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Teaching Business Communication? These 11 Stories Demonstrate Why Your Course Should Be Updated

Has the textbook you've been using to teach business communication become obsolete? Most textbooks have been incredibly slow in adapting to this digital age. Bovee & Thill textbooks are the more current texts on the market."

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An online magazine by Bovee & Thill, authors of the leading textbooks in business communication, featuring resources for business communication and business writing instructors. For more information about Bovee & Thill texts and the exclusive, superior materials they provide for teaching a modern course, visit http://boveeandthillbusinesscommunicationblog.com. For instructor examination copies, go to http://blog.businesscommunicationnetwork.com/texts. To find your local sales representative, go to http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/replocator. To contact the authors, send an email to hotline@boveeandthillbusinesscommunicationblog.com. To get a free Comprehensive Guide to Business Communication Instructional Resources, visit http://blog.businesscommunicationnetwork.com/resources. Subscribe to a free weekly newsletter of new posts to all nine of Bovee & Thill’s Online Magazines: http://sco.lt/8kgeVV.
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Three-Step Solution to Three Intimidating Challenges in Business Communication

Every professional faces three business communication challenges:

 

One, making every message and document more effective.

 

Two, writing routine messages as quickly as possible to avoid getting swamped by the demands of everyday communication.

 

And three, tackling big projects such as major reports and formal presentations without getting overwhelmed by the size of the task.

Professionals who can handle these challenges are more likely to succeed in their current positions and get noticed at promotion time.

 

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Do Your Visuals Tell the Truth?

Visual media have become a central element in business communication, and all business professionals have a responsibility to apply ethical decision making to the visuals they create, whether it’s a simple bar graph, a photo, a technical diagram, or the design of a web page.

 

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Order Examination Copies of Bovee and Thill Business Communication Textbooks

Order Examination Copies of Bovee and Thill Business Communication Textbooks | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

 

Bovee and Thill are the recognized leaders in the field of social media, electronic communication, including mobile communication, and were the first authors to cover these topics. They continue to be far ahead of all other texts with heir cutting-edge coverage.

 

Visit this page today to conveniently order examination copies of Bovee and Thill business communication textbooks.


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Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's curator insight, November 4, 2013 9:35 PM

Bovee & Thill are the recognized leaders in the field of social media and electronic communication. The first authors to cover these topics, including mobile communication, they continue to be far ahead of all other texts with their cutting-edge coverage.

 

Visit this page today to conveniently order examination copies of Bovee and Thill business communication textbooks.

Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's curator insight, November 4, 2013 11:28 PM

Bovee & Thill provide the latest information in their texts about writing a resume for the digital age. Students will learn about creating a personal brand and an e-portfolio. They'll also see examples of an infographic resume, multimedia resume, social media resume, as well as traditional resumes.

 

Visit this page today to order examination copies of Bovee and Thill business communication textbooks.

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The True Importance of Good Spelling

The True Importance of Good Spelling | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"Modern business is often conducted via quick-fire typing on tiny screens. But your bad spelling is likely making you look less credible and intelligent than you are."

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"Gone are the days of secretarial typing pools and hardback desk dictionaries. Now, we conduct much of our daily business by quick-fire finger-jabbing on tiny screens.

 

"But ever-smaller technology, and an increasing pressure for ever-quicker response times with the advent of email, means it’s likely a typo will creep into our written communication, or worse, autocorrect will insert an inappropriate word." . . .

 
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12 Words You and Your Students May Be Mispronouncing

12 Words You and Your Students May Be Mispronouncing | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
Like "comptroller," "banal," and "sherbet."
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"The English language is hard. But sometimes people just flat out mispronounce words. 

 

Take a look, for example, at the 12 words we feature in this article. We bolded the emphasized syllable and included links for audio (click the word to listen)." . . .

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U Can’t Talk to Ur Professor Like This

U Can’t Talk to Ur Professor Like This | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
Formal manners and titles aren’t elitist. They ensure respect for everyone.
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"At the start of my teaching career, when I was fresh out of graduate school, I briefly considered trying to pass myself off as a cool professor. Luckily, I soon came to my senses and embraced my true identity as a young fogey.

