Communication in business requires the understanding of different communication styles, and the ability to break down communication barriers.
In business communication, effective communication requires a sort of “office communication toolkit” – the kind of resource Business Management Daily provides.
While these phrases aren’t grammatically incorrect, they tend to be used in all the wrong places: “With all due respect, ...” “Does that make sense?” ... “I hear what you’re saying, but ...”
In some offices, you might kick-start relationships between older and younger workers with these tips: Try reverse-mentoring ... Go out of your way to collaborate with different generations ... Don’t get hung up on office etiquette you think everyone should be following.
“Decades of research have consistently shown that brainstorming groups think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone and later pool their ideas,” says Keith Sawyer, a psychologist.
Stop monopolizing a conversation. Every time someone asks you a question, ask one in return ... Resist the urge to do several things at once ... Avoid sending an email to the wrong person, with this tip from Patricia Robb, author of the “Laughing All the Way to Work” blog ...
Practice. That’s the best way to get comfortable with speaking in front of others. Although the idea of public speaking may sound terrifying, your confidence will get a major boost from stepping out of your comfort zone and into the spotlight.
An admin reader recently wrote, “My goodness, will you please do a piece that tells people the difference between ‘intra’ and ‘inter’? While you’re at it, ‘effect’ vs. ‘affect’ wouldn’t hurt, either.”
Affirm your credibility in a meeting with these five tactics:
In business writing, you don’t receive extra credit for slathering your sentences with fancy phrases, the way you did in college. Do that in a memo or e-mail, and you can expect eyes to glaze over. Here are five "less is more" tips for writing more effectively at work.
No matter what you do in life, you have to sell something, writes author Michael Ellsberg—selling your boss on why he should promote you, selling your brilliant idea, or selling co-workers on why they should donate to your cause. How to sell, in a nutshell:
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