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Grammar Check Part TWO: You Need TO Get These Grammar Rules Right, TOO

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How you speak and write can belie how brilliant your ideas are. As noted in our recent article, misusing a word or common phrase can quickly turn your professional presentation into a perceived display of ignorance. In addition to the commonly misused phrases covered in the last article, well-meaning writers run into a litany of common grammatical errors. The bad news is: It can happen to any of us, at any time. A rush deadline. A flurry of ideas. A long work-session without enough coffee. Our fingers begin to wander across the keyboard, words begin to blur in our fury…

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Grammar Check: 8 Common Phrases You’re Probably Getting Wrong

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You’re about to sit down and meet with someone important. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a potential investor, client, or a hiring manager because regardless of what role the person on the other side of the table holds, you want to make a great first impression. You’ve studied your materials. You’ve got a game plan. You’re even ready to impress by breaking out those 25-cent vocabulary words you once learned. You know your stuff and you’re ready to talk the talk that’s going to prove it. Before you open that door and extend your hand in greeting, stop and read…

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7 Tips to Place a Face with a Name, Because “Hey, You” Just Won’t Do

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You’re standing in a crowd of new faces. Somewhere in this sea of people at this networking event is the person who will eventually help you fund your new business venture. You vaguely recall meeting her at a previous industry event. Your potential investor is making her way over to say hello. You’re scrambling to remember her name before she gets any closer, because you know that “Hey, you! What’s your name your again?” isn’t the best way to make an impression. My guess is that all of us have found ourselves in this space at some point or another….

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When is “Yes” Best? Things to Know Before You Say “No”

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“No” is a strong, healthy word that many of us need to learn to use more often; and yet, sometimes we manage to use it when we shouldn’t.  When new opportunities intimidate us, it’s easier to say no than it is to welcome the challenge. When we’re being pushed out of our comfort zone, it’s easier to hold tight to the familiar and reject the unknown. Part of mastering the art of saying “no” is learning when we should say it vs. when we should say “yes.”  Before you rush headlong into a decision, take a moment to read these…

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Nix Meeting Fatigue in Six Simple Steps

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Today, American professionals will collectively attend about 11 million meetings, as estimated by the Harvard Business School’s Nancy Koehn. According to a study by software developer Atlassian, the average employee spends 31 hours a month in meetings. If you’re in the C-suite, you spend roughly 40% of each work day on conference calls and around the table with cohorts discussing the issues at hand. Not only is there a monetary cost to these frequent sit-downs (just imagine the dollar value of each attendee’s time!), there is the inevitable drain on productivity as we talk about getting something done, rather than…

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Receive the Gift of Constructive Criticism with Grace

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Receiving feedback on your work is always an incredible gift. It can offer affirmation that you’re on the right track. I t can also offer input to help you communicate more effectively or to take your next steps on a more clearly illuminated path. While accepting positive feedback is a skill most of us can easily cultivate, learning to respond to constructive criticism with an open mind and a dose of grace can take a little more work. Start by mastering these 8 steps. Stop Before you respond, take a moment to measure whether your emotions are in the driver’s…

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Now Hear this: Your Body has Something to Say

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Dr. Albert Mehrabian knows a thing or two about communication. Based on his research, Mehrabian asserts that 7% of what we communicate is based on the words we say. The balance of the message is split between our tone of voice and nonverbal elements like body language. While those percentages can shift depending on specific circumstances, the core of this research remains true: It’s not what we say; it’s how we say it. This may not be news to you. In fact, it’s part of why you focus on your tone of voice when correcting your children. The role of…

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7 Secrets to Being a Masterful Mentor

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Your support network has been an invaluable asset. Granted, it’s changed as you’ve progressed through your career. You’ve leaned from different mentors and champions at various points in your professional growth process based on what direction you were heading in at that time. Throughout it all, you’ve understood that success takes a village.  Now a colleague or friend has approached you for support. Before you take on the role of mentor, consider these points: You’ve got to have faith It’s flattering to be told someone else wants to learn from you. A good mentor/mentee relationship, however, is a two-way street….

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8 Tricks to Squash Your Public Speaking Jitters

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For many, public speaking is the stuff of frightful nightmares. Even seasoned speakers can develop jitters before taking the stage. Anxiety can rise whether the audience is a handful of colleagues in the conference room or a full auditorium. Yet, at some point in our careers, we’re all called upon to make a presentation: to our department, to our executives, to a group of investors, or to conference attendees. These 8 tips can help you tame your nerves and knock it out of the park. Prepare and practice: It’s easier to pontificate on topics we’re well informed about. Give yourself…

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Cultivating a Positive Workplace: A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way

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What would happen if you lived in abundant gratitude?  As discussed previously, being grateful can help you push through what stands between you and your goals.  As a leader, expressing appreciation for your team’s efforts and recognizing their wins can help nurture a productive, successful corporate culture. Not sure you see the connection? Listen to this: According to data provided by Work.com, 78% of employees say being recognized motivates them. In fact, 69% said they’d work harder if they were better recognized! Conversely, over half of employees would leave their current positions for a company they felt would better recognize…

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