generalist specialist

Are you a “Generalist” or “Specialist” at your company?   Both exists in most companies and serve distinct purposes.  According to Merriam-Webster dictionary Generalist is defined as “a person who knows something about a lot of subjects.” –  a Partner in a consulting firm is  a generalist as he or she would sell work, build relationships, and

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interpersonal communication skills examples infographic

Interpersonal communication isn’t an exact science that can be solved with a math equation or with a formula. Interpersonal skills are complicated as they depend on the context of the situation, social cues and the personal experience of those involved. With so many different signals that can influence your communication, it’s important to have a tangible understanding of

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interpersonal communication soft skills infographic

Interpersonal communication is an important skill across all facets of your career. Whether you’re aware of it or not, interpersonal communication is present when you’re interviewing for a job, talking with your co-workers, or asking for a promotion. Even when you do well across the ‘hard’ skills, such as data analysis, accounting, programming, you still won’t

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business communication skills

Communication is key in every aspect of life, but it’s especially crucial in the workplace. Whether you’re just starting out in business or are further along in your career curve, there are specific business communication skills necessary for success. What business communication skills and “soft skills” will help you work smarter?  Here are 9 communication

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workplace communication skills

You may—or may not—be surprised to learn that the vast majority of work-related problems stem from bad communication. Poor workplace communication can cause frustration, misunderstanding, apathy, revenue loss and poor performance. Communication issues account for 64% of workplace negativity, and often these problems are completely avoidable. With communication issues so prevalent in the workplace, the

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Interpersonal-Communication-Style

Only 20% of professionals get 100% correct on this quiz.  Are you in the top 20%? Find out in just 2 minutes by taking the quiz below. Your interpersonal communication style can directly affect your work reputation and your overall work effectiveness.  Your communication style pertains to How you speak to someone one-on-one or in a group setting. How you

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farewell letter to coworkers

It’s never easy to say farewell to a company and a team.   However, this will happen many times in your career, as most of us have at least 7 different jobs until we retire.  While many farewell letters to coworkers are fairly standard and boring, it may serve you to take some time to craft

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career advancement

Mastering soft skills is critical to your career advancement.   Louis Johnston, one of our executive authors, agrees.  He shared in this interview how mastering certain soft skills helped him skyrocket his career and quadruple his compensation. Louis started as an Online Marketing Associate, 10 years ago.  He has since been promoted to Manager, Director, Senior Director, and

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good communication skills

Practicing good communication skills remains a core component to success in today’s digital age of texts and tweets. It’s great to communicate in today’s lines; to Snapchat, Like, Retweet and Tumble, but when it comes to the workplace, it comes down still to human interaction. Good communication skills never go out of style. Good communication

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how to improve communication skills

Good communication skills are a key factor in every aspect of your career; from being hired, closing a sale, working well within your organization or earning a promotion. Even if you outperform in every other area. If you’re marked poor in communication you’re less likely to advance in your career. Practicing good communication skills on

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how to be successful at work

The most frequently asked question I receive from readers is some version of how to be successful at work or in my career.   Below is the latest question I received in this category.   Ying, a Chinese immigrant working in the US used the Ask Me Anything tool inside the Soft Skills Gym to send

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how to prepare for a graduate school interview

Learning tips early on how to prepare for a graduate school interview will give you an advantage.  Applying to graduate school is a stressful and busy process. From choosing the programs you’re interested in to polishing your resume, securing references, and writing essays, there’s just a great deal to keep track of. But in the whole

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emotion communication

When my kids were in daycare, they were gently cared for. They were nurtured. They had great snacks and long naps. And they were taught about communicating emotions. I’ll never forget the first time I heard my daughter say, “Mommy, I don’t like that you said that. When you say that it makes me feel

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Lei-Han

Effective communication with your boss is essential to your career success.  One of the things your boss will always want is proactive communication of your work status & progress.  It will show that you are on top of your work and you respect him enough to keep him informed. This not always easy.   Below is

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changing careers

 Changing careers is not easy for some. However, once you master effective interviewing when changing careers, the path to success becomes a lot clearer. I had a chance to interview one of our Executive Authors, Helena Light, who is a master at changing careers. In eight years at one bank, she had four different careers:

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