CMI News

Writing Skills for Re-entering the Workplace

The workforce is a place that people leave or retire from for a variety of reasons – mandatory age, family responsibilities, personal ventures or preference. It is also a place that is dynamic and to which people return. For those looking to re-enter the workplace, being able to describe your suitability for a particular position in a crisp effective manner is essential. Readers want to know in a very short time frame whether an applicant is someone worthy of further consideration. The … [Read more...]

Are we talking about the same thing?

It's remarkable that we Americans communicate with each other as well as we do. Consider accents – Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, the South, Texas, the Midwest – many of us use the same words but say them with a unique enunciation or drawl. Add to this the fact that so many of our words sound alike, are spelled differently and don't have the same meaning (homophones). This blog will periodically provide examples of how easy it is to confuse readers when the wrong word is used. Which of the … [Read more...]

The Value of Communication Skills Training

Warren Buffett from Gillian Zoe Segal’s Book – Getting There On Communication Skills: Buffett reveals that up until the age of twenty had an acute fear of public speaking. Just the thought of it would make him physically ill. This all changed when Buffett forced himself to take a Dale Carnegie public-speaking course. He discloses, "That $100 course gave me the most important degree I have... In graduate school you learn all this complicated stuff, but what's really essential, no matter what … [Read more...]

A terrific article on word usage

20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/misused-words-make-smart-people-look-dumb-dr-travis-bradberry This article contained a hidden gem that is as important as the topic. While stressing the importance of word choice, Dr. Bradberry admits to personally falling into some word usage traps. However, what he does to avoid these missteps is to have someone carefully review and edit his work. Frequently, many of us may not take the time to carefully … [Read more...]

The New and Improved CMI Website

A lot of things have happened over the past six months that have caused us to adjust our focus. We had been doing a lot of talking, naturally, since communicating is our thing. While we were talking, we also listened (yes, we also teach that). We've made changes in our workshops, all in response to participant and buyer feedback. The ratings and comments we receive are almost always phenomenal, but where we started to see a pattern was in terms of relevance. The same thing was happening with … [Read more...]