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Culture Shock: How to Speak Business Anywhere

October 17, 2014

gayle-cotton"When [Gayle] Cotton (photo, left) began her career working at the United Nations in Geneva in the early-90s, she answered a routine phone call with a polite, 'Hello, how are you?'"

"Surprisingly, the person on the other end of the call was annoyed.

"'He answered, ‘That’s none of your business. Now what I want to talk about is…’,” recalled Cotton, now president of Circles Of Excellence Inc., which offers training and coaching programs to global clients from its offices in the US and Europe.

"It was nothing personal; the caller, a Swiss German, wanted to get down to business, and the personal was irrelevant. She began answering her phone using just her last name — emulating her colleagues in Geneva."

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What to Do If You Forget Someone’s Name Immediately After Meeting Them

October 17, 2014

maggie-zhang"We've all been in those situations where we've forgotten someone's name. It's even worse when it happens immediately after meeting them," says Maggie Zhang (photo, left).

"How do we deal with it without being awkward? Here's some helpful advice, gleaned from personal experience, online message boards, and advice columns: . . ."

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The 25 Most Essential Public Speaking Tips

October 16, 2014

brad-phillips"I’ve written hundreds of posts since beginning this blog. Many of the posts containing the most critical public speaking tips have gotten buried, so I wanted to post them all in one easy-to-find place."

"So, with no further introduction, here are the 25 links I consider to be the most important for public speakers everywhere. I hope you find them useful!"

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10 Stupid Things Bosses Say When They Fire People

October 16, 2014

getting-firedJeff Haden has his opinion and his list.

Image credit – original article at LinkedIn

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How Communication Will Evolve Through Digital Touch

October 16, 2014

ben-bajarinBen Bajarin (photo, left) covers the topic at

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Asking This Question Could Seriously Damage a Person’s Job Search

October 15, 2014

emmie-martinAccording to Emmie Martin (photo, left), "When searching for a new job, it's smart to reach out to anyone in your network who might be able to help: former managers, career coaches, old colleagues."

"However, you make yourself look stupid — and potentially ruin all chances of getting your network to help — if you ask, "Do you know of any job openings?"

"Worse even, is if you follow it up with, 'I'm willing to do anything!'"

Author bio – "Emmie [Martin] writes for the strategy and careers verticals at Business Insider. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in magazine journalism. She is from Houston, Texas, and currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y."

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18 Body-Language Tricks to Make a Great First Impression

October 15, 2014

Peter_Economy". . . Therefore, the way you present yourself — especially the way you communicate nonverbally in those first few crucial minutes after meeting someone new — could make or break what could potentially be a very important business relationship."

"Here are 18 ways you can use your body language to communicate your credibility and intentions in a way that will set you up for success every time."

Author – Peter Economy (photo, left)

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9 Procrastination-Conquering Strategies You Haven’t Heard Before

October 15, 2014

natasha-burton-2"Rather than risk your professional reputation (and dread your to-do list), take charge. Here are nine tips that will take you from procrastinator to productive in no time."

Author bio – Natasha Burton (photo, left) is an author and freelance writer. Her full bio can be found here.

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Death to Corporate Speak! Why You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Parlance

October 14, 2014

jason-feifer"Brands are trying their hardest to rewire the way you speak–renaming products, what we call ourselves at work, and even how we think about ourselves as customers. And you shouldn't play along. Jason [Feifer] tells you why in the above video. You'll never order your Starbucks coffee the same way again."

Video presenter – Jason Feifer (photo, left), Fast Company Senior Editor

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How Technology Has Changed Workplace Communication

October 14, 2014

natalie-burgAccording to Natalie Burg (photo, left), "Business doesn’t happen face to face as often as some would like. Instead, today’s communication depends on conference calls and emails chains that make it challenging to get to know your partners. It’s been a common lament among business people dissatisfied with the technology that has become the norm in their daily lives. But with so many workers worldwide now working in virtual teams, many business relationships do depend on technology. And that’s not a bad thing — as long they’re using the right technologies in the right ways."

Author bio – Natalie Burg is a freelance journalist who has written for Business Insider, Forbes, etal. Her website is

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