insights on communication skills

Insights on Communication Skills and Relationship Building

Are These Roadblocks in the Way of Your Professional Development?

Posted by Blog Tipster

September 23, 2016

Like Matthew McConaughey in a car commercial, we'd all like our journey down the road of professional development to be smooth. We hope that our professional selves will just evolve seamlessly over time, taking into account lessons learned and triumphs won.

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Topics: Professional Presence, Business Communication Skills

The Anatomy of a Flawless Business Thank You Note

Posted by Bridget Beirne

April 15, 2016

bridget-beirne-1.pngGratitude is an amazing thing to receive. Our lives move very fast, and it's easy to feel overworked, overwhelmed, and underappreciated. But when someone takes the time to say thank you, you get to take a moment to feel valued. That sender has put a spotlight on your efforts. It feels good.

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Topics: Professional Presence, Business Etiquette

One Moment in Time: How a Mindful Moment Changed My Career

Posted by Bridget Beirne

February 12, 2016

I have Eliza Doolittle to thank for one of the greatest discoveries of my professional acting career. Years ago, I was playing the lovable urchin-turned-grande-dame in a production of "My Fair Lady". It's a long show — two and a half hours at least. The demands of the role were high, vocally and acting-wise. I wanted to be the best Eliza I possibly could.

But, I had an issue. Approximately three-quarters of the way through the show, there's a song called "Show Me" — and vocally, it was a challenge for me. I was really stressed about it. In fact, I began to realize that, from the first MINUTE we'd begin a run-through of the show, the knowledge that I had to sing that song in another two hours and five minutes was already on my mind.

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Topics: Emotional Intelligence, Professional Presence

How to Create an Exceptional Professional Presence in 5 Simple Steps

Posted by Bridget Beirne

December 14, 2015

Football players (and other high-level athletes) are often told to visualize. Visualize making the perfect catch. Visualize running into the end zone. Visualize — really step into it and feel  what it will be like when you throw the game-winning pass.

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Topics: Professional Presence, Professional Communication Skills

Business Communication: 5 Important Questions for New Hires to Ask

Posted by Elizabeth Levey

June 24, 2015

by Elizabeth Levey

Congratulations, you’ve got the job! After lengthy and nerve-wracking interview process, you’ve got the offer letter in your hot little hand. You’ve gone out with friends, popped the champagne, and arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for your new hire orientation.

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Topics: Communication, Professional Presence, Professional Communication Skills