Communication

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Steel yourself—we want you to put your upcoming talk through this aggressive 12-point test. Our goal is to poke, nitpick and annoy until you have all your bases covered and can come off like an awesome leader, not a text reader.Let the tough love begin! 

Create the perfect introductory pitch

August 3, 2017 Categorized in: Speaking

You have two seconds to impress someone who can make things happen for you. Try these tips.

Ditch these overused words at work

July 6, 2017 Categorized in: Speaking

Three words to delete from your vocabulary.

Time for you to speak up in meetings

July 6, 2017 Categorized in: MeetingsSpeaking

Introverted? That’s just fine—but making your presence known in meetings is both important and totally doable.
Speaking up about something you think a superior is doing wrong is intimidating and risky. From calling attention to a serious violation to questioning a simple business practice, you have to weigh your situation to determine whether speaking up is the right thing to do.
Your body language says a lot, even when you don’t realize it. The way you sit, stand and walk communicate things to people, so when you’re networking it’s especially important to take notice of your body language.
It’s necessary to promote yourself as competent and confident in your job, but beware of turning people off with exaggerations. Here’s how to avoid sounding arrogant when you’re trying to sound confident.

Write irresistible blog titles

May 14, 2017 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

You may have written the most poignant blog post ever. You may have a dozen ways to share it with people. However, if the title is only so-so, don’t count on too many people clicking on it.
Many teams are finding themselves saving email for longer correspondences or anything external. For other things, there’s Slack.
Your communications make an impression on others, so why not work to make those impressions positive? Here are some steps to consider when planning your communications.

Ditch the jargon at work

March 3, 2017 Categorized in: SpeakingWriting/Editing

Buzzwords and jargon have infiltrated nearly every aspect of business, but these words and phrases frequently complicate messages rather than simplify them.
Here are some examples of negative messages your eyes can send and what you can do to improve your messages.

What to do with those 122 emails

February 2, 2017 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Joe Staples, writing at Martech Advisor, offers some suggestions to alleviate email interruptions for you and your co-workers.
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