Category Archives: Bits & Pieces

Whatever your profession, you also need to be a professional communicator. ETC is pleased to share these essential Bits & Pieces to help you polish those skills.

Everything Old Is New Again

What can we learn from the ancients about contemporary communication challenges? Lots!

By words the mind is winged. – Aristophanes, (450 BC – 388 BC) Greek playwright.

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes. – Cato the Elder (234 BC -149 BC) Roman senator and historian.

Words have a longer life than deeds. – Pindar, (522 BC – 443BC) Greek lyric poet.

‘I Don’t Get It!’ – Holding Notes

Recently, a reader asked my opinion of holding speaker notes with two hands. I Don’t Get It, because I discourage the habit. It limits natural-looking gesturing, especially with notes in hand. Read More »

Workplace Writing Power Point – Short Words

Here’s this month’s Power Point – whenever a short, simple, familiar word is just as clear or clearer as a longer word, use the shorter word. The extra syllables don’t add anything to your meaning and may detract from your image as a real, down-to-earth person. But don’t trade clarity for brevity. Think ‘Twitter’ and save some of those characters for another message. Read More »

I Don’t Get It – ‘And’ Networking Relationships

Regular readers may recall that I’m a veteran networking practitioner and often speak and write about the topic. However, I willingly admit that many of my strategies and best practices dance to a different drummer. Read More »

Worthy Networking Events

A reporter recently asked for my opinion on what kind of networking events are worth attending. Here’s a summary of my response: Read More »

Communicate with Style

‘People Styles at Work and Beyond – Making Bad Relationships Good and Good Relationships Better’, by Robert Bolton & Dorothy Grover Bolton, American Management Association, NY, 2009.

An excellent discussion of four basic workplace communication styles – Driver, Expressive, Amiable and Analytical – their strengths, weaknesses and need for adaptation.

Make the Most of Learning Events

Savvy business leaders treat workshops, seminars and conferences as valuable resources that come with a huge cost of time and money. So, as with any business resource, make sure you use Learning Events effectively and efficiently: Read More »

I Don’t Get It – Noun Phrases

Here’s my newest rant in the Workplace Writing Power Points category. I don’t get why people still use lame noun phrases. So, let me challenge some word use habits, like this one carried over from those 500-word essay days in high school. Read More »

It’s ShowTime

‘Good in a Room – how to sell yourself and your ideas and win over any audience’, by Stephanie Palmer, Tantor Media, Inc., 2008.

A most interesting take on high stakes pitches and meetings from a former Hollywood studio executive who listened to a lot of pitches in a lot of meetings.

Just Say ‘No’ to Small Talk

A reporter recently asked for suggestions on appropriate small talk at networking events. I surprised him by saying that small talk really didn’t work that well and to focus on Big Talk instead. The rest of my rant … Read More »

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