Jen Conroy

Jen Conroy
Jen is a Senior Editor at Skye Learning.

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10 Tips to Combating Procrastination

Posted by Jen Conroy on Feb 27, 2019 9:43 AM

I’ll get to it later.

How many times have you said those words in recent memory? Putting off tasks and assignments until the last minute is a commonly recognized habit of teenagers and college-aged students. But how prevalent is procrastination in adulthood?

Very prevalent, it turns out. Research has shown that 1 in 5 adults are chronic procrastinators. Whether it’s putting off filing your taxes, scheduling your annual physical, or responding to an email that’s been sitting in your inbox for weeks, procrastination can be a daily struggle that lasts well past your days as a student.

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5 PowerPoint Rules of Thumb

Posted by Jen Conroy on Feb 20, 2019 9:15 AM

Is there anything worse than sitting in the audience during a presentation, as the speaker reads word-for-word from a series of PowerPoint slides? Does he really not understand that you can read the slides for yourself? Why not just print out a set of slides for everyone in the audience and let you all continue on with your day?

Using PowerPoint slides can actually be a wonderful enhancement to your presentation, but only if you know how to use them properly. Here are some basic rules to consider in order to keep your audience engaged.

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7 Tips for Delivering a Successful Speech

Posted by Jen Conroy on Feb 13, 2019 10:10 AM

Do the words "public speaking" make you feel excited—or do they make you want to hide in a corner? For a select few, speaking in front of an audience can be a comfortable, even enjoyable, experience. But if delivering a speech or a presentation stirs up feelings of anxiety and doubt, just know that you are not alone. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld captured the prevalence of public-speaking anxiety in this famous quote:

"According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy."

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10 Best Practices for Difficult Conversations

Posted by Jen Conroy on Feb 12, 2019 10:03 AM

Effective communication is important in both your personal and professional life. Your conversations won’t always be easy, so how do you maneuver through the difficult and uncomfortable situations? Preparation is key. Check out our latest infographic for ten tips that will help you handle difficult conversations.

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Ask the Right Career-Planning Questions

Posted by Jen Conroy on Jan 31, 2019 11:21 AM

In today’s economy, no one’s going to do your career planning for you. You need to ask yourself the right questions before you start your job search; our latest Skye Learning video offers sage advice about what to ask.

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4 Reasons to Prioritize Professional Development

Posted by Jen Conroy on Jan 16, 2019 9:00 AM

Professional development is a win-win opportunity for both companies and their employees. Numerous studies show that workers value training and career development as a company-provided perk, while employers reap the benefits of increased job satisfaction and productivity. But only 50 percent of working Americans say that their employers provide career development opportunities that meet their needs, according to the 2017 Job Skills Training and Career Development Survey conducted by the American Psychological Association.

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7 Goal Setting Tips

Posted by Jen Conroy on Jan 15, 2019 10:07 AM

The start of a new year often inspires people to set resolutions and goals in both their personal and professional lives. But having a goal-oriented outlook is something that should stay with you throughout the year. Goal setting can motivate you to tackle new challenges and take steps forward in your career. Check out these seven goal setting tips to jumpstart your path to success.

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The ABCs of Communication

Posted by Jen Conroy on Jan 10, 2019 10:23 AM

We communicate with each other all the time, but do we really know what we're doing? Our latest Skye Learning video explains the fundamentals of effective communication.

(Spoiler alert: Be concise, be engaging, and above all, be clear!)

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Business Writing: Keep It Short and Sweet!

Posted by Jen Conroy on Dec 20, 2018 9:57 AM

 The three keys to successful business writing are brevity, simplicity, and clarity. Our latest Skye Learning video explains that business writers need to respect their audience -- and that means not wasting their readers' time with writing that is vague, wordy, or convoluted. Keep it simple, and you'll be on the path to success.

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8 Causes and Resolutions to Workplace Conflict

Posted by Jen Conroy on Dec 18, 2018 9:30 AM

As a manager, it’s your responsibility to oversee the work environment and ensure it’s a safe zone for all employees. Therefore, it is important to understand the causes of conflict and learn strategies to combat these issues. Take a look at our infographic that covers the eight sources of conflict and ways to work it.

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