Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course
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This is an online magazine by Bovee & Thill, authors of the leading textbooks in business communication, published by Pearson, 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, visit 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 11 of Bovee & Thill’s Online Magazines: http://sco.lt/8kgeVV.
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25 Business Buzzwords That Irritate Colleagues

25 Business Buzzwords That Irritate Colleagues | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"We’ve all used business buzzwords. Many of them are so common that they may have even become part of our daily vocabulary. But what are they actually communicating? The problem with buzzwords is that most are overused, cliched, and unclear.

 

These words have been used (often misused) so much that they have either lost their meaning or become go-to substitutes when a company or employee has nothing of substance to say."

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The Next Wave of Innovation in Business Communication

The Next Wave of Innovation in Business Communication | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

The last few decades have been marked by waves of technology-driven innovation in business communication, starting with digital’s disruption of print communication, then social media giving a voice to everyone in the marketplace, followed by the way mobile is freeing communicators from their desks.

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Most Common Spelling Mistakes That Make You Look Less Intelligent

Most Common Spelling Mistakes That Make You Look Less Intelligent | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
There isn't a strong link between good spelling and intelligence, but that doesn't mean spelling mistakes don't matter. Proper spelling makes people perceive you as more intelligent and can increase your chances of getting a job.
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Your Students Learn by Doing, Not by Listening

Your Students Learn by Doing, Not by Listening | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
Yet another example of why we should all be lecturing less and using active-learning strategies more in the college classroom.
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English Grammar 101: All You Need to Know

English Grammar 101: All You Need to Know | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"Understanding the basic grammar rules is essential for communicating efficiently, but most of us have forgotten those concepts years ago.

 

"In order to solve this problem we decided to put together all the basic rules on a single page, so that you can use it as a refresher, or print it out for future reference."

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Nine Words and Phrases People Think Are Wrong--But Are Actually Correct

Nine Words and Phrases People Think Are Wrong--But Are Actually Correct | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Nine words and phrases people think are wrong, but are actually correct

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Which Business Communication Textbooks Are the Most Successful?

Who has written the most successful business communication textbooks during the past 50 years? Bovee and Thill textbooks are the most widely adopted textbooks in the field, and for many good reasons.

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The Top Ten Words of the Year As Selected by Merriam-Webster

The Top Ten Words of the Year As Selected by Merriam-Webster | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Here are the top ten words of the year as selected by Merriam-Webster.

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Answering Any Interview Questions: Three Vital Steps for Success

Job interviews are a stressful experience, but if you follow the vital steps described in this video, you’ll be more confident and more successful.

 

A student version of this video is also available.

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The Five Zones of Professional Etiquette

Etiquette in today’s business environment can be a confusing subject, with differing expectations and evolving norms of behavior. This video will help you make positive choices in five distinct areas:

- In the workplace
- Online
- On the phone
- In social settings
- And while using mobile devices

 A student version of this video is available.

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27 Fascinating Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Differently Across the U.S.

27 Fascinating Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Differently Across the U.S. | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
A survey of more than 30,000 people, turned into a series of maps, showcase the linguistic quirks that make American English such a fascinating dialect.
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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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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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How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Writing

How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Writing | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"Over the last decade or so, though, AI (Artificial Intelligence) has become increasingly sophisticated … and it’s influencing the world of writing in a number of interesting ways."

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Professor Uses Twitter, Slack, and Zoom to Reach Generation Z Students

Professor Uses Twitter, Slack, and Zoom to Reach Generation Z Students | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
Defined as those born after 1997, Generation Z is growing up in a world where smartphones, social media, and content-streaming are ubiquitous. And now that the oldest Gen Zers are attending college, they're rewriting the playbook for higher education.
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35 Confusing Things about the English Language

35 Confusing Things about the English Language | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
Non-native English speakers share what stumps them ... and makes them laugh.
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50 Americanisms That Don't Make Sense To Foreigners

50 Americanisms That Don't Make Sense To Foreigners | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
"Pocketbook! How on earth is a handbag called that? It’s not a book, nor does it fit into a pocket.”
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44 Everyday Phrases You Might Not Know You’ve Been Saying Incorrectly

44 Everyday Phrases You Might Not Know You’ve Been Saying Incorrectly | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

For example: Saying it wrong: “Suppository of information.” Doing it right: “Repository of information”

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“I’ve Tried Several Textbooks, and the Experience Revealed the Authors’ Biggest Mistake.”

The biggest mistake was insufficient revisions--a lack of focus on digital, social, and mobile in today’s texts. But there is one exception. Bovee and Thill. Full coverage of digital, social, and mobile.

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

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

Success in any medium depends on the ability to write effectively and efficiently. Learn how to give your students clear guidance with a proven three-step process that takes the uncertainly and frustration out of every writing project. . .

 

Order examination copies of Bovee and Thill textbooks (instructors only).

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Do You Know the Key Topics That Are Disrupting Business Communication Course Content and Altering Lectures?

Do You Know the Key Topics That Are Disrupting Business Communication Course Content and Altering Lectures? | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

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Communication Ethics: How to Make Good Choices When Your Choices Aren't Clear

Every business communicator encounters situations that require ethical decision making. How can you be sure that you are making the right choice whenever you face one of these challenges? By following this four-step approach, you can be more confident that you are making the best possible choices, even in the most difficult circumstances.

 

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20 Words That You're Probably Using Incorrectly

20 Words That You're Probably Using Incorrectly | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
While definitions have been known to shift based on the way a word is commonly used, some popular uses are just plain wrong.
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If You Want Students to Pay Attention, Use an Ugly Font Like Comic Sans

If You Want Students to Pay Attention, Use an Ugly Font Like Comic Sans | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
"It's ugly, difficult to read, and it attracts your attention," economist Tim Harford told Business Insider.
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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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