What's the #1 skill that will raise your value by 50%, according to Warren Buffett? A recent Inc. post states the Buffett believes being a good public speaker brings dividends that, with an investment of time and effort, will pay off in the long run. He's in good company: a survey by Prezi revealed that 70% surveyed agree that public speaking and presentation skills are critical for career success, according to Forbes.
So what does that mean for the average worker? It's time to brush up on, or learn, the important art of public speaking. Speaking in front of other people can cause some to break out in a cold sweat — and they would prefer unpleasant medical procedures to subjecting themselves to the eyes of a judgmental audience.
If you weren't fortunate enough to participate in Speech and Debate at your high school, Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization with a mission in communication and leadership development. With almost 16,000 clubs worldwide to choose from, find one close to home and join others who want to improve themselves and their speaking skills. Practice makes perfect, and with continuous chances to give speeches, the Toastmasters provide plenty of hands-on experience and feedback. Groups typically meet on a weekly basis.
If you just don't have the time to attend weekly meetings, a quick search of the Internet brings up books, YouTube videos and much more with tips and tricks for public presentations. If you need inspiration on how to write a speech, American Rhetoric Top 100 Speeches of All Time features some of the most well known speeches of the past century by former presidents, civil rights leaders and more.
A few public speaking no-no's:
1. Stiff and unnatural body language
2. Reading the speech, or the PowerPoint slides, verbatim. There's nothing more boring than the speaker reading the entire presentation word for word. 3. Not making eye contact with audience members. 4. Memorizing the speech so that it feels rehearsed.
5. Low energy. Speaking in a monotone voice, standing (or worse, sitting!) in a single spot, and no facial expressions will send your audience to sleep!
In other words, be relatable, speak clearly and loudly, and look at your audience, picking up on their nonverbal cues to adjust your talk as needed. Most experts agree that the most important trait for successful public speaking is to be authentic. Confidence will take you far in the public speaking game: Never let 'em see you sweat!
We wish you much luck and success as you take the fast track to career success by learning one very important skill: Public Speaking!
Plantronics has announced that the Entera series will no longer be manufactured, and is only available while supplies last. The Entera series has been a standard in USB headsets for offices and contact centers for years.
Recommended Replacement: EncorePro USB Series
The recommended replacement is the new EncorePro USB series. The updated technology, body style and call controller with rocker-style buttons are easy to use and comfortable, too.
The laser-welded construction improves long term reliability. Aircraft-grade aluminum makes the headsets strong, yet lightweight - perfect for all-day use.
The headband has 6 degrees of adjustment and a re-designed super soft foam ear cushion that covers the ear. Premium leatherette ear cushions are available as an optional accessory.
The EncorePro is the benchmark in headset design, winning an iF Design Award in 2015. The single piece, unibody style microphone boom with tactile and visual positioning is virtually break-free. The aircraft grade structural aluminum joints provide another point of strength.
1. My favorite Bluetooth headset loses power quickly and the headset "dies" in the middle of a conversation. Can I replace the battery?
Typically, batteries cannot be replaced in Bluetooth headsets; however, this is dependent upon the headset you’re using. Contact us and we can help determine if a replacement battery is available for your BlueParrott, Jabra, Plantronics, Sennheiser or VXi headset.
2. The ear hook that came with my Bluetooth headset has been lost. Are there replacement ear hooks* available? *Or: ear gels, power cords, connection cables etc.
Yes, we have lots of accessories for your Bluetooth headset. Simply find your headset by using the “Search” bar on our web site, find your headset, and click on the product listing. Once there, select the “Accessories” tab at the bottom of the product page. A complete list of available accessories will be displayed. If your headset has been discontinued, don’t despair! We have accessories for some older model headsets – simply give us a call (866-998-9991) and we can help.
3. How do I pair my Bluetooth headset with a smart phone or tablet?
No matter which device you’re using, you will need to enable Bluetooth in the Settings menu of your device and your headset will need to be powered “on” and be placed in pairing mode. That way, the headset and phone/tablet can communicate and connect (or, pair). Follow the prompts on the smart phone/tablet and pairing is complete.
NFC (Near Field Communication) pairing is also available for some phones, and headsets. Contact us for additional help with pairing/connecting your Bluetooth headset to your smart device.
4. Is there a way to change the wearing style of my Bluetooth headset?
This is dependent upon the headset that you choose. Some headsets offer a choice in wearing styles; while others may have an add-on piece that can be purchased.
5. Can I use my Bluetooth headset with my laptop/PC?
Yes, provided you have a UC version of the headset. In plain English, a “UC version” is enabled to connect to a PC/laptop via the included Bluetooth dongle that will plug into your laptop/PC via USB. The dongle must be paired to the headset out of the box. Contact us to ensure you have a UC headset.
Bluetooth headsets are incredibly useful, and more intelligent than ever, with voice activated commands in some models. When you have the right tools, taking and making calls, listening to music, and participating in webinars become second nature. Take advantage of these headsets to streamline your work and life! And with all of the wearing options available, the right headset is just waiting for you.
Contact us at 1-866-998-9991 and we can determine the best Bluetooth headset for your needs.
Did you know that a few headsets can be worn in different ways? Headset manufacturers understand that users have unique preferences on the way a headset is worn. Some people love the traditional over-the-head band, while others prefer an on-ear wearing style. A convertible headset is 1 headset, with 2-4 different wearing style options. Convertible, 3-in-1, and 4-in-1 are all ways to describe a particular headset that can be worn interchangeably.
For example, the Plantronics EncorePro 540, a quick disconnect headset for desk phones, offers three wearing styles in the box. The EncorePro 540 has a C-clip design that makes it easy to change wearing styles, to allow for user preference.
You can bend the ear hook (or, ear loop) to fit comfortably on the ear. To change ears, simply rotate the boom up and over, and pivot the ear loop to the other side.
Behind the Neck
Place the band over both ears and behind the head. When the headset is properly adjusted, it will feel light, balanced and stable.
Position the headband on your head, so that the ear cushion rests on the ear. Place the T-band on the opposite side of your head, above the ear, and lengthen or shorten the headband as needed: the band is fully adjustable.
There are many other QD (quick disconnect), USB and wireless convertible headsets from Plantronics as well as Jabra and Sennheiser, so be sure to contact us to find the right headset for your unique set-up.