Presenters want to get the most out of a media interview or when using media to present their ideas. If you had to remember only one constant for doing this, it should be to have a really clear understanding of your message and supporting points.
There are lots of tips that provide best practices for using media effectively. Click on the image button below to get our guide:
"Communicating Through the Media - Best Practices"
Read an interesting article entitled What Brits Really Mean In Their Emails: How To Read Between The Lines And Give It Back....Diplomatically
by Alison Kemp. She talks about how nationality, cultural differences and relationships have a significant impact on the way readers receive written messages. This brief essay is a good reminder to know your reader! So much about effective communication is about how the message is conveyed.http://www.switchvision.co.uk/your-emails-just-kill-me/
2013 – New Year, New Ways for Professional Development from CMI Workshops and Online Communications Training
Providing Greater Learning Value and Responsiveness
As a company that has helped thousands of business professionals build and expand key communication skills for over two decades, CMI is committed to providing more learning value to its clients and customers.
Some of the enhancements to our offerings you will see in 2013:
1. Business Presentation Skills (BPS) Workshops
BPS is Going Green(er)!
The BPS instructor-led workshop format will remain consistent in generating high levels of satisfaction while providing almost all participant resources electronically–reports, certificates, organizers, videos of all practice presentations and accompanying feedback.
This is a major change from the days of lots of paper and plastic and is consistent with our commitment to recycle, reuse and reduce wherever possible.
Online Presentation Capabilities
CMI is excited about our new association with with the Munich, Germany based presentationgym and will be able to provide presentation skills coaching and training online. This will provide convenient learning and training options for people with limited time for or access to in-person interactions.
2. Business Writing Skills Workshops
Professional Business Writing (PBW)
PBW will continue to provide one and two-day instructor-led workshops that covers issues that are critical to improving writing skills and opportunities for receiving both instructor and peer feedback on written submissions.
3. Technical Business Writing (TBW) – Now Customized to Your Organization’s Specific Needs.
CMI has offered Technical Business Writing Skills workshops for select clients. However, since technical business writing means different things to different clients, we will customize TBW workshops to address specific client needs in terms of intended audiences, critical formats-report writing, articles, request for proposals or other areas of interest.
Technical Business Writing for Engineers
Technical Business Writing for IT
Technical Business Writing for Health Care Industries
Technical Business Writing for Government and Municipalities
Technical Business Writing for Energy Industries
4. The writeTrain® Online Business Writing Program
We continue to make changes and improvements to writeTrain® and the feedback we received from our users has been incredibly valuable. We listen to what people say and are constantly striving to keep the learning experience interesting and user-friendly.
In 2013, users will still be able to work on the entire program or select specific modules of interest. Writing submissions will continue to be reviewed by online coaches at the beginning and the end of the program. No matter how advanced we become in our online program, it’s our coaches who really add the most value to participants.
Coming soon! Look for a new credit card payment option for writeTrain.
5. New Opportunities
2013 is the year that CMI is looking to expand it communication skills training capabilities, especially in the area of online offerings. In additional to creating our own elearning opportunities, we are going to be well-positioned to help companies and organizations with their in-house instructional needs.
Can CMI help you plan your professional development needs for 2013? Call us at 1-800-475-8137 or click here.
All of us at CMI wish you a healthy, prosperous and exciting new year.
Homographs are words that are spelled alike, have different meanings, and different pronunciations.
Here is a really clever article on homographs.....
A Little English Humor To Placate The Tripple Digit Goddess
by Eliza Moritz
I wish I knew who to whom to give credit for this clever bit about the all the idiosyncrasies of our language but in any case, remember this the next time you hear someone who speaks another language, struggle with ours.
Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. Don’t forget, we park in the driveway and drive on the parkway. So why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, two geese. So one moose, two meese? One index, two indices?
Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? ship by truck but send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
The bandage was wound around the wound.
The farm was used to produce produce.
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
We must polish the Polish furniture.
He could lead if he would get the lead out.
The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
I did not object to the object.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
They were too close to the door to close it.
The buck does funny things when the does are present.
A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ‘UP.’ It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.
At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special. A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP aboutUP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP. When it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry UP.
One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP.
