Friday, January 29, 2010

January's top 10 tips

The holiday parties are over, the resolutions made, you're back to work. This month's top 10 posts will help you meet those promises to speak better, write better, build great communications strategies or just get savvy about where and how you communicate:
  1. 12 questions to ask reporters:  You'll improve the interview experience for yourself and for the reporter with these 12 savvy queries. This update of a don't get caught classic post was far and away our most-read tips in January.
  2. Do you know the ABCs of presenting in 2010? That's audience, backchannel and communications style. All three are changing, and I offered 17 ways my presentations training will change in 2010 to accommodate new trends. A great list for your own presentation renovation.
  3. Trends and changes in broadcast TV may well shape the ways your organization looks to that medium for your communications. My third-most-read post of January.
  4. Are you social-media-ready for success?  You can't just wait for something to announce, then jump into social media.  This popular post recounts case studies for building up your networks, then using them to communicate your wins.
  5. You've got a blog. You've got a crisis. Are you taking advantage of that?  Johnson & Johnson, once the model for crisis communications in a product recall, stumbled this month by not responding quickly to another one, even more widespread.  I recounted 9 posts I wish we'd seen on the J&J blog that might have made this episode another case study to copy.  Use them to forestall your own crisis.
  6. Clients come up with the best ideas for communications retreats. This popular post shares what they request when they want me to facilitate.
  7. Got a scientist who needs communications training?  Two workshops coming up next month will help them grasp video skills and basic communications skills. I'll be attending the former and facilitating the latter.
  8. The weekly writing coach went after overstatements this month with tips for spotting them and rooting them out of your writing. No more excesses in the new year!
  9. S.M.A.R.T. objectives you've heard of. But S.M.A.R.T. writing?  The coach shares five ways writers--and their assigning managers--can adapt the S.M.A.R.T. priniciples to improve your written products and make them more effective.
  10. Are your own words ensuring you're about to get caught?  Stay alert to these 3 danger signs (and how to get out of them) for your speaking, presenting and interviewing.  If you can catch yourself when you hear these signals, you can avoid getting caught by a questioner.
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