Category Archives: Communication

Stop Lying About Communication

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Stories are transformative. They’re powerful tools for accomplishing our objectives. Studies have shown that stories are more memorable than bullet points in communicating ideas. However, a story in the wrong hands can be a dangerous thing. In fact, there’s another … Read More

What Does Your Writing Look Like?

As a communication instructor at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business, I look at a lot of writing. Recently, while grading an executive summary assignment (students were asked to summarize an article for a fictitious superior) a couple … Read More

6 Books to Help You Improve Your Public Speaking

This past year, I began teaching MBA business communication at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business. The focus of the curriculum is writing and presenting. This skillset is unique in that employers consistently cite it as important while … Read More

3 Nonverbal Tricks to Level Up Your Public Speaking

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It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. How often have you heard that classic turn of the phrase? When it comes to public speaking and presentation, “how you say it” introduces several factors like vocal tone and … Read More

7 Books That Will Help You Be a Better Writer

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Communication is an in-demand skill set. It consistently tops lists from employers of skills they desire most in new hires. Ironically, it also tops lists from graduating MBAs of skills they wish they’d had more of in business school. Recently, … Read More

3 Questions to Answer Before Your Next Presentation

communication

We all want to communicate better. Yet we often fail to answer three simple questions that could help even the most basic presentation. 

Saying It Right Is Worth Your Time

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In today’s distracted digital world, most of us are as busy as ever. We wear it like a badge of honor. How are you doing? “Busy!” [Sheepish laugh.] Well, it beats the alternative. [More awkward laughter.]

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