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The following articles were shared in a discussion forum on LinkedIn and, as such, are not the property of Annex Learning.   They have been posted here for your convenience.
ARTICLE MBTI vs. DiSC  Learning 2001
Together -- CPP

Introversion vs. Extraversion

I've long been an advocate for Introverts.   Here's a fantastic video from TED that gives "voice" to their gifts and contributions.
VIDEOIntroverts Rule the World (quitely) 

And here are a few "comments" about it from other YouTube viewers: 

I now want to show this video to my teacher, my classmates, my parents, my friends, my family. I've been forced to work as a team and my ideas are always shot down because I have no time to center them. This video gives me courage now, thank you for making this.

As an introverted person surrounded by extroverts, I spend a large proportion of my life feeling inadequate. Thank you for making me feel much better about myself.  

Wonderful speech by Susan Cain.  I'll admit that I used to get onto myself for not being more of an extrovert, but this video has made me feel much more comfrotable and maybe just a tad bit special for being an introvert.  


Please, Understand your Introvert   I agree with the author of this article who calls Introversion "one of the most frequently misunderstood personality traits."  The fact is, Introversion and Extraversion refer to one's source of energy, not whether they're shy or socialable.  Read this article to understand the things most people get wrong about the two Types.  ARTICLESix Things You Thought Wrong about Introverts 

Type is not Behavior   Often, when exploring Type with a client, he or she will say: "But I do both of those things..." and will proceed to struggle with making a decision on either end of the scale.  Here's a short, two-minute video that can help explain exactly what we're trying to get at when we assess your Type.   VIDEO Why Choose a Type?


Presentation Skills Resources

None of this is the property or production of Annex Learning.  However, each contains valuable information to help you become a better public speaker. 
VIDEO: Present Like Steve Jobs Here's six minutes of good stuff about how to make your presentations come to life!

VIDEO:  How Not to Begin a Presentation  Watch this one with the sound muted and see if you can guess what his message is.  Then play it a second time with sound!  You'll be shocked!

VIDEO: Busting the Mehrabian Myth  Far too many communications professionals misunderstand or misuse the famous 1960s UCLA study on Words (7%), Tone of Voice (38%), and Facial Expressions (55%).  This simple video explains what Dr. Mehrabian was really saying.

There's a good reason that this animated video has over 8.6 million views on YouTube.  It brilliantly illustrates the principles of Dan Pink's book, "Drive."
VIDEO: Drive:  The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
I was driving to New York City one day and happened upon this TED Radio Hour on Success.  It is the single best compilation of stories on the newest thinking about what it means and takes to be successful.  Really powerful stuff.
LINK: TED Radio Hour:  Success:  TED speakers share thought about what makes us successful.
Virtual Meetings
Here are a few of the most common issues with conference calls, all summed up into one hilarious video.
VIDEO: A Conference Call in Real Life:  A video by Tripp and Tyler
Here's a training video that I remember seeing for the first time in the early 80s.  It elegantly handles the issues that those in a minority may experience in a group setting.  Great for your personal viewing, but please don't use for group training without copyright permissions.
VIDEO:  The Tale of "O" 
Communicating Across Cultures
At Annex Learning, we often find ourselves working with global clients and teaching in international locations.  It's important that as global businesspersons, we understand the nuances of influencing, trusting, disagreeing, scheduling and other communication interactions.  This interesting assessment helps you see key differences in eight different areas where cultural gaps are most common, and it compares your behavior/responses with the norm for your culture.
LINK:  What's Your Cultural Profile?


Reflective Listening
Many of our students ask for this slide.  It's the Chinese word "ting" and it eloquently displays what reflective listening requires.
PICTUREChinese Listen
Are you a good listener?  Or are you a good problem solver?  There's a difference.  And we always tell our students that they don't get to decide.  Only the other person can say that they "felt listened to."  Sometimes you need to just listen...even when you reallly want to solve the problem.  This hilarious video demonstrates the difference.
Difficult Discussions
Some workplace conversations are just plain uncomfortable.  Whether it's delivering bad news, mediating a disagreement, of discussing performance issues, it's never easy.  Here are some articles that may offer insight.