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Avoid blaming others

01 Jun, 2020 Interpersonal communication, Workplace relationships

In your workplace and at home you are inevitably tempted to lay the blame on someone for an action or inaction that is unsatisfactory. Laying blame is easy to do and difficult to avoid, especially if you tend to be judgmental. In the communication profession we are making judgments all the time; we belong to an extremely judgmental profession because almost everything we do is subjective – we make judgments every day on how ...

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Your gratitude wins trust and respect from others

01 Jun, 2020 Workplace relationships

By respecting other individuals, you gain their trust and respect in return. Not only does your attitude lift them, but it also lifts you. Your respect can be shown in various ways. You can actively listen to others, you can thank people for their work at a personal level, you can recognize their work at an organizational level, you can be polite to others, and you can model good behavior as an example to ...

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How to increase your influence at work

01 Jun, 2020 Careers, Interpersonal communication, Networking, first impressions, Persuasion, influence, motivation, Workplace relationships

The amount of influence workers have isn’t always reflected in their job titles. You can determine your own informal value to others by reviewing the extent to which people – your top internal stakeholders – help you succeed in your job, and in turn, by what you offer them. Start by listing the top 10 employees at any level who help you get things done. Give each a score from one to 10 based ...

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Begin networking immediately in a new job

01 Jun, 2020 Careers, Networking, first impressions

  Most of us don’t feel comfortable setting out to network. Even many PR pros, who are assumed to be extraverted and have competent social skills, admit to feeling awkward in networking events or employee events when they are new. Whether or not you enjoy networking, the fact is it is an essential skill. I’ve heard many colleagues say they hate having to network, especially if it involves walking into a crowded room as ...

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Don’t waste your boss’s time

01 Jun, 2020 Workplace relationships

These days all bosses have limited time. Every contact you make with your boss uses some of this time. It is surprising how many people use up their boss’s time (and some of their own credibility) over relatively trivial matters. So it is important to prepare ahead and call upon your boss’s time sparingly. Use your formal meeting times with them for dealing only with important issues. Make a list of small items that ...

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Widows in printed text are not a problem

01 Jun, 2020 Writing and layout

As a communicator producing various publications, you do more than merely write text – you also need to make decisions about the typesetting and layout of the text you write. A great help with this type of information is research conducted by Colin Wheildon, former editor of Australia’s largest motoring publication. With one million readers, Wheildon wanted to maximize the effectiveness of his printed words.   Image: Examples of widows, orphans and runts in ...

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Use information and stakeholder relationships to benefit from office politics

01 Jun, 2020 Annual communication plans, Interpersonal communication, Reputation, trust, stakeholder relations, Workplace relationships

Many people hate office politics. But staying out of office politics may hold back your career. You can see what happens when someone doesn’t play the game sufficiently – they lose influence and credibility. Probably you know people who have made that mistake. As a communicator, especially if you are head of the communication function, you are responsible for building productive relationships throughout the office so you can influence people beyond your formal area ...

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The impact of using italics for printed text

01 Jun, 2020 Writing and layout

Italic body type is rarely used for expanses of text. Some writers and editors tend to think it is difficult to read. But is it really? Firstly, a definition. Italic type is serif type that slants slightly to the right of vertical like this and has more pronounced serifs than normal serif type.The first italic type, designed by Aldus Manutius in 1501, was based on the handwriting style of that time. Use of italics ...

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