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We women tend to think that magically, someone will notice our hard work. But in the business world, there are too many other mission-critical concerns that fight for executives' attention. Waiting for your hard work to get noticed is not a winning strategy. Of course, communication skills aren't the only factor that determines whether a woman becomes a leader. Yet, poor communication skills can almost singlehandedly ruin her promising [...] more
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Popular science magazines use visual explanations to introduce andexplain a scientific or technological concept to us. They excel at teachingus in a clear and comprehensive graphic, with very little explanatory text. In complete contrast to popular science magazines, the corporate world uses too much text and not enough images. We’re wordy and often utterly forgettable.  [...] more
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Industry 4.0, a concept that originated in Germany, promises to drive value for companies and customers around the world. But unless you talk about the changes you've made or are making, no one will know. [...] more
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Ask "What do they want to hear?" rather than "What do I want to say?" BEFORE you prepare your next speech, pitch, or presentation. When you tailor your message, your audience knows you're in their corner.  [...] more
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You only have one chance to make a first impression. Learn your first 3 sentences by heart. Practice saying them out loud. Film yourself with your smartphone and watch your performance. Especially if English isn’t your first language.  [...] more
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For sure, acronyms are an easy, comfortable way for you to talk to other people “in the know.”  And when you’re an insider, you may think that you can take shortcuts because it’s easier than using a lengthy project or product name.  But you shouldn’t. Here’s one of the best and most clearly stated arguments as to why using acronyms is a bad idea. [...] more
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People around the world love all kinds of sports, and talking about sports is an easy way to start a conversation and establish a common ground. [...] more
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