Category: Communication

Think Before You Speak

One thing that really makes me cringe in the workplace is people- NOT-  thinking before they speak.  They say things that have much broader implications and interpretations.  They make sweeping statements, and broad generalizations.  They will make personal attacks.  They are vulgar in their commentary, and frankly downright rude at times. Words Maim.  They cut…
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Be Assertive

Many times women will say something along the lines of “Do you think you might maybe be able to perhaps do this thing for me?”.  We’re trying to be overly polite.  But what we really means is, “Do this, please”.  There is a huge difference in how the two are parsed by the intended recipient.…
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Writing Is The One School Subject I Use The Most

I find myself spending a significant percentage of each day writing things. I write dozens of emails each day.  I prepare slides for meetings, which involves writing.  And I find myself taking notes.  In short, Writing is the one school subject that I use the most.  I find it hard to describe how much writing…
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Communicate Early and Often

It is very easy to fall into the trap of assuming that if you work hard, and do great work, you’ll be recognized.  Unfortunately, it’s not always so easy.  If you don’t communicate what you’ve done- early, and often- and claim credit for your achievements, they may go unnoticed.  Therefore, you must communicate early and…
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5 Tips to Listen Effectively

It is important to listen effectively to respond appropriately.  You cannot do that without careful thought and consideration. “You have two ears and one mouth.  Use them in that proportion”.   This is a saying that I’ve heard from various classes on leadership, but I think that it is very important.  You should spend more…
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Communication is key

Communication is the most important skill in the workplace.  The class that I’ve used the most from college are my freshman English classes.  Notice that it’s not programming, C++, Java, Data Structures, or Networking.  Plain English.  Written English, Spoken English.    Mind you, I do live and work in the United States, but I’ve found…
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Seek First to Understand then to be Understood

    “Seek First to Understand then to be Understood”?  What exactly does that mean?  I think that can be answered  with one of my teacher’s quotes “You have Two Ears and One Mouth- Use them in that Proportion”   Here are my Tips for how to Seek first to Understand then to be Understood:…
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