• Jan 16
    2013
    We all learned about similes and metaphors in primary school, but do you know how they can make your presentations more engaging and effective? Do you know the difference between a simile and a metaphor?Simile compares two things with at least one common trait, usually containing the words “like” or “as”, for example: “My love is like a red, red rose.” Exactly how it’s like a rose is up to ...
  • Jan 14
    2013
    Are you tired of the annual promises you make to lose 10 lbs., stop biting your fingernails or learn to speak French? Make 2013 the year you improve critical interpersonal skills. It’s not difficult with Communispond at your side, and it’s a heck of a lot more fun than giving up jelly donuts! Are you on board? Great! Now all you have to do is decide where you’d like to ...
  • Jan 10
    2013
    A lot of companies don't understand that their image can undermine their sales positions. If your offices or materials appear expensive, or at least considerably more upscale than those of your competitors, customers may feel wary.Price-sensitive customers can be scared off because they feel that all that overhead is coming directly out of their invoices.Some other things that scare customers: Multiple calls by multiple sales people from the same company ...
  • Jan 09
    2013
    Not every audience is the same, and not every presentation will have the same impact. The key is to look at the building blocks of your presentation. Here are some tips: Use only 4-5 building blocks for a presentation Start with an attention-grabber tailored for your audience. Every presentation should start with why the audience should listen Not all building blocks are the same length; the shorter the better. Save ...
  • Jan 07
    2013
    A supervisor was listening to the grievances of another manager as he complained a new older staffer. “She has no respect for my authority. She doesn’t read my emails half the time, then she shows up at my door expecting me to repeat myself so she can ask a hundred questions and take notes. Why doesn’t she just read my emails in the first place?” The supervisor had her own ...
  • Jan 02
    2013
    "Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading."Quintus Septimius Tertullianus, Adversus Valentinianos Carthaginian church father (160 AD - 230 AD)What Brother Quintus was trying to say (and in Latin, no less) was that it is very difficult to persuade someone of truth through force of argument. The most effective way is to teach the audience something new, connect it to their world, and lead them where you want ...
  • Dec 31
    2012
    If you want to feel old, just talk to a teenager about music. If you want to feel older still, watch a music video for the music that teenager enjoys. In popular culture, music communicates the emotion and angst of the younger generation; and it’s difficult for people of even one generation beyond them to identify. The messages that are obvious to one age group can be totally lost to ...
  • Dec 24
    2012
    There used to be a time when folks retired at 65. Others lucky enough work in a company that provided pensions could even opt for early retirement; you could spot them on the golf course on a Tuesday morning, bright and early. Times certainly have changed. Gone are the days of company pensions. We’ve hit leaner times, causing older Americans to put off retirement so they could save a few ...