Tip of the Week

Group Decisions

Tip of the Week

Prior to making a decision in a group meeting, allow anyone in the group to act as an advocate “for” or “against” a particular alternative. Give each ad...

Communication Style

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Modify your communication style according to your audience’s level of introversion or extroversion. For example, introverts may appear contemplative or prefer...

Choosing a Communication Channel

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Avoid choosing a communication channel based on personal convenience and ease of use. E- mail may be simpler, but sometimes you need to connect interpersonally,...

Requests For Action

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When writing e-mails, state up front any requests for action and information the reader must see. Preview and number multiple points, requests, or steps to be t...

Email Tips

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When writing e-mails, divide material into short paragraphs, putting the main point of each paragraph first. Double-space between paragraphs to add white space....

Using Email

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Use e-mail to transmit factual information, not to criticize a colleague or communicate a sensitive message. In writing e-mails, make sure the subject line is s...

Using a Rich Channel

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Use a “rich” channel for persuasive situations. A rich channel allows you to receive and provide instantaneous feedback. For example, if you need to garner ...

Resistance Points

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Be alert to unstated resistance points to a change effort.  Ideally, people would tell you what concerns they have, but often they are unwilling to express the...

Upside/Downside

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When communicating about a change, discuss the “upside” as well as the “downside.” There is a strong tendency when announcing a change to only discuss t...

Decisions and Opinions

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Modify your communication according to how your audience makes decisions and forms opinions. On one end of the continuum are people who make decisions based on ...