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50 Americanisms That Don’t Make Sense To Foreigners

“Pocketbook! How on earth is a handbag called that? It’s not a book, nor does it fit into a pocket.”

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12 Phrases That Will Make Your Audience Put Down Their Cell Phones and Pay Attention to You

"No matter how topical, relevant or pressing your content is, you're often fighting an uphill battle for the audience's attention. Whether their distractions are an internal monologue ("And just where am I supposed to find the time to teach the new guy how to use our Learning Management System? At midnight? Five in the morning?") or an external dialogue ("Those two sitting in the back row will not stop chatting, and I cannot concentrate!"), they need you as the speaker to help catch — and keep — their focus."

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The Bezos Method of Handling Criticism Is a Good One That Everyone Should Follow

"Bezos says that there are two kinds of critics, and that the key is always to 'look in a mirror and decide, are your critics right? If they're right, change. Don't resist.'"

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Who has written the most successful business communication textbooks during the past 50 years?

Who has written the most successful business communication textbooks during the past 50 years? More instructors have adopted a Bovee and Thill business communication textbook than any other textbook on the market. For superior business communication instruction, adopt a Bovee and Thill textbook today.

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English Grammar 101: All You Need to Know

“Understanding the basic grammar rules is essential for communicating efficiently, but most of us have forgotten those concepts years ago.


“In order to solve this problem we decided to put together all the basic rules on a single page, so that you can use it as a refresher, or print it out for future reference.”

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Literally – Just a Filler Word

"If there were Survivor for words, I’d vote off 'literally.'"

"It’s inserted into sentences for no real reason.

"Consider:. . ."

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Jeff Bezos and the Perfect Memo

"Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has some tips on crafting the perfect memo, which he broke down in his annual letter to shareholders."

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44 Everyday Phrases You Might Not Know You’ve Been Saying Incorrectly

For example: Saying it wrong: “Suppository of information.” Doing it right: “Repository of information”

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Nine Words and Phrases People Think Are Wrong–But Are Actually Correct

Nine words and phrases people think are wrong, but are actually correct

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How to Edit, Fix, and Polish

Imagine this scenario: Your supervisor emails you with a message that says “Please edit the attachment.” Or perhaps the instruction is “Fix the attached” or “Please give this piece some polish.” What does it mean to edit, fix, or polish…

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