Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace

Here's some useful advice on interpersonal communication in the workplace.



Today, in 1793 John Hancock was born (tho' some say it was January 12th). Today also is National Handwriting Day--after John Hancock. It was established by the National Writing Instrument Manufacturer's Association to promote legible handwriting.


Public Speaking

Here is some useful public speaking advice that we often overlook or at least fail to emphasize in our textbooks. The suggestions offered here are simple: slow down, smile, stay brief.


Today, in 1973 the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade to legalize abortion, as a part of a woman's constitutional privacy, during the first two trimesters. Also on this day in 1789 The Power of Sympathy, which some claim to be the first American novel, was published.



Today, in 1861 Jefferson Davis delivered his "On Withdrawal from the Union" speech to the Senate.


Great Public Speaking: Public Speaking : Self-Effacing Humor

Here's some good advice on humor. And it looks like an interesting blog for public speaking generally.
Great Public Speaking: Public Speaking : Self-Effacing Humor


Today Martin Luther King was born (1929). In 1963 (August 28) he addressed marchers and the entire nation, saying "I have a dream." You can read the speech at
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm. In 1964 he received the Nobel Peace Prize. And on April 4, 1968 he was assassinated in Memphis, TN at age 39. Since 1986 King's birthday has been a public holiday.

Interpersonal Communication

Here are 5 suggestions for making conversation a little bit more effective. And, this website has lots of communication related information.


Motivationally Speaking

Here's a good article on one of the most popular motivational speakers who actually has much to say about self-esteem, self-concept, and many of the topics we talk about in the first few chapters of most of our textbooks.



Today, in 1776, Thomas Paine (1737-1809) published his pamphlet "Common Sense" in which he argued for independence from Great Britain.



Today, in 1918, Woodrow Wilson presented his "Fourteen Points" to Congress.



Today, in 1789, the first US presidential election was held. Far from a democracy, only white males who owned property were allowed to vote and they voted for electors who then--about a month later--elected George Washington as the first president of the United States. And in 1927 translatlantic phone service began.



Today in 1838 Samuel F. B. Morse demonstrated, for the first time, the telegraph.



Today, the first library school in the US opened at Columbia University in 1877. And with the new Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi) just sworn in--making her the highest ranking woman in United States history--it's interesting to reflect that on this day in 1925 Mrs. Nellie Taylor Ross was sworn in as the first female governor in the US (from Wyoming). And in 1944, The London Daily Mail, the first transoceanic newspaper, was published.


Interviewing Don'ts

Here are some useful don'ts for the job interview by Laura Morsch from Careerbuilder.com. In a nutshell:
1. arrive on time
2. dress appropriately
3. know the company
4. don't ramble
5. watch your nonverbals

Interpersonal Communication Don'ts

Here is a great little article on 5 things you shouldn't say on a date, 5 things that are deal-breakers.


Today in 1790 George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address. In 1965 Lyndon Johnson gave his state of the union address, outlining the "great society." And today, in 1813, Sir Isaac Pitman, inventor of the Pitman shorthand system, was born.


Media Literacy and Verbal Messages

Here is a great website for lots of words and the page of a word I was researching (in connection with media literacy)--egocasting.


Today, in 1793, Lucretia Mott--advocate for women's rights and against slavery in numerous and excellent speeches--was born.
"Let our lives be in accordance with our convictions of right, each striving to carry out our principles."--Lucretia Mott



Today, in 1924 Simon and Schuster Publishing Co. was founded.

Conversation Starters

For those who haven't seen this; it's a daily feature.



Today, in 1990, the WWW debuts and Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863.