Good Stuff

Tips, tricks and techniques that help you explore and enjoy your communication awareness.

Quote of the Day

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Dear Jane

Dear Jane,

My boss doesn’t, like, involve me in meetings, and she’s, like, not interested in my opinions.  I mean, she’s, like, dismissive of me whenever I, like, ask to be on a special, like committee, or, you know, group or something.

What can I do to, like, get her to respect me more?

Thanks,

Want to be a professional

Dear Want to be,

Try speaking like a professional, or at least like a grown-up.  It’s not hard to do; listen to the professional people around you.

Some of us have only one communication register, but many of you can develop several.  Explore a new one.

Good luck,

Jane

Tip of the Day

Real or Really

'Real' is an adjective. It modifies only nouns and pronouns.

'Really' is an adverb. It modifies verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.

For example:

- Hector has a real problem. (real modifies the noun problem)

- He really wants me to solve it. (really modifies the verb wants)

And further:

- "I feel really eager to help Hector." (Really modifies the adjective eager)

- "But I am really tired of being asked." (Really modifies the adjective tired.)

- "Hector needs to get a real grip on his really frequent requests." (real modifies the noun grip, and really modifies the adjective frequent.)

Problem solved.

Spotlight

Spotlight:  Speaking of Professionalism

People sometimes wonder what is meant by ‘professionalism’.  It’s a term that is used a lot to describe a level of achievement or behavior, presumably typified by proficiency and integrity.  In many fields, it also refers to a style of speaking, one that reflects attention to standards of correctness.  This professional style of speaking is one that can be appreciated and understood across lines of industry, age, or job title.  It usually doesn’t include the slang or buzzwords that one might use with friends or social associates.  Problems sometimes arise when people fail to switch from their casual speech patterns when they’re in professional settings, and they risk being perceived negatively.  Unfair?  Maybe – Life isn’t fair – and language does matter.

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