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An online magazine by Bovee & Thill, authors of the leading textbooks in business communication and business writing, featuring resources about workplace issues. For more information about Bovee & Thill texts and the exclusive, superior coverage they give to workplace issues, visit their blog: 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. 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 10 of Bovee & Thill's Online Magazines: http://sco.lt/8kgeVV.
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The Anatomy of Fear

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The Anatomy of Fear infographic outlines what fear is and some of the things that cause it. The definition of fear according to today’s infographic: a basic survival mechanism in response to pain or threat of danger.


One of the more interesting phobias listed, nomophobia, is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. The joys of our technology reliant society, in opinion this is kind of a ridiculous phobia. Anyway why is it we like being scared? . . .

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Study: Friendly People Can't Handle Office Stress

Study: Friendly People Can't Handle Office Stress | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

You're bound to have a few complaints about how your boss acts, but is there one correct way to manage people? According to a new study, the effectiveness of your boss might have as much to do with your own personality as his or hers.


Friendly employees do not work well for angry bosses. However, angry people with a less-than-friendly disposition actually thrive under stricter form of management. . .

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Where Have All the People Gone? Part I

Where Have All the People Gone? Part I | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Technology has had a big impact on how we work. As few as 5 years ago, there were still people working very closely together in shared office spaces.

 

They depended on accessing the same information at the same time — which was probably on a server in some closet that was in the office.

 

But if you’re like most office workers, then you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot fewer people around the office these days. In fact, studies show that private offices are vacant as much as 60 percent of the time.

 


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Don't Worry About What You Can't Control

Don't Worry About What You Can't Control | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

This is lesson #48 from my book Little Things Matter, 100 Ways to Improve Your Life Today.

If you are like most people you probably spend more time worrying than you should. Worrying about job security, project deadlines, health, shrinking budgets, rising taxes, the housing market, world poverty, our children’s safety, even the weather. Some things we can control, others we clearly cannot. The key to maintaining a positive attitude in life is to know the difference.

I heard years ago that 92 percent of the things people worry about are beyond their control.

If you are troubled about something you can control, like whether you are going to lose your job, then step up your game. Come in early, stay late, offer to work on a weekend, or volunteer to take on additional responsibilities; do anything you can think of to increase your value. If you end up losing your job, you can bet you’ll get a better reference...


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7 Ways to Inspire Yourself

7 Ways to Inspire Yourself | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Thinking is great. But action makes things happen. One of the biggest differences with people that successfully grow, expand themselves, and reach their goals, is that they consistently take action.

 

Action takes energy though, so where does that energy come from? It comes from within. Inspiration is a powerful force, and inspired action is one of the most powerful ways to motivate yourself. It beats “carrots and sticks.” Carrots and sticks are usually external forms of motivation. Instead, if you inspire yourself, you light your fire from the inside out.


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7 Symptoms of Procrastination and How to Fight Them

7 Symptoms of Procrastination and How to Fight Them | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

We all do it to some degree or another; put off for tomorrow what we know should be done today. Postpone the inevitable pain for the current moment of pleasure. But we know that even if we can manage to put it out of our minds for the present, it will eventually come around and bite us on the butt and disturb our external calm demeanor.

 

Below are some of the symptoms of a Procrastinator and the remedies to try.

 

1. Lack of Vision
Not having a clear vision for the future is one of the biggest reasons people procrastinate. If you can’t see the benefits of completing certain tasks why would you bother starting them?
Remedy: Have a clear picture of all that needs to be achieved and the reasons why, you are much more likely to be motivated to get going and get things done...


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Persuasion Skills: How to Get What You Want

Persuasion Skills: How to Get What You Want | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Last week I was at the grocery store when my three-year old toddler asked, “Daddy, I want that chocolate ice cream.” I suppose it was more a demand than a question. When I refused to put the chocolate ice cream in our cart, he quickly turned up his volume by about 100 decibels, and made his demand again. The last thing I wanted was to create a scene at the grocery store, so I gave in and placed the ice cream in the cart. He was very persuasive.

 

If you’re not a toddler, then screaming at the top of your lungs would probably not be very effective. But whether you want to admit it, we persuade people on a daily basis. In fact, we have to persuade people quite often to get what we want. I want you to read this article, so I started out with a relatable anecdote about persuasion to get you hooked. Did it persuade you to continue reading? If you want to upgrade your own persuasion skills, keep reading!...


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The Surprising Key to Getting Things Done

The Surprising Key to Getting Things Done | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

There’s no point in getting more efficient at doing things that don’t need to be done. -Jan Jasper

 

Before you start making a schedule, organizing a task list, setting deadlines, gathering materials, delegating, prioritizing, and so on, stop and do this first.

 

- Write down your top five goals for your business in the next five years, say, or just in the next year. Make it long-term enough to pull your perspective out of the current crisis or negative cash flow or whatever it is that is screaming “URGENT” at you.
- Now, with those five goals in front of you, list backwards the actions you need to take. In other words, start with the ultimate goal and work your way back from there to where you are now...


