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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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Giving a big presentation can make even a seasoned professional nervous. Well Said, Inc. President Darlene Price says that instead of trying to get rid of your butterflies you should try to take advantage of them. She writes that the adrenaline can make you more energetic and enthusiastic about the presentation. If that doesn’t work, here are more ways you can prepare yourself.
Managed correctly, conflict can be a positive source of innovation and creativity. How do you harness its power?
In 2016, email is still likely to be your most-used tool for communicating with co-workers, employees, customers and your boss. Maximize the time you spend using email by following this advice.
Coonoor Behal, founder of Mind­­hatch, a business and customer insights firm that uses improv training and design thinking, offers these tips.
The workplace can be hard to navigate for millennials, especially when you’re working to dispel common myths about your generation. Here are some ways to disprove the common misconceptions and advance in the workplace in your 20s.
Sometimes, you can’t make it to every conference in your industry, but that’s OK; you can still stay involved.

Caroline Arnold wanted to improve her work habits. Like many hard-charging executives, she set a lofty goal to be­­come more organized. But like many of her previous resolutions, this one fizzled. So Arnold, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, decided to scale down her ambitions ...

Burnout can affect anyone at any point. Sometimes it’s a sign you need to make a serious change in your life. Other times you just need to make some changes to your routine that will help change your outlook toward your work, says Sujan Patel, vice president of marketing at When I Work. There’s plenty of well-worn advice on what types of small changes to try, but Patel offers some suggestions you may not have considered.
The next time you’re leading a meeting or giving a speech, turn your audience into participants. Let them steer the discussion in the direction they want to go.
What do you do when something seriously embarrassing happens to you at work? Follow the lead of this month’s Best Communicators.
New York Times best-selling author Shawn Achor and former national CBS News anchor Michelle Gielan re­­­port: “Researchers Howard Fried­­man and Ron­­ald Riggio from the Uni­­­­­­­­ver­­sity of Cali­­for­­nia, River­­side, found that if someone in your visual field is anxious and highly expressive—either ver­­bally or nonverbally—there’s a high likelihood you’ll ex­­­­­­peri­­ence those emotions as well, negatively impacting your brain’s performance.”
Here are six amazingly simple productivity routines practiced by some of the world’s greatest business minds—that could just change the tone of the entire day.
Emojis bring to text the nuances of communication that would otherwise go undetected or misinterpreted. Is it time to get on board with them at work?
As more people experience frequent job changes, it’s important to have a large personal network you can call on to help you, says Karen Wickre, a self-proclaimed connector and networking guru. Here are her tips for building great contacts over time.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to improve yourself, there are plenty of ways to do so without spending a lot of money, says San­­jay Nasta, founder of learning and development firm Micro­­Assist. Iden­­tify the skills you have and the skills you want to gain, then target your search. Consider these options.
You may be your own worst enemy when it comes to climbing the ladder at work. If you want to succeed, stop these three behaviors now.

Part of any leader’s job is resolving conflict among employees. But there’s a right and a wrong way to restore the peace. Beware of falling into these four ­be­­havioral traps when trying to play ­referee.

One of the most pivotal periods in your relationship with your boss is those first few weeks while you’re getting routines established, learning each other’s temperaments and mapping out expectations. This is especially true when it’s the boss who’s new to the company and not you. You can make yourself indispensable and ease her transition into your organization if you do the following.
Former Picnik and current Pic­­Monkey CMO Lisa Conquergood says she learned a lot about how Google keeps employees engaged and productive while she worked there.

How many times would you like to say, “No, I can’t help you,” but refrain from doing so? The result is an overload of work when you’re still trying to complete the projects that fall within your job responsibilities.

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