Writing Skill Deficiencies Signal Need for Change

Business, Academia and the National Media Agree: Deficiencies in writing skills amongst both students and employees have become a critical problem that requires an immediate remedy. Wall Street Journal “Students Struggle for Words” By DIANA MIDDLETON March 3, 2011 Business Schools Put More Emphasis on Writing Amid Employer Complaints Most writing is taught by English [...]

4 Easy Steps to More Effective Writing--Book Synopsis

4 Easy Steps to More Effective Writing–Book Synopsis

4 Easy Steps to More Effective Writing is a book that is targeted to the needs of Business Professionals. As such, it should also be considered as excellent supplemental reading for the Business Student. The book introduces the author’s easy-to-use four step methodology for developing and executing a Writing Plan. The underlying premise of that [...]

How to Make Team Meetings More Effective

How to Make Team Meetings More Effective

Many teams will communicate with one another outside of any formal meeting.  If and when they need to physically meet there are a number of steps that you can take to ensure that their meetings are most effective.  After all, we want to see the meetings structured in a way that gives them direction, ensures [...]

Why Every Business Professional Needs to Become a Skilled Interviewer--What You Need to Know

Why Every Business Professional Needs to Become a Skilled Interviewer–What You Need to Know

Mention the word “interview” and for most people the first thing that comes to mind is the “job interview”.  Skill in performing the job interview is certainly important if a company hopes to hire a high caliber of employee.  But, it is only one example of how interviewing skill can benefit both the company and [...]

Making a Presentation: What Goes Wrong and What to Do About It

Making a Presentation: What Goes Wrong and What to Do About It

Anyone who has traveled the “cheese Danish and coffee” (a.k.a. business conference) circuit knows that the wisest advice you can give any newcomer is to bring a spare light bulb for their overhead projecting device.  A close friend of mine, a statistician by trade, once calculated that the average mean time to overhead light bulb [...]

The Survey Questionnaire: A Communications Vehicle Whose Time Has Come

The Survey Questionnaire: A Communications Vehicle Whose Time Has Come

There was a time not that long ago when the questionnaire or survey questionnaire was a tool that was used only sparingly and for very limited purposes.  In fact, it was pretty much reserved for use by large research and opinion survey firms.  Those firms provided a front to back service to their customers including [...]

Seven Writing Style Tips That Will Add Clarity to Your Writing

Seven Writing Style Tips That Will Add Clarity to Your Writing

Everything we write about would always be crystal clear if only we were the sole person reading it.  However, as writers it will hopefully always be the case that we are communicating information to a large and diverse audience.  But having that broad appeal also has some strings attached to it.  Because different people typically [...]

Eight ways to improve listening effectiveness

Eight ways to improve listening effectiveness

To effectively listen to another person is a skill that takes determination and practice to learn well.  It doesn’t just happen.  Recognizing the natural inclination not to listen is neither new nor startling.  It has been historically recognized as a source of both humor and malice.  The social game “pass the word” is an example [...]