 

"After one too many students called me by my first name and sent me email that resembled a drunken late-night Facebook post, I took a very fogeyish step. I began attaching a page on etiquette to every syllabus: basic rules for how to address teachers and write polite, grammatically correct emails." . . .

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Left verus Right Brain—The Surprising Truth [INFOGRAPHIC]

Left verus Right Brain—The Surprising Truth [INFOGRAPHIC] | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"What does the left side of the brain control? Are you a right brain dominant person? Learn the newest left brain vs. right brain facts right now!"

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"Neuroscientists and psychologists all around the world have put great effort into investigating the functions and differences of the left and right brain.

 

"The existence of differences between left brain and right brain have been proven by many studies. Especially valuable are the observations that have been made on brain injuries.

 

"In this infographic, you will learn everything about the left brain vs. right brain, including their functions and characteristics."

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These Are the Documents Our Competitors Don't Want You to See

These Are the Documents Our Competitors Don't Want You to See | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
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Change Business Communication Textbooks Quickly and Easily with QuickSwitch

Change Business Communication Textbooks Quickly and Easily with QuickSwitch | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

QuickSwitch makes it easy to identify the best Bovée & Thill textbook for your business communication course and then quickly build your syllabus and lesson plans with our exclusive system.

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The system works in three stages:

 

  1. Selection Advice and Transition Guides: The three books in the Bovée & Thill series cover a wider range of course needs than any other business communication series, so you may find that more than one Bovée & Thill title is a potential replacement for your current text. We offer advice to help you choose the right book for your unique needs. After you’ve decided which book to use, the Transition Guide provides detailed information to help you move to your chosen book, including high-level mapping that shows how the table of contents of your current text maps to the Bovée & Thill book, detailed content mapping that shows where to find comparable content sections from your current book in the Bovée & Thill book, a terminology translator that explains any differences in how the two books use important terms, and activity mapping that shows where to find comparable assignments and other student projects. The guide also highlights new material and new activities available in your Bovée & Thill book that your current book doesn’t have.

  2. Syllabus Assistant: This interactive tool helps you generate a syllabus that makes the best use of your new Bovée & Thill title, including course outcomes, detailed assessment rubrics, and the framework for a course calendar. You can easily pull in content from your existing syllabus and add required material from your institution. After you’ve completed the online interview, the system generates a Word document that you can then customize and finalize as needed.

  3. Lesson Plan Assistant: Choose from a list of important topics that you’d like to cover, such as communicating with diverse audiences or writing routine and positive messages. These documents provide the background information to build a successful lesson, keyed to content in your new Bovée & Thill text, which you can then adapt to your teaching interests and the specific parameters of your course schedule.

 

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12 Rules Of Great Teaching

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Three Decades of Exciting Innovation, Helping Instructors Prepare Students for the Evolving Challenges of the Contemporary Workplace

Three Decades of Exciting Innovation, Helping Instructors Prepare Students   for the Evolving Challenges of the Contemporary Workplace | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Learn more about three decades of exciting innovation, helping instructors prepare students for the evolving challenges of the contemporary workplace. https://lnkd.in/efvpxAP

 

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Hall of Fame: WPP's Reader-Friendly Annual Report (with Slides for Classroom Use)

Hall of Fame: WPP's Reader-Friendly Annual Report (with Slides for Classroom Use) | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"Long and complex reports, such as corporate annual reports, can place a heavy burden on readers."

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Long and complex reports, such as corporate annual reports, can place a heavy burden on readers. Publishing these reports online presents an additional set of challenges, because readers can no longer just flip printed pages to skim content or establish context. Fortunately, the Web also provides new opportunities for structure and navigation that can make online reports easy to consume, if reports are crafted with readers' needs firmly in mind.


