Business Communication Today, 14th Ed.
Chapter 2. Collaboration, Interpersonal Communication, and Business Etiquette
"Those who succeed in their careers are those who are willing to apply a critical eye to themselves.
"Everyone is enjoying the food and conversation when someone decides to take out his phone — not for an urgent call, but to check email, Instagram, and Facebook.
"You don't have to be born with the power of persuasion.
"The strength of cyberspace is in its numbers.
"Wondering how to build your self-confidence?
"Manners matter," begins Kathleen Elkins (photo, left) in a piece at BusinessInsider.
"The Happiness Equation author and 1000 Awesome Things creator Neil Pasricha [photo, left] came by to talk about criticism.
"As it turns out, with the right words and actions almost anyone can create a captivating presence," writes Jacquelyn Smith and Natalie Walters (photo, left).
"To help employees understand how office etiquette varies, UK office-supplier Viking reached out to 18 of their international employees who have worked in countries that range from Germany to the US.
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"On some level, most of us want to be liked.
"As it turns out, some recent scientific research suggests that it is possible to draw inferences about someone's personality based on his relationship to his phone.
Jessica Orwig discusses the work of Gavin de Becker (photo, left).
"Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done.
Jacquelyn Smith and Rachel Gillett (photo, left) report over at BusinessInsider.
"Etiquette might seem old-fashioned, but it's also an essential business tool.
"Let's start with why you shouldn't feel guilty about saying no.
"The ancient Stoic philosophers are often dismissed as joyless and boring intellectuals.
"Research offers a few clues about the most effective way to say 'I'm sorry.
"Finally, after all that negativity, some positive advice.
"We all know a few people — probably just a few, actually — who win over everyone they meet.
"You will, however, be judged by the quality of your writing.
"In meeting notes and minutes, you must state each action item, who is to complete it, and the deadline or due date.
"Executives tell me their teams make decisions all the time.
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