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Insights on Communication Skills and Relationship Building

Pick the Right Story: Storytelling for Business

Posted by Blog Tipster

March 29, 2018

A great story is only half the battle. This is because a great story might not be the right story for every situation, presentation, or meeting. 

Here are some quick tips to help you pick the right story:

1. The "that reminds me..." test: Good, universal stories have themes that everyone can relate to, even if they haven't experienced exactly what you have. When you're working on a story for a major event or presentation, enlist some colleagues and give them a quick overview. A good sign that you're on the right track is if someone else says, "That reminds me of the time that I...." You'd be surprised that the story of your first successful pitch might remind someone of their first day of college, the birth of their child, their first hole-in-one. What matters is the large, universal theme.

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Topics: Business Storytelling

How's It Going? Professional Skills Check-In

Posted by Bridget Beirne

January 31, 2018


 I have a friend on Facebook who, periodically throughout the year, writes a brief post with the date and the simple message, "How are your New Year's resolutions going?" The first few times I saw it, it gave me a bit of anxiety — how WERE my resolutions going?! Now, I kind of look forward to his check-in posts. They're a reminder that I'm a work in progress, always trying to learn and improve.

With that in mind  how's it going? Did you make any big resolutions a month ago? Did any of them have to do with your professional life? Did you eschew them entirely? (No judgment if you did.) If you didn't, but are still looking for manageable ways to track some improvement, it's not too late. Here's a few things you may want to (belatedly) resolve to work on, based on some popular professional skills-related resolutions I've heard in my day-to-day conversations.

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Topics: Professional Communication Skills

Best of the OC Blog: Presentation Skills Collection

Posted by Blog Tipster

December 21, 2017

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Topics: Presentation Skills Training

Best of the OC Blog: Emotional Intelligence Collection

Posted by Blog Tipster

November 30, 2017


Want to improve your overall Emotional Intelligence, but don't know quite where or how to begin? This collection of some of our favorite EI articles from the OC Blog is a great place to get started.


Simple Activities to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

"As I've learned more about EI, I've realized how much of one's EmotionaI Intelligence skills development is self-reliant. Truly, you must start with you. It's easy to look outward, but you've got to start by looking in. However, it's helpful to have a structure to work with, or simple activities that you can work on day-to-day, so you don't get lost in the emotional mire. "

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Topics: Emotional Intelligence

Happy Halloween! 2017 Business Communication Fears Collection

Posted by Bridget Beirne

October 31, 2017


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