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Email Poll

Email is the number one preferred method of communication these days, but is our email communication effective?  What renders it ineffective?  What could strengthen it and make it more persuasive?  When would it be best to just pick up the phone?  These are the issues I'm going to be covering in a new article series I'm writing exclusively for my newsletter subscribers over the next several months.  If you are not currently receiving our newsletter, you can subscribe here. It started with this month's newsletter article and continued with a discussion I had with my dad last week, but I believe most of the misunderstandings now take place over the internet.  Email, texting, social media and Yahoo groups are immensely...

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Are you an author or want to be?

Authors just need to know how to write, right?  Well, actually writing is a business just like any other.  It requires various skills including communication skills.  An author needs to be part of the marketing process even if he or she has a publisher: book signings, selling his next novel to the publisher.  And an author needs to know how to be a great guest on a radio or tv show! My friend Felice Gerwitz over at Media Angels is hosting a series of seminars for authors on the various skills needed to be a successful author these days.  I'll be teaching about the communication skills an author needs on Thursday, April 15th at 8am PST/11am EST.   Her seminar on...

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In the News: Why Communication is Important

So often I'm asked if communication skills are really that important for every day life.  I've developed a quote I'd like to put on every bumper sticker. "While you may manage to live your entire life without making a speech, you will not get through one day without communicating something to someone!" The past week, while I was posting about the National Words Matter Week contest, there were several news stories that came across my eDesk that illustrate the reasons behind why communication skills are not just needed for lawyers and politicians.  Here are two: An article from March 5, 2010 states Doctors urged to do more listening as complaints about care increase Among other things it states "Officials say...

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What's the most important New Year's Resolution?

It's that time of year again when people make New Year's Resolutions and don't keep them. "Lose 20 pounds by July." ....."Start a new business and become independently wealthy." ......................................"Organize my closet alphabetically and color code." ........................................................................................................."Quit smoking, again." I'm poking a little fun here, but these are all admirable goals.  The problem isn't that they cannot be accomplished, but that we aren't always serious when we make them.  And sometimes we aren't always making New Year's Resolutions about the things which are the most important to our lives. First, most of us want things, but we are not always that willing to do what it takes in order to accomplish them.  We want to lose weight as long as...

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