Original article can be found at this link: http://elizamoritz.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/a-little-english-humor-to-placate-the-tripple-digit-goddess/
Homographs are often confused with homonyms (same spelling, same pronunciation, different meaning) and homophones (same sound, different spelling, different meanings). We'll cover both of these in future posts.
Every week in the Boston Business Journal there is a profile article on either an emerging or established leader. A question that is always posed is, “what is the toughest business decision you’ve had to make?”
Most frequently, the answer deals with terminating employees. No doubt that has to be one of the most challenging conversations that managers encounter.
Yet, from time to time there are many other challenging, personal conversations such as layoffs, demotions, pay cuts or freezes, not-so-great performance appraisals and an endless array of change related topics that professionals encounter constantly.
Diane Katz, Ph.D., principal of the consulting company, The Working Circle, prepared an article containing tips regarding the rules of engagement for:
The Bearer Of Bad News
- Have compassion ALWAYS, no matter the person or the message.
- Keep your composure – breathe.
- Be on equal footing, either sitting or standing–don’t use power differentials.
- Talk in private either in either a neutral location or on the other person’s turf to provide a more comfortable environment.
- Leave little time between scheduling the appointment and the discussion.
- Enable each party to exit gracefully. Don’t prolong difficult discussions.
- Speak for yourself–don’t quote others.
- Be specific to the point. Example- Instead of saying “you made me feel…,” be specific. “When you said that, I became very frustrated.”
- Speak of responsibility and what happened as a result of the person’s actions versus blaming.
- Acknowledge your actions–be responsible for your errors and successes.
- State clearly whether there is or is not room for negotiation.
Punctuation is an important part of English grammar rules and conventions. Commas, semi-colons, colons, dashes and hyphens all have specific guidelines for proper uses.
Probably the most frequently used form of punctuation is the comma. At some point you must have studied the rules regarding the proper uses of commas.
Ben Yogada, a professor of English at the University of Delaware, prepared a great article regarding the proper use of commas.
This concise article provides lots of examples of how people often misuse commas along with accompanying corrections and solutions.
Click on the link below and spend a few minutes re-connecting with the best ways for using commas in your writing.
According to an article entitled A Language Strategy Is A Must for Global Companies, “English is the common tongue of the global economy.”
Assistant Professor of
The article’s author, Tsedal Neeley, states that in order to remain competitive proficiency in English is not a matter of choice. This is true for multi-national organizations as well as for enterprises that compete in global marketplace.
The article goes on to indicate that proper training is necessary for companies that are considering the implementation of an “Englishnization” strategy.
Click on the following link to read the complete article that was published in the May ’12 edition of the Harvard Business Review:
Who says punctuation is not powerful? This humorous example from www.facebook.com/grammarly will illustrate the point.
An English professor wrote the following sentence on a chalkboard and asked the students to punctuate it correctly:
“A woman without her man is nothing.”
All the males in the class wrote:
“A woman, without her man, is nothing.”
All of the females in the class wrote:
“A woman: without her, man is nothing.”
P. S.-The guys’ version did not require commas after the words woman and man.
Recently, I came across a very interesting perspective about effective writing.
In a letter written in 1956 to a young American fan, the children’s literature author, C. S. Lewis, provided several very useful writing guidelines. What is amazing is how over the generations these ideas remain valid and can be added to any business writer’s list of best practices.
Click on the link http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/04/c-s-lewis-on-writing.html to review the gems contained in this brief letter to an aspiring writer.
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“I will be better able to deliver important material and more likely to get buy-in.”
“This will allow me to be more confident in presenting my ideas and findings to mixed audiences.”
“Made me aware of strengths and weaknesses. Recording the exercises really brought this to life.”
“I do not think the class would have felt the way we did about each other if it wasn’t for such a wonder facilitator like you!! You engaged us to comment (well not engaged but forced us to step out of our comfort zone and feel comfortable to comment on what we were feeling.) Thank you once again for our two day AMAZING training!!”
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“In the years that I have been at (my organization) this has definitely been the best class ever. You completely engaged us and hooked us to your charismatic personality. I have let my coworkers know that this is a class for everyone since we are all ‘Sales Professionals’. I hope to meet again in another class.”
“I was able to see what changes I needed to make to give better presentations, especially with the videos.”
“Loved looking at the video of myself and hearing what the other associates had to say”
“Tremendous, since my team delivers presentations often”