Category Archives for Communication

Clear Thinking Is In Critical Condition

A Midwest university professor complained:  “We are now focusing more on how to use the tools of communication than we are on how to effectively communicate … As a result, we are turning out computer and internet gurus who can’t write and think creatively.” You bet they are.  Making your points to your boss or […]

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Your Ultimate (Web) Makeover

Google yourself on the web. Put your name in quotation marks. If you have a common name, you may have to add a few other cues, such as company name, city of residence, or alma mater. If the only hit that pops up is a Facebook photo of you in a toga guzzling a yard […]

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Have A Great Relationship With The Boss

Jim came into the office one morning and found a note from his boss, demanding that he report to her office right away.  When he walked in, the boss told him to close the door. “Jim, I understand you called in sick yesterday,” the boss said. He nodded. “That’s right.” The boss smiled, reached into […]

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The Slippery Slope

You can’t know enough about your customers, suppliers, employees, competitors and audiences. Incomplete information can sometimes be riskier than none at all. Here’s an example: Harold got a phone call from Al who asked if he was going to Rotary the next night. Harold said, “Yes.” Al said, “I have a big problem. My guest […]

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Tweaking Your Public Speaking

There are only two times in life when you’re really alone – just before you die and when you have to make a five-minute speech.  Studies have found many people would rather die. You may know Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech.  “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena […]

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