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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, or write to samplingdept@pearson.com. To find your local sales representative, go to http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/replocator. To contact the authors, send an email to hotline@businesscommunicationblog.com.
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National Car Rental--Its Bad and Good Business Writing

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This week I received an email from National Car Rental. The email's subject, "Lynn, we've updated our terms and conditions" caught my attention, as did the heading "IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR EMERALD CLUB MEMBERSHIP."


Because I rent a car from National about once a month, I wanted to know about any new terms. . .


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Teach the Right Way to Make Customer Complaints

Teach the Right Way to Make Customer Complaints | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Customer complaints are an inevitable part of the consumer-business relationship. This infographic shows you how people can make their voices heard and get results!

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Business Writing: When Sorry Isn't the Important Word

Business Writing: When Sorry Isn't the Important Word | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

The other day I wanted to buy salmon at my local market. When I looked at the fish counter covered with ice and various fish, I did not see any salmon, so I asked the person behind the counter if if he had any for sale."

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The other day I wanted to buy salmon at my local market. When I looked at the fish counter covered with ice and various fish, I did not see any salmon, so I asked the person behind the counter if he had any for sale.


He looked at me, then pointed down into the counter. I realized I had not noticed a sign.


The sign said:


SORRY

We are out of salmon. . .

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Use Annotated Model Documents to Help Students Improve Their Business Communication Skills

Offering students the ability to learn from carefully selected examples is one of the foundations of a successful business communication course.


Bovée-Thill textbooks offer students dozens of annotated model documents that show how communications works—or doesn't work—in real-life scenarios. . .


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Do People Have the Wrong Impression about Online Learning?

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How to Host A Google+ Hangout with Your Students

How to Host A Google+ Hangout with Your Students | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

It’s easy to see how a free tool that connects you to your students can be helpful. But Google+ is not something you simply pick up and assume everyone knows how to use.


In fact, I’d recommend making sure everyone you want to speak with actually has an account first! Once that’s settled, it’s time to figure out the best ways to use Google+ to host a "hangout" with your students, teachers, parents, admins, or friends.


It’s relatively simple, but there are a few tips and tricks you should know about in order to make the most of your time hanging out. . .

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Why Concrete Language Communicates Truth

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If you want people to believe you, speak and write concretely.


There are all sorts of ways language can communicate truth. Here are some solid facts for you: . . .

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Three Reasons Why Good Writing Matters

It pains me to see how few students — especially those in their third and fourth years of university studies — have mastered the most fundamental writing skills.


Here are three simple reasons good writing matters: . . .

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How the iPad Is Being Used for Mobile Learning

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Business Communication Cases

.In today's modern business communication course, students should be provided an opportunity to write solutions to cases that involve a wide variety of skills, such as instant messaging, text messaging, social media, social networking, blogging, microblogging (Twitter), podcasting, telephone, web writing, presentation, career, proposal, and report-writing skills.


What's the best way to get all of these types of cases for your students? The video provides the answer.


For more information about Bovee & Thill's textbooks, visit Bovee & Thill's Business Communication Blog.

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Tips on How to Get the Message Across

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Internal communications can be one of the most complex pieces of an organization and yet, it is one area that everybody thinks they understand -- simply because they are an employee. . .

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Can Your Business Communication Textbook Pass This Simple Technology Test?

Can Your Business Communication Textbook Pass This Simple Technology Test? | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Take this "yes" or "no" 25-question test now!

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Technology is affecting almost every aspect of business communication today. Is your business communication textbook keeping up to date? Find out now by taking this simple test.

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What Storytelling Does to Our Brains, and Why Students Should Hone Their Storytelling Skills

What Storytelling Does to Our Brains, and Why Students Should Hone Their Storytelling Skills | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
Storytelling is one of the most overused and underused techniques at the same time. In this post, we are revealing what storytelling does to our brains.
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We all enjoy a good story, whether it’s a novel, a movie, or simply something one of our friends is explaining to us that they’ve experienced. But why do we feel so much more engaged when we hear a narrative about events?


It’s in fact quite simple. If we listen to a powerpoint presentation with boring bullet points, a certain part in the brain gets activated. Scientists call this Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area. Overall, it hits our language processing parts in the brain, where we decode words into meaning. And that’s it, nothing else happens.


When we are being told a story though, things change dramatically found researchers in Spain. Not only are the language processing parts in our brain activated, but any other area in our brain, that we would use when experiencing the events of the story are too. . .


Note: Bovee & Thill are the only business communication textbook authors to explain how to build reader interest with storytelling techniques. A chart explains the six types of storytelling detail and an illustration demonstrates storytelling on Paragonia's website. The discussion of storytelling includes writing for electronic media and oral presentations.

