Communication

Articles and posts about communication, especially as it relates to communication between technology groups and business sponsors

The Art of Asking Questions

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Communication | 0 comments

Information technology people tend to be answer people. When users, managers, family members or even random people from the Internet have questions, we’re right there with the answers, because we’re always the smart people. One of the first things we learn in school is that being smart means having the answers. The teacher asks the class a question, and the smart kids reach for the sky. But just having a hand in the air isn’t enough. To become known as the smartest of the smart, you’ve got to get that hand up faster than anyone else. It’s the original arms race....

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5 Steps to Poor Listening

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Communication, News & commentary | 0 comments

The development of non-technical, soft skills represents a significant choice in the career of IT professionals.  For those who choose to take the road most traveled, here are a few thoughts on how to ensure poor client and peer relationships, projects that focus on solutions to the wrong problems, and working cross-purposes with your team. 1. Just Keep Talking Let’s face it –– the more you talk, the less time others get to talk.  This way, you completely avoid the issue of listening all together.  Why risk having to pretend you’re listening when you have the...

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10 Ways to Give a Bad Presentation

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Communication, News & commentary | 0 comments

As IT professionals, eventually, we are all called upon to deliver presentations to clients, users, supervisors, or peers.  It’s not something that tends to come naturally to us.  We’d much rather be writing code, doing project plans, or even writing documentation.  Almost anything is better than getting up in front of a group of people.  In fact, many consider public speaking to be one of life’s most frightening events.   Because presentations are so important to your careers, C2 Consulting is joining forces with two other companies, Hill Enterprises and Lee Inc. to...

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Ten Ways to Spend Less Time at Work

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Communication, News & commentary | 0 comments

Now that summer is here, most of us would like to spend a bit more time away from the computer.  So how can you squeeze a little more time out of your hectic day? Here’s 10 ways to save time at work: 1. Commute at off hours – Not only will commuting at off hours save you time, it may help save your sanity. 2. Go in early and leave early.  You might be surprised how much work you can get done early in the morning when no one else is in the office. 3. Keep prioritized lists of things to do and stop doing the non-essential ones.  It’s too easy to just do things because...

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