Tag Archives: communication
Say It In Just Six Words
July 12, 2022
As an educator, I love it when old sayings turn out to be true. This can offer powerful reinforcement in teaching key concepts. For example, “A picture is worth a thousand words”? Yep. Proved by science thanks to the foundation … Read More
Delivering a Speech with Energy (Again and Again)
October 25, 2021
“That was a good question,” I said, nodding. That was a good question. I love those words. I’m also frequently stumped in the moments that follow those words because, to me, a good question is one that makes me both … Read More
Business Writing Tips from Elmore Leonard?
June 15, 2021
There’s nothing like a global pandemic to spur media consumption. At this point, I’ve binged almost everything from classics like The Sopranos (yes, I’d never seen it) to pop-culture kitsch like Tiger King to phenomenal new shows like The Queen’s … Read More
The Comfortable Camouflage of Bad Communication
June 12, 2019
Recently my wife sent me a text that said, “You’ve ruined me.” In the pantheon of spousal communication, this didn’t seem great at first glance. However, as I came to discover, it was intended as a compliment. In fact, it’s … Read More
What Does Your Writing Look Like?
September 14, 2018
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
3 Questions to Answer Before Your Next Presentation
January 16, 2018
We all want to communicate better. Yet we often fail to answer three simple questions that could help even the most basic presentation.
Alan Alda on Communicating and Relating to Others
August 23, 2017
“My whole life has been a big improvisation — I follow my nose.” Improvisation has played a big role in Alan Alda’s career in more ways than one. From his early theatrical work to founding the Alda Center for Communicating … Read More