Free Download: A Guide to Building Conversational Presentations

"As presentation design expert Russell Anderson-Williams points out, 'In this busy world of countless communication channels, having the opportunity to interact with people in person should be something we relish, not squander. We should welcome and seek to build in the opportunity for them to interact with us constantly. We should allow them to guide the flow of our presentation based on what their interests are. And we should not be afraid to have ‘conversations’ rather than traditional presentations.'"

Read more

Stop Ending Your Speeches With ‘Any Questions’ and End with This Instead

"If you're planning to wrap up your presentation with a half-hearted call for "any questions?" followed by a "thank you" and a quick exit, then you haven't planned your whole presentation," writes Deborah Grayson Riegel (photo, left) at Inc.com.

"In fact, you're missing out on a critical opportunity to reinforce your key message, offer a final appeal to gate keepers or decision makers, and make yourself and your pitch memorable."

Read more

How to Write the Perfect Headline for Your LinkedIn Profile

According to William Aruda (photo, left), "I spend a lot of time helping people improve their LinkedIn profile and align it with their real-world brand. And I’m often asked for examples of profiles that do the best job of showcasing their creator. Although there are very few profiles where every element is exemplary, I’ve seen many examples of profiles that are truly  transparent, real, compelling and differentiated."

"When someone is checking you out online, the four most important aspects of your LinkedIn profile are: . . ."

Read more

English Grammar 101: All You Need to Know

"Understanding the basic grammar rules is essential for communicating efficiently, but most of us have forgotten those concepts years ago," writes Daniel Scocco (photo, left) in a piece at DailyWritingTips.com.

"In order to solve this problem we decided to put together all the basic rules on a single page, so that you can use it as a refresher, or print it out for future reference. Enjoy!"

Read more

Video Interview Platforms Make Headway Against Consumer Tech

Some recruiters prefer the familiarity of popular video tools, like FaceTime and Skype, but they may be missing out on the rich candidate profiles and analytics of dedicated systems."

Read more

Jeff Bezos and the Perfect Memo

"Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has some tips on crafting the perfect memo, which he broke down in his annual letter to shareholders."

Read more

Evidence Shows Students Still Learn More from Print Textbooks Than Screens

"As researchers in learning and text comprehension, our recent work has focused on the differences between reading print and digital media."

"While new forms of classroom technology like digital textbooks are more accessible and portable, it would be wrong to assume that students will automatically be better served by digital reading simply because they prefer it."

Author bio – Ms. Alexander is Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland.

Read more

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."

Read more

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. . . ."

Read more

Do You Know That You Have a Unique Communication Style?

"Communication is like the air we breathe; it is transparent. When we are speaking our native language we all assume that how we communicate is good enough. Few of us consider that how we write, speak and listen has evolved over our lifetimes. There are five key influences that have formed our style: genetics, family, culture, education and profession. Here are the kinds of questions I have my clients explore when working with me. Answer them for yourself to discover the influences on your unique communication style."

Read more
Page 1 of 212