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On the Job: Poor Etiquette Can Hurt a Career

On the Job: Poor Etiquette Can Hurt a Career | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Is it alright to tweet during a business conference?


Should you stand up when shaking hands?


Do you get the boss a holiday gift this year?


These are all common etiquette questions that Anna Post can answer. . .

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Psychologists Find That Exposure to Awesome Things Is Good for You

Psychologists Find That Exposure to Awesome Things Is Good for You | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

A seriously cool study is coming out later this year in Psychological Science on the benefits of awe.


Awe, which describes a "feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder" and comes from the old Norse word for "terror," seems like a strange subject for research, but its benefits are clear. . .

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Five Lies Personal Development Gurus Like to Tell

Five Lies Personal Development Gurus Like to Tell | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Personal development gurus tell some impressive lies in order to sell their products. That’s right. Lies.


These convenient little falsehoods are effective motivators because they play on primal human needs and emotions.


Shouldn’t people who promote personal growth for a living be uncommonly straightforward in their marketing? Sadly, this is far from true, even among the popular names in the field.


The good news is that once you understand these, you are free to grow and develop in realistic ways. . .

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10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget

10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it
Some of the smartest people I know continuously struggle to get ahead because they forget to address a few simple truths that collectively govern our potential to make progress. So here’s a quick reminder:

 

#1 – Education and intelligence accomplish nothing without action.
It doesn’t matter if you have a genius IQ and a PhD in Quantum Physics, you can’t change anything or make any sort of real-world progress without taking action. There’s a huge difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it. Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action. It’s as simple as that. For some practical guidance on taking action, I highly recommend The Now Habit.

 

#2 – Happiness and success are two different things.
I know an extremely savvy businesswoman who made almost a million dollars online last year. Every entrepreneur I know considers her to be wildly successful. But guess what? A few days ago, out of the blue, she told me that she’s depressed . . .


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Slavica Bogdanov's comment, May 26, 2012 9:47 AM
Once again a great one, thanks!
Martin Gysler's comment, May 27, 2012 6:06 AM
You're welcome Slavica :)
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61 Behavioral Biases That Mess Up the Way You Think

61 Behavioral Biases That Mess Up the Way You Think | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Every decision we make is influenced by subconscious behavioral biases.They cause us to make snap judgments based on bad information, to be unfair, and to waste time.


This is clearly problematic for managers, students, professors, and people in general.


Once we become aware of these biases, we can disrupt our thinking and come to terms with reality.


We've collected a long list of cognitive biases . . .


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10 Ways to Make Yourself More Productive At Work

10 Ways to Make Yourself More Productive At Work | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

You're only productive at work three daysout of the week. How can you improve that?


The secret to getting more done is to make things automatic. Control over your schedule stops you from getting tired at work. Progress motivates us more than anything else. Your mind moves you, but how you move also affects your mind. Superstition can improve performance and when people wish you luck you do better. . .


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See Bovee & Thill's Online Magazines for Business Communication

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See all eight of Bovee & Thill's Online Magazines
for Business Communication.




Business Communication 2.0: Social Media and Electronic Communication

http://www.scoop.it/t/business-communication-2-0-social-media-and-electronic-communication


Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course

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Teaching Business Communication and Employment

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Teaching Visual Communication

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Teaching Oral Communication in a Business Commnication Course
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Teaching Business and Interpersonal Communication

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Seven Smart Ways to Build Self-Confidence

Seven Smart Ways to Build Self-Confidence | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

“Your perception of yourself has an enormous impact on how others perceive you.” – Erin Falconer of Pick the Brain.


“If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.” ~Author Unknown

 

I believe the best way to build self confidence is by broadening your life experiences. When you work hard to increase your knowledge, skills and experiences, you’ll automatically become a confident person.

 

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. ~Anaïs Nin, Diary, 1969

 

As you constantly increasing your exposure to life, you’ll build your confidence in mastering or doing anything.

 

Confidence is something that you have to workout like a muscle.

 

You can’t be confident at everything. We all lack confidence in some areas of life that we are not familiar with. . .


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Procrastination, or The “Pleasure” to Do It Tomorrow!

Procrastination, or The “Pleasure” to Do It Tomorrow! | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

As a repented procrastinator, I know what I mean.

 

Today I found, fortunately, some very effective tools to avoid mostly resorting to this vicious subterfuge. Why we are procrastinators?


The reasons are many and complex. Without going into the medical maze (yes, it can happen in extreme situations), I’m just going talk from the level “light," which affects many people and that everyone should be able to manage themselves . . .

 

 


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48 Psychological Facts You Should Know about Yourself

48 Psychological Facts You Should Know about Yourself | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

The key to figuring out what isn't working in your life is understanding some basic psychological facts about yourself — like why we can't resist paying attention to danger, or that people see what they want to see. . .

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Here's the Best Way to Cope with That Endless To-Do List

Here's the Best Way to Cope with That Endless To-Do List | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Why is it that between 25 and 50 per cent of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work?


It's not just the number of hours we're working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. . .


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Procrastinating at Work? Maybe You’re Overwhelmed

Procrastinating at Work? Maybe You’re Overwhelmed | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

You’re always putting things off at work. But experts say there are ways to overcome the habit, even in an age of more expectations, less time and fewer resources. . .

