Top 6.5 Social Media Trends for 2012

As social media matures, even greater technological and financial resources are being dedicated to it by the business community. Not surprisingly, this technology is becoming more interwoven into our culture and daily existence. As a social media enthusiast, I’m enjoying the revolution. It’s exciting to consider how this fundamental change in the way we communicate with each other will impact the world in 5, 10 or even 100 years. So without further ado, here’s my subjective, inherently biased and decidedly

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How to Reduce (or Eliminate) Personality Conflicts in the Workplace

“People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.” — Will Rogers When dealing with difficult people, it’s crucial to remember that we can’t control them, or change them — the best we can do is change ourselves. That being said, the first step in reducing conflict in the workplace is to understand why most conflicts occur to begin with. Conflict begins when we focus on difference. Think about it. When you have a misunderstanding with a co-worker, friend,

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6 Ways to be Effectively Assertive at Work

What is “Assertive”? Assertive behavior exists on a continuum, balanced between passive and aggressive behavior. Assertive communication is grounded in respect – for yourself, and for the person receiving your message. In contrast, aggressive communication is disrespectful of both parties, and ignores the recipients’ rights, boundaries and sensibilities. Why bother? Because assertive behavior is grounded in respect, assertive communicators are viewed as confident and capable. With practice, your assertive behavior will help you avoid being dismissed as passive, or misunderstood

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Three Ways to Improve Your Next Presentation

Your typical PowerPoint presentation to your typical audience typically makes everyone wish they were somewhere else, doing something else. The next time you have to give a presentation, see if you can apply one of these three ideas to make everyone’s experience more productive. Idea #1: Don’t Give a Presentation Hear me out on this: Is the data easily misunderstood? Do you have to convince anyone of your points? Do your people have 10-15-30-60 minutes where they’re not doing anything

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