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Citybuzz Marketing On How To Have Kick-Ass People Skills

MANCHESTER, UK, March 2014 – Do you think you’re qualified for a particular job, fit to lead a team, or entitled to a promotion because you have extensive experience and highly developed technical skills? Well, it turns out that while those things are crucial to your professional success, it’s imperative that you also have great soft skills–more commonly known as “people skills.”

People skills are the various attributes and competencies that allow one to play well with others. People skills come down to how people interact with each other, from a verbal and/or non-verbal perspective; they are non-technical in nature. When we think of people skills, words such as personality, empathy, and tonality come to mind.

Here are 19 “people skills” and attributes you’ll need to succeed at work:

The ability to relate to others. By having a well-rounded personality and set of experiences, it’s usually possible to relate to almost anyone.

Strong communication skills. This is the most fundamental people skill because it encompasses your persona and ability to get along with other colleagues, persuade others to listen to your ideas, and much more.

Patience with others. If you’re patient with others and can keep a level head in stressful situations, it will definitely be noticed by management and perceived as a very strong asset.

The ability to trust others. You can only accelerate your career if you’re trustworthy.

Knowing how and when to show empathy. Having the ability to place yourself in someone else’s shoes is a key people skill.

Active listening skills. Listen without interruption and then take the time to think and form a response before replying. It takes practice, but it pays off.

Genuine interest in others. People know when you’re truly interested in them.

Good judgment. Good judgment is a key people skill that comes directly from learning, listening to others and observing the world around you.

The ability to persuade others. You need to be able to form a strong, convincing argument for why you, or your products, are the very best at some point in your career.

Negotiation skills. Good negotiating skills are beneficial with both internal and external discussions.

The ability to keep an open mind. Being known as someone who keeps an open mind makes you more approachable and easier to work with.

A great sense of humour. If you can retain some lightheartedness in your job, you’re likely to get more air time during meetings and overall.

Knowing your audience. Knowing what, how, and when to say things to others is critical.

Honesty. The saying, “honesty is the best policy” is not only true, it’s essential in building trust among your colleagues. Once you lose it, it’s almost impossible to regain.

Awareness of body language. The importance of body language cannot be emphasized enough, since it makes up the majority of how we communicate with others.

Proactive problem solving. Work is a series of problem solving situations, but if you’re proactive, you’ll take the pressure off your boss and colleagues.

Leadership skills. If you can motivate a team and help those around you do their best work, you’ll be more successful even if you’re not in management.

Good manners. Using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ goes a long way in the realm of people skills.

The ability to be supportive and motivate others. People want others to believe in them, regardless of how successful they might be. By showing support in the form of encouragement, you can put someone back on track or keep them headed in the right direction.

Nowadays many of us live in two worlds, the real and digital one. Make sure that your people skills are consistent across both.

For additional information, contact a member of the Citybuzz administration team at contact@citybuzzmarketing.co.uk

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MANCHESTER, UK, March 2014 – The path of success is often littered by our own rubbish, obstacles that we place ourselves. Habits, by definition are behaviors that are so ingrained that we no longer become conscious of them; actions that turn into autopilot. The power of habit is severely under-recognized as driving force toward success.

While there are many people that possess many successful habits, these habits are being undermined by toxic habits - it is taking one step forward but then two steps back. Breaking the bad habit could be the game-changer that you desperately need.

Here are 8 of the worst habits that are holding you back from success:

1. Waiting for the ‘right’ moment

As the Chinese proverb goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Stop waiting for the unicorn and take the bull by the horns now. Any action is better than no action.

2. The approval of others

While it is important to receive validation for your work, constantly seeking that pat on the back from others will get you nowhere. It is nice to receive good comments on your work. But do not mix up what is good for the ego for what is good for your productivity.

3. The need to always be perfect

Perfectionism is crippling. By all means strive for excellence and seek to produce the best product you are able to deliver. But spending far too much time on any task can become detrimental when you have people waiting for you to deliver.

4. Germophobia

It should not only be great leaders that aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty, but anyone striving after success. Getting your hands dirty means engaging in a task that is outside of your responsibility.

Win the respect of others by doing something beyond your duty.

5. Not learning from people ‘less’ than you

Pride is like putting poison into your own glass of water. Great knowledge can come from anyone. But if you simply shut someone off because they do not have a PhD or they are not a CEO, you are potentially robbing yourself of a golden nugget. You never know what kind of experience a person has or who the person may be connected with.

6. Not being vulnerable

It is easy to feel the need to put on a mask in your career, particularly if you are in leadership. No doubt there is a clear line that needs to be drawn between you and those on your team. But you need to take off the iron suit every now and then. Admit to making mistakes, make apologies when you are in the wrong. You will be respected.

7. Too stubborn to let go

While grit, tenacity, and perseverance are all great qualities, they can be crippling when they are directed toward the wrong goal. This is difficult with any project that you have poured your heart and soul into. But if it is not profitable nor bringing you closer to your goal, then you need to recognize when you are being stubborn and let go. Treat any humiliation like water off a duck’s back and direct your energy toward the next project.

8. The contentment plateau

There is a dark side to being satisfied with your work and accomplishments. Being content and comfortable is the enemy of improvement. Take time during your journey to stop and smell the roses, but do not let be left standing there when the roses are long gone. Keep setting the bar higher. Knock down a goal, celebrate it, move on.

Warning: There is a crucial need to break these detrimental habits.If you are suffering from any of these 10 toxic habits, then you need to nip them in the bud today!

