Communication Skills

By Ann Lautrette | Collected Resources to hep improve communication skills.

How to Make a Paper Longer the Smart Way

Meeting an essay’s required page or word count can sometimes be a struggle, especially if you’re juggling multiple papers or exams. In a pinch, …

Writing

5 Ways to Teach Students Respectful Disagreement

One of the most important things I teach my students is respectful disagreement — how we should engage—not dismiss—the people who disagree with …

Let’s Have a Chat: Teaching Students that Writing is a Conversation

<b></b>When I sit at the teacher table during lunch, I’m not looking for my colleagues to speak with formality as though I’m conducting an interview. I’m …

Writing

Authentic? Try being polite instead

Our inauthentic self stops us from being rude and selfish. And that’s essential for a civilised society<p>If Instagram is to be believed, our authentic self should be in an Alpine snowscape somewhere in chunky knitwear, laughing photogenically over an artisanal brunch. Search the site for the hugely …

Happiness

Lrn - Learn to code at your convenience

Learn to code at your convenience<p>Gain an understanding of how to read, write and speak the language of HTML, CSS, Python, Ruby, Javascript on your …

How to be a good listener: the experts' guide

Step one: stop talking. From that friend in need to your nightmare colleague, here’s how to hear and make a difference<p>A close friend was going through a terrible time this summer. As she cried to me on the phone in her lunch break or over coffee at the weekend, I tried to be the best friend I …

Emotions

What were all those MPs doing on their phones?

When Labour’s John McDonnell stood up to respond to the autumn statement on Wednesday, half his party’s MPs started noodling on their phones behind him. Was it the height of rudeness – or all part of a modern-day MP’s duties?<p>They filed into the House of Commons chamber to learn what Brexit means …

How to talk to strangers

People are happier when they talk to strangers, even when they predict they’ll hate it<p>I know I risk having my British citizenship revoked for saying this, but I admired how Jonathan Dunne – the American behind those “Tube chat” badges, encouraging conversation on the London Underground – responded …

Never give a straight answer: how I learned to talk like a politician

It’s a truism that most politicians do not answer questions properly – but the techniques they employ in their evasions are surprisingly varied, and harder to achieve than they seem<p>Politicians don’t answer questions: this is so long established, so easily observed, so universal, that the …

How to start a conversation you're dreading

When you manage people, sooner or later you are in a position where you need to have a conversation that you’d just rather not have.<p>We’ve all been …

Leadership

Using LinkedIn™ Effectively: Growing Your Professional Network

Using LinkedIn™ Effectively<p>Growing Your Professional Network<p>© iStockphoto<br>courtneyk<p>LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service.<p>You've …

Dogs know when they're in trouble by processing language in a similar way to humans

Humans and canines have similar brain regions which allow them to process words in a similar way<p>Understanding speech requires a specific set of …

Dilating pupils, wheezes and head-butts: the male bowerbird’s tips for seduction

Turkish people are talking with whistles, and it’s challenging how we think the brain works

The steep mountains and valleys of Kuskoy, Turkey, often echo with shrill tunes like the sound of birds. But what you hear are not birds — they are people, using a centuries-old language based on ear-splitting whistles.<p>The community, whose name translates to "Bird Village," is one of the few places …

Language

7 Body Language Tricks to Make People Like You

The Flooding Smile<p>"Don't flash an immediate smile when you greet someone," says Lowndes. If you do, it appears as if anyone in your line of sight …

Body Language

Rise of the 'Next-Pats': how technology is helping us live more global lives

New technologies are allowing people to throw off the traditional ties of nationality and background and embrace a more connected, global citizenship, according to a new report<p>There's a new type of digital native in town – researchers have identified a new demographic known as the Next-Pats, a …

Innovation

Best Way to Take Notes In Class Isn’t On Your Laptop, Research Finds

For incoming college freshmen, one of the biggest academic challenges is learning ... well, learning how to learn. And experts say that using a laptop to take notes in class is a step in the wrong direction.<p>The research is clear: Typing out your notes results in decreased comprehension of lecture …

Education

Feeling the Power of Oral Communication

An estimated 75 percent of all people experience nervousness when speaking in public. In fact, surveys have shown that most people fear public …

Student Blogging Skills That Can Help Create Great Communicators

The immediacy of text messaging and social media can make it seem as if we’re robbing students of the opportunity to stop and think critically. But …

How Social Media Photos Affect Your Job Search

| <b>source:</b> AvidCareerist Apr 25th, 2015<p>In this day and age of constant connection, even potential employers are paying attention to your social media …

How Good Are Your Presentation Skills?: Understanding Your Impact

Understanding Your Audience<p>(Questions 2, 5, 9)<p><i>Your score is 0 out of 0</i><p>The success of most presentations is generally judged on how the audience …

5 Secrets to Always Making a Good First Impression

Research shows that first impressions are even more important than you think:<p>The findings indicate that getting off on the wrong foot has devastating …

Psychology

Body Language: Understanding Non-Verbal Communication

Body Language<p>Understanding Non-Verbal Communication<p>Have you ever been in the situation when you really didn't believe what someone was saying? Did …

Towards a Framework For Visual Literacy Learning

<b>I originally published this January 24, 2007. I’ve updated it considerably…</b><p><b>There is a biological basis for visual communication.</b><p>The auditory nerve …