100 Words To Help You Communicate More Effectively

One reason the English language is a challenge to learn is the sheer number of words available to communicate our thoughts and messages. It is this richness that allows us to communicate with greater distinction and accuracy. The subtle differences between words of a similar meaning allows us to choose the best word that conveys our intention.

If you find yourself tongue-tied or at-a-loss-for-words it might behoove you to enrich your vocabulary. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the best word is always the big word but don’t settle for a word that gets close when you have at your disposal a more accurate word.

Below is just 100 words (watch for more) every good communicator needs to have in their vocabulary. Which ones do you use regularly? Which ones do you need to add to your vocabulary? Which ones do you love? Which one have you forgotten?

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Sell More Books: By-Pass Marketing and Book Selling

Today’s Article By Karen Cioffi

Example: Sell this book in a doctor's office.

Example: Sell this book in a doctor’s office.

According to a teleseminar, with featured speaker Jack Canfield, “Only one out of seven people in the United States go into book stores to buy a book.”

We know that books are still being sold, but where are they being sold if not primarily in book stores?

Through this teleseminar, I learned of the term “by-pass marketing.”

By-pass marketing is selling in places you wouldn’t expect to see books for sale. Canfield mentioned venues I never even thought of. Putting on my thinking cap, I thought of a couple more.

Some By-pass Venues for Selling Books:

Bakeries
Nail salons
Gas stations
Beauty salons / Barbershops
Spas
Cleaners
Tailors
Doctor offices
Chiropractic and Acupuncture offices
Radiology offices
Local restaurants
You get the idea; sell anywhere you can. Think of establishments in your area where you have to wait for services, or ones that get a lot of traffic. Obviously, it will help if your book is somewhat related to the establishment, but even if it’s not, give it a try. Talk to management or the owner and offer a percentage of sales, or a set amount per book. This is a win-win situation for you and the establishment. They have absolutely no investment of money, time, or effort, therefore no risk. Yet, they have the opportunity to make money. This should be a no-brainer on their part. All you need to do is ask.

Remember: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Karen Cioffi is the Article Writing Doctor (for natural healthcare professionals and small businesses).

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Inspiration Insight – If You’re Feeling a Little Stuck

Are You a Confident Communicator?

Beauty is Everywhere If You Look for It

What Your Customers Really Want from You


What your customers really want from you is remarkable similar to what you want from your customers. 

What customers want from you is:

1. To be honest and tell the truth
2. Respected and understood
3. Inspired to buy and not be oversold

What you as a sales person want is:
1. Customers who are honest and tell the truth
2. To feel respected and understood
3. To use your creative talents to inspire others

So in the end use good communication skills in your sales conversations:
 Tell the truth.  Be respectful and listen to understand. Inspire others. Don’t oversell.

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Watch for Future Sales!

 

Expressing Yourself for Success

Most people believe they are pretty good communicators. But you aren’t most people, right?

How well you express yourself determines how successful you’ll be in business and in life. The real question is are you continuously upgrading your communication skills or are you content with…”my skills work well enough”?

Here are 5 questions  you’ll want to ask yourself if you want to know if you’re expressing yourself successfully:

1. Are you sending a clear, concise message when you speak? I s your message organized? Is your message free of jargon and lingo…not everyone speaks the same language you do. Is your message organized so others can easily follow what you’re saying.

2. Can you be heard? Is your volume loud enough and your enunciation crisp and clear? Are you speaking from your mouth or from your lungs? Are you using your breath to your advantage.

3. Do you ask for and listen to feedback? Want real growth? This is a fast way to up-level your skills and gain a new perspective. Ask people you trust to give you an honest assessment of your ability to express yourself clearly.

4. Have you considered how each receiver of your message might be filtering your message? Do you check to see if your message will pass through the receiver’s filters and still be understood as you intended? Ask clarifying questions, pause and give the recipient time to process before assuming they understood your message as you intended.

5. Is your message visually, verbally and vocally congruent? Does your body say one thing while your words say another? Does your voice negate your words? If these 3 components aren’t working together to send the same message your body language will often outweigh your words.

If these questions got you thinking you’ll want to pick up a copy of Misunderstood! The Fast Guide to Communicating at Work–What to Say, How to Say It and When to Shut Up. (Oh, and don’t forget to grab the Free 6 part Audio Series on Powerfully Communication- just add your name and email in the boxes on the right.)

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Enjoy my friends!

93% of Communication is Visual and Vocal – It’s Just Not True!

Here’s a blog post I did on this topic: http://wp.me/sEykp-myth

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Workplace Communication – When Good Intentions Go Bad How to Correct a Blunder

Workplace misunderstandings are costly, stressful and potentially damaging to your career–especially if you created the communication snafu. Knowing how to handle communication blunders while keeping your composure can save a job, a reputation or a business relationship.

Sometimes even good intentions go bad. Early in my career I created a bad situation just because I was trying to do the right thing—serve a customer. If you’ve ever worked in commission sales perhaps you can relate.

While we were expected to help all customers, it apparently was not correct to be too helpful. (Yes, you’re reading a bit of disbelief on my part in that sentence. More years of experience tells me otherwise…but that’s another post.)

At the time, my helpfulness caused the customer to want to switch horses in mid-stream and work with me. That, of course, was not going to sit well Read more