Where Has the Finesse Gone?

  “I tell it like it is.” “I’m a straight shooter.” As a culture, we value honesty. We want people to be straight with us. We even ask people to stop beating around the bush.  But the more we hear these pronouncements, the less they seem to be about a desire for honesty and the…

Communication That Will Make You Shine

  Most organizations agree that their success depends largely on the communication skills of all their employees. One study, for instance, asked 170 corporations about their primary reasons for rejecting job applicants. Most frequently, the companies said they didn’t hire applicants because of their “inability to communicate” or because they had “poor communication skills.” So…

Essential Public Speaking Skills – Body Language

Whether you’re giving a presentation, collaborating in a business meeting, or talking with a potential customer, you choose your words carefully. You want to make sure your message is conveyed clearly and accurately. But you may be disregarding one aspect of communication that is just as important as your words — your body language. Even…

10 Tips on How to Disagree at Work with Positive Results

You’ve probably been in your share of meetings where you’ve disagreed with what someone was saying. Maybe you didn’t speak up. You didn’t want to rock the boat. Everyone else seemed to be on board. When you refrain from commenting, your organization is missing out on your ideas. Your contributions and concerns might change the…

10 Easy Steps for Making Business Writing Easier

Do you panic when you have to write a business letter, memo or report? Feel baffled over coming up with the right words for expressing your points? Do you dread having to think about style, grammar and syntax? If those thoughts hit home, you may well be making the task of business writing much harder…

Signs You Work in a Fear-Based Workplace

Do you work in fear? It can be a scary thought. In today’s tough economy, fear rears its ugly head in offices far and wide. Your office may be one of the unfortunate victims. How can you tell? Here are 10 signs of a fear-infested workplace: 1. Image is king. The company motto is to…