Active shooters continue to strike American workplaces on a daily basis. While every attack is different, there are commonalities -- including confusion.
In recent incidents a "good guy with a gun" at an Alabama mall was killed mistakenly while the shooter got away, a police officer was killed in a Chicago emergency room in pursuit of a suspect and police rushed to the scene of another Chicago business for what turned out to be a well-intentioned but poorly communicated active shooter drill.
No matter what business you are in, a dashboard is a critical tool in your communication armory and as with any communication tool, presentation is everything. Although there are many tools that can be used to create a dashboard, Excel is commonly used due to its power, flexibility and the fact that most people have it installed on their computer.
For many people, writing for work is nearly as worrisome as public speaking. Every time you send an email or submit a report, you are being judged on your writing skills. Business writing errors (even simple grammatical mistakes) can complicate your message, confuse your readers, cost you money, diminish your professional image and hold you back in your career.
When you give a presentation, you face at least two hurdles. First, you need to sell yourself as a credible spokesperson on your topic. Audiences need to believe in you – and that's hard enough. Second, you need to sell your ideas so that people come away inspired, persuaded and enlightened.