Power Up Your Communication: How to Leverage the 4 Communication Styles

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Think about the last time you were at a party and had the opportunity to observe a lot of people in action:

  • Who dominated the conversation and put a premium on being right and convincing others to go along with his solutions?

  • How about the serious person who rather cautiously talked in precise detail?

  • And how about the person who was bursting with enthusiasm and could not wait to tell you her great idea?

  • Who walked into the room and began by introducing herself to others, spending time with each person to establish a connection?

These are examples of 4 different communication styles:

Career Development Opportunities Can Be Found by Looking at Own Job

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By Maggie McCormick


Working adults sometimes assume that career development means going to classes or undertaking developmental roles outside of their jobs. They may even believe that development is only for those interested in promoting up the management ranks or for those on the “fast track.” However, it is critical to both the individual and to the organization that employees continue to grow in knowledge and skills regardless of rank, tenure, or career movement.

The truth is all employees can find development opportunities; they need look no further than their own jobs. Every day at work presents a chance to learn something, to increase one’s skills, and to improve performance. How does one identify opportunities for development in the work? We’ll begin by looking within; then we’ll look around, look ahead, and look out. We will also take an example and walk through the process.

Understanding and Facilitating Self-Efficacy (Career Professionals)

Through studies of human behavior, psychologists have learned that one of most powerful predictors of success is self-efficacy.

What is self-efficacy?


Psychologist Albert Bandura defined self-efficacy as a person’s belief in his or her capability to successfully perform a specific task. Self-efficacy perceptions can be developed or strengthened through accomplishment, or through learning and persuasion from others. They can also be positively or negatively affected by emotions such as stress and anxiety.

Bandura’s theory says the three outcomes of high perceptions of self-efficacy are 1) persistence, 2) performance and 3) approach versus avoidance of tasks.

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Job Search and Workplace Success Tips for People with Disabilities

 Job Search and Workplace Success Tips for People with DisabilitiesSoftSkillsBuilder.com is pleased to provide a series of posts covering a wide range of information for people with disabilities. In this one, we have outlined general yet powerful strategies for boosting your value and reputation among hiring managers, supervisors, and co-workers.

Control Your Anger Before It Controls You

 Control Your Anger Before It Controls You

It’s natural to get angry sometimes. But on the job, you need to be very careful to control your behavior when you’re feeling that way. Here are some tips to help you deal with angry feelings.

Get the Most Out of Soft Skills Training by Providing Ongoing Support and Reinforcement

 Get the Most Out of Soft Skills Training by Providing Ongoing Support and Reinforcement
Interpersonal skills, the ability to get along with others, is just one of many categories of soft skills needed in the workplace. When lacking, the impact on an employer is huge. Consider these statistics:

  • 85% of workers report experiencing some level of workplace conflict, and spending an average of 2.8 hours per week dealing with it.[1]
  • 25-40% of a manager’s time is hijacked by the need to handle personality clashes among staff.[2]
  • 60-80% of so-called “performance issues” stem not from a lack of skills or motivation of individual employees, but from strained relationships among co-workers.[3]

Yet the costs of problems among employees are much more far-reaching than this. Engagement, productivity, collaboration, information sharing and idea generation, team trust and morale, and retention are also negatively affected – and can have devastating consequences on the organization’s ability to meet customer needs and business goals. In addition, interpersonal problems can give rise to violence and litigation.

Is Negative Self-Talk Chipping Away at Your Job Search Motivation and Confidence?

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What is Self-Talk?


Many people have conversations in their heads as things happen in their daily lives. This “self-talk” can be either positive or negative. Patterns of negative thinking are common, and can have a harmful effect on a person's mental and physical well-being.

You may have developed a habit of being self-critical or pessimistic without even realizing it. This can adversely affect your mood, self-esteem, and desire to push forward. If your attitudes, words, and behaviors reflect these feelings, your job search momentum and the impression you make on employers will likely suffer.

Networking is Easier Than You Think!

Networking is Easier Than You Think!What Is Networking?


Networking can take many forms, but the most basic way to think about networking is “connecting.” When you connect with people, or help other people connect with each other, you are networking.

There are many articles and websites to help you learn about what works and doesn’t work in networking. If you do a bit of research, you may notice several common themes emerge. Specifically, according to most experts, networking is:

Sample Disclosure Statements for Various Stages of Employment (People with Disabilities)

Sample Disclosure Statements for Various Stages of Employment (People with Disabilities)

An earlier article provided tips for choosing the right time to disclose a disability. Once you’ve made that decision, review the following examples of "how to say it" for advice and inspiration.

Following Up After a Job Interview is Easy and Important

Following Up After a Job Interview is Easy and ImportantMany job seekers take a passive approach after an interview. They simply wait and hope to hear from the employer. This is a mistake.

First and foremost, always send a thank you note to your interviewer.

Following up by phone is another step that shouldn't be skipped. It only takes a quick call to find out where you stand, as well as the type of impression you made on the interviewer. In addition, it shows your professionalism and enthusiasm for the job.

If you know that the employer is expecting to make a decision by a certain date, call a day or two after that. If no timetable was discussed, call between seven and ten days after the interview.

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