Archive for July, 2012

English teachers told us about this employer

Here’s an employer explaining why he won’t hire someone who uses bad grammar…

It makes all those high school hours of parsing sentences seem worthwhile.

Some clues your words need updating

Often, a phrase or saying is very apt for a time, but then it hangs on long after it stopped being fresh and apropos.

Check this list and see if your vocabulary — spoken or written — needs to be sanitized of stale sayings.

Fine ‘whine’ won’t win communications battle

Politics aside, look at the latest Obama-Romney flail and see the public relations lessons in the Republican’s bumbling responses to the Democrat’s attack.

There are tips here for individuals and businesses trying to protect their reputation — and merely yelling “not fair” is an ineffective approach, as pointed out by this New York Post writer.

How do you think Romney should respond?

Olympics demonstrate social media changes

For a quick grasp of how the world has changed in four short years, compare Olympics coverage in 2008 to what you expect in the 2012 Summer Games.

There will be all sorts of added Olympics information this summer — good and bad — thanks to the growth of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, forces that were mere hatchlings in 2008. And Pinterest and other modern social media forces didn’t even exist in 2008, as notes here

The moral of the story: Things change — very quickly.


What’s your communications style?

Here’s a fun little quiz to show your personality — a nice way to look busy at work and maybe learn something about your communication style:

My results — RED — seemed accurate.

How about yours?

Clear eyes needed for politics

Government isn’t as easy as it looks, which is why “simple solutions” to complex problems seldom work.

Check out my Splash! column and tell me what you think.

‘Lurkers’ listen, make good customers

“Lurkers” can be customers, too.

While many people have Twitter accounts but seldom comment, these “lurkers” often are observing the conversations and making decisions based on what they see.

So don’t write off Twitter, as Ted Rubin notes at

Same for Facebook, linkedin and others.