When you hear the words executive presence you might imagine a Louis Vuitton bag or a Rolex watch. And while a level of signature style is an important part of having executive presence, it’s much more than that. It’s having that charismatic quality that makes people like you…listen to you…and want to follow your lead. Today’s post will give you some quick tips on how to acquire this valuable skill.
Let’s say it’s performance review time and you nonchalantly slip in that one of your team members, let’s call her Madison, “needs to be more professional.”
In your mind, you know exactly what this means. It’s helpful and straight-forward feedback. Twenty years from now when Madison is managing partner and she is receiving a prestigious accounting award, she will thank you from the stage for this moment. Pat on the back for you!
In a recent PowerPoint presentation to manufacturing industry controllers and CFOs, CPA Janet Trelite wowed the audience with a slide deck featuring 64 information-packed slides. The hour-long talk on the new leasing standards was fourth in a lineup of technical experts on tax, revenue, and of course, blockchain.
The Association for Accounting Marketing invited me to write a guest article for their Growth Strategies quarterly publication. The topic I explored was how accounting organizations handle employee departures - in particular when good employees give voluntary notice.
You’ve heard it before, but communication is the most important aspect of any successful CPA firm or accounting team. Knowing where each team member is on a project will keep you on track and under budget.
“We are in client service, but the written communication is a disaster” wrote a manager in need of help for her team. Requests for business writing help and workshops for CPA firms are at an all-time high.
Interestingly, of the requests I’ve received in the last few months, 75% were for help with someone else’s writing issues. To help you on your quest for quality communications, here are some of the most common mistakes, and how you can help your colleagues make a better impression.
Last week I was speaking at AccountingToday’s Growth and Profitability Summit in sunny Florida. While I was there, I experienced a great example of just how important face-to-face communication is.
I went to a meeting the other day, one with a mix of professionals and aspiring professionals (college students). I’d love to tell you what the purpose of the meeting was, but I don’t actually know.
One might ask, what was I doing at a meeting where I didn’t even know the purpose to begin with? Well, I recently joined an organization and this was a regular monthly meeting, so I figured I would go and see what they were all about. Or not, as it turned out. They didn't know how to hold an effective meeting.