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December 17th, 2012

3 Business Communication Barriers and How to Fix Them

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Effective communication within an organization is the key to keeping the company vibrant and successful. After all, it’s tough for a company to run smoothly if internal memos are incomprehensible, bosses don’t tell employees about upcoming projects, and one department has no clue what another department is doing.

The business communication page of Wikipedia delves into three communication barriers and offers ways to fix them.

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December 10th, 2012

What’s Your Communication Style?

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Why communication styles matter and how to use them for your benefit

People use different styles of communication, and recognizing which style applies to you and those around you can benefit your workplace, as well as your overall business. Christopher Newport University outlines four main communication types:
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December 3rd, 2012

4 Ways to Keep Communication Short, Sweet and Effective

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Keeping it short and sweet can be golden when it comes to business meetings, family vacations, and effective communication. Whether you’re communicating with clients, coworkers, or family and friends, brevity is key. These four tips inspired by Entrepreneur.com can help.

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November 26th, 2012

3 Easy Ways to Offer Encouragement

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Your employee broke a sales record, your coworker was recently promoted and your best friend bought a house. You’re thrilled for the people who are achieving great things, and they must automatically know how great you think their achievements are, right?

Not necessarily. Unless you spend a lot of time with psychics, they won’t know how you feel unless you tell them. Here are three ways to do just that.
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November 22nd, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us

We’re thankful for our friends, family, and all of you. Thank you for your support business this year.

From all of us at Holiday Cards Unlimited

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November 19th, 2012

3 Reasons Regular Communication Rules

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You don’t become fast friends after meeting someone once briefly, and the same philosophy holds true for any type of relationship. While regular communication may be an obvious must to maintain ties with friends and family, it’s one that can be overlooked when it comes to building relationships for your business.

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November 12th, 2012

Three Tips to Honoring All Holiday Traditions at Your Work Party

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Political correctness is here to stay, and your holiday work party is a prime opportunity to practice it. The trend for holidays these days is to steer clear of any single tradition and instead, attempt to include them all.

Although that can seem like a massive task, these three tips can help you throw the most all-inclusive work party yet!

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November 5th, 2012

3 Follow-Up Strategies to Build Relationships

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You’re on the phone with a hot lead. They don’t bite. End of story, right?

Not if you want a sale, it isn’t. Statistics indicate how important it is to keep building a relationship, offering a rundown on when sales typically occur.

  • 2 percent on the first contact
  • 20 percent on the second to fourth
  • 80 percent on the fifth to twelfth

Surprised?

Also notable: nearly half of sales people never follow up at all with a potential client and only 12 percent contact the potential client more than three times. If sales aren’t exactly rolling in, lack of continued customer relations may play a part. Here’s how to fix that.
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October 29th, 2012

4 Creative Ways to Add Marketing Messages to Your Holiday Cards

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Holiday cards that read “Happy Holidays; now buy something,” just don’t cut it. You can still sneak a little marketing into your cards, just do it a subtle and tasteful manner.

Here are four creative ways to add marketing messages to your cards without turning people off.
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October 22nd, 2012

Word Power: 3 Ways to Use Words for Creative Communication

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Flashy videos. Catchy tunes. Clever animation. Loud noises and louder graphics. All these things are screaming for our attention, as well as the attention of your clients. It seems tough to compete with such raucous and complex forms of communication, but you don’t even have to try. Switch gears and go back to a more straightforward mode of expression: those little things called words.

Focus on creative ways to use words and play to your heart’s content with their power and flexibility. Words are versatile enough to be sent via email, on greeting cards, handwritten notes, or even the back of a rock.

Academy-award winning screenwriter Robert Pirosh landed his first Hollywood job due to a letter proclaiming his love of words.

Here are three ways he used words to get his point across:

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