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Decoding Body Language

Body Lamguage

Decoding Body Language: What You’re Secretly Communicating About Your Leadership

What are you saying with your body language?

Like it or not, your non-verbal communication speaks louder than your words.  Many times, it’s not exactly what you intended to say.  If your team is headed in the wrong direction, you might want to step back, decode your body language and decipher what you are really telling them.

Imagine a time before the spoken word, thousands of years ago when cavemen relied on gestures and eye contact for communication. At that time, it was prudent to speak out loud only when necessary to avoid scaring away big game or attracting deadly enemies. It’s hard to imagine now that language and syntax were concepts barely in their infancy. With populations so sparse, body language was the common speech.

During those times, a simple gesture or puffing out of the chest to the clan leader at the wrong time in the wrong way could have someone in hot water or ostracized from the tribe. Meanwhile, averting the eyes at just the right moment might win over an attractive member of the opposite sex.

Here we are today in modern times dealing with the same classic issues with body language and communication. What do you think would happen if you stood up in the middle of a meeting and puffed out your chest to the division manager? Worse yet, what might happen if you turned your back when someone on your team was talking with you?Sending the right message with your non-verbals is keenly important. Your voice inflection is part of that message, but it’s not the total package.What does your body language say? Does it say you’re confident, smart, and enthusiastic—or just the opposite?

If you want to learn how to decode your body language and lead your teams more effectively, consider these practical tips below. As an added bonus, they might just help you advance your career.

Eyes:

The eyes truly are the windows to the soul. Be sure you’re making eye contact with those you’re having a conversation with. Glancing around the room, looking past someone or simply phasing out all indicate that you’re just not engaged in the conversation.

If you’re leading a meeting, eye contact with your audience is even more important. Keep your eyes focused on those you’re speaking with, and you’re half-way home to winning their trust.

Posture:

Your posture conveys a number of factors to the people you’re with, including how you feel about your topic and even your energy level. If you’re slouched, resting your chin on your hands or crossing your legs, you’re conveying a casual attitude. This can be a big benefit in certain situations, but be careful. It can also imply carelessness.

Standing solidly on two feet conveys strength and energy. With your weight distributed on the balls of your feet, you’re ready to move. Square shoulders and chin up display confidence and self-respect.

The great thing about displaying good posture is that, even when you’re not feeling confident and interested, adopting this body language will help you feel brighter and more energetic immediately.

Arms & Hands:

When your hands are open, you’re ready to receive. With your arms outstretched or at your sides, you’re in a neutral or even a welcoming position.
Folding your arms across your chest is a great way to keep warm. After all, you’re covering your vital organs, including your heart. But it also could convey a closed attitude. Be careful how you use this gesture.

Feet:

You may be surprised to learn that your feet are talking as much as your hands are, telling the story of your interest in the conversation. If you’re looking at someone but your feet are pointed toward the door, guess which way you sub-consciously want to move.

Crossing your ankles or legs indicates a casual stance or even a feeling a comfort. You’re certainly not about to go anywhere in that posture. But here again, be clear about what you want to convey. This can be great for bridging the gap, but it also could be inappropriate in formal settings. Understand what’s standing under you.

Distance:

Everyone has a comfort zone, that personal space they’ll let you into. If you come closer than arm’s length, you’re likely to incite strong feelings – either of romance or anger. When you’re talking with someone, don’t encroach into their personal zone unless you’re absolutely sure you’re invited.

Using these tips for non-verbal communication may not win you any public speaking awards. On the other hand, they’ll help you keep your feet on the ground where they belong – and out of your mouth!

Brand New 10 PDU Course on Leadership Released in June!

 

 

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June 2013 Volume 5 | Issue 6

Jennifer Bridges, PMP

I get to work with thought leaders and inspirational authors in the profession of project management every day. I’m always on the lookout for courses and content that can help our community of PMP project managers Earn n’ Learn™ while in the car, at the office, on the road or even by the pool!

