Communication

March 3, 2017 | Interviews

Warren Berger on the Power of the Question

An interview with bestselling author Warren Berger about questions and the importance of Question Week 

Are we asking the right questions? Can asking better questions spark innovation and creativity? How can asking better questions help us in our personal and business lives? Exploring the power of inquiry is the focus of Warren Berger’s 2014 bestselling …

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  • March 2, 2017 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Four Questions Every Salesperson Should Ask About Their Customer’s Business

    Build value with your customers by understanding their business concerns

    What keeps your customer up at night? What is he or she most worried about? One of the best ways to build value with your customers is through a deep understanding of their business concerns. Too often, salespeople lead with …

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  • February 15, 2017 | Knowledge

    Tips for Better Listening

    These simple, effective techniques will improve your listening skills in no time

    One of the most important skills in communication — and in business — is the ability to listen. Listening is critical because, after all, if you can’t listen, how can you respond in any meaningful way? Listening involves not just …

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  • December 6, 2016 | Resources

    How Effective is that Ad?

    It’s a challenge to measure ad effectiveness of online ads.  In this podcast, researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University talk about how hard it is to really measure whether a digital ad is effective, and discuss …

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  • December 3, 2016 | Resources

    The Power of Inquiry

    We can and should ask better questions.  As children, we ask lots of questions, and are naturally curious about life.  Much of that dissipates as we get older.  In his book, A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger examines how we …

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  • June 4, 2016 | Knowledge

    Why Stakeholder Management is Important

    Projects revolve around stakeholders

    Projects stakeholders have an interest in the outcomes of your project. Some are more important to the life of the project, such as the sponsor, steering committee, or project team members. Others are no less important but are involved only …

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  • October 13, 2015 | Knowledge

    Gathering Project Information

    Plan ahead to get the most out of project resources

    by Denise Gifford   One of the most common mistakes a new project manager can make is to request more information than is needed to run the project. Information is an important resource, but it is not free. Completing forms …

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  • April 15, 2015 | Knowledge

    Negotiating and the Rock Bottom

    It pays to know your bottom line

    by Steven Lesser   Negotiators often have a position that is their rock bottom, their least acceptable deal. Sometimes negotiators communicate this as a take-it-or-leave-it. Some negotiators use the take-it-or-leave-it even when they are not at their minimum deal. When …

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  • February 12, 2015 | Knowledge

    Focus on Listening

    Why you need to commit to listen

    How are your listening skills? We all know it’s important to pay attention. But most of us, including me, lose focus from time to time. Why don’t we listen? “I am distracted.” “I don’t like the person.” “They don’t communicate …

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  • July 24, 2014 | Knowledge

    Stakeholder Clues

    How to tune in to non-verbal communication

    by Denise Gifford   Do you know what your stakeholders really think about your project? You’ve read their emails. You’ve met with them. You’ve provided reports and solicited feedback. But what are they really thinking? Are they happy with where …

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  • February 23, 2014 | Knowledge

    Stakeholder Communication

    Four key steps for project managers

    Stakeholder communication matters. What makes a project manager a good communicator?  It is not as simple as sharing everything with everyone in a project. In our efforts to keep stakeholders informed, project managers typically communicate too much to too many …

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