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Truly good writers are hard to find — here are two reasons why

July 14, 2015 | Writing

Writing is a skill most professionals use often, and it is a task that either distinguishes or diminishes us in the eyes of supervisors, peers, clients and other people. Yet, very few of us are truly good writers. Why is this the case? Because really good writing requires two skills that usually do not co-exist. This video offers the details.

How to successfully moderate panel discussions — tip #9

This is the ninth of a series of 15 tips for successfully moderating panel discussions.

Peggy Noonan, Jeb Bush and a lesson in body language

Conservative political commentator Peggy Noonan takes on the lackluster body language being displayed by republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on the campaign trail.

The multimillion-dollar typo and the importance of strong writing skills

June 13, 2015 | Marketing, Writing

The Economist magazine wrote an article in a recent edition that discussed crowdfunding and Kickstarter, the popular crowdsourcing website. It turns out that crowds are so discerning about the Kickstarter proposals put before them, and pay so much attention to detail, that a funding proposal containing a misspelling — in other words, a typo — reduces by 13 percent the chances of getting funded. This video will give you the broader implications of that finding.

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