Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse

"Cognitive diversity has been defined as differences in perspective or information processing styles. It is not predicted by factors such as gender, ethnicity, or age. Here we are interested in a specific aspect of cognitive diversity: how individuals think about and engage with new, uncertain, and complex situations."

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Capitalization Rules for Professional Business Writing

Social media, job titles, and different software or email requirements have all added to a growing confusion regarding capitalization rules. Let’s review some of the major rules for capitalization.

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Learning a Little about Something Makes Us Overconfident

Authors Carmen Sanchez and David Dunning (photo, left) take on the idea of overconfidence by beginners.

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Which Business Communication Author Team Leads the Field?

As you explore various methods of teaching business communication, check out these resources that you should find helpful in your classroom instruction. Many of them discuss specific teaching methods you may find useful.

Business Communication Headline News
Delivers new ideas and examples every weekday throughout the year. Posts are archived by subject to make updating lectures easy. Currently more than 4,500 posts.

Real-Time Updates
Weekly multimedia content updates tied to specific business communication topics; instructors and students can subscribe on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Currently more than 7,000 posts that have attracted 2 million pageviews.

Bovee & Thill’s Business Communication Blog
Focuses on original content, with teaching tips and techniques for instructors of business communication. Many posts include slides for classroom use.

Instructor communities on Facebook and LinkedIn

Online magazines for business communication on Scoop.it

Business Communication Web Search

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How to Use Gestures or What to Do with Your Hands

"You’re standing at the front of a room of people. All eyes are on you. You know your content – phew."

"But there’s a nagging question that jumps to mind… (cue the video, below)."

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10 Ways That Professors Can Use Social Media

Matthew Lynch reports at TheTechEdvocate.org.

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How to Edit, Fix, and Polish

Imagine this scenario: Your supervisor emails you with a message that says “Please edit the attachment." Or perhaps the instruction is "Fix the attached" or "Please give this piece some polish." What does it mean to edit, fix, or polish... Read more

These Common Reference Myths Are Hurting Your Job Search

"In the job search process, everyone recognizes the importance of having an up-to-date resume, a great cover letter and a professional LinkedIn profile page. While much time and effort is (and should be) spent on these aspects, many professionals do not put as much time and thought into their list of references as they should."

"Often the lack of time and preparation put into professional references is due to common myths about them. In this article, we will debunk some of those myths and show you how to make your references a powerful tool to land your next job."

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Communicating Across Cultures at the Speed of Language

According to Sherwood Fleming, "When I first begin helping my clients adapt how they communicate within an intercultural business context, whether for a report or a presentation, the first concern they often express is that they do not have enough to say. In my experience, that is hardly ever the problem. In fact, the most fundamental problem we all face when we communicate interculturally is that we have too much to say within the time we are given to say it."

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T-F Test on Formatting Business Letters and Emails

The standards of writing change. What was once correct in business messages now comes across as old-fashioned--or does it? Take this true-false test to check your knowledge of basic formatting standards for business letters and emails. Note: The questions and... Read more
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