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Quick tips to help you communicate clearly at work, at home, and everywhere else you go.
2 days ago
ASAP? That's next week for me!
When we write, we use certain words to describe our ideas to others. But your readers give your words meaning, which may not be the one you intended. This week, we explore using words with intention to communicate clearly.
Jul 2, 2020
Let’s make this a private conversation.
We send people messages we believe are private. But email is more like a postcard than a letter tucked safely in an envelope. This week, we explore how email is not as private as we might think.
Jun 24, 2020
Yawn...oh, that's good enough.
One way to transform your email from boring to brilliant is to look at your topic from a different perspective. This week we explore ways to help you make your email more meaningful for your readers.
Jun 17, 2020
Are you under a spell?
Spell Check does seem magical, but it has its flaws. This week, we look at ways to compensate for Spell Check’s limitations, and help ensure what you wrote is actually what you meant to write. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/JohnSturtevant)
Jun 11, 2020
Add emotional intelligence to your email
Although you’re smart, creative, logical, analytical, and practical, your emotions influence your decisions, and the way you communicate. Building your emotional intelligence skills will help you be a better communicator. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/JohnSturtevant)
Jun 3, 2020
What's in it for me?
When you ask your reader to give you five minutes of their time to read your email, that reader’s expectation is you will provide something of equal or greater value in return. This week, I offer ideas about how to help your readers get value from the emails you write. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/JohnSturtevant)
May 26, 2020
Say goodbye to your attachments
Sending email attachments can clutter your reader's inbox. But if you can’t resist the urge to tie up your emails with attachments, here are a few suggestions for you to make your attachments much more appealing. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/JohnSturtevant)
May 20, 2020
Writing is a conversation
We spend a good part of our day interrupting people, and asking them to pay attention to us. Except we’re usually not face-to-face, we’re often sitting at our desks. And we call that interaction email. Here's how to think of email as a conversation with your reader. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/JohnSturtevant)
May 13, 2020
Begin with the end
This week, we begin a series called 10 Quick Tips for Terrific Email And today is Quick Tip #10 - Begin with the end Start every email with a reader benefit. The idea you want your reader to remember should be the subject line, and/or the first sentence in your email. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/JohnSturtevant)
May 6, 2020
The medium and the message
Electronic media have become more personal, and a far more integrated part of our lives. And the way we understand and use technology may influence us more than the messages we get from the technology. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/JohnSturtevant)
Apr 29, 2020
A few words about nonverbal communication
When we interact with others, we’re heavily influenced by cues like facial expressions, hand gestures, body posture, even leg and foot movements. But in today's world of virtual meetings and social distancing, nonverbal cues are harder to convey and recognize. This week, I offer suggestions on ways to practice a few simple nonverbal communication techniques. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/JohnSturtevant)
Apr 23, 2020
What are your words worth?
This week, we'll talk about using words with intention to help your reader recognize something they'd be able to see, if they were looking in the right place. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/JohnSturtevant)
Apr 15, 2020
Create a culture of kindness.
Ideas on how communicating kindness, empathy, and compassion create a healthier life – at home and at work. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/JohnSturtevant)