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Articles tagged  "communication skills"

Albert Einstein, Genius

Those Superlatives Are Simply Brilliant! Sheer Genius! (Or Are They?)

By  |  May 28, 2013 5:27 pm

I read an article recently that mentioned how actors, when describing another actor’s performance, frequently use the word brilliant. In fact, the writer commented on how rare it is for the word brilliant to not be used in the description of a performance.

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How to Lose Your Audience

How to Lose Your Audience: 5 Easy Keys to Giving an Absolutely Awful Speech

By  |  June 11, 2013 6:58 pm

As IT professionals and customer service reps, we’re sometimes called upon to give a presentation to a group of end-users, customers, colleagues, or some other group of people. I recently had an experience that made me want to write a blog post on what not to do when speaking in public.

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How to Win Your Audience

How to Win Your Audience: 6 Easy Tips for Giving a Great Speech

By  |  June 21, 2013 5:43 pm

In a recent blog post, I ranted about how to be a terrible speaker. Now, let’s turn it around. Here are six easy tips for giving a great speech or presentation.

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Communication Skills for the Helpdesk

How to Talk to a CEO; Communication Skills for the Helpdesk

By  |  August 7, 2013 4:09 pm

I recently spoke with a client who is concerned about how some of his staff members speak to CEOs. He owns an IT consulting firm with a variety of clients and is worried about his consultants’ communication skills. His consultants are required to interact with various individuals both on the phone and at client locations. He is concerned that some of the consultants’ language choices are inappropriate for dealing with clients, especially when the client in question is a C-level executive.

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The Same Human Relations Concepts Apply

Success in Marriage and the Help Desk: Some of the Same Human Relations Concepts Apply

By  |  August 20, 2013 5:27 pm

I spend a lot of time thinking about human relationships. After all, I write books and blogs on human relations, I teach human relations workshops and seminars for IT people, and it’s generally a big part of my life. I think a lot about how we get along, how we don’t get along, what makes …

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IT Customer Service Book

Hobnob with the Elite Geeks of Seattle

By  |  September 19, 2013 11:11 pm

I’m really excited! The book release party for the new edition of The Compassionate Geek is going to be at Lucid Lounge in the University District. This is the same Lucid Lounge that is host to Nerd Nites and frequent author readings (and they have fabulous cocktails, too). I can’t think of a better place …

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Humor in customer service

Call Center Articles: Humor in the Danger Zone: When Jokes Interfere with Our Job

By  |  October 17, 2013 10:31 pm

Client insights and service tips: We don’t normally associate humor with a danger zone. In fact, I think lots of humor is key to living a fulfilling life. When my family gets together, we laugh, giggle, chortle, and guffaw like crazy people and we love it! So, are there times when humor is dangerous? Absolutely. …

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