Communication

If your writing isn’t up to snuff, you risk miscommunicating information and looking less competent and professional than you really are. AppoLearning found four applications to help you polish your writing skills and get your point across every time:

Stop ‘like’ hurting your career

January 21, 2014 Categorized in: Speaking

Overusing the word ‘like” is a common problem—and a quick way to have your professionalism called into question. Stop damaging your career with these three tips from Fast Company writer Drake Baer.
Whether it’s helping you appear confident, landing a promotion or en­­couraging agreement, body language can be a great ally or enemy in your career. Here are six ways to make your body language work for you.
Building a happy relationship with your co-workers can result in a happier workplace. And the happier you are at work, the more creative, productive and efficient you are, says Alexander Kjerulf, author and speaker on workplace happiness.
When you’re drafting an email, memo or other written communication at the office, there are key elements to consider as you work to clearly and accurately communicate your message. Communications specialist, writer and editor Corinne LaBossiere offers four tips for successful business writing.
Take a stand for workplace wellness … Vacation is time to think about the future … If you wouldn’t poke a bear, don’t open a suspicious email.
You talk without thinking first, flub a figure of speech, misfire an email. How do you recover gracefully?
Smart administrative professionals choose when and how to express gentle, yet forceful, disagreement. Here are three strategies to disagree gracefully, along with situations when each tactic makes sense.

The power of posture

November 11, 2013 Categorized in: Nonverbal Communication

Your posture doesn’t just affect how you look; research shows that it can also affect your hormones and behavior. Leverage the power of your posture with these expert tips.
It’s easy to dash off quick email messages and push “Send” before you’ve made sure that deadlines, action items and next steps are absolutely clear. Follow these strategies from Deborah Dumaine, author of Write to the Top.
You’re comfortable with your position, your co-workers and your workload. You’re not interested in taking on more responsibility, but you want to get more involved and maybe meet some new people within the company. The Daily Muse’s Caroline McMillan offers three easy ways to get more involved.

Mobile-friendly subject lines

November 1, 2013 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

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If you’re the office Eeyore who says, “We tried that before and it didn’t work,” highlighting the negatives isn’t likely to get you noticed—at least, not in a good way. Instead of pointing out the downside, try using these tactics.