Category: Communication skills

Business Emails: Using a Format to Clear Up Your Writing Style

Do you sometimes struggle with getting clear replies from your email contacts? Could your own unclear writing style be a part of the problem? People often tell me that their biggest frustration is that they don’t get any clear answer after having written to their contact with (a) question(s). It can take several rounds of … les mer

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Job Seekers: Can you write less and get more?

The other day I looked up the origin of the phrase ‘less is more’. The Wiki definition says that it was first used in 1947 by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was what he felt architectural design ought to be; meaning, in other words, 1) simplicity is better than elaborate embellishment, and 2) … les mer

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CV Writing: Giving up before you even start?

After spending as much time proofreading CVs as I have, I can write with certainty that people sure don’t like writing CVs. Which is understandable, given that a) most people don’t like writing, b) most people don’t like writing about themselves, and c) most people don’t like writing about themselves because they have to in … les mer

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Relationships Working for You?

How do you feel about relationship? When you read that question, what probably popped into your mind right away was all the people in your life outside of work. All the people with whom you have some sort of connection, be it biological and/or emotional. Parents, siblings, partner, spouse, children, and so on. Your second … les mer

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Good Boss Bad Boss: What Have You Had?

Have you ever heard this workplace saying? ‘With a bad boss there are no good jobs, and with a good boss there are no bad jobs.’ Is it true? Well, over the years I’ve had many people tell me about their bad bosses. And I’ve had a few of my own: The restaurant manager (male) … les mer

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Cover Letter Writing: It’s All About (What) You (Can Offer)

Having proofread cover letters for a long, long time, I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been getting in quite a few with the following about why the writer wants the job. Have a look at: This one: I think the summer job at your company can offer me what I want in a working day: collaboration, … les mer

Why do volunteer work? Here are some thoughts.

Want to develop your professional networks, and get in touch with others? Then you should consider volunteering for an organization you like! Maybe even for one of Tekna’s professional networks and local networks in Oslo? Les mer

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Lecture: Philosophy of Leadership

If you look up an English translation for the Norwegian word ‘leder’, there are often two words that come up: manager and leader. While the first word seems limited to the private world of business, the second comprises so much more – qualities many of us would like to have, including knowledge, decisiveness, courage, in … les mer

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Competitive Conversation: Fighting the Phone

What is it with people and their phones? Picture the scene: You’re at a big work-related dinner in a big hotel dining room, where the terrible acoustics mean that the entire space is buzzing and bursting with noisy chatter. The servers haven’t come around yet to pour the white wine that will go with your … les mer

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It’s All Good: How to Answer (Exasperating) E-Mails

I was recently asked a question from a rather frustrated member of the international workplace that went something like the following: “I’ve gotten several e-mails from a client that I don’t understand. The grammar and spelling are so weak that it makes the writer’s intention hard to understand. Want to keep the relationship positive, of … les mer