Posts Tagged "interpersonal communication"

Communication is a Hard Skill~Not a Soft Skill

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 in ComLead, Integrated Marketing Communication, Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations, Organizational Leadership

Communication is a Hard Skill~Not a Soft Skill

In corporate America employee communication skills are often referred to as “soft skills” and this label is inaccurate, misleading, and can hurt an organization’s bottom line. A survey of Fortune 200 company vice presidents on communication practices and areas of miscommunication found that miscommunication can be costly (Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict, 2004). Companies spend $5 to $10 million annually on communication training to increase effective communication among employees and reduce costly errors (Strategic Finance, 2005). When companies do not...

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Rethink Your Elevator Pitch

Posted on May 8, 2013 in ComLead, Integrated Marketing Communication, Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations, Organizational Leadership

Rethink Your Elevator Pitch

This spring, I was able to attend a Speed Networking night hosted by Canisius College and Amherst’s Emerging Business Leaders. Drinks in hand, we circulated around tables, a sparkling crew of Buffalo’s young professionals. The event featured a formal speed networking time, where we were given 90 seconds to “network” with each of the 40 or so people in attendance. 40 people. 90 seconds. Have you ever tried to authentically present yourself and your experiences, to make a real connection with someone, and to listen well and ask questions – all in the time you spent...

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The Danger of Groupthink

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 in ComLead, Organizational Leadership

The Danger of Groupthink

Read any business review blog today, and you’ll soon notice a trend: teams. Democratic teams – where every member contributes ideas and efforts – are popular solution to today’s business challenges. Some  say they’re the best way to improve a business’s output, efficiency, and innovation. Check out HBR’s article, “The Power of Teamwork”, to see what I mean. Ideally, these teams harmonize the voices of all members to reach a consensus. The ComLead grad program is designed to prepare students for excellence in today’s business world. And...

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Bringing Your Learning Style to Work

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 in ComLead, Organizational Leadership

Bringing Your Learning Style to Work

We often associate learning styles with primary school, but the same framework that helped you memorize state capitals or function of mitochondria can improve productivity and communication in the workplace. VARK Model Neil Fleming’s VARK model is a popular learning style framework used in many workplaces today. Fleming categorizes learning preferences as Visual, Aural, Read/Write, and/or Kinesthetic. To determine your learning style, try this  questionnaire. Those who don’t fit neatly into one category – and there are many of us – are deemed multimodal, and can tailor their...

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A Communication Conundrum

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 in ComLead, Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations, Organizational Leadership

The definition of interpersonal communication varies depending on who you ask (or who you cite). The challenge of communication begins with the fact that people have different ideas of what comprises the act of communicating. Most definitions involve the sending and receiving of messages to create mutual understanding. While this sounds easy, think about how often in a day you miscommunicate. Almost everything we do involves communication of some sort- whether it is interpersonal, organizational or from the mass media. We spend time improving our abilities in math, grammar, and science....

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