An Unimpressive Message From My Dentist

I want the best in dentistry–not business writing–from my dentist. But I’m still disappointed when I receive a pointless, error-filled email like the one below. In it, I have changed the name of the dental practice to “Your Favorite Dentist.”…

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Can Your Writing Pass This Test? Take It to Find Out

"It's easy to fall into bad writing habits at work. Sometimes it's because we are racing. Sometimes it's because we have read enough swollen sentences, obscure acronyms, and endless messages to lower our standards. And sometimes we write on autopilot," writes Lynn Gaertner-Johnston (photo, left) in a piece at at her blog – BusinessWritingBlog.com.

"Let's find out if your writing passes a test."

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Personal, Tangible Greetings: Why and When to Send Them

When is the last time you sent a card or note to a business associate? If it’s that long, read on for a nudge and some inspiration. The Case for Tangible Messages Thousands of unread messages fill my email inbox,…

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More Help Understanding Native English: 19 Super Common Word Pairs That Reduce

"GONNA, COULDA, HAFTA, LOTSA- what??? Another reason native speakers can be hard to understand is we combine common word pairs- ALL the time! In this lesson, you will learn about 19 of these SUPER common word pairs. Knowing these everyday reductions can help you sound more natural and native in your spoken English and will also be HUGELY helpful when trying to understand native speakers!"

Watch the video by Keenyn Rhodes . . .

Why the Future of Social Media Will Depend on Artificial Intelligence

Social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn must use AI (Artificial Intelligence) to make sense of the sea of human data coming at them. So, you can say, future of social media really depends upon AI.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.smartdatacollective.com

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Why Managers Don’t Listen (Poor Listener Syndrome): and the Cures!

"Actually, it’s not just managers that don’t listen – it’s also employees, husbands, wives, kids, students, teachers, and just about human being with two ears. However, this is a management and leadership resource, so we’ll stick with listening in the context of a management skill," writes Dan McCarthy (photo, left) at his website.

"So if listening is such an important management skill and it’s an ability we were born with, why do so many managers get feedback that say they are poor listeners? That’s an issue I’ve explored with several managers when I review their 360 assessment results. Here are the seven most frequent reasons, and a prescription for each cause: . . ."

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How Many Spaces Should Be After a Period? (One vs. Two)

Image from Cult of Pedagogy

Here is a client question received today, which I often hear in business writing courses:

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How to Make Blogging Easier with Artificial Intelligence

Blogging can be made significantly easier, faster, and more impactful using artificial intelligence. Here’s how.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.marketingaiinstitute.com

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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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Can Your Writing Pass This Test? Take It to Find Out.

It’s easy to fall into bad writing habits at work. Sometimes it’s because we are racing. Sometimes it’s because we have read enough swollen sentences, obscure acronyms, and endless messages to lower our standards. And sometimes we write on autopilot….

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