New Advances in Business Communication

New techniques are always being used by businesses worldwide for expansions, and newer is always welcomed no matter the circumstances. Business meetings are held virtually, using video conferencing, instant messaging or telephone conferences. The Internet and the introduction of video conferencing through computer applications has made it possible for businesses to cut down on the costs of airplane flights, long-distance telephone charges and other expenses that have been eliminated by the technological communication advances. This also means that business men and women do not have to travel as much, leading to a much improved job satisfaction rate.

Advanced technology has also introduced the need for employees at every level to learn how to use these electronic devices in business and how they differ from personal use. Companies that use advanced communication, like texting and email, need to make sure their employees understand how to use proper business techniques and terminology when communicating with associates. There are certain tones and inflections to words that cannot be heard when texting or emailing. It is important that business terms are used and that the tone of the words is both professional and clear.

Communication should never be confusing or wordy. It is best to keep the business conversations to the point and clear. When using email, signatures should be short, and should only express the professional aspect of the sender. Texting is not often used for business meetings. It is a good way to get instant information to an associate but is not a good atmosphere for any kind of negotiations or plan implementation. This kind of business should be conducted on a face to face level, either in person, which can be costly depending on the location of the people, or via video conferencing. Video conferencing can be accessed through any computer with an Internet connection, which makes it very convenient.

One downside to the technology era that is very important for company managers and business executives to keep in mind is that any and all sensitive information should not be entrusted to certain kinds of communication. Emails can be accidentally sent to everyone in the company, when they were meant for only a few people. Internet connections can be hacked and programs obtained by companies and businesses that are competitors. A lot of business information must be kept safe on CDs and transferred in this way, instead of over the Internet. Business executives understand the nature of this and that security is a priority. They will pass this knowledge to their managers and supervisors, so that all of the employees will know how to keep sensitive information safe.

Influence of Texting on Communication Skills

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Can you imagine receiving this email from a high level manager at a major corporation? What would you think of a company who sent something like this to you, their customer? If you think this is a an exaggeration, think again! Many researchers believe that texting and email have contributed to the drastic decrease in effective communication skills of this generation. In this article, I am going to cover how texting and email have caused our skills to deteriorate even in the corporate world, how laziness has helped to increase miscommunication, how the impersonal nature of technological communication has increased rudeness and aggression, and hampered our friendships. Lastly, I’m going to share some tips that will help you and your children avoid these pitfalls increasing your chances of success in your personal and professional life.

1. Bad Communication Skills in Even in Corporate America:
“Communication is all anyone ever gets paid for ultimately…and if you cannot effectively communicate, you will pay…not get paid!” -Doug Firebaugh

According to a 2005 article in the Pittsburg Post Gazette, employers are complaining about communication skills. Bosses say the biggest failing among college graduates, job applicants, is an inability to speak and write effectively. Communication skills now top the list of qualities employers seek because these are qualities they cannot teach in their two week new hire training sessions. However, these qualities are consistently at the bottom of the list perspective employees possess at the interview. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, good communication skills were what employers said was most lacking in college job candidates.

Debra Vargulish, is a training administrator at the Latrobe-based global tooling company, recruits on college campuses for Kennametal Inc. She reported that the students she meets are often inarticulate and shy, “They seem to be way better at using technology than older people. It’s actually the content that is missing. A lot of them don’t know what to say at all, and that’s not good.”

In my lifetime, technology has been nothing short of amazing! It has had some incredibly powerful influences on our ability to communicate. We are able to communicate with almost anyone around the world at the stroke of a key. We can find information in a nano second. Email and texting allow us convenient access to our friends on our schedule, give us a simple way to connect, pass along vital information, and help family and friends remain close even though they are hundreds of miles apart. However, texting and email has also been cited as a reason communication skills have deteriorated in recent years. The use of email shorthand is one of the reasons stated.

According to a recent study, 25% have used emoticons in their school writing; 50% have used informal punctuation and grammar; 38% have used text shortcuts such as “LOL” meaning “laugh out loud”. And these ‘shortcuts’ are showing up on the job!

“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” -Hubert H. Humphrey

In a recent Harris Interactive and Teenage Research Unlimited survey, researchers found that instant messaging keeps family interconnected online, but can also lead to fewer in-person meetings, outings and less time actually talking. He said the data collected showed communicating online can be overused and is beginning to replace real-life relationships with virtual ones. This lack of in-person social skills carries over into the business world.

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” -Lee Iacocca

2. People are getting lazy with info and are not used to checking things out or thinking things through:
With so much information (and misinformation) a click away, many no longer do their due diligence to make sure they are passing along information that is accurate. Passing along misinformation can not only create a panic where none need exist, but it can also destroy your credibility. I’ve seen large Facebook groups predicated on an untruth. When the group leaders finds out their cause is invalid their group members have a hard time trusting them with any other information.

