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"The modern world is fast paced and time often seems to slip by with us barely noticing. It’s for that reason that it’s important that we don’t spend time or attention on things that are frivolous, negative or just plan stupid. Check out our comprehensive guide to things you shouldn’t be wasting your time on, and see if there’s anything on this guide that you can cut out of your life." . . .
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The purpose of a business meal is business. You are not there for the food, though you may need to eat. Here are eight mistakes that businesspeople should avoid while dining.
Since the economy has been somewhat improving, companies are entertaining their clients and potential clients more often and want to make them feel comfortable in restaurants.
Every problem isn't a catastrophe.
Fear is one of our most basic and essential survival mechanisms, but sometimes it can overwhelm us even when a real threat doesn't exist.
We're afraid of failure and embarrassment, despite the consequences normally being far from life-or-death. We're terrified of shark attacks and plane crashes, even though the odds of catastrophe are so minute. . .
T. Boone Pickens, Arianna Huffington, Richard Branson, and more.
Successful people don't mess around when it comes to their working space.
A desk has to be a place where you can be productive, healthy, and comfortable for many hours, day in day out. . .
Happiness—in your business life and your personal life—is often a matter of subtraction, not addition.
Consider, for example, what happens when you stop doing the following 10 things: . . .
"Becoming unproductive isn't hard."
You probably already tried everything you can to become more productive. Some things worked and some did not. Now it is time to try to be completely unproductive. It’s much simpler than you think! What are the guaranteed 12 ways to quickly become unproductive?
12 Ways to Quickly Become Unproductive
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Every experience – positive and negative, strength and weakness, love and hate, health and sickness – adds to your personal growth. You will never be called upon to face any challenge which you do not possess the strength to overcome.
But there are great enemies: anxiety, fear, worry, etc. These inner demons set up conditions which disturb and prevent the clear thinking you require. . .
To be successful, you need to understand the very vital difference between believing you will succeed, and believing you will succeed easily. It's the difference between being a realistic optimist and an unrealistic optimist.
There are quite a number of motivational speakers and self-improvement books out there with a surprisingly simple message: believe that success will come easily to you, and it will.
There is one small problem with this argument, however, which unfortunately doesn't seem to stop anyone from making it: it is utterly false. . .
Are you looking for a textbook with the perfect balance of timeless principles and cutting-edge practices? Excellence in Business Communication, 10th Edition, offers this perfect balance, because it helps students master the fundamentals of professional communication while also preparing them for the broader expectations they'll encounter in today's workplace. This video takes you step-by-step through the 30 elements included in this text that will help you become a better business communication instructor.
Excellence in Business Communication has been used by over 2 million students to help them master essential skills for succeeding on the job. This tenth edition extends that tradition by offering an unmatched set of tools that simplify teaching, promote active learning, and stimulate critical thinking
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The first step is to "get happy."
Our diary study revealed a definitive connection between positive emotion and creativity. We looked at specific emotions as well as overall mood (the aggregate of a person’s positive and negative emotions during the day).Overall, the more positive a person’s mood on a given day, the more creative thinking he or she did that day. Across all study participants, there was a 50 percent increase in the odds of having a creative idea on days when people reported positive moods, compared with days when they reported negative moods. . .
The teaching of business communication is undergoing a transformation because of six dramatic changes that are explained in this video.
These factors shape a different workplace in the 21st century and require students to learn new and better ways to communicate.
For example, the trend away from the old communication model as a monologue, as in a typical sales letter, to the new communication model as a dialogue, such as on Facebook business page, is not a fad. It's a fundamental shift in the way we communicate. Companies are no longer in control of their messages and must adapt to a world in which customers and other stakeholders demand to participate in and influence the conversation.
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Ringing phones. Pinging e-mail. Co-workers’ ringing phones and pinging e-mail.
How is anyone supposed to get work done in this place?
The modern open office was designed for team building and camaraderie but is mostly distinguished by its high noise levels, lack of privacy and surfeit of both digital and human distractions. . .
"The first thing you need to know is this: Discomfort and the desire for something better drives change."
"I’ve been in the business world for a long time and have distilled success down to 4 main keys." Here they are: . . .
"We’re now years into the proliferation of mobile devices. It is no longer a novelty. Mobile devices are here to stay, they are a great tool that can create efficiency and rapid responses. But the time has come to get a better handle on how to manage them."
I had four separate conversations this week, with four different people, all of whom expressed serious frustration with colleagues who literally could not stop looking at their email during a work-related conversation or meeting.
This article explains an issue that many people, especially the younger generations, face everyday. The author of the article states that so many people can't even hold a conversation without checking their email or reading text messages off of their mobile devices. The author has a strong opinion that not being able to put your cell phone down to simply hold a conversation is rude and "not cool". The article basically eplains that when you are holding a conversation, especially if you are in a meeting, you should give the other people your full attention, not your cell phone.
Finding the hidden patterns of conversation. ;
Learning how to read a room is incredibly difficult.
Yet we've all seen people who can do it, who manage to sense how people relate to each other, and use it to get things done. . .
Our definitive take on the future of work.
We're quickly approaching the death of the office as we know it. . .
You can't actually multitask, you're more susceptible to ads when you're sad, and other surprising facts.
Hedge fund manager James Altucher recently wrote about how multitasking can kill you. Neuroscience shows that our brains simply weren't created for it. Yet many people continue to live hyper-connected lives, essentially creating 24/7 workweeks — no matter how unhealthy it is.
This excellent infographic by OnlineUniversities.com shows how acutely information overload affects productivity: . . .
A YouTube video about pervasive smartphone use may have landed at a moment when people start questioning if something has gone too far and start doing something about it.
This two-minute video has been viewed more than 15 million times.
The woman in the video stares silently while her boyfriend pays no mind and checks his smartphone. The subsequent scenes follow the woman through a day that is downright dystopian: people ignore her as they stare at their phones during lunch, at a concert, while bowling, and at a birthday party. (Even the birthday boy is recording the party on his phone.)
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Know the problem.
Sixty-two percent of Bulgarians say they are “not very” happy or “not at all” happy.
At some point we’re all Bulgarians: We're all unhappy at times, regardless of business or professional success.
Here's are some reasons why: . . .
Some cool insights from PSFK Labs' new trend report.
The office of the future is going to look a lot different than it does today.
PSFK Labs, a trends and workplace consultancy with clients including Apple, BMW and Nike, just published a new report, The Future Of The Workplace, that predicts how this will look.
In short, offices will be very mobile with high information flow from the top down. And they'll also look a lot different, with sound-proof pods instead of cubicles, and TED-inspired meeting spaces. . .
Are you covering the right topics for your course to be considered up to date? For example, are you giving adequate coverage to social media and electronic communication? Find out now if your course measures up.
Business communication is undergoing dramatic change. Discover the 33 keys to teaching a modern business communication course, so that your students will be prepared for today's challenging workplaces.