The London-based holding company WPP Group is the world’s largest marketing communication services firm, with more than 150 component companies involved in every conceivable aspect of advertising and related business activities. All together, WPP companies have nearly 180,000 employees in more than 100 countries. Trying to report on the annual progress of an organization this complicated is no easy task, but WPP’s intelligent, reader-friendly choices make its online annual reports easy to navigate and read.


The slides we've prepared show eight screens from WPP's 2014 annual report, along with helpful annotations and lecture notes.


Read more and download slides.

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Excellence in Business Communication, 12th Edition, Now Available

Excellence in Business Communication, 12th Edition, Now Available | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Only Bovee and Thill cover mobile business communication.

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Following in the wake of the digital revolution and the advent of social media, business communication has been hit by yet another revolutionary change: the rise of mobile communication. In this Twelfth Edition of Thill and Bovee's Excellence in Business Communication, the most significant and recent technology-related changes affecting the business world are thoroughly discussed.
Not to be forgotten, the text continues to emphasize fundamental skills and principles, including the importance of writing, listening, presenting, and other components of business communication. Featuring practical advice, time-tested processes, and real-world examples, Excellence in Business Communication is the premier text for honing and developing business students’ essential communication skills.
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Sharing Negative Information Without Being Negative

Sharing unwelcome information is an unpleasant fact of life for all business professionals. No one likes to receive bad news, and no healthy person likes to give it, so these messages can take a toll on everyone involved.

 

However, it is possible to minimize the emotional impact these messages have, because you can take steps to share negative information without being negative. Learning how to craft these messages with sensitivity and honesty will make the task easier for you as a writer and the experience less traumatic for the recipients of your messages.

 

This video is ideal for instructors teaching business communication, teaching business writing, or teaching management communication.

 

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Balancing Emotional and Logical Appeals for Persuasive Messages

One of the most important decisions to make when crafting persuasive messages is finding the optimum balance of emotional and logical appeals. Few message appeals are entirely emotional or entirely logical, so knowing enough about your audience to mix just the right blend of appeals will help you create more effective messages for both internal and external audiences.

 

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Use This Chart to Find the Textbook That Perfectly Fits Your Business Communication Course

Use This Chart to Find the Textbook That Perfectly Fits Your Business Communication Course | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Learn more about the leading business communication textbooks in the field.

 

Obtain a wealth of complimentary business communication classroom resources.

 

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43 Phrases That You Are Probably Using Incorrectly

43 Phrases That You Are Probably Using Incorrectly | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"Even the smartest people can use words, phrases, and idioms incorrectly—here's the correct way to say them."

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"Even the most educated people often unknowingly make common writing and speaking flubs. Check out this long list of ubiquitous grammar mistakes."

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27 Ways the Business Communication Course Can Help Your Students

27 Ways the Business Communication Course Can Help Your Students | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

In your class you’ll probably be emphasizing the long-term value of the business communication course to your students. Here’s our list of 27 ways communication skills can help students in their personal and professional lives.

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Here are the 27 ways:

  • Succeeding in other college courses. From writing research papers to making presentations, the skills developed in the business communication course can help with virtually every other course students take.
  • Landing the best available job. The job-search process is essentially an interconnected set of business communication projects using a variety of media and interpersonal communication skills. It’s a great opportunity for students to put their finely tuned skills to work.
  • Positioning oneself for promotional opportunities. The managers who make promotional decisions like to keep an eye on up-and-coming talent, and communication skills play a critical role in how those employees perform and how they are perceived by colleagues, customers, and influential executives . . .

 

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Business Communication Textbooks Have Wide Gap in Coverage

Business Communication Textbooks Have Wide Gap in Coverage | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
An analysis of digital, social, and mobile media in business communication textbooks reveals Bovée and Thill’s superb coverage far exceeds the coverage found in competing texts, which in comparison is shockingly incomplete and out of date.
 
See topic comparisons among 9 business communication textbooks.
 
See feature comparisons among competing business communication textbooks.
Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's insight:
The latest editions of the business communication texts authored by Courtland Bovée and John Thill reflect the methods now used in the workplace, from interacting with customers on social media to recruiting new employees with custom mobile apps. All the books in this market do a good job of conveying the fundamental skills of business writing, but Bovée and Thill show students how to communicate using the latest tools and practices of modern business.
 
