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Saying No

“Just say no.” That phrase was popular in the 1980s and 90s to help kids say no to illegal drug use. Today, I’m suggesting we just say “no” if a potential business opportunity is not a fit for you and your company. Now this may strike you as a little odd since I’m usually writing…

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Questions, anyone?

Questions. So many careers depend on them: sales people, doctors, nurses, teachers, journalists, attorneys — the list goes on and on. I’ve written before about the importance of asking questions. As professional communicators, my team and I find that our work often depends on questions. When speaking to a reporter who wants to contact a…

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Zombies!

Have you noticed the recent preoccupation with zombies in television, movies and video games (think “Walking Dead,” “Z Nation” and “World War Z”)? And what is a zombie, anyway?  Well, according to Dictionary.com and Wikipedia, a zombie is a corpse “reanimated through various methods, most commonly magic.” But what I want to know is: are…

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Do You Work in a Zoo?

“Sometimes I feel like I work in a zoo.” That was the comment shared with me by an employee of a business I was visiting. No, she wasn’t referring to her coworkers. She was talking about the plethora of animals in the office – people’s pets (dogs of all sizes and shapes from what I…

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Facing Our Feelings

We don’t just leave our feelings in the car when we walk into our workplace. They’re part of who we are and we can’t ignore them. But it’s how we face them that’s important in our relationships and communications – business and otherwise. Feelings are a response to the way you perceive the world around…

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Speak the Same Language

Everyone has had difficulty communicating with someone. In those moments, you may have thought, “Are we speaking the same language?” Whether that literally means the actual language (in the case of perhaps speaking to a person from another country) or being a matter of personal communication style, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t face…

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Do What You Love

Be honest: do you love what you do? This is a great question to start the year with, in my mind. Many of us could benefit from taking stock of who we are, what we do, and how we want to improve. If you’ve been reading my newsletter and blogs for a while, you know…

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It’s All in the Way You Say It

Do you wish there were days when your employees were doing a better job of communicating with you, each other and your customers? Communication plays a big role in our business success. Whether it’s asking customers the right questions or effectively getting our point across in a meeting, or even posting to social media, very…

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A Day in the Life

Just like many of you, I attend a lot of business events and networking opportunities. And, like you, I’m often asked the question, “What do you do?” My short answer is, “I’m a writer.” Or if appropriate, I may answer with a short elevator speech: At Logos Communications, we tell the compelling stories of our…

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Aggressive or Assertive?

Ever been in a meeting when you felt someone was being aggressive in making their point or trying to get their way? The answer is probably yes. Did that make you feel like you were being bullied? Perhaps, but at the very least it was probably uncomfortable. May I suggest a different approach? How about…

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