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12 Most Rehumanizing Ways to Reword Dehumanizing Business Jargon

12 Most Rehumanizing Ways to Reword Dehumanizing Business Jargon | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Can you tap a resource to execute the next project? Make sure you get it on their radar screen and really sweat the asset to get it done.


Business jargon is somewhat incomprehensible but always dehumanizing, demoralizing and demotivating.


In offices all across the United States, we hear these phrases uttered at a constant pace. They make employees feel less than human and like a replaceable part in the massive corporate machine. However, it is simple enough to rehumanize that dehumanizing business jargon. . .

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The Importance of Teaching Collaboration in an Educational Setting

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As we educate our students for the 21st century, we must teach them some vital skills to succeed. This video explains what collaboration is and why it important or both instructors and students to collaborate more both inside and outside a college or university setting.

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Teaching Social Media and Electronic Communication, Instructor Edition, by Bovee & Thill

A colorful , expertly illustrated 75-slide presentation on teaching social media and electronic communication in business communication and business writing courses, that you can download, produced by Bovee & Thill.


Obtain the accompanying script by visiting http://www.slideshare.net/Bovee/script-for-teaching-social-media-and-electronic-communicationinstructor-edition.


For an abundance of other materials for instructors, offered without charge, visit Bovee & Thill's Business Communication Blog.

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The Ultimate Guide to Resources for Teaching Business Communication

The Ultimate Guide to Resources for Teaching Business Communication | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"An unprecedented collection of resources for business communication and business writing instructors."

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This is a resource list that will make teaching easier and more effective for every instructor. Check out this list now so you can spend less time preparing and more time teaching.

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Bovee & Thill's Business Communication Blog

Bovee & Thill's Business Communication Blog | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Bovee and Thill launched a unique author blog that helps business communication instructors spend less time preparing and more time teaching.


The original articles support instructors in their teaching and helps them make their students’ learning be more efficient and effective.


Articles discuss a wide variety of topics, including new topics instructors should be teaching their students, resources instructors can use in their classes (including immediately downloadable PowerPoints), solutions to common teaching challenges, and great examples and activities instructors can use in class.


A subscription is complimentary and is available by email or RSS. Sign up today on the homepage!

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50 Powerful Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom

50 Powerful Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Skype, the free, ubiquitous VOIP downloadable, offers some unique opportunities for tech-savvy teachers to get their students learning in exciting new ways.


The service makes for a phenomenal classroom tool. Read on to find out how you can put this cool tool to work in your classroom. . .

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Business Communication Exercises

In today's modern business communication course, students should be provided an opportunity to work on exercises, described in this video, that develop a wide variety of business communication skills.


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20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

A list of some of the most common grammatical errors that are routinely made by people as they write and speak.


Note: Do your students need help with grammar? Adopt Bovee & Thill's Business Communication Essentials with extensive grammar exercises in the book and online.


Also available is an online grammar tutorial with each of Bovee & Thill's textbooks.

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Christian V's comment, November 7, 2012 11:04 AM
Shouldn't that be "extensive"?
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Business Communication Essentials, 6th Edition

Business Communication Essentials, 6th Edition | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

A Skills-Based Approach to Business Communication, including Business English Exercises


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If you're lookking for a text that will give your students a competitive advantage at every stage of their career, you've found the right book.


This text has long set the benchmark in this field for rigorous, high-value revisions that make sure instructors and students have the most realistic and contemporary materials available.


Take this 20-question interactive quiz to find out how your "essentials" textbook measures up.

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Bovée & Thill: Real-Time Updates

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Get daily automatic updates, including videos, PowerPoints, PDFs, podcasts, and articles, chapter-by-chapter, for each of Bovee and Thill's textbooks. For adopters only.


Only Bovee & Thill provide this unique service. It is is not available for any other textbooks on the market today.

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The Power of Letter Writing: Personal Note from ER Doctor Written After Woman’s Death Goes Viral

The Power of Letter Writing: Personal Note from ER Doctor Written After Woman’s Death Goes Viral | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
An emergency room doctor at New York Presbyterian Hospital has touched the hearts of millions after a personal letter he wrote about the death of a patient went viral on the Internet.



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n emergency room doctor at New York Presbyterian Hospital has touched the hearts of millions after a personal letter he wrote about the death of a patient were viral after on the Internet.


The letter was first published on Reddit by the son of the deceased woman, who reportedly died of breast cancer in December 2012. In the letter, the doctor explains that this is the first such note he has written in 20 years of ER work.


The letter has already been viewed by more than 2 million users on Reddit, with thousands leaving comments. The doctor's letter: . .



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Business Communication Syllabus Examples

Learn where you can go to see a collection of business communication syllabus examples that could be quite useful as as you prepare for your own business communication course.

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