Three good examples of this unique coverage are the social model of communication, the authors’ handy list of compositional modes for digital media, and the extensive coverage of mobile communication.
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How Does Your Business Communication Textbook Measure Up to the Competition? You May Be Surprised!

How Does Your Business Communication Textbook Measure Up to the Competition? You May Be Surprised! | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

How does your business communication textbook measure up to the competition?

Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's insight:

 

How does your business communication text measure up?

 

Take one of these interactive tests to find out the answer. You may be quite surprised!

 

Business Communication Today vs. your current text - https://lnkd.in/wSBKCs

 

Excellence in Business Communication vs. your current text - https://lnkd.in/eX7kzKj

 

Business Communication Essentials vs. your current text - https://lnkd.in/eTu4Zxm

 

To order examination copies of Bovee and Thill textbooks (instructors only), visit https://lnkd.in/bvxGGmT.

 
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These Are the Most Misspelled Words in Each State, According to Google

These Are the Most Misspelled Words in Each State, According to Google | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
Spelling is hard sometimes.
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"Thanks to Google, we now know New Hampshire has a "diarrhea" problem.

 

". . . Google released Trends data on the most commonly misspelled words in each state, as judged by people's searches of "how to spell.

 

"Some of the words are as familiar as they are fickle: things like pneumonia, maintenance, and cancelled. Others — gray, February, tongue — are less forgivable. Google recently tweeted out the full list in a map."

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"Thanks to Google, we now know New Hampshire has a "diarrhea" problem.

 

". . . Google released Trends data on the most commonly misspelled words in each state, as judged by people's searches of "how to spell.

 

"Some of the words are as familiar as they are fickle: things like pneumonia, maintenance, and cancelled. Others — gray, February, tongue — are less forgivable. Google recently tweeted out the full list in a map."

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20 Stupid Grammar Mistakes That Even Smart People Make

20 Stupid Grammar Mistakes That Even Smart People Make | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
Words are powerful.
Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's insight:

 

"When you hear someone using grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education?

 

"There's no doubt that words are powerful things that can leave a lasting impression on those with whom you interact."

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"When you hear someone using grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education?

 

"There's no doubt that words are powerful things that can leave a lasting impression on those with whom you interact."

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Students Can Improve Their Communication Skills with These Seven Websites

Students Can Improve Their Communication Skills with These Seven Websites | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"It’s true that the pen is mightier than the sword, and the same could be said of communication skills. Listening well is more powerful than speaking loudly."

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"Known as a 'soft skill,' good communication is a subtle force that will open doors professionally, improve your relationships and increase your personal happiness.

These seven online resources will help you become better at this all-important skill."

 

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Google’s Five Key Success Factors for Effective Teams

Google’s Five Key Success Factors for Effective Teams | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"When it comes to getting things done, hiring people brighter than yourself is generally considered something of a no-brainer. But there’s more to building a team than simply assembling a bunch of the smartest people you can find.

"Google has spent the past two years studying more than 180 of its teams, to figure out the secret to success. It interviewed 200+ employees to ask about attitudes to teamwork, in order to discover the common attributes of a high performing team.

"The results, as discussed on its re:Work blog, are revealing. It turns out that standout teams have five common traits, and these are perhaps a lot less skill-based than you might initially think."

"Cultural and psychological factors are of primary importance, as is strategic vision. How people work with one another is absolutely fundamental, if a team is to be effective."

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"Cultural and psychological factors are of primary importance, as is strategic vision. How people work with one another is absolutely fundamental, if a team is to be effective."

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24 American Customs That Are Considered Offensive in Other Countries

24 American Customs That Are Considered Offensive in Other Countries | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"When traveling abroad, it's easy not to think twice about behaving just as you would at home."

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". . . not all American gestures and customs are acceptable abroad: some are considered offensive and will not only out you as a tourist, but could even get you in a bit of trouble."

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