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Communicating Effectively

Articles focused on ways leaders and managers can communicate more effectively

Will You Ever Be Taken Seriously?

Your palms are sweaty. You stumble over your words. You don't seem to be getting a clear message across. You look around the table - everyone is more senior than you - both in age and title. You wonder if you'll ever be taken seriously. Sound familiar?

3 Simple and Creative Alternatives to Using PowerPoint for Presentations

When you think about creating business presentations, this first thing that might come to mind is Microsoft's PowerPoint software. But some people find creating and viewing PowerPoint presentations to be tedious or not very engaging. The good news is there are a number of alternative presentation-creating tools.

What happens to our brains when we have stage fright: The science of public speaking - - The Buffer Blog

This is a guestpost by Mikael Cho, the co-founder of ooomf. More about Mikael at the bottom of the article. Palms sweaty. Heart racing. You know the feeling. Whether it's five people or fifty, public speaking is a gut-wrenching experience for most of us.

How to Sound Confident (Even if You're Not)

Even if you have great ideas, nobody will listen to them if you sound like a wimp when you open your mouth. By contrast, even mediocre ideas seem profound when spoken with confidence. Fortunately, it's not difficult to sound confident if you follow these simple rules: 1.

Those Grammar Gaffes Will Get You

People see your language as a reflection of your competence. Make lots of mistakes in your e-mails, reports, and other documents, and you'll come across as uneducated and uninformed. Others will hesitate to trust your recommendation to launch a resource-intensive project, for example, or to buy goods or services.

Before Delivering Your Next Speech, Ask These 4 Questions

Steve Sargent, president and CEO of GE Australia and New Zealand, runs through a four-point checklist--sometimes in just 30 seconds--before every organized communication event, from small meetings to large speeches. The four questions he asks himself seem obvious, but that's exactly why they're on his checklist: They're essential.

10 Reasons to Pick Up the Phone Now

I've noticed recently that the Millennial generation's trend of phone avoidance is quickly spreading to people of all ages. It started with smartphones. Texting replaced leaving voicemails and whole conversations now take place with our thumbs. Calling someone has now become low on the communication priority list and even frequently disparaged.

Big Speech Coming Up? You're Practicing Wrong

Most CEOs never know how their pitch looks or sounds--until someone videotapes you at a pitching event. And then you watch the footage: OMG! You're not alone. When I saw my first video, all I could think when I stared at my hands was that they resembled giant lobster claws, in perpetual motion.

Email Best Practices for Teams | GTD Times

A client recently asked us for our best practices around email communications, to share with their globally dispersed teams. They had learned the keys to getting inbox zero, but their productivity was stymied by the sheer volume of unproductive emails being sent around the company.

Write E-Mails That People Won't Ignore

Your clients and colleagues don't have time to engage fully with every e-mail they get. Some of them receive hundreds of messages per day. That's why they start with the ones they can deal with quickly. They may never get around to answering - or even reading - the rest.

How to Write a Convincing E-mail

E-mails are the most common document in the business world. Unfortunately, many e-mails are so poorly written that recipients must struggle to figure out why they're reading the e-mail and what they're supposed to do about it. Here's a foolproof method to write e-mails that get the job done. 1.