Looking for a Way to Boost your Confidence Before a Big Presentation? Check out these tips

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Have you ever been through the phase before a big presentation, seminar or a panel review when your heart is racing, your palms are damp and you’re starting to panic?

Everyone does. If they have not experienced it then they will or they’ve just living under a rock.

During that panic-phase you would be thinking about how to beat the stress so bad and would end up distracting yourself from the presentation which would stress you even more.

So, in this article we would like you to look into 5 tips which will help you to convert this adversity into opportunity!

  1. Acknowledge the Panic.

The first and foremost way to reduce your anxiety before an event is to acknowledge it. Labeling it or acknowledging the stress will allow you to be more realistic and find a logical solution that works for you. It is like being more transparent to you about yourself which would make you a better judge and a critic and lets to tap into your true self.

2. Talk positively to yourself.

After acknowledging your fear, it is necessary to be positive towards yourself. Positive self-talk lightens your mood, creates effective mindspace which encourages productive thinking which will eventually generate an active mindset for the upcoming performance. In the minutes leading up to your presentation, say over and over within yourself, “You are a dynamic speaker!” “You are enthusiastic and engaging!” “You are prepared and confident!”

3.Take several deep belly breaths.

Since anxiety tightens the muscles in the chest and throat, it’s important to diminish that restricting effect with deep inhalations. It maximizes the amount of oxygen that flows to the lungs and brain; interrupts the adrenalin-pumping ‘fight or flight’ response; and triggers the body’s normal relaxation response.

4. Don’t pretend you’re not nervous.

It is a natural tendency to create an image of yourself to your peers a fear-less body-language. Doesn’t matter how bad you want to put that on it comes off as very superficial and makes you more tense as there is now something more on the list that you have to care about. In fact, your peers, to whom you are creating that image can easily find out that you are faking it. What a waste! Ain’t it.

5. Practice the first minute in your mind.

Whatever you’re planning to say as the captivating opener-a witty quotation, personal story, or startling statistic-rehearse the first few sentences several times. This makes your presentation more natural, less over-structured. This also gives a good headstart to all those who have the common ‘starting-problem’. This also gives you a good kick of confidence that compells you into giving more natural presentation.

Clothing you wear and its affect on your self-perception and performance

Did you know that not only the way you think about yourself but also your performance in your studies, work etc. somehow depends on the clothing you wear? Yes, this might seem a little vague and you might say that the interdependence is very trivial.

But, research shows that the clothes you wear can actually change the way you perform.

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This can be elucidated by the example of a play. The stage actors of the play rehearse on random clothes that they are comfortable wearing. But, when they rehearse with their costumes on, you get to see a stark difference in their performance. In comparison to all their previous rehearsals, this time you will see a slight confidence boost throughout the duration of their performance. This is because they experience the character or better yet they get into character more deeper than ever before for the role.

Apparel and presentation communicates volumes about you as a person. The question is not whether you care about fashion, it’s more about what you’re communicating intentionally or unconsciously through your fashion choices. You should be conscious about what you wear and don’t just like you are conscious about what you eat and what you don’t. This includes ignoring the fashion trends that do not fit you or does not make you comfortable just like the way you say no to the food that you are allergic or just intolerant to.

When you’re dressing or grooming, consider what it says about you and whether it’s in line with the message you want to communicate. There’s no right or wrong. It’s all about context. A tie can make you look reliable and rooted in tradition. This might be important at an investment firm, where clients want to know that you’re serious about stewarding their capital. But it can also come off as stuffy and resistant to change, which may be inappropriate for a tech startup.

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Of course, dressing smart is also important for your confidence and sense of self-empowerment. But your style does more than just send messages, to your mind or to others. New research study shows it actually impacts how you think.

“The formality of clothing might not only influence the way others perceive a person, and how people perceive themselves, but could influence decision making in important ways through its influence on processing style” the study says.

The psychology behind is totally subconscious. A gut feeling, commonly called intuition or a first impression, is really part of the very fast-paced mental process of thin-slicing, which is when our brain process visual details instantaneously.

It’s how we continually judge books by their covers, all day, every day.

So choose your personal presentation with care. Presentation includes not only your clothes, but your accessories, hairstyle, fragrance, posture, body language, tone of voice, and the level of energy with which you move and speak. Think of the person that you need to be in any particular situation. Then dress, groom, and accessorize in a way that helps you mentally step into that personality.

What Is the Best Time to Post a Blog and How to Test it?

Are you wondering when should you publish blog posts? Do you want to hit that sweet spot where you get the most traffic, social shares, and comments?

If you’ve just written a great blog post and want it to go viral, then publishing time can play an important role.

In this article, we’ll show you what is the best time to post a blog by going through key facts. We’ll also show you how you can test the best time to take your blogs live.

Let’s kick things off with a look at…

Best Time of Day to Post a Blog for More Pageviews

As you start blogging, you’ll have many questions like what time of day should you publish a post. Or which days are best for getting the most traffic.

To answers such queries, different studies have been done where agencies and websites have gone through tons of data.

And among them is a study conducted by Shareaholic in 2011 that shows the best time to publish a blog post is early morning between 7 AM to 1 PM EST on weekdays.

