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Write as you speak for effective communication

It doesn’t matter if you are formulating an email or producing a web page, white paper or brochure, you can’t go wrong if you write as you speak. I’m not saying you can drop the F word into a corporate

Posted in Clear communication, Spoken communication, Workplace communication

5 meeting personalities who can hijack your agenda 

First posted February 2012 Fortunately companies these days are cutting down on internal meetings – they eat up time and therefore money. It will be some time, though, before face-to-face gatherings are a thing of the past. Until that happens,

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5 words doomed to be big in 2012

First posted February 2012 Shortly after posting 5 words to ban in 2012 a reader pulled me up short. Rather than “ban” words, she suggested, perhaps I should name five words that will be a hit. I love a challenge,

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Advice for presenters: ignore all other advice

At least once a day some words of wisdom (often nicely packaged in a list) turn up in my social media streams on how to be a better presenter. My advice: ignore all other advice. This post is going to

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Voice calls shouldn’t be scary

Originally published October 2011 What’s so scary about picking up the phone and actually ringing someone? Not sending an SMS or email, tweeting or updating the world via Facebook. I’m talking good old-fashioned voice communication. It wasn’t that long ago

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5 email personalities that clog up your inbox

There is no doubt that email is one of the most abused business tools in use today. Hundreds of thousands of these electronic missives flood office inboxes daily. Email can be an efficient an d effective way of communicating, but

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Intranet news needs good headlines too (reposted)

Originally posted 6 November There are a gazillion articles out there about how to write great online headlines but they tend to fixate on company internets and blogging and how to attract readers through SEO. What about the humble intranet? Writing

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Stakeholder engagement is more than getting buy-in

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A lot of people confuse stakeholder engagement with stakeholder buy-in. True engagement continues long after you have tacit agreement for whatever you are pushing. It’s this constant engagement that often spells the difference between success and compromised achievements. Most people,

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In defence of jargon

I know, I know. Considering the numerous rants in the pages of MichCommunication it’s hard to image a post in favour of jargon. But in today’s increasingly global business world it does have its place. Read on, I might convince

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