20 Science-Based Tips to Improve Workplace Effectiveness
- Before you begin a task, imagine the stereotype of people who excel at that task.
- Need to make a complex presentation to your boss? Do it in the morning. Save the fluffy stuff for the afternoon.
- Make hand gestures while learning to improve your memory.
- Use fictional narratives making a point to become more persuasive.
- Hold off on threats unless your negotiation opponent is unresponsive and does not show any negative affect from your points.
- Be more persuasive by piling up the evidence in support of your claims.
- Use front vowel sounds (long a, e, i) and fricatives (f, s, and z) if your prices to make them seem smaller.
- Don’t put yourself into competition with a large number of people because it lowers your motivation.
- Present your best product or service first because the order of presentation makes a difference in purchasing behavior.
- Make sure some of your products are sold out or unavailable, because it will lead customers to believe your other products are more desirable.
- Bring coffee to all your meetings, presentations, and sales calls to become more persuasive and ensure your message sticks.
- When negotiating on price, the higher you start, the higher the final price will likely be. The opposite is true for auctions.
- Don’t brown nose your boss if you aren’t good at it because it will only work against you.
- Avoid name dropping because it makes a bad first impression.
- Show anger when you make complaints, especially if your complaint is somewhat dubious.
- Work on your networking because it’s the key to finding a job and advancing once you have one.
- Use routine to automate as many daily task as possible so they become easier to complete and less taxing on your will power.
- Use numbers, whenever possible, when presenting information to your boss.
- Let employees control their own work schedule to prevent mental fatigue.
- Hire managers who believe that personality traits are malleable because they’ll be better equipped to spot changes in employee productivity.
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