10 Tips to Improve Your Active Listening Skills

Posted by Jennifer Ware on Jul 2, 2019 9:28 AM

Active listening is a way of listening and responding to another person that improves mutual understanding. Active listening can be employed in varied organizational settings, in discussions between managers and employees, in interviews of all types, and in mediation and conflict resolution. Check out these ten tips on how you can improve your active listening skills.

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Defining Your Own Brand

Posted by Frank Connolly on May 31, 2019 9:32 AM

Anyone trying to navigate today’s job market knows how important it is to stand out from the competition. That’s why defining and developing your own personal brand can be critical to your career success. But personal branding is about more than simple self-promotion, as our latest Skye Learning video explains.

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Advice to Entrepreneurs: Keep it Simple – and Clean

Posted by Skye Learning Team on Apr 5, 2019 9:52 AM

Sure, you’ve got a great idea for a new company. But will potential investors think it’s great enough to fund? Smaiyra Million – former operating partner at a major venture-capital firm and now director of strategic initiatives at the Babson College Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership – has sound advice. You need to keep your vision clear and simple, she says in our latest Skye Learning video – and you’ve got to have clean and well-documented data to show the money people.

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SCAMPER Method

Posted by Jen Conroy on Mar 5, 2019 10:25 AM

There are several tools that managers can use to help foster creativity and innovation in teams. The SCAMPER method (Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put, Eliminate, Reverse) can spur the creative brainstorming process by tasking team members to think outside the box and use their imaginations. Learn more about the SCAMPER method in our latest infographic.

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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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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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Why Negotiate?

Posted by Frank Connolly on Feb 21, 2019 10:08 AM

There’s more to negotiation than just haggling over price. Successful negotiations can help you solve problems, preserve relationships, and avoid future conflicts. Our latest Skye Learning video explains how negotiation can make a big difference for your business.

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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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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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