What’s your process when creating a slideshow? All too often, presenters simply copy their notes and information into bullet points, maybe throwing in a stock photo here and there. Boring slideshows can make your audience glaze over and detract from your message. So what can you do to create a slideshow that’s as engaging and […]
Has this ever happened to you? You’ve just delivered a standout presentation that you spent weeks developing. You spoke with clarity and confidence…and then the Q&A begins, and everything changes. Suddenly you’re unsure of yourself and your confident speaking style disappears. What happened?
In today’s increasingly competitive job market, being able to interview well is essential to professional success. Many candidates will have similar qualifications and experience; coming across as capable, confident, and professional in an interview will make you stand out from the crowd and help tip the scales in your favor. Last week, we gave you […]
Have your professional skills evolved beyond your current salary? A new year is almost upon us; start it out right by getting paid what you’re worth! Last week we talked about ways you can use communication to improve your negotiation skills. Today we wrap up our negotiation series with three more essential strategies for […]
Have you ever felt that your paycheck doesn’t quite measure up to your professional contribution and skill? It may be time to ask for a raise! Negotiating a raise can be a tricky topic, and many professionals avoid it for fear of sounding demanding or creating an uncomfortable situation. However, it’s often a necessary […]
Communicating in the business world requires a certain level of finesse and skill. However, some situations are trickier than others. In this week’s blog, we discuss three situations that many people find difficult: offering criticism, saying “no”, and avoiding office gossip.
Nearly every professional has jargon and specialized vocabulary that pertains to their particular career. Acronyms, initialisms, and abbreviations are often used to simplify sometimes complex verbiage. While on the whole, this can make communication simpler and more effective, sometimes these verbal shortcuts can cause even more confusion than the initial terms. Check out our tips […]
With the breakneck pace of technology development, we now have more options than ever for communicating in the workplace. Everyone has certain methods of communication that they’re most comfortable with. However, it’s important to remember that the type of communication you prefer may not necessarily be the best fit for the situation at hand. Whether […]
People often think that the key to sounding intelligent and articulate is using as many impressive vocabulary words as possible. However this can be risky; if you use words incorrectly, it can significantly undermine your credibility. Before adding a new word to your vocabulary, don’t just guess at its meaning from context. Actually take the […]
It has been said that, “Meetings are events where minutes are taken and hours are wasted.” Meetings should be opportunities to share information, exchange ideas, and build your company as a team. However, all too often poor communication turns a meeting into a long, drawn out affair, that leaves everyone wondering where their day has […]