Well, I have some great news this month! We are introducing a brand new course called LEAD: Like a Boss! This exciting 10 PDU Course is a compilation of 15 well-known contributing authors including Tom Ziglar (Zig Ziglar’s son), Allan Colman, Matt Younguist, Dr. Larry Iverson, and Laura Stack. They focus their life experience and expertise into the following 5 areas that can help you with your PMP project management career:

  • Leading in Your Career
  • Leadership Mastery
  • Radical Change
  • Personality Dynamics
  • Productivity Strategies

LEAD: Like a Boss will help you to develop a new set of Leadership skills – enabling you to lead with style and courage!

This month’s PMP in Practice highlights an excerpt about team building from this brand new course. Be sure to take advantage of our Pre-Release Sales Event to order this entire audio course today! Click Here for more details!

Wishing you continued success!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt),

Founder – PDUs2Go.com

What is Team Building?What is Team Building? Everyone talks about it these days, but so few people can really define it. In fact, it’s much more common to hear some canned response – something made up on the spur of the moment. It’s disappointing, because the nature of team building is the essence of leadership, not just in business but in our society as a whole.

Are you seeking a leadership or management position? If so, don’t forget to arrive at interviews prepared to articulate a clear point-of-view in terms of your leadership philosophy. Rather than falling back on the same tired “I lead by example” or “I have an open-door policy” response that everybody else will likely be using as well, capture the listener’s imagination (and respect) by articulating some original thoughts.

Talk about how you get results from the teams and departments in which you have been put in charge over the years. What are the secrets of your success? What do you stand for? What invaluable lessons have you learned as a CEO, sales manager, or supply chain VP that a “lesser candidate” may not have figured out quite yet?

As a case in point, here is a great example, a story excerpted from the book LEAD: Like A Boss.

A mid-level manager was asked not long ago to explain to me how she fostered teamwork among the groups she’s managed. Her initial response barely moved the needle. It was essentially a mish-mash of unstructured remarks about teams and collaboration and “working well with people” and the like. When she was told that her answer was instantly forgettable, not to mention severely sleep-inducing, she was taken aback.

But then (to her credit) she thought about the topic a little more and asked if she could try again. Here’s what she said, the second time around:

“You know, that’s a great question. I’ve worked on hundreds of teams throughout the years, and when I stop and think of it, I think most of what people refer to as ‘teamwork’ is largely an illusion. People act as if teamwork simply involves everybody showing up in a conference room and spontaneously agreeing on things.

“In my experience working with hundreds of different teams, however, I’d say it’s actually more like the proverbial duck paddling on the water. It looks so easy on the surface, but usually involves dozens of sidebar conversations and one-on-one meetings, beforehand, with key influencers.

“These pre-meetings are critical to sounding ideas out, building alliances, establishing reasonable concessions, and ensuring you walk into any meeting, as a leader, fully prepared to help the room reach consensus.”

Whether you agree or disagree with this person’s perception, you have to admit that it’s a FAR more interesting and thoughtful response than a standard off-the-cuff answer of the “well gosh, everybody just kind of gets together and sings kum-ba-ya” variety.

These are the kinds of powerful answers you need to be prepared to articulate if you want to truly shine at interviewing. Leave the canned answers and lazy “management 101” responses to everybody else. You’ve got some amazing nuggets of work wisdom buried within you, if you look for them. And that you, too, can make hiring managers swoon with enough foresight and practice!

Through June 15, PDUs2Go.com is offering our brand new 10 PDU course, LEAD: Like a Boss for only $100! This collection of guiding principles from 15 experts in their field will help you lead your teams and embrace…and yes, even love change!

Click Here to LEARN MORE about this exciting course and order TODAY!

 

We Are All in This TogetherPMI Logo Anyone with the letters ‘PMP’ after their name has the ongoing obligation to obtain 60 PDUs every three years. This is a big deal when it is added to schedules that are already overbooked and hectic. PDUs2Go has solved this problem by developing a system where you can earn PDUs around your demanding schedule with portable, self-paced courses. Earn n’ Learn™ while in your car, in your office, by the pool or on the road.Visit PDUs2Go.com now to learn more.

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What Others Say About LEAD: Like a Boss!

“What the world needs now, more than ever before in history is ‘Leaders that Lead with Vision, Guts and Courage.’ This course is dedicated to stimulating in you that experience as you read, absorb and use the wisdom contained herein.”

Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul

“For a new front-line leader, the perspective shared by these seasoned leaders help speed-up the learning curve for young leaders. The course is packed with tips ready to read, when you need them.”

