Teach Your Students How to Face New Business Communication Challenges

"From writing effective tweets to deciding whether to use emojis, today's employees face a host of new choices and challenges. Help students prepare with the most up-to-date text available, Excellence in Business Communication, 13th Edition."

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Brainstorming Meetings (Part 1)

"Brainstorming sessions can be a great way to generate new ideas, whether you’re naming a new product, thinking of ways to cut costs, or figuring out ways of solving tricky business problems. But running – and participating in – a brainstorming session can be a challenge. Groups need to feel comfortable and open, but still maintain focus. And everyone involved needs be diplomatic about how they suggest and respond to ideas."

"Fortunately, there are techniques and language that you can use to make brainstorming more effective. Today we’ll look at some of this language. . . ."

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27 Tips to Become a Better Public Speaker

"For many, public speaking is right up there with dying on the list of things people hate or fear most. But at some point in your professional life, chances are good you’ll have to stand in front of a room full of people and lead a meeting or give a speech."

"Chances are even better that if you prepare both yourself and your speech instead of winging it, you might stand a chance of doing a great job instead of just a meh one. But how can you get past the dread and anxiety that comes with public speaking?"

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How to Win Over a Boss Who Just Doesn’t Seem to Like You

"Pay attention to that first time the boss’s guidance feels very prescriptive or more precise than you expected. You’re still in what we call the “forgiveness zone,” which means you can regain their trust through quick corrective actions. Ask them whether there was something you did recently that triggered their feedback. Have them explain what they would have done differently in that situation. Listen carefully. They are describing their expectations about the right approach to how they want things done or the real priority they want you to focus on.  Adapt your workflow to meet their expectations, and make sure to demonstrate, in ways that are highly visible to them, your new behaviors or your heightened emphasis on their priorities."

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Change How You Listen During Business Communications

"Due to a general lack of awareness about the nature of listening, both speakers and listeners are using the same faulty assumptions. Speakers assume that the listener has heard what they said as they intended it. Listeners assume that they have interpreted accurately. In other words, both sides are sure they are right and are convinced that the communication was successfully transmitted. But if a problem arises out of a miscommunication, who is typically blamed for it?"

"I have noticed over the decades in my work with clients, from a variety of professions and cultures, that we all share something in common; if there is a miscommunication, most of us blame the listener for not listening correctly. I challenge that. . . ."

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Online Magazine: Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course

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