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Workplace Communication

In an era of Casual Fridays and work-from-home colleagues, how can you maintain effective office communication in a changing business climate?

We’ll steer you through changes in business etiquette, and help you successfully navigate through the new realities of workplace conflict and office politics.

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If you have acted poorly in the past, your reputation may still be suffering even if you have since changed your ways, writes career coach Dorothy Tannahill-Moran. There’s no surefire way to fix the damage, but a few techniques may help.

Microsoft Word’s grammar check alerts you when you repeat a word, but is repeating a word always wrong? Bonnie Trenga, author of The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier, says no. Here are several examples to illustrate when it’s perfectly fine to repeat a word.

The best way to brace for a media interview is to simulate the real thing. It’s often agonizing, but it’s worth it.

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You’ve been a loyal, hardworking employee for years and haven’t seen a promotion. You may have one or more of these common professional problems, writes Alison Green:
Inject power into your remarks by eliminating words or phrases that weaken your message. That’s easier said than done, since many leaders aren’t aware of how their word choice works against them.
Starting at the bottom may not be fun, but it’s a fact of life. Or is it? Cassie Boorn skipped it with the help of a blog she started in college. Steer yourself into the fast lane with her tips.
Only 3% of American office workers don’t care what their co-workers wear to work each day, according to a survey by Adecco. Everyone else is prepared to think less of people who commit office fashion faux pas.

When arguments arise, it’s tempting to make statements to assert your claims or defend yourself. But shrewd questions work better to calm the situation. Use these inquiries to extricate yourself from confrontational conversations:

When you, or your boss, have to give a presentation with a strict time limit, you need to have every word down pat to ensure you hit all the key points. The only way to do that is to practice—a lot.
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