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Your Communications May Not Be Communicating

". . . As one of my clients is fond of saying (along with George Bernard Shaw), 'The greatest problem with communication is the assumption that it has taken place.'”

"Now, I’ve never found a senior manager who says that communications are not important; so why do organizational communications continue to break down despite all of the investment and generally good intentions? Let me present three common traps: . . ."

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Good Word to Know: “Polymath”

Reading yesterday’s New York Times, I came upon the word polymath, and I couldn’t confidently determine its meaning from the context. Can you define the word? Here’s how The NYT used it: The debut season of “Atlanta,” the FX series…

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Facing New Intercultural Communication Challenges at Work

"If you listen closely, there is a unique cry for help that can be heard within intercultural businesses everywhere. Those who work within such contexts, and who use English as a second language, are confronted with predictable challenges that they must face alone," writes Sherwood Fleming (photo, left).

"For example, soon after I met Thierry, a manager in a large international engineering firm, he shared his story with me. . . ."

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How to Refer Readers to a Map

I got an email yesterday from the organizers of a literary festival I’m going to attend. It shared reminders about parking and registration. I knew where to park, but I needed to know where registration was. So I went directly…

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Excellence in Business Communication Wins Textbook Excellence Award from Textbook Academic Authors Association

Excellence in Business Communication, by John V. Thill and Courtland L. Bovee, is a winner of the 2018 Textbook & Academic Authors Association’s Textbook Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence in current textbooks and learning materials.

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“They” Pulls Ahead in the Language Game

Our six-year-old neighbor brought his Pokémon card game over for a playdate the other night. As our daughter read aloud the instructions on a card, the grammar caught my attention. Do you notice it too? “Your opponent puts a card…

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British vs. US Spellings

I traveled (travelled?) around the Big Island of Hawaii the last two weeks and found that–even at Volcanoes National Park–I could not escape thinking about writing. This text grabbed my attention on the Sulphur Banks trail: It appeared on this…

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9 Habits of Unsuccessful People

"Bad habits may not seem like a big deal on their own, but sometimes they can seriously drag you down in your life and career."

"Here are the top nine habits of unsuccessful people: . . ."

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Three Decades of Innovation, Helping Instructors Prepare Students for the Contemporary Workplace

Success in any medium depends on the ability to write effectively and efficiently. Learn how ti give your students clear guidance with a proven three-step process that takes the uncertainly and frustration out of every writing project. . .

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The Top Ten Words of the Year As Selected by Merriam-Webster

Here are the top ten words of the year as selected by Merriam-Webster.

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