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Four Procrastination Myths Debunked

Four Procrastination Myths Debunked | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it
This article debunks four common procrastination myths we often tell ourselves in order to avoid doing the hard work that needs to be done.

 

There are less than one hundred days left in 2011.
If you have a backlog of projects that you meant to work on this year, but which you haven’t gotten around to, it’s very likely that procrastination is the culprit.


Timothy Pychyl, Ph.D., creator of the popular web site procrastination.ca, is one of the world’s foremost experts on procrastination. Dr. Pychyl defines procrastination as “the needless, often irrational, voluntary delay of an intended task”. That is, you intend to work on a task but you go off and start working on something else which you know is not as important, and which doesn’t need to get done right away...


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Honesty: The Best Policy for The Best Productivity

Honesty: The Best Policy for The Best Productivity | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it
The best way to produce quality results that ring try with what matters to you involves a simple step: be honest with yourself.

 

There are many tools you can use to increase your level of productivity. Whether paper-based solutions are your cup of tea or you’ve dove into the digital well of task management offerings, you’d be wasting a ton of time trying to discover all of the tools out there. I’d wager it is one of the least productive things you could ever do.

 

But of all the tools at your disposal, the one between your ears is the one that needs to be actively engaged to allow for prominent increases to happen. There’s a human component that leads to better productivity on the whole, and while analog tools may not remove the brain from the equasion as fully as digital ones might, when we trust our lists as written without using our brain in tandem, the results for the items that are crucial to us are less desirable...


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How to Be the Best At Everything You Do

How to Be the Best At Everything You Do | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

“Be The Best – At Everything You Do”


Every single time I’ve said this to someone, they come back with an argument:

 

“But how can I be the best in the world at everything? Or even anything?”

 

I then explain and clarify: “I never said ‘best in the world’. I only said ‘be the best’.“

 

So, what’s the difference?

 

One is comparing yourself with everyone else in your universe, and engaging in a futile struggle to be ‘better’ than them. The other is only looking within at yourself – and asking “Did I give it my all? Could I have done more?”

 

Look, in the ultimate analysis, there is only so much you, me, or anybody else can do. We all come with our built-in limitations, restrictions and boundaries. No matter how eager and determined he is, a man without legs cannot win the world high jump competition, and a lady without eyesight can’t shoot brilliant world-class photographs...


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7 Ways to Deal with Challenges

7 Ways to Deal with Challenges | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

We are all faced with challenges constantly in every area of our lives. Most people have a hard time accepting and dealing with these challenges that arise. The truth is that you will have to deal with difficult problems throughout your life, whether it is in your personal life or career. Most of us get really afraid and run away from problems because we don’t want to accept reality the way it is.

 

Running away from your problems is the worst thing you can do to deal with the challenges you are faced with. I have some tips for you below on learning how to deal with everyday challenges. Start now and develop the self-discipline to practice the below points...


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Work Motivation in Just 12 Steps

Work Motivation in Just 12 Steps | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

No matter how much you love your job, there are times when your work motivation is just going to bottom out. There can be any number of reasons for this but the important thing is that it does happen to everyone at some stage. If you follow the simple tips I’m sharing here, you can regain your motivation and achieve a new sense of drive that you’ve been sorely missing:


1. Be Honest With Yourself
Admit that you’re lacking motivation and that you need to do something about it. Honesty is always, always the best policy...


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How to Nip Procrastination in the Bud Once and for All

How to Nip Procrastination in the Bud Once and for All | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Ironically, procrastination is a problem that we all seem to put off dealing with.


Many people will keep putting off their obligations for as long as they can, even if they are fully aware that their lives would be so much easier, if only they were able to do everything they want to do on time. . .

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7 Habits That Simplify and Relaxify My Workday

7 Habits That Simplify and Relaxify My Workday | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

To do RT @brasonja: 7 Habits That Simplify and Relaxify My Workday - http://bit.ly/hC0MVM via @positivityblog


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Get into Action: 77 Thoughts on Motivation

Get into Action: 77 Thoughts on Motivation | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

You have a fire inside you, a frictional energy, read these thoughts, think about them and let them propel you into action.


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Do You Make These 8 Personal Development Mistakes?

Do You Make These 8 Personal Development Mistakes? | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Most people suck at improving themselves. Even when they’re trying their hardest to become a better person, they wind up running on the dreaded personal development hamster wheel – hours of effort, zero results.

 

It’s not because they’re stupid. It’s not because they’re lazy. It’s definitely not because it’s not possible. It’s because they’re making the mistakes that most people make when they’re trying to change their life for the better. That’s why there’s so many people reading self-help blogs, self-help books, and taking self-help classes and yet so few people making a meaningful and lasting difference.

 

So here’s a list of the eight most common (and most damaging) mistakes that people make in personal development.

 

Are you guilty of any of these?...