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5 Productivity Habits That Will Rock Your World

5 Productivity Habits That Will Rock Your World | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

A common goal is to become more organized or productive, and a common complaint is that it is more of a challenge than first anticipated.


We all have our personal challenges; there are things we know we should do but simply don’t. Tasks that we ought to do but simply don’t want to. Habits that we want to implement but struggle to apply. Techniques we know we will benefit from, but somehow there never seems to be the time, the discipline or the commitment to follow through. . .

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10 Things You Should Do Every Week to Improve Your Life

10 Things You Should Do Every Week to Improve Your Life | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Yesterday I posted 10 things should you do every day to improve your life.


There are a number of other things research says we can do to make life better but we don't need to do them every day: . . .



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Watching This Video Is Clinically Proven to Make Your Life Better

Watching This Video Is Clinically Proven to Make Your Life Better | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

A recent psychological study found that awe enhances well-being, expands perception of time, and causes people to behave more altruistically and less materialistically. So how can we stimulate awe?


Lead author Melanie Rudd of Stanford University told us their most effective method was exposing subjects to an awe-inspiring video:


The methods that were the most effective at stimulating awe were those that presented participants with a “new” awe experience (i.e., having participants watch the awe-eliciting commercial).


Remembering a past awe-eliciting experience and reading about an imaginary awe-eliciting experience (i.e., the short story) also elicited awe, but relatively less compared to when participants experienced a “fresh” and “real” awe experience.


The video used in the study "depicted people in city streets and parks encountering and interacting with vast, mentally overwhelming, and seemingly realistic images, such as waterfalls, whales, and astronauts in space." . . .


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7 Ultimate Ways to Build Self-Confidence

7 Ultimate Ways to Build Self-Confidence | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Self-confidence is the strand of confidence which exclusively deals with the self-assuredness in one’s personal judgment, ability, and power. It therefore is the most important sort of confidence because deprived of it we are simply left without a backbone.

 

That’s why whenever I write articles I always emphasize self-confidence because everything you ever do is built on this foundation.

 

These 7 strategies which will help you not just build, but radiate self-confidence.

 

1. Start Positive
A huge part of self-confidence simply comes from perspective. It comes from your outlook towards the world. So if at this moment you have any negative thoughts, begin replacing them with positive ones.

 

Redirect your substantial energy of frustration and negativity, and convert it into positive, determination. . .


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6 Tips for Changing Any Work Habit Painlessly

6 Tips for Changing Any Work Habit Painlessly | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Old habits die hard is a saying that holds a fair amount of truth, and business owners need to look hard at their old habits, to determine if changing any of them will aid improvement in personal productivity levels.

 

Habits actually avoid conscious decision making, and lead to unconscious behaviour where "same old-same old"action is taken, regardless of the effectiveness of the action.

 

This excellent article, explains why this is so, and then it provides six tips you can follow to effect a change in your habits to become more productive.


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A Richer Life by Seeing the Glass Half Full

A Richer Life by Seeing the Glass Half Full | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

The definition of an optimist:


Someone, like me, who plans to get more done than time permits.


Having failed to achieve the impossible, someone, like me, who is sure everything will somehow get done anyway.


A more classical definition from the Mayo Clinic: “Optimism is the belief that good things will happen to you and that negative events are temporary setbacks to be overcome.” . . .

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29 Commandments for the 21st Century Human

To survive in the 21st century you need to be able to think, select and act independently, creatively. Here are 29 great ways to stay or become more creative and independent in these fast-changing times.


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The Top 10 Time Management Lies We Tell Ourselves

The Top 10 Time Management Lies We Tell Ourselves | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Time, as we all know, is a finite resource and some use the time we have available far better than others, with the result that they achieve more, and obtain a greater share of the spoils of success.

 

There are also an infinite number of suggestions, that one can find to pursue, in order to improve one's time management. Sometimes these will not be effective unless we first overcome our own self talk we use to justify why we don't effectively use the time we all have available.

 

This good article, outlines a whole litany of lies some of us tell ourselves, and it suggests that those who continually deceive themselves through these lies should question them every time they find themselves using them. . .


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Left Brain Versus Right Brain Communication

Left Brain Versus Right Brain Communication | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

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5 Keys to Unlock Your Creative Motivation

5 Keys to Unlock Your Creative Motivation | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Boosting your motivation leads to better creative output. . .


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15 Ways to Stop Procrastinating Right Now

15 Ways to Stop Procrastinating Right Now | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Putting it off until "later" is not something uncommon we say to ourselves, especially when Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are a click away. But when it comes to work, procrastination definitely has some expensive costs.


"The U.S. gross national product would probably rise by $50 billion if the icon and sound that notify people of new email disappeared," Piers Steel, an associate professor at the University of Calgary told the Associated Press. . .


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How to Be More Confident at Work

How to Be More Confident at Work | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

There are many reasons you can lack confidence at work. Maybe you’re in a job that requires skills you don’t have, or you’re less experienced than anyone around you.


Or you’re new to the company and feel uneasy about your ability to succeed. Or you feel threatened by colleagues, fear losing your job, or are simply too hard on yourself. Public humiliation and errors in judgment can also do the trick. . .

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16 Signs That You're A Narcissist

16 Signs That You're A Narcissist | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Narcissists are hard to deal with. They're vain, extremely selfish, and typically don't have the mental capacity to think beyond their own needs.


But they can also be great leaders. . .


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