Mom Was Right… Sit Up Straight

Research shows our body posture not only impacts what others think about us, but also how we think about ourselves. Richard Petty of Ohio State University found people sitting in an upright position had more confidence in their own thoughts about their abilities than those that slump or slouch. Our thoughts are directly influenced by…

3 Best Subject Line Starters

By 2017 over 132 billion business emails will be sent and received each day, according the Radicati Group. That prediction emphasizes the importance of effective business writing skills. Consider the implications of the email subject line. The words you choose determine whether your message will be read or taken seriously by your boss, coworkers and…

How to Save Time on Email

Over 100 billion emails are sent and received each day, according to an email statistics report. On average, workers spend 13 hours a week reading and answering those emails. That’s 637 hours a year, according to another email statistics report. Save yourself and your coworkers a lot of time by sticking to a standard email…

Coping with “Constructive” Feedback

When you receive negative feedback, think before dismissing it. Give your mind a moment to reflect on the criticism. That pause will help you overcome the brain’s natural tendency to deny, defend or run away from it. Take a pause to decipher what it means and filter out valuable nuggets you can use. Better yet,…

When to Use Slidedocs

When your PowerPoint slide deck becomes a pre-read, reference or leave-behind document, you’ve crossed over to the land of slidedocs. Slidedocs are visual documents intended to be read not presented, as defined by Nancy Duarte. They display detailed information through a combination of visuals and text. She suggests you might need a slidedoc if you……

Slide Deck or Slidedoc?

My clients often ask about the use of PowerPoint slide decks as handouts or email attachments. While the software was designed for use as a visual aid for presentations, it’s often repurposed as a detail-heavy document for coworkers who want a preview of the information or can’t attend a meeting in person. We recommend separating…