For additional information, contact a member of the Citybuzz administration team at contact@citybuzzmarketing.co.uk

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Citybuzz Marketing: How To Create More Time In Your Day

MANCHESTER, UK, February 2014 – Some people know how to make the most of every minute, while the rest of us lament that there’s not enough hours in the day. The key could be as simple as knowing what you’re working with. Here’s how to take control of the time you’re given.

You know the type: A colleague constantly delivers at work. He exudes a sense of calm, and yet as you get to know him, you find out he’s also coaching football, running marathons, and taking a wine-tasting class that he’s never had to skip.

Some people appear to magically create time. But the truth is, these superheroes actually have a different, if almost as rare, skill: they know exactly how long everything takes. Being able to estimate time well allows us to plan and organize our lives. We live in chaos often because we don’t have good estimates. Many of us miscalculate what we can take on, and then we have to chuck things that are meaningful to us.

Here’s how to get better at estimating how long things will take, and how to use those estimates to get more done.

1. Keep track of your hours.

If you want to estimate time better, you need to get a realistic sense of where the time goes now. There are time tracking apps that can make you more productive, or you could use a spreadsheet. Try logging your time for at least a week.

2. Reflect.

Now it’s time to look for patterns. How long is your commute, how long are your regular meetings? Few of us take time to look back at the week, but if we did, we’d get a better feel for our schedules.

3. Embrace your inner pessimist.

While some people overestimate the time tasks require, the more common curse is wild optimism. People estimate that they will do it right on the first try. Call it margin time or “slack” but any good estimator has learned to anticipate that something unexpected will happen, you might as well account for it in advance.

4. Think like a chef.

With estimation you can compare it to cooking - you need to figure out what are the steps that are going to allow you to put dinner on the table at 7 p.m. and then you count back from 7 p.m. to figure out when you should start. Likewise, you can break any project into its constituent steps, figure out how long each step requires, and which of these steps can run simultaneously.

5. Use the 100% rule.

Another problem with estimation is that people fail to account for all the steps of a project. With the cooking metaphor, people don’t build in time to set the table. Getting groceries doesn’t just involve driving to the store, putting stuff in your cart, and driving home. It requires taking the groceries out of your trunk and putting them away. Failing to account for that time gives you inaccurate estimates.

6. Crowdsource.

The hardest things to estimate are things you do rarely or have never done at all. You want to paint your hallway. Will it take all weekend? If you start at 4 p.m. Saturday, will you have to cancel your evening plans? But just because you’ve never done something doesn’t mean no one has. The best estimators know who to call. The wisdom of crowds is often surprisingly accurate.

7. Take a portfolio approach.

The reason to hone your estimation skills is that you can then plan your life in a more rational fashion. Here are some things that could fit in 24 hours: 8 hours of sleep, one hour of personal care, 10 hours of work (including the commute), a 90-minute trip to the gym, and two hours of TV. Here are some things that cannot simultaneously fit into those same 24 hours: grabbing drinks with a colleague, starting your taxes, fixing the leaky pipe in your house and going to your daughters dance recital.

When it comes to time you have an absolute ceiling to what’s available to you, so you need to make some critical decisions. What parts of your life portfolio are most important to pursue? If something has to give, you want to make sure it’s the right thing. Those people who manufacture time? They always chuck the right things—and keep the right things too.

For additional information, contact a member of the Citybuzz administration team at contact@citybuzzmarketing.co.uk

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MANCHESTER, UK, February 2014 – It can be easy to overlook the vital importance of great people.

Of course, every company wants a stellar team who are impactful, high performers. Identifying those high performers, however, takes hard work in recruiting, screening resumes and interviewing.  

Here are five key attributes that Citybuzz Marketing look for in candidates:

Horsepower: Take intelligence over experience. Job descriptions alone can intimidate a lot of people — particularly younger people, who often feel that they lack the experience that the job description suggests they will need. An intelligent candidate can quickly learn a job and frequently ends up doing it better than someone (less intelligent) who has been doing a similar job elsewhere. Experience is certainly valuable, but brains are the horsepower that drives the business.

Ownership and pride: No matter your current job or where you are in your career, are you focused and engaged and do you take ownership? Do you have pride in what you are doing? Do you have pride in your colleagues and your company? Ownership and pride apply to life, and apply to how you will succeed — or not — as a teammate in business.

Work ethic: The valued team member is not only the one willing to work hard; she is the one who searches out ways to contribute most. She should have a work history of having demonstrated not only a willingness to contribute, but a desire to lead, come up with ideas on her own and to grasp fully the feeling of pride in his or her accomplishments.

Integrity: This is an attribute that is not always easy to flesh out. But it is too important to gloss over in the interview process. Try to gauge integrity by asking interviewees for examples of difficult decisions they have had to make or ethical dilemmas they’ve faced. Look for candid responses as to how they handled these situations. What was their decision-making process?

Teamwork: So much of what we do involves collaboration that we must have team players across our business. It is good for business results and our corporate culture. You want people who are ego-less and put the interests of the company above their own and are eager to share information and help their co-workers.

This year, Citybuzz Marketing will hire a substantial number of new candidates. Success is evident through recent productivity and growth. It is also evident in the engagement and enthusiasm seen among team members — smart, hard-working people thrive alongside other smart, hard-working people.

For additional information, contact a member of the Citybuzz administration team at contact@citybuzzmarketing.co.uk

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