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10 Things You Need to Do to Be Supremely Productive

10 Things You Need to Do to Be Supremely Productive | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

We live in a busy world. Whether you’re looking around online or off, there’s “stuff” going on all around us. Some of us are trying to keep up and some of us aren’t. Either way, both parties are inevitably going to miss out on some of this “stuff” I’m alluding to. And that’s because we all need to look at not only why we’re missing out, but how we can avoid missing out on as much as we do. This is when levels of personal productivity come into play.

So, how do you “level up” your personal productivity? Well, here are 10 things that you need to do to be supremely productive.


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Here's One Way to Quickly Increase Your Confidence and Reduce Anxiety

Here's One Way to Quickly Increase Your Confidence and Reduce Anxiety | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

The present study examined the effects of motivational self-talk on self-confidence, anxiety, and task performance in young athletes . . .

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How to Stay On Task--Every Day!

How to Stay On Task--Every Day! | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Do you have trouble staying focused?

 

Whether you work for yourself or for an employer, spending hours surfing the net and updating your Facebook profile won’t get you any closer to your goals ... yet you find it hard to keep on-task.

 

Even when you do try to concentrate, you might get to 5pm and feel like you’ve not accomplished anything.

 

Here’s how to stay focused and get more done – every day.

 

Minimize Interruptions
If you live alone and work from home, interruptions are unlikely to be a big problem. If you work in a busy office and your job involves a lot of reactive tasks, like answering phone calls or emails from clients, you might be getting interrupted every few minutes...


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Get What Matters Done by Scheduling Time Blocks

Get What Matters Done by Scheduling Time Blocks | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it
Want to get the stuff done that really matters? Boost your productivity and lessen distractions by scheduling them in time blocks.

 

The demands on our time are greater now than ever before. With information coming at us faster than we can digest it, responsibilities handed to us faster than we can handle them and communication moving at breakneck speed, finding ways to fit as much as possible into your day is a daunting task to say the least. But there is a way to get more done of what you want and need with less distraction, and it’s a strategy that you likely employ for some things already.


You have to schedule stuff. Not just the appointment-specific stuff, but all of the stuff that matters. You can do that by scheduling time blocks.

 

The one great equalizer that all of humanity has is time. No one has twenty-five hours in their day; we all have twenty-four. How we choose to use those hours is what separates us. By scheduling the stuff that matters (from the urgent to the crucial), you’ll be spending those hours far more wisely. In addition, you’ll be living your days proactively rather than reactively...


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Steve Jobs — 10 Lessons in Life & Leadership

Steve Jobs — 10 Lessons in Life & Leadership | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it
There will never be another Steve Jobs. His parting gift to the world are 10 lessons we can all use in life and leadership. Steve Jobs lessons in digital leadership.

 

Digital Leadership

 

It is a sad day for the world when a visionary like Steve Jobs is no longer walking among us. It truly reminds all of us how short and precious life is. Just like there will never be another Socrates, Wayne Gretzky, Winston Churchill, or Ghandi, there will never be another Steve Jobs. While we can never become Steve Jobs, nor should we strive to be (follow your heart). What we can do is understand what is the greatness of Steve Jobs and, where applicable, apply these principals to help us develop as leaders...


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5 Great Questions to Ask Yourself After a Failure

5 Great Questions to Ask Yourself After a Failure | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Let’s face it. We all fail.


As we go through life we have relationships that don’t work out, jobs that just aren’t right, exams that we flunk, initiatives that don’t succeed. The more new things we try the more failures we are likely to have. In fact, the only way to avoid failure is to do nothing new.

 

The important thing is how we deal with failure. It can be part of a downward slide in which lack of confidence reinforces feelings of inadequacy and incompetence. But experiencing failure can be a learning experience and an opportunity for a fresh start. A good way to begin this process is by asking yoruself some tough questions...


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Conversation Agent: The 12 Habits of Highly Connective People

Conversation Agent: The 12 Habits of Highly Connective People | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

I started the day watching this video from Gel 2011. I love stories like Anil Dash's because I experienced myself the power of networks. Especially after moving continents and starting from zero, alone.

 

Few things give you more joy than doing a good deed. Often that goodness comes from introducing someone to something or someone else, and that someone else doing the same -- and so on. We need to do this, more of it if we're already doing it.

 

Understanding the importance and power of networks, combined with new tools is our lifeline. We have the ability to transform businesses and institutions, and a need to undertake that transformation. I hope you got goose bumps from the video.

 

That's what true connections can do.


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29 Reasons Stopping You Moving Forward

29 Reasons Stopping You Moving Forward | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Today I want to share some of the truths I have learned over the years that have stopped me moving forward in life.


Do any of these ring true for you?

 

1. Perfection – Perfection does not exist. If you accept that everything can be improved upon then perfection cannot exist. Give up the concept of being perfect and get on with your life as best you can.
2. Waiting for the right time – The right time is now, why put it off. If you’ve been waiting for the right time for something and haven’t taken action yet, it’s going to be difficult to start...


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