees:  from joy and enthusiasm to distrust and anger.

The best organizations create a strong culture of change management.  In fact, management at these organizations is constantly encouraging change for the good of the overall organization.

The following are seven change management secrets to creating a winning culture of change:

  1. Understand the Present
    Take the time to ask questions to understand where the culture of change presently stands. Examples of questions great managers of change are consistently asking to ensure the success of change are the following:

    • Do employees understand the difference they make at work everyday?
    • Are there strong relationships between employees and management?
    • Is there an environment of openness and trust?
    • Is there an understanding of mission, purpose, beliefs, and business goals?
    • Do we have an environment of learning, growth, and empowerment?

    Take the time to ask these and other questions and, most importantly, listen to the answers.

  1. Recognize That Change Management Culture Starts at the Top
    As a leader, you set the tone for change management. If you express or show a negative attitude towards the change, the culture for change will have negative results. If your attitude towards change is positive, then the culture for change will have positive results. Constantly communicate the positive overall results from the change and how the employee will benefit from this change.
  1. Establish Channels of Communication
    Before the changes are to take place, implement ongoing channels of communication. This is important for the following reasons: a. Hear and address the concerns and fears of the employees. b. Obtain new innovative ways of implementing the change. c. Gain employee buy in for the changes. d. Address the rumor mill before it spirals out of control. Remember, there will probably be a lot of emotions mixed in with the communication. First, set the parameters for positive, productive communication and really take the time to listen. You will need to separate the emotions from the message and/or questions. Also, if you don’t have an immediate answer to the question, promise to find the answer and respond with the answer within a certain deadline.
  1. Give Your Employees the Tools for Successful Change Management
    Make sure your employees have the tools to successfully implement the organizational changes. This could include training, technology, and additional management help to remove barriers to successfully implementing the changes. Be mindful that with the changes there are new relationships being developed. As the change leader, monitor what work relationships are working and what relationships are not working; and take the appropriate actions to remove any relational barriers to your employees’ successful completion of the plan.
  1. Build a Change Management Community
    Build a sense that we are all in this together and that if one person on our team has a challenge adapting to change, we all have a challenge adapting to the change. Build this sense of a change team so that a positive environment for change and innovation is developed. It makes the road to change so much easier.
  1. Understand That Employees Handle Change in Different Ways
    Because of stress and emotions, your employees handle change in different ways. The model employee who was once calm may now become disruptive and challenging in the environment of change. Take time to tone into your employees’ “emotional change barometer,” get their feedback, and provide the guidance so that they are successful in the culture of change.
  1. Follow-up to Create Better Change Results
    As a change leader, follow-up through meetings, personal coachings, surveys, memos, e-mails, etc., to monitor how the changes are progressing. Embrace and acknowledge the employees’ valuable feedback so that you can efficiently implement the changes.

Apply these seven change management techniques and you will create a successful culture of change and achieve your organizational goals.

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Presentation Skills Workshop Separate You From the Competition

Presentation Skills Workshop: How to Give a Presentation that Inspires, Persuades, and WOWs Your Audience!

“Those who can speak and write well will dominate the 21st century and beyond!” – Ed Sykes

public speaking, public speaker, presenter, presentation skills, presentation skills workshop, public speaking workshop, presentation skills seminar, public speaking seminar, Ed Sykes, public speaking coach, va, virginia Beach, norfolk, chesapeake, hampton roads, the sykes groupYou have a great idea, solution, product, or service you want to share. Whether is a monthly meeting, company presentation, or trade association conference, at some point in your life, almost every person will need to present something in public!  Your public speaking skills will become important if you want to separate yourself from the competition and become more successful

Quickly grow your career by being a more persuasive, powerful presenter. Use your ability to influence and persuade, to capture the attention of your co-workers, leaders, and others of influence to build your career! The power of your presentation can make the difference in your future success or failure!

In our workshop, Presentation Skills:  How to Give a Presentation that Inspires, Persuades, and WOWs Your Audience, you will learn the secrets to mastering your public speaking skills in a safe environment with lecture, application, video feedback and positive, on-target evaluations.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply practical skills in preparation, rapture building, audience analysis, and effective presentation
  • Minimize discomfort and nervousness
  • Organize ideas quickly
  • Construct an informative, persuasive presentation
  • Motivate the audience to buy into your presentation and ideas
  • Create powerful gestures and hand movements
  • Deliver impromptu speeches with structural and content clarity
  • Apply The Sykes Group’s Seven Points of Outstanding Speaking
  • Build audience rapport with body language and gestures
  • Persuasive your audiences
  • Use PowerPoint to accentuate your points
  • Use voice modulation and pacing
  • Welcome and answer questions in a confident, in-control manner
  • Close to get results
  • Rehearse, deliver and integrate feedback

Join us for this fun, hands-on, one-day workshop, where you will take away your own custom speech format plus tools and tips you will use immediately to give powerful, persuasive presentations in any situation.

Seminar includes:

The Sykes Group Study/Workbook Guide (A $100 value)

One personal and group presentation videotaped and evaluated. With this knowledge you can shape your presentations around your natural strengths! (Priceless!)


When you attend the workshop, you will have access to one free half-hour, follow-up online coaching session with me to discuss any challenges you have to applying the presentation skills learned in the workshop or tips on an upcoming presentation you may be presenting. (A $300 value)

Registration Information:

Seminar Date: March 20, 2015

Registration Fee: $129 (Early bird special is $99 if registered by March 18th and use CODE PPW_01)

Sign up today!  Space is limited. Go to or call us at 757-427-7032 to register or for additional information.

Be ready for your next opportunity to shine! Join us for this fun, life-changing presentation skills workshop and you will be a more confident, persuasive presenter today!


Motivational Quotes: Success Means Inspiring Others

Motivational Quotes: Success Means Inspiring Others

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Motivation is the key ingredient for success in any organization.  You can have all the technical skills in the world; however, if you can’t motivate your team, you will not achieve success.  As a leader, a majority of your job is to motivate others to succeed so that everyone’s goals are accomplished.

The following are eight quick tips to motivate your team:

  1. Everyone Has Motivation – Your employees are motivated on some level.  It is your job to find the level of their motivation and move your employees to the next level.
  2. Listen to WIIFM – I wake up every morning listening to a very important radio station, WIIFM. I hope you do too.  WIIFM stands for What’s In It For Me?  To truly be a motivator, you must always be in tune to your employees’ WIIFM.  Find out why it is beneficial for your employees to do a task, etc.  Once you find out the employees’ motives, you find out how to motivate them.
  3. It’s about Pain or Pleasure – Motivate your employees toward pleasure or away from pain.  You motivate toward the pleasure by providing recognition, incentives, and rewards for doing a good job.  You motivate away from the pain of a corrective action, losing a position, or doing a poor job.  The key to this motivation is to be consistent with all your employees at all times.
  4. Give Me a Reason – Do it because I said so!  Well, with our educated workforce these days, that doesn’t work anymore.  Employees like to know why tasks are being requested of them so that they can feel involved and that the task has worth.  Let your employees know why doing the task is important to you, the organization, and for them. (Read the rest of the article at team rules)