Tag Archives: communication

10 Traits of a Good Boss

Understand Your Employees
We’ve all seen multiple personality tests that indicate the various differences in how people communicate. Understanding the nuances of what makes people tick enables you to help them succeed.

Listen
Your employees have a lot to say. If they come to you with a complaint, try to understand where they’re coming from and then try to get a bigger picture by talking to other people to figure out the whole story.

Don’t Lose Their Trust
If an employee feels comfortable enough to complain to you, don’t lose their trust. If you need to go to other people for more information Continue reading

New Educational Requirements

Here is a quick list of a few of the classes I did take while in school:

Astronomy
Interestingly enough, I’ve never had to explain the difference between a yellow dwarf star and a red dwarf star

Mythology
While I did find this class interesting, I’ve never had to identify which Roman god equates to its Greek counterpart

Musics of Texas
I love me some Buddy Holly, but no one has ever asked me the name of the band that played with him.

And, I find it interesting that I did not take any classes related to the following topics before I stepped into the “real world” Continue reading

Nonprofits & Advertising

The Friendship Circle recently sent out an email with advertisements placed in the appeal. This is something I have yet to see a nonprofit do before, and I wonder if it is effective at bringing in additional revenue or effective at destroying credibility.

To advertise with The Friendship Circle, you must meet certain criteria, but this new initiative could create doubt in some donor’s minds. What do you think? Are advertisements on a nonprofit’s emails and/or websites effective or does it destroy consumer confidence?

Remember Your Audience

Being from the United States, we’re often accused of not being aware of the rest of world – their culture, their news and even their preferred communication methods. But one organization is aware of their audience and has altered their media usage methods to communicate and continue the interaction.

Words of Hope broadcasts its programs in Arabic throughout the Middle East, and they are seeing a growing response via text messaging. Postal service is difficult and not always reliable, and they had the foresight to begin offering the option in early 2007. This year, the number of text messages has grown 50%.

They appear to utilize text messaging to Continue reading

Online Hotel Community

The Pod Hotel, formally known as Pickwick Arms, has its own social network. Prior to check-in, guests can create a profile, upload pictures and communicate with other PodCulture members. How convenient would it be to find a person that is staying in the hotel and attending the same conference? PodCulture is explained in further detail in “Private Social Network Aids Revenue Bump for New York Hotel“.

While this is a revolutionary concept, there are a few missed opportunities Continue reading

Turn Your Webinar Into a Two-Way Conversation with Twitter

Hubspot gives us advice on how to incorporate Twitter into our webinars to start a two-way conversation:
» Create a hashtag specific to your event
» Communicate to your attendees that you will monitor and accept questions via Twitter
» Make it easy for attendees to tweet with your hashtag
» Make it easy for attendees to follow the conversation related to your event
» Have someone monitoring and responding on Twitter as necessary throughout the event

Incorporating Twitter into your webinar strategy can help:
» Extend reach
» Create buzz
» Identify what your community is saying
» Develop effective response
» Foster networking and communication

Next time you host a webinar, remember to use social networking techniques to expand your reach and effectiveness.