I went to college at a small liberal arts school where quality writing was emphasized in all courses, including math and sciences. I remember having to clearly explain my solutions in calculus using full sentences. I remember my freshman core writing seminar and how poorly my papers were written. Over time, I learned to appreciate quality writing and understand its importance, power, and elegance.
In the business world, PowerPoint presentations, or “decks”, are one of the most commonly used mediums of communication. They are used to present information to clients, management, and staff. They are simply a set of slides that may contain a variety of texts, images, videos, sounds, and other forms of media. However, most of the decks that I’ve seen aren’t that great. They either don’t tell the story well, don’t contain the right amount of information, poorly designed, or just lifeless. Here are some tips for improving the decks that you create.
When you start producing charts, tables, decks (PowerPoint presentations), graphs, summaries, documents, and any other deliverable for clients and managers, you want your work to be clean, accurate, and organized. After all, clients are paying good money for your work and managers need to understand the data to make decisions. Therefore it is very important that you pay attention to the way that you format and organize your work. You want your work to look like it was made by a professional. Even if your data isn’t perfect, a well-made presentation will give your clients and managers more confidence in your work and a more positive impression.
The STAR interview model is one of the most commonly used behavioral interview methods. STAR stands for Situation or Task, Action, and Results. Even if your interviewer does not specifically use this framework, she will ask questions that can be answered with the framework. Regardless of the question, using this framework will ensure that your answers are thorough, detailed, results-oriented, and well structured.
Phone interviews are generally shorter (~30 minutes) interviews that recruiters or hiring managers use to get to know you better. They are usually part of an initial interview screen to establish whether or not you deserve to move on to the in-person interview. Companies receive many resumes for each position, as a result, they need a way to screen through all those resumes and only bring in the most promising candidates. I have compiled a few tips to help you with your phone interview/phone screen.
In today’s world, emails are the most common method of written communication. Although teleconferences and face-to-face meetings are important and needed in some circumstances, a quick email gets the message across in most cases. Here are my key tips for writing clear, effective emails.
In 1967, two UCLA professors concluded that communication is 93% nonverbal in the Journal of Consulting Psychology. They studied the relative importance of words, tone, and body language, concluding that the message contributes 7%, tone contributes 38%, and body language contributes the remaining 55% of communication. Now that you know the importance of nonverbal communication, you can practice improving your ability to communicate not just verbally, but nonverbally as well for your interviews and in everyday situations. Below, I have detailed a few aspects of tone and body language that you can pay attention to.
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