Perform Better in Presentations, Meetings, and Networking Events

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Building strong communication skills can be the difference between deal and no deal.

Sometimes you have this great idea and it’s like a lightbulb turning on in your head—but then you try to tell someone else about it and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get them to see what you see. Even some of history’s brightest visionaries like Tesla and Van Gogh have struggled and failed to translate their ideas into financial success, in part because they weren’t effective communicators who could get others on board.

As a business professional, communication plays a key role in many of your most important activities—pitching products and ideas, leading or participating in meetings, building relationships at networking events and business lunches, training others, and more. If you’re not comfortable in these settings, you may find yourself asking, “How can I improve my communication skills?”

Here at Critical Thinking for Success, our cognitive training services will hone in on the cognitive abilities you need to work on to improve your communication. Here’s how.

What Do Cognitive Skills Have to Do with Communication?

Cognitive skills are the core building blocks of how you think. Most of the time, you’re not even aware of what they are or when you’re using them, because they come as naturally as your breath or your heartbeat. However, everyone is stronger in some cognitive skills than others. Once you identify and improve the relevant cognitive skills, you’ll be surprised at how much more your brain can do.

In the business world, there are many cognitive skills you can work on to help you organize better or come up with better solutions, but those solutions don’t mean anything if you can’t convey them to others. To be truly successful, you need to also develop the cognitive skills that influence your ability to communicate effectively.

Those skills are:

  • Shape Recognition: “What do shapes have to do with networking?” Well, developing stronger shape recognition helps you predict and communicate meaning, which includes being able to intuitively read social meaning from body language.
  • Direction and Orientation: Improving your senses of direction and orientation help you not just physically orient yourself, but also to organize information, sense social proximity, and delegate effectively.
  • Pattern Recognition: Much like shape recognition, pattern recognition, otherwise known as rule induction, helps you intuitively spot social cues and navigate social relationships.

How Does Cognitive Training Improve Those Skills?

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Cognitive training will improve your communication skills both in the meeting room and during cocktail hour!

Those skills may seem simple, but training them requires focused, sustained, and well-planned efforts. That’s why Critical Thinking for Success offers the expertise and training you need in order to best improve your communication skills.

First, we do some preliminary testing to figure out which skills need the most work. This helps us know where we should direct our efforts for the best results.

Next, we develop a training plan personalized just for you. This plan will have two parts: daily training exercises, and counselling sessions.

The training exercises will be picked out for each specific skill which we’ve decided to target for improvement. An exercise like rapidly calling out the directions of a series of arrows can seem simple enough, but as we continue adding layers of difficulty you’ll be strengthening your unconscious abilities of direction and orientation quicker than ever. It’s like a workout for your brain!

Our regularly-scheduled sessions together will consist of discussion about your progress as well as how you’ve been applying those skills in real life, especially at work. We’ll talk about things you have planned and how you can use your skills to carry them out more effectively. That way, you’re not just practicing exercises but really using your skills in day-to-day activities.

As we work together, you’ll develop the cognitive skills necessary to make you a better communicator. You’ll perform better in every social setting you encounter, including presentations, meetings, networking events, training sessions, and situations outside of work as well.

Call Critical Thinking for Success at 847-845-0422 and schedule a consultation today, so you can learn to share those great ideas with the world!

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