The peak is between 9 AM and 10 AM, which shows when you can schedule or publish your posts.

Building upon the same point,

shows that 70% of users read blogs in the morning (during the AM hours).

&It makes sense as people starting their day would be going through emails, planning their week, and reading up on the latest news.

That said, people do read blogs throughout the day, so you can publish posts in the later hours as well. Now let’s see which days you should take your blogs live.

Best Days to Publish a Blog Post for Traffic

Along with time, different studies show that posting blogs on certain days can help generate more traffic. And which days are we talking about?

Shareaholic suggested that the best day to post a blog is Monday if you want more pageviews. Similarly, Kissmetrics also says that Monday is the best to publish a post and generate traffic.

What’s the Best Time to Post a Blog for Social Shares?

When it comes to engaging people on social media, you’d want to push your blog post when your users are active.

And to give you an idea of what’s the best day for getting social shares, consider a study by TrackMaven. They analyzed 65,000+ blogs and suggested that blogs published on a Sunday get

A possible reason for this could be that on the weekend’s people have more time to read through your content and then come up with a reply.

So, if you have a topic that wants user opinion or start a conversation, then this is the best time to post a blog.

But what if these times don’t work for your website? How can you find the best publishing day and hour for your content pieces? Let’s find out.

How to Test the Best Time to Post a Blog?

The researches we’ve shown you in our article provide a benchmark but in reality, there’s no best time to publish blogs.

That’s because these studies use their own samples of websites to provide a generalized conclusion. And most of them are very old, going back to 2011.

A better way to find the best time to post a blog is by doing your own testing. By monitoring which days and time you get most visitors and engagement, you’ll know the optimal time of publishing.

And the best tool to help you out is MonsterInsights. It’s the leading WordPress plugin for Google Analytics and makes decision making easy by providing insights about your site’s performance with detailed reports inside your dashboard.

MonsterInsights makes it super easy to set up custom dimensions on your website and start tracking custom data of your choice in Google Analytics.

With the help of its Custom Dimensions Addon, you can exactly see what’s the best time to post a blog. Not only that, you can set up custom tracking of individual authors, post types, category and more.

You can follow our complete guide to custom dimensions in Google Analytics for configuring tracking of best publishing times.

Performance Appraisal

“A Performance Appraisal that is conducted effectively leads to greater employee morale, higher productivity, creating a positive culture and improved overall performance and effectiveness of an organisation.”

– Kumar Parakala

As we are human beings we love to get recognition, rewards and appreciation. Everyone loves appreciation and want to get appreciated from someone. This is what we call as Performance Appraisal in Human Resource Management. Performance Appraisal is a method of evaluating the behaviour and performance of employees and to understand the present job capabilities, abilities and potential of a person for further growth and development. Performance Appraisal is also known as performance evaluation or performance review. Performance Appraisal is a systematic process. The performance of an employee can be observed by immediate supervisor, subordinate, self-appraisal and customers served. Performance Appraisal is an evaluating process as it tries to find out that how well the employee is performing the job. It is a periodic process as it is carried out periodically according to a set definite plan. Performance Appraisal is a future – oriented activity and not a past- oriented. It helps in determining the employees potentialities which refers to that how well an employee is doing his task which is assigned to him. It helps in development of employees as it forces the managers to become coach of employee rather than judges. Performance Appraisal can be formal or informal depending on the organisation. Informal evaluation is more subjective while formal evaluation is likely to be more fair and objective, as it is done in a systematic manner. Formal performance appraisal reduces the chances of biasedness but it is based to yield better results. The Performance Appraisal system should be simple and understandable so that the employees don’t find any complications in understanding the system. If it has any complication, the organisation should take some measure inorder to avoid this. It helps to create the atmosphere of mutual understanding and confidence. Performance Appraisal system should be fair and equitable justice should be provided to all employees. The main purpose of performance appraisal is to fulfill their desired goals by providing promotion, placement, increment and transfer to employees according to their performance. Special training should be provided to all the employees inorder to win their trust and to motivate them to achieve the goals. Performance Appraisal also helps in identifying the weakness and strength of employees, providing them training according to needs and aspirations, making them feel that everyone is there to support them and helping them in their career planning. Some of the objective of performance appraisal are –

  • Feedback – Providing feedback to the employee regarding their work and performance is the most important justification for an organisation to have a performance appraisal system. As this shows that whether they have met the expectation of their boss or superior or not.
  • Encouraging Coaching and Mentoring – Managers are expected to be good coaches to their employees rather than judges. They should mentor there employees.
  • Setting and Measuring Goals – Performance Appraisal helps in ensuring that every member or employee of the organisation set and achieve their goals effectively and efficiently.
  • Improving Performance – It is the most important reason for any organisation to have a performance appraisal system as this system only helps in achieving the overall organisational goals and performance of an organisation. This system helps the organisation to communicate the expectation and goals to each and every employee and to ensure that they do the same to achieve it.
  • Promotion and Motivation – Performance Appraisal helps an employee to get a promotion if he do the assigned work according to the expectation of his superiors. And if an employee gets a promotion definitely he will get motivated to do such task again.

Last But Not the Least

So, Performance Appraisal is very important and crucial for both employer and employee as it helps in achieving goals of both the parties.