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Monday, 31 March 2014

Two Years Of Blogging... In Memorable Quotes (PART 2)







This is the final segment in our special two-part series celebrating the second anniversary of your favourite business communications blog.

 

So let’s explore some more quotes from those articles that you simply should read...





8) “Lack of clarity is the bane of effective writing. We should all strive to avoid it”.


 
Post: 

Overcoming Our Phobia Of Formal Writing



Date:  

November  2013



URL:

http://lucille-ossai.blogspot.com/2013/11/overcoming-our-phobia-of-formal-writing.html#axzz2wrlGPRHl

 


Description:

This article tackles the ‘goliath’ of all communications woes – the absolute dread of formal writing. The post is arguably the most useful that has been published on the blog thus far and contains tips for writing to different parties in a professional manner. Free samples include emails and memos for CEOs and staff, as well as letters for top government officials such as a Minister/a Governor of a state/the President of a country! Although templates are provided for general use, kindly attribute the article in its entirety to the author. We recommend that you save this valuable resource and share the article with colleagues and business contacts.

 



9) “As 2014 approaches, things may change or evolve on this blog. However, you can assured that one constant would be evident: the commitment to high-quality content”.


Post: 
 

As 2013 Winds Down...



Date:  

December  2013


 
URL:


 

Description:

This post recaps what the blog has highlighted during the year and draws attention to two of its most notable articles. 

 
 
 
 
10) “Not only does it influence the decision to stay or exit a company, but...it also drives productivity and performance at the workplace”.



Post: 
Why Commitment Would Still Matter A Great Deal In 2014


 
Date: 
January  2014

 
URL:
 

 


Description:
 
This article resurrects one of the most overlooked themes in the organisation. The three types of commitment displayed by employees are listed. The author also explains why organisational commitment should be incorporated in the company’s business strategy for greater organisational effectiveness, not just for this year but also for every year.

 

 
11) “I intend to simply quit, and yes, in the middle of that all-important rollout project”.




Post: 
3 Secret Reasons Why I Couldn’t Care Less About Your Company

 
Date: 
February  2014

 
URL:
 




Description:
 
The employee returns and this time, he bluntly reveals the three secret reasons for his apathy to your organisation.

Mr. CEO – brace yourself for this well-deserved backlash. Hopefully you will be persuaded to make important changes in your organisational culture thereafter.

 

 
Conclusion
 





That wraps it up!
 
 
 
Remember that we remain committed to posting original and hard-hitting content on this blog this year and beyond. So do spread the word!


 
 
Come back soon!

 

A quick note - one of our readers posted a comment after reading the February article, suggesting a topic he/she would like to see on this blog. In response to that request, we would be posting the suggested article next month. We want you to know that we really listen to your suggestions and value your input, so please continue to give us feedback.
 
 

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Two Years Of Blogging...In Memorable Quotes (PART 1)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rethinking Business Communications Blog turns two this month!

 

Now  I realise that this blog is still in its infancy but it has been a truly rewarding experience thus far. There is also room for growth and innovation.

 
As a celebration of its second anniversary, let us review memorable quotes taken from articles posted throughout the year. Hopefully, these quotes would convince you to read those interesting articles you missed because:
 
 

a)  You were trekking in the Amazon rainforest;
 
b)  You were undertaking several expeditions to Mount  Everest;
 
c)   You were in space;

d)   You were otherwise unavailable when they were posted. J

 
 
 
  

 

Memorable quotes


1) “Although not 'visible' in a written speech, the tone of your voice, your body language and facial expressions, all impact your delivery to the public”.

 

Post: 

The Boston Bombings – What We Can Learn From President Obama’s Speech

 
Date:  

April  2013

 
URL:


 
Description:

Written the week the tragic Boston marathon bombings of April 2013 took place, this article highlights key points to note from President Obama’s first speech delivered after the event. All professionals should take cues for this analysis.




A highly recommended post, it received several comments from viewers and ranked in first place in the Google search engine for months. It is still visible on the first page in the Google search engine a year later, under the search description: “What can we learn from Boston bombings? Even though it no longer retains top spots in the Bing and Yahoo search engines, the article can still be found when the same search term is used.

 


2) "Consistently accurate and well-scripted communications...help boost the organisation's external reputation when used wisely”.
 
 
Post:

The Impact Of Communications On Business Relationships

 
Date:  

May  2013


URL:


 
Description:

Find out two surprising ways communications influence business relationships:

a)  By fostering positive attitudinal and behavioural tendencies in the organisation;
 

b)   By boosting corporate reputation.

 
This article will persuade Management that effective communications favourably shapes the organisation. All those in executive functions would find the article useful.

 
 
 
 
 
 

3) “Write great content; take certain actions recommended by the experts ...and watch your visibility (and credibility) increase online. And you do not need to be technically astute to do so.”


Post:

How To Rank Highly On Google: The Non-Technical Version


Date:

June 2013


URL:


 
Description:

This account explains in simple, non-technical language, how one of the blog’s articles became visible on the first page on Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines for months. While some may disagree with some of the reasons given, the author is convinced that the six specific actions taken were instrumental to the high ranking, which has been sustained for a year.

 
Search engine optimisation (SEO) experts  and  Google technical buffs  –  have  an open mind....

 

 
4) “I know you had once stated, with the confidence of the cat guaranteed its daily cream, that we could all be replaced. But good luck with trying to attract, (and retain), top talents when word gets out about how you treat your employees. And I would of course sing like a canary when I get out”.

Post:

Inside The Complicated Mind Of The Employee


Date:

July 2013


URL:

 
 

 
 Description:

Mr. CEO - delve into the mind of the employee and discover just what he thinks about your inconsequential meetings, your bad leadership style and your unprofessional managers. Brace yourself for the tirade.

 
 
 
5) “Remember - you have worked very hard in your career and you shouldn't allow a bad boss/manager/supervisor to derail you from professional advancement”.



Post:

How To Deal With A Difficult Boss...And Keep Your Job


Date:

August 2013

 
URL:


 
Description:

At some point in your career, you would get a difficult boss. This post explains rather controversial methods of dealing with a mean boss and keeping your sanity when exiting the company is not an option.

 


6) “We need to re-examine the prevailing culture of non-existent or unduly delayed feedback in virtually every aspect of our careers”.

Post:

Feedback – The Most Important Facet In Communications

 
Date:

September 2013

 
URL:


 
Description

Revealed in this article is the importance of timely and factual feedback to both the organisation and the employees. Two undesirable categories of professionals who do not give feedback, are revealed. If we are desirous of career advancement, we should ensure we are not labelled members of those groups.

 


7) “At the workplace, organisational-wide trust can be cultivated if the leadership is credible and if practical, tested and consistent actions are taken to build upon a foundation of transparency”.
 
Post:

Trust At The Workplace – How To Get It AND Keep It


Date

October 2013

 
URL:



Description:

This crucial organisational theme is tackled. The  two ‘pillars’ of  trust  are  unveiled. Sound advice is also given about cultivating trust and sustaining it for better organisational effectiveness.

 

 
Conclusion
 
 
 

 

 

Take a breather. Rest a while.



We don’t want your eyes to glaze over! Come back soon because we will conclude this segment in a few weeks.



 
Thus far, which is your favourite quote?




 

 

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A) Fill in the “Hire Me” contact form on the right sidebar of this blog on the homepage. I would respond promptly.



B) Send a direct email to:  Lucilleossai@gmail.com. 



C) Call for advice and a  free consultation:

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N.B: First and second images courtesy of Stuart Miles, via freedigitalphotos.net. Third image courtesy of Cool Design, via freedigitalphotos.net