Articles about Communication

Communication

Is there a good way to say ‘no’ to your boss

I struggled with saying no to my boss and coworkers, until I started using these 5 approaches that allowed me to say “no” without sounding rude or lazy.

Communication

13 body language blunders that make you look bad

Our bodies have a language of their own, and their words aren’t always kind. Your body language has likely become an integral part of who you are, to the point where you might not even think about it. If that’s the case, it’s time to start, because you could be sabotaging your career.

Leadership

This is why it is so hard to delegate (and how you can fix it)

Every good leader has to learn the art of delegation. The secret? Delegation is only tough when you haven’t hired the right people. If your team excels at their jobs, then all you have to do is choose the best person to make the decisions for each task.

How To

From campus to career: 5 tips to stand out during the job search

Regardless of all of the wonderful advice you will hear about resume content, what to wear, and interview questions, there are other components of interviewing that can set you apart:

Job search

The 4 words far too many people forget to say in interviews

Surprisingly enough, in between reciting our three strengths and weaknesses and phrasing our salary expectations in a favorable way, many people are forgetting to say “I want this job.”

Interview

3 ways to look at a potential employee’s level of empathy

These skills are not only important in social relationships, but can greatly affect a person’s career success, including their ability to handle difficult work situations effectively, and to help keep people engaged and motivated around them.

How To

5 tips for when you dread a difficult conversation with an employee

Remind them, it's not personal.

Communication

Bring the power of progress into your one-to-one meetings

As a leader, it’s up to you to help connect the dots between team members’ wins and the value their work provides to your company and customers. In the process, not only will your team members experience satisfaction, their output will improve as well. And that’s progress everyone can feel good about.

Bosses

You must meet one-on-one with your new hire in the first week … or else

When you get hired, your first week will set the tone for what happens next, according to a new survey. The researchers noticed that what retained new hires at the tech giant came down to a simple action — did their manager meet with them one-on-one that first week?

Language

Use your grown-up voice! Ditch vocal fry, baby talk or bro-language

The thing is that whether you realize it or not, the way you speak might be alienating others in the workplace or your work orbit.

The Whole Human

Here’s the most dangerous proverb in the English language

Curiosity requires an admission of ignorance. Asking a question means that we don’t know the answer, and that’s an admission that few of us are willing to make. For fear of sounding “dumb,” we assume most questions are too basic to ask, so we don’t ask them.

Office Life

4 things you should never utter when your manager is in earshot

Some things should really be common sense, but it always pays to have a refresher: there are a bunch of things you should never, ever say when your boss is around. Here are four of those things.

Templates

How a manager should critique an employee’s work

Constructive criticism is essential for team dynamics. If your employees don’t improve a little each day, then the company as a whole will languish. Still, there’s a proper way to dispense critiques while you manage the relationship and remain in control as a leader.

Success

3 tricks to step up your self-promotion skills

Whether you’ve landed a new client, settled a case, launched a product or won an award, consider some of the approaches below as you fine-tune your own voice for talking about accomplishments.

News

Study: Our smiles and frowns do not actually reflect our feelings

Before you go reading too much into your boss's face for clues, know this — that smile or frown doesn't actually mean what you think it means. Research finds that our facial expressions are our tools to telegraph our intentions or goals.

Humor

These 8 innocent email clichés aren’t so innocent after all

Here’s what I really mean when I’m using this seemingly innocent email cliché.

Communication

6 ways to prepare for a networking event when you’re a bit rusty

It really pays to go to major networking events — they can help you stay relevant and meet new people. But it can be difficult to get all your ducks in a row if it's been a while. Here are six things to keep in mind.

Office Life

7 clever ‘psycho’ tricks that really help you in the office

To gain confidence and sympathy, to be more competent and ultimately to get more salary – this is exactly what is possible with these psycho-tricks. And by “psycho”, we mean psychological, as every one of these tips draws on real human instincts.

Communication

Women’s voices are significantly lower than they used to be

New research shows that women's voices today are significantly deeper than previous generations and that is because of roles shifting and power dynamics.

Meetings

How to keep your cool when someone threatens you at a meeting

Have you ever been in a high stakes meeting or in a conversation where someone challenges your position and you immediately start to feel the world closing in on you? Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl describes that moment this way: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

News

Survey confirms your office emails and Slack messages are likely being monitored

If you worry about your boss reading through your private messages at work, you are right to be paranoid. A recent survey of IT workers showed that 98% of companies are tracking their employees’ digital activity.

News

Work from home? Employees would rather email than Slack you

For the majority of us, email is still the superior form of communication, even when you are talking to an employee timezones away from the office. A new survey from Voxbone found that email was the preferred mode of communication for working professionals.

Office Life

7 golden rules to get the most out of your meetings

They’re an essential part of business life, but if you’re not careful, your meetings might simply be good for only one thing – zapping precious time.

Communication

How to create a funny – and appropriate – Out of Office email response

But before you copy/paste your traditional message, career experts challenge professionals to be a tad more creative with your OOO. Try these tips on matching your excitement for your getaway with your email the next time you head off on an adventure.

Confidence

How to assert yourself when you’re dismissed

Have you ever sat in a meeting and felt ignored or utterly unimportant?  Perhaps you offered up an idea that someone else seized upon. Maybe you inserted yourself into the conversation but no one gave you their eye contact or their attention.