Monthly Archives: June 2016

Effective Business Communication

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It was a cold Christmas Eve, and I was on a conference call at 2am. I cringed as the project manager belittled her team members and complained about having to take time away from her family. She never once acknowledged that everyone else on the call was also missing family time, nor that the problems…
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How to Write a Business Letter

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Twenty-five years ago, business letters and memos were the go-to forms of written communication in the workplace. Today, most of us hastily type emails and instant messages instead. But the business letter is not dead! Use this more formal approach to present official information – such as contract terms and descriptions of services – to…
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The Email Tennis Match…Business Communication at its Worst

It happened again.  I’m copied on an email and have become part of an email tennis match, watching the emails go back and forth between two colleagues. At this point, no one is winning and the emails are becoming more heated with every exchange. Have you ever sent an email or been included as a…
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Two Ways to Compare Columns in Excel

Did you ever squint at two columns of data and examine them row by row to compare the values? Excel can do all that hard work for you in three different ways. Download CompareColumnsinExcel.xlsx to follow along. Note: All values will appear highlighted on the This Equals That Worksheet, initially. Method One: This Equals That…
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Excel Macro Email

Among the many little-known and perhaps even-less-used hacks one could exploit via Microsoft Office, an Excel macro email can save precious hours on a weekly basis. As a bonus, understanding the nature of these handy little “cheats” provides an incidental beginner’s introduction to some very basic principles of coding. This handy VBA code will send…
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