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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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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.

Smartest Meeting Strategy: Leave Your Smartphone in Your Office

By | Posted Dec 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

How often are you on your smartphone? There is a good chance that using your smartphone is interfering with your ability to focus and reach your highest level of productivity. This is especially the case in meetings, where some of the most important decisions must be made, says Sander Flaum. See why he believes the best meeting strategy is one that doesn’t involve any smartphones, and why you’re better off leaving your phone on your desk.

5 Simple Grammar Tips for Better Business Writing

By | Posted Dec 16, 2014 | 42 Comments

Are your business writing skills up to par? No matter your level in the workplace, being able to communicate effectively is an important skill to establish credibility and be more persuasive. Paul Falcone has written nine books and has an eye for details that people often stumble over when writing emails, letters, or memos. Check out his five tips for better business writing, and avoid making these common mistakes.

Are You an Awful Manager?

By | Posted Dec 4, 2014

Do you have the respect of your employees? Do you hear grumblings of dissatisfaction and contempt? Perhaps your management skills are not as prominent as you thought. You may be practicing certain behaviors that make your team think you are an awful manager. Learn how to avoid these four signs of awful managers by Gary Sheard and ensure that you have the skills and abilities required of a great, not awful, manager.

4 Tips to Improve Your Memory

By | Posted Dec 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Helping Organizations to Be More Successful Wouldn’t it be helpful in your career to remember the names of everyone you […]

Decoding the Job Interview

By | Posted Nov 17, 2014

If you are in an interview, it is not difficult to focus on only what you are saying, doing, or thinking. More importantly, though, might be determining what your interviewer is saying, doing, or thinking. Adeptly deciphering your interviewer’s body language, subtle voice inflections and more can help you land the job. These ten cues presented by communications expert Carol Kinsey Goman can help you determine if you are taking a step in the right direction, or if you already have one foot out the door.

Can You Trust HR?

By | Posted Nov 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

When you have a problem at home, who do you turn to? Preferably, there is someone you can trust to confide your issues or troubles in. At work, the first place we turn to for help is often HR, but can you really trust them? Keli Trejo and Maya Townsend explain why your HR department is the best place to turn in times of crisis, and offer advice on how to build a trusting relationship with your HR partner to create a safe environment of free speech.

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