No matter how skillfully you phrase it, bad news will hurt, frustrate or anger your readers. But there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.
Often what we perceive as a block is really just a flaw in our approach to writing. Here are a few common reasons that people find it hard to start a document, and some tips to help you conquer the blank page.
A poorly planned, poorly run meeting squanders a terrific opportunity to foster teamwork and enhance a staff’s success. Here are some tips to help you make your staff meetings the focused, productive and motivational events they should be.
When you use a cliche, it’s as though you’ve temporarily left the conversation and told your listener, “Here, talk to my Great Aunt Melba.”
The emails you send at work are like any other professional documents. They reflect your professionalism and competence, and when you send them you lose all control over who sees them and how they’re used and interpreted. So before hitting ‘Send,’ read these email tips.
Want to advance in your career, enhance your professional reputation, or just have more meaningful relationships? Listen up. One of the most powerful—and underappreciated—interpersonal skills is being a great listener.
Writing is a single-task activity. Study after study has shown that multi-tasking is a myth. Our brains can be devoted to only so many mental tasks at once. Try singing a song while adding a couple of two-digit numbers in your head. Or better yet, notice how someone turns down the car stereo when looking for an address.
Periodically, Uncle Sam tries to get people to write clearly and directly. The efforts usually fail. Chances are you spend a good deal of your time crafting documents to communicate or persuade. Avoid these seven common mistakes and your written documents will be clear, persuasive, and will deliver better results.