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Insights on Communication Skills and Relationship Building

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

5 Resources to Fight the Fright of Business Communication Challenges

Posted by Blog Tipster

October 31, 2016

OCLogoSignature.pngToday may be all about ghouls, goblins, and other frights, but let's turn our thoughts to the less creepy — but just as daunting!  business communication challenges we face. A big upcoming presentation, a meeting facilitation, or a difficult discussion with a team member are all scenarios that can be potentially frightening or anxiety ridden. In honor of the holiday of fear, here are 5 Ovation resources you can use to help you work on any of those scary things to you may have to embark on this week.

Happy Halloween from Team Ovation!

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Topics: Professional Communication Skills

What You're NOT Saying: Is Your Interpersonal Communication Suffering?

Posted by Kerri Garbis

October 20, 2016

kerri-garbis-1.pngThink communication, and we inevitably think of words. The words we choose, and how we use them, are incredibly important. What we say, quite obviously, holds immense power. 

But what about what we're NOT saying?

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Topics: Emotional Intelligence, Professional Communication Skills

Don't Miss "Take 5 Tips", Our New Series of Business Training Videos!

Posted by Bridget Beirne

June 29, 2016

ovation_logo_sheen.pngWe're excited to share our new, bite-sized, super-useful business training videos on all things communication skills. "Take 5 Tips" brings you 3 minutes of thoughts on presentation skills, emotional intelligence, storytelling, and more.

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Topics: Professional Communication Skills, Business Communication Skills

How to Handle Stress and Avoid Interpersonal Communication Fumbles

Posted by Lori Free

February 4, 2016

It’s that time of the year. The playoffs are over and many Americans will be tuned in to watch the Super Bowl. As an avid football fan, I thought it would be appropriate to review how to avoid interpersonal communication fumbles. When we fumble with our communications, it can cost us a penalty or the entire game.

Have you ever said something and as soon as you did,  wished you hadn’t? Once those words are out, they’re out there. Even if you're given an instant replay, people don’t forget the play where you fumbled.

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Topics: Emotional Intelligence, Professional Communication Skills