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Communication

In business, superior communication skills can make or break you. For the up and comer who needs information fast, check out AMA’s collection of sample conversations, phrases, worksheets, and advice including how to broach difficult topics, ensure conflict remains constructive, and get customers for life.

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Don’t Be Afraid of Public Speaking

By | Posted Feb 25, 2015 | 2 Comments

Does the idea of public speaking make you nervous? Fred Miller offers his advice on how to overcome your fear of public speaking.

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Apologies Are Overrated. Do This Instead.

By | Posted Feb 24, 2015

When you make a mistake at work, how do you respond? Everyone messes up at some point, and in certain situations you can face severe criticism for it. Apologies are useful, but often end up with no corrective action, resulting in the same mistakes being made in the future. See how Jay Heinrichs approaches mistakes, and how it can help your company in the future.

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Maintain a Healthy Distance from Unhealthy People

By | Posted Feb 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

Is your office full of negative people who only bring you down? In order to create a more positive, powerful environment, you must create and maintain a healthy distance from those unhealthy, toxic people. Karen Nourizadeh offers her advice on how to do just that. See her eight tips for distancing yourself from those negative personalities, and how they can lead you to greater productivity.

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Why Listen?

By | Posted Feb 12, 2015

What is the secret to peace on Earth? In a retelling of an anecdote, Mark Goulston explains how he explained that secret to a few pondering neighbors. See how learning how to listen can help you establish more positive relationships, and the effect it can have on your business. You can increase future possibilities and repair past relationship damage simply by becoming a better listener.

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Introverts: Use Social Media to Up Your Networking Game

By | Posted Feb 9, 2015 | 4 Comments

When you hear the word “networking,” does your heart start to race? For introverts, having to meet many different people can cause anxiety, and this anxiety means missing out on valuable networking opportunities. Jennifer Kahnweiler explains why social media can be another method for introverts to reach out. See how you can take advantage of these tools to up your networking game.

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Effective Group Contributions: An Interview with Cass Sunstein

By | Posted Feb 4, 2015

Are the best ideas always the ones that make it to the execution stage? Do some ideas remain unspoken in favor of an authority figure’s desires? Cass Sunstein has written about groupthink and social psychology, and recently sat down with AMA for an exclusive interview. See how he would combat groupthink and inspire effective group contributions, so that everyone’s ideas are heard and considered.

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2014 Award Winning AMACOM Books

By | Posted Jan 27, 2015

In 2014, AMA’s publishing branch, AMACOM books, released many different books for business professionals to improve their personal and professional lives. We are proud to announce that several of these books were nominated for and received awards. This article is a list of the books that won, and are valuable resources that can help you better yourself this year.

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9 Things You Should Never Do When Giving a Presentation: AMA Research

By | Posted Jan 22, 2015 | 18 Comments

Do your presentations captivate your audience, or do they leave mostly blank faces? AMA recently conducted a survey on annoying presentation habits, and the results are in.

How to Deal with Difficult Coworkers

By | Posted Jan 15, 2015

Is there someone in your office that constantly gets under your skin? Are they too loud or patronizing? Most likely, there is at least one person who is bothersome at work. Michelle Tillis Lederman has dealt with several different types of difficult co-workers, and offers her advice on how to deal with them and get back to work. See how to deal with four types of difficult co-workers before the problem gets worse.

Rewiring Yourself to Listen

By | Posted Jan 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

How well do you listen to your coworkers and employees? Do you hear what they are saying, or only what you want to hear?

Techniques to Improve Your Active Listening Skills

By | Posted Dec 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

When you are in a conversation with your peers, employees, or managers, are you really listening? Active listening is an important skill that shows you are paying attention and are engaged in the conversation. Howard Miller offers his advice on how to become a better active listener, and how improving your business conversation skills can help raise performance levels in your organization.

Ten Phrases That Should Be Banned from Your Workplace Vocabulary

By | Posted Dec 26, 2014

Are your words hurting your productivity? Perhaps even your career prospects? There are some phrases that you simply should never say in the workplace. Either they show you are negative and insecure, or they are unhelpful and inappropriate. Darlene Price wants to help maximize your career success, and explains why you should banish ten phrases from your workplace vocabulary.

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