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The art of giving feedback and performance evaluation in 4 steps

The art of giving feedback and performance evaluation in 4 steps

VIDEO: This video outlines 4 steps in carrying out performance evaluations which will benefit both parties involved. Feedback should be a process offered as a gift and not a punishment. We look at the past to make plans for the future. SOURCE: Big Think ...
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Bizspeak is buzzkill: business jargon makes communication unclear

Bizspeak is buzzkill: business jargon makes communication unclear

INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: If you are perplexed by the jargon used in business communications and feel that the words thrown around belong to another language, here's a list of the top items that should go into your education in bizspeak. SOURCE: Quartz ...
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Are gestures a universal language?

Are gestures a universal language?

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: While the ancient belief that, across vast cultural divides, people can understand one another through gesture is largely true, there still are areas of thought that cannot be communicated across language barriers. SOURCE: Aeon ...
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How language shapes the way we think

How language shapes the way we think

VIDEO: There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? In this video, cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is. Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000. SOURCE: TED via YouTube ...
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7 habits to avoid while speaking in public

7 habits to avoid while speaking in public

INFOGRAPHIC: Every speaker needs to be credible. Sometimes your credibility has as much to do with your behaviour as it does with the message itself. Here’s a list of 7 common bad habits to watch out for. SOURCE: Fast Company ...
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Ditching Google Maps et al: the lost secrets of natural navigation

Ditching Google Maps et al: the lost secrets of natural navigation

ARTICLE: We had thousands of years of wanting to get from A to B in the most expedient way possible. But now we can get between places incredibly efficiently without actually noticing what we are doing. There are potentially 11 million pieces of information hitting our brain every second but our brain filters out 99.9% of it. Simply by being more attuned to this information, we can put together an almanac of tricks and tips that we’ve lost over the years. We can regain the “sixth sense”: our innate ability to scan the landscape and anticipate what might happen next. SOURCE: The Guardian ...
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Religion isn't going anywhere, but the demographics are shifting dramatically

Religion isn’t going anywhere, but the demographics are shifting dramatically

ARTICLE/ INFOGRAPHIC: Religion is still an integral part of many modern societies, influencing laws and people's behaviour, as well as the way adherents relate to others in the world. Are religions going away any time soon? Despite what some decry, there is little evidence of that. What is changing is the composition of the world's believers. SOURCE: Big Think ...
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The triple overload: data, communication and cognition

The triple overload: data, communication and cognition

ARTICLE: We are being bombarded with more data, more communication, and more interruption than ever before, creating ever more demands on our limited time and attention. That can leave us burned out and feeling as though there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for us to achieve everything we need—and want—to do. Triple Overload -- data overload, communication overload and cognition overload -- is a multifaceted problem; three separate yet interconnected issues that plague almost everyone, in every walk of life. Each is a direct result of the explosion of information and technology that has come to define the modern world. SOURCE: Evernote Blog ...
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