Effective Communications

4 Ways to Get People to Listen

Jun 13, 2014

We all have times when it feels like we are talking to a brick wall at work. We can tell that people see us, but it feels like no one is listening to what we are saying.

Often it’s not the listening part that’s the trouble, it’s the understanding part. People hear what we are saying, but they are choosing not to understand and care.

How do you get them to understand? Turns out that it’s merely a matter of common sense.

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Are You a Pushover? 3 Tips to Increase Your Assertiveness at Work

Apr 22, 2014

Have you ever:

  • Wanted to speak up during a meeting, but were worried what others would think?
  • Had a co-worker ask you to take over some of their work when you were already overloaded, but you said yes anyway?
  • Wanted to address a difficult topic with your boss, such as a promotion, but kept pushing it off?

Many people avoid situations that require them to speak up because they want to avoid conflict or worry about what others might think of them. Instead they take the passive route of not rocking the boat and being the “nice guy.”

5 Communication Blunders You’re Probably Making Right Now

Feb 11, 2014

Communicating effectively is one of those things that is easy for us to dismiss as a non-issue. With the ability to stay connected to each other 24/7 through calls, texting, email and social media it seems like communicating for business should be a simple process.

However, like it has always been, communication remains a sore point for many organizations. Perhaps even more so these days due to the sheer number of messages we receive on a daily basis and the different ways in which we receive them.

Here are 5 common communication blunders and what you can do to fix them:

How to Tear Down Silos in Your Organization

Nov 11, 2013

As an organization grows, there’s a natural tendency to group people with the same tasks and function together as teams. With time, these teams become departments – marketing, sales, finance, HR, IT, etc.

While it makes sense to group these people together under a leader, what tends to develop in most organizations is silos.

Leaders and the people below them pull inward and become self-serving; looking out for their own needs first.

5 Steps to End Pointless Meetings

Sep 24, 2013

If your schedule today has a meeting in it, you’re not alone. It’s also not a surprise if you secretly (or not so secretly) think it’s a waste of time.

Most employees attend a whopping 62 meetings a month. And they consider half of those meetings wasted time, totaling 31 hours spent in unproductive meetings every month.

Almost half of people complain that meetings are the #1 time-waster at the office and feel overwhelmed by the number of meetings they have to attend.

In these meetings over 90% say they spend time daydreaming.

5 Co-Workers You SHOULDN'T Invite to Meetings

Jul 23, 2013

Meetings are a necessary evil. Decisions need to be made, tasks need to be assigned, and problem-solving needs to happen. Sometimes the only way for that to get done is through a meeting.

While most of us already dread meetings – pulling you away from work that needs to get done now, going longer than needed, agendas not followed – they are often made even worse by the people invited to be in them.

You may not always have a say in who attends meetings, but if you do, try to keep these five types of co-workers off the guest list.

3 Times You Should Never Use E-mail

Jul 9, 2013

I hear lots of people out there grumble about e-mail. They’re complaints are varied: people don’t respond fast enough, they aren’t clear in their messages, the subject lines are vague, they ramble, yadda, yadda.

However, the underlying problem of most e-mail issues has nothing to do with the actual sending or receiving of e-mails, it has to do with the fact that many people use e-mail when they shouldn’t.

Lessons Learned – Turning Failures and Mistakes into Opportunities

Nov 29, 2011

Mistakes, we all make them but how many of us turn these into opportunities? One of the things that set successful companies apart from the others is how they deal with mistakes. Successful organizations turn mistakes to their advantage. Mistakes are hidden opportunities; you just have to recognize them for what their potential is. In Thomas Edison’s famous quote when asked about his failures in trying to create the light bulb, he stated that he hadn’t failed, but had discovered 1,000 ways not to make the light bulb.

What Employers are Looking for in Your Resume

Aug 22, 2011

15 to 30 seconds. That’s all the amount of time an employer needs to know if you’re in line for an interview or not. Hundreds of resumes go in and out of businesses every year, let’s make sure your next resume stays on that desk. 15 to 30 seconds is not a lot of time to impress an employer, that’s why less is better but making less, more powerful. It is hard to produce a winning document if you don’t know what employer’s are looking for. So let’s take a walk through of what you should include before you hand out your next resume.

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