Chris Widener, author of the Art of Influence and the Leadership Rules

“Great leaders are made and not born! ‘LEAD…Like a Boss’ offers compelling accounts of success that challenges each author’s soul! This is a must read on how to develop real leadership skills!”

Bill Krueger, MLB Pitcher and TV Baseball Analyst

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PMXPO Was Another Huge Success Thanks To All of You!

 

 

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May 2013 Volume 5 | Issue 5

Jennifer Bridges, PMP

On April 25th PDUs2Go.com was a marque exhibitor at the 6th annual PMXPO hosted by ProjectManagement.com. We had a great time and want to thank everyone that stopped by PDUs2Go.com‘s booth. Our fingers were flying as we chatted with over 1,500 project managers that visited us from such great companies as 3M, ADP, HP, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, and Wells Fargo to name just a few.

A virtual conference is pretty amazing and the technology has come a long way towards creating a memorable experience. The event mirrors a real-life conference and is very organized and interactive. If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend a virtual conference, be sure to sign up for next years. There were great speakers, great content, and plenty of free PDUs to go around!

Speaking of PDUs, we’d like to congratulate Bill Biedenbach from FedEx for winning PDUs2Go.com‘s unprecedented giveaway of 535 PDUs valued at over $13,000. That’s enough PDUs to last through 9 certification cycles! Congratulations Bill!

The article below will give you an idea of what PMXPO was like and what some of our visitors had to say about the event and PDUs2Go.com. You can still watch the presentations on-demand and earn 7.5 PDUs through July 26, 2013.

Wishing you continued success and we look forward to seeing you at PMXPO again next year!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt),

Founder – PDUs2Go.com

PMXPO 2013 at a Glance

A live virtual event is a sight to behold. Once you log in to the event you are presented with the Main Hall that allows you to select the Conference Hall, Resource Center, Lounge, or Exhibition Hall.

You’ll see PDUs2Go.com‘s booth in the lower left corner…

…and everyone that dropped by our booth received a free 7 PDU course (a $224 value) called Relationship Economics® Telecourse Series by David Nour!

What the Attendees Had to Say

We received a lot of great feedback throughout the day. Below are a few of the kind words our visitors had to say…

“Just wanted to say that I have purchased and completed many courses from PDUs2Go. They are easy to download and simple to do at your leisure. Registering the PDUs on PMI is super easy too. I give them my full recommendation and tell my fellow PMPs about them.”
Cindy R.

“Hi, just dropping in before the next speaker, but I wanted to say that I have taken two PDUs2Go courses and loved them! They are really convenient and have made it easy for me to maintain my certification. I’ll stop by after the next talk.” Elenor H.

“I purchased some PDUs last year that came in handy. Great format and it’s much easier listening to them on my ipod. Great work guys!” Neil N.

“Fantastic offer! Just bought your Premium Pak. Thank you for supporting the event and for the great product!” Geoff L.

Thanks for everyone’s comments above. We’re glad that our Portable and Affordable® courses help you keep your PMP certification current!

By The Numbers

We know how much Project Managers love numbers. The folloiwng are a couple of statistics that you may find interesting about the event.

  • Number of Visitors to PDUs2Go.com‘s Booth = 1,500
  • Number of FREE PDUs given away by PDUs2Go.com = 11,250
  • Value of FREE PDUs given away by PDUs2Go.com = $336,000
  • Number of Companies that Stopped by = 1,180
  • Number of Countries Represented = 65
  • Number of PMPs = 1,115
  • Percentage of Project Managers = 70%
  • Percentage of other Jobs (i.e. C-Level, VP, Programmers) = 30%

It was definitely a great show and we encourage everyone to attend next year’s PMXPO. In the meantime, you can catch up on some of your PDUs by watching the presentations on-demand through July 26, 2013.

 

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Visit PDUs2Go.com now to learn more.

You can still take advantage of the great offers from the PMPXO. Remember to join our PDUs2Go.com LinkedIn group and receive a Promo Code for 20% off any PDUs2Go.com purchase!

David Nour’s HOT NEW RELEASE entitled Relationship Economics® Telecourse Series Value Bundle will teach you how to make the most of your professional relationships.

