6 Tips on Writing Quickly

Posted by Jen Conroy on Mar 12, 2019 9:19 AM

With emailing and instant messaging becoming mainstream forms of business communication, being able to respond quickly to messages has become increasingly important. When under pressure, it can be easy to write before you think and make careless and regrettable errors. Check out our latest infographic which covers six tips on writing quickly.

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4 Tips to Sharpen Your Active Listening Skills

Posted by Sandy Slager on Feb 26, 2019 9:10 AM

Communication is an integral part of business. However, we often focus on how to communicate verbally and forget to address nonverbal communication skills, including listening. Learning how to be an active listener can help you impart empathy and fairness in your professional and personal relationships. Improve your active listening skills with these four tips.

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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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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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Ethical Communication in the Workplace

Posted by Tricia Goodwin on Dec 12, 2018 9:00 AM

Most of us spend half (or more than half) of our waking hours in the workplace. At work, we communicate with a range of people with different roles, experiences, cultures, perspectives, and power levels. Knowing how to communicate skillfully across such a wide spectrum of colleagues is an essential skill set in the modern workplace.

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5 Body Language Tips

Posted by Sandy Slager on Dec 11, 2018 9:30 AM

Communication comes in different forms. The most basic form of communication is the spoken word, but we communicate with unspoken messages all the time. We often use body language, which is a nonverbal form of communication. Our posture, eye contact, and hand gestures are all forms of body language. Our latest infographic covers five tips that can help you improve your body language.

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What to Do When the Words Won’t Come to You

Posted by Jen Conroy on Nov 23, 2018 10:11 AM

Can’t find the right words to put on the page? Writer’s block is one of the most frustrating problems any writer can face. There’s no magic cure-all, but our latest video offers practical tips to help you overcome the blockage and get your keyboard humming again.

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