Small talk

A brief reminder that communication is what makes the difference!
Small talk can equal big opportunities in life and work - News


How to impress at interviews

Some interesting thoughts all the way from Malaysia.
How to impress at interviews


New Rules @ Work

I think you'll find this little book by Barbara Pachter (with Ellen Schneid Coleman) most interesting in an interpersonal or organizational communication class. One reason I like the book is that it deals with topics we generally avoid. For example, when you're passing someone you know on the street or in a hallway at the office, at what point do you acknowledge the person. And how does the closeness with which you approach each other influence the form of the acknowledgement? Here is Pachter's answer: "If you make eye contact with someone who is within ten feet of you, you mustacknowledge the person with a nod or a smile. At five feet you must say someting: "Hello," or "Good morning." A simple rule to resolve a simple but often uncomfortable situation. The book is filled with stuff like this. It's subtitled: "79 etiquette tips, tools, and techniques to get ahead and stay ahead."

WIU BEH 331 Class Group 2

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Communication Skills

Periodically, I think it's useful to remind our students that what they're learning in our classrooms are exactly the skills that employers are looking for. This is just one of the hundreds of examples you can find every day.
Welcome to Jersey Finance Online - Jersey Finance is looking to recruit Technical Director

Body Language

Aside from repeating the 7% figure for verbal communication--for which there is clearly no evidence--the nonverbal suggestions seems logical enough and may prove useful in a variety of situations.
Body Language and Business Practices - Perspectives - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick



Lie Detection

Last night's Law and Order: Criminal Intent had some interesting scenes of a poker player "reading" the nonverbal signals, the tells, that reveal the person is bluffing in poker and lying in conversation. It might be a good classroom starter and could easily lead in to the ways we each detect lying, how we act when we lie, and so on.


Miss Manners Column Index - MSN Lifestyle - Relationships

Here's an interesting website with much that is relevant to interpersonal communication. Whenever I used an etiquette book along with a regular textbook in interpersonal communication, the students all thought the combination made lots of sense and they were eager to learn the "proper" way to do things.
Miss Manners Column Index - MSN Lifestyle - Relationships