Plus, our PDU Premium Pak includes enough PDUs for 9 PMP Certifications! Order these today and you’ll be set for years to come.

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The Reality of a Virtual Conference

 


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April 2013 Volume 5 | Issue 4




Jennifer Bridges, PMP

Mark your calendars for a special event that will be happening on April 25th! PDUs2Go.com is, once again, sponsoring the 6th annual PMXPO virtual conference hosted by ProjectManagement.com (formerly gantthead.com)! This is a perfect opportunity for PMPs to learn, network, earn PDUs and gain valuable knowledge from the comfort of your home or office.

Plus, anyone that visits PDUs2Go.com’s virtual booth will automatically receive a FREE 7 PDU course (a $224 value) by David Nour, the strategic relationships expert! This Hot New Release and exclusive PDUs2Go.com course is entitled “Relationship Economics® Telecourse Series Value Bundle” and will help you optimize your professional relationships and keep the doors of opportunity wide open.

One more thing…anyone that visits the PDUs2Go.com virtual booth will also be registered in a drawing to win over 500 PDUs! That’s right; over 500 PDUs will be given away by PDUs2Go.com (a $13,000 value) for someone to keep up their PMP certification for the next 9 cycles!

Register today for this FREE event or read below for additional information on the topics that will be covered.

Wishing you continued success and see you on April 25th!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt),
Founder – PDUs2Go.com

The Reality of a Virtual Conference

You are in for a real treat if you’ve never attended a virtual conference before. It’s just like attending a conference in person without all the expense or the the hassle of having to remember where you parked your car!

You can mingle and network with other attendees, visit exhibitors booths, and then settle in for an inspiring keynote session by Jeffrey Ma and five additional sessions by other project management experts.

The keynote presentation is called High Stakes PM and Jeffrey Ma is certainly able to talk about high stakes! Losing $100,000 in two hands of blackjack, Jeffrey Ma recovered his confidence through teamwork, trust, creativity and goal-setting. A revolutionary business strategist, social media mogul and kingpin of the Famous MIT blackjack team, Ma was the subject of both Ben Mezrich’s #1 New York Times bestselling book Bringing Down the House and the 2008 hit film 21. Ma also authored his own book, The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business, and has influenced major corporations like ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ford and McDonald’s. Ma also co-founded Citizen Sports, the mobile hub for millions of sports fans worldwide and the center of Yahoo! Sports’ social media strategy. Hear about Ma’s success in a keynote filled with unforgettable stories and lessons applicable to project managers in any field. Everyone will walk away a winner!

Plus, you’ll be able to earn PDUs while you enjoy the following speakers and topics:

  • 21st Century PM: Equipping Managers for the Challenge (Ian Wittingham)• Expanding the Enterprise: How Agile and Traditional Teams Work Together (Barbee Davis)
  • IT Strategy: The Three Things Your Project Management Approach Can’t Live Without (Ty Kiisel)
  • Hiring Roulette: Why Managers Prefer Certified PMs (Patti Gilchrist)
  • Maximizing the PMO: Practical Tips and Real-Life Best Practices (Mike Tressler)

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! Register today for this FREE event and visit the PDUs2Go.com booth for 7 FREE PDUs and a chance to win over 500 PDUs!

We Are All in This Together

PMI Logo Anyone with the letters ‘PMP’ after their name has the ongoing obligation to obtain 60 PDUs every three years. This is a big deal when it is added to schedules that are already overbooked and hectic. PDUs2Go has solved this problem by developing a system where you can earn PDUs around your demanding schedule with portable, self-paced courses. Earn n’ Learn™ while in your car, in your office, by the pool or on the road.

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Register for FREE, Visit PDUs2Go.com’s Booth, and Receive a Chance to Win over 500 PDUs!

Every visitor to PDUs2Go.com’s booth receives David Nour’s HOT NEW RELEASE entitled Relationship Economics® Telecourse Series Value Bundle. This 7 PDU Course is a $224 value and yours FREE for just stopping by!

Plus, visit our PDUs2Go.com booth and register for our PDUs2Go.com Premium Pak Giveaway and the chance to win over 500 PDUs!

REGISTER FOR PMPXPO 2013 TODAY!

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