Laziness causes poor attention spans and writing skills as well. A recent story in the New York Times about the negative effects of text messaging reported statistics from the Nielsen Company showing teenagers in the United States averaged about 80 text messages per day in the fourth quarter of 2008. Text messages allow teenagers to communicate in places where cell phones are not allowed, primarily school. It’s fairly easy to hide a cell phone and text, and texting teenagers aren’t focusing on the lesson and a decreased attention span ensues. According to the University of Alabama computers and applied Technology Program 2009, Technology Education: A Series of Case Studies: in her ninth grade class, Mrs. Diego, the English teacher, found that her “students’ papers are fraught with short, choppy sentences that give no depth.”

Further, many teens spend so much time texting, they are not aware of the proper uses of words and phrases and are not used to thinking things through. Here’s something I heard in the park the other day. A 14 year old girl told her 4 year old step sister, “Your soon-to-be father-in-law is on a plane right now.” As I listened to the conversation that followed, it revealed that the 14 year old was probably talking about her father who was going to legally adopt her step sister.

3. Increase in Rudeness and aggression:
According to Christina Durano in a study Social Skills Impeded by Technology,, “Not only do electronics hinder the development of our interpersonal communication skills, but they can also be just plain rude. Sometimes I want to grab the phone out of someone’s hands and throw it on the ground so they actually look at me during our conversation. It’s not that I think I’m so high and mighty that I actually deserve people’s attention; it’s just that there are some basic rights everyone deserves – one of which is the right to have a two-way conversation.”

Have you noticed how inconsiderate some movie goers are lately? You can’t step into a movie theater anymore without encountering a sea of backlit cell phones as their owners thumb their way through endless online games or beep-ridden text messaging. And don’t get me started on the increased aggression on forums, Yahoo groups and chats due to the anonymity of the faceless, impersonal connections made online. People feel justified in expressing anger and voicing disrespect because they don’t have to look their victims in the eye when they communicate it.

4. Hampering Friendships and social skills:
There are severe disadvantages to the influence of technology on interpersonal communication. In our zest to connect with people all over the globe, we often neglect our own neighbors. People don’t see any need to be more physically interactive, already it is possibly to perform major activities without physical interaction it is even possibly to exercise or engage in sporting activities with a virtual competitor.

Because of the increase in text messaging and email, some experts, like Rick Pukis, an Associate Professor of Communications at Augusta State University, say texting could be affecting the way we interact.

“Text messaging has made us a very impersonal society today. They’re not communicating, not using any facial expressions, like smiling so when they get back into a situation where they’re talking to someone, they don’t smile. Someone can whip one out in thirty seconds and they’re like, ‘Ahh, I took care of this, I communicated. You didn’t really communicate, you just shot out a one line sentence over to me and didn’t really convey any thoughts.”

My niece recently attended a friend’s birthday party and found herself in the middle of a texting marathon. Each girl, cell phone in hand, was texting the boys who were not present at the party and each other even though they were right there in the room with each other for several hours!

5. What to do?
In order for you and your family to avoid these pitfalls which can result in a serious lack of effective communication skills that can hamper your personal and professional success in life, I recommend you don’t overlook studying communication skills. The Lord tells us in Proverbs 25:11, “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

What Are Storage Communities?

Storage Communities

A storage community helps users connect with experts in systems and servers, storage technology experts, and people with experience and in-depth knowledge of technology in various aspects of storage technology.

Why They Are Needed

The field of data storage is wide and involves a lot of different technologies and solutions provided by different companies.

The IT strategy of a business might involve varied technologies from different vendors. Integrating solutions from different sources is a difficult process. Most vendors provide expert help to the customers when they buy their products. But, ongoing maintenance and upgrades might require the IT staff of the business to look for expert help from various sources.

This is where online technology communities can help. Most technology companies run their own community portal with several different communities focusing on their different products and solutions.

Generic And Specific Storage Communities

Storage communities focus on topics related to data storage. This is not limited to just storage media, but other components of a storage system like servers, virtualization, and networking.

When the user is looking for help on a general topic, like what kind of storage strategies they should invest in, they can log on to generic storage communities on the web. When help regarding specific products and solutions are needed, it is better to go straight to the company website and look for its community portal.

Identifying the Niche On Which Help Is Needed

Most vendors like IBM, Dell, HP, Oracle, Sun, and Microsoft have software communities that connect users, experts, clients, and business partners.

Identifying the particular niche on which help is needed can help the user find a relevant expert who is highly knowledgeable. Through the community, the user can then ask for help on the particular problem they are facing.

The community may also provide information about other ways to contact the expert, like their LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter pages, their blogs and so on. In this way, storage communities can help IT departments tap into expert knowledge.

Some Of The Storage-Related Topics

The storage communities will have experts on the many subsets of products and solutions on the relevant topic of interest. For instance, if the user is looking for help related to systems and servers, he might be looking for help on specific products from the vendor, or help on a more abstract level, like how to get maximum system performance from the vendor’s products.

A user may look for help on specific aspects of storage, such as data storage management and disaster recovery strategies. Help may be required on specific storage products or on particular storage strategies like Storage Area Networks.

A storage community can serve customers and clients of specific vendors by connecting them with field experts. But, this can work both ways too. The feedback from clients and users can help drive the future products and product strategies of the vendor.

Modern Call Center Technologies – Communicating Success

Modern call centers have evolved from the routine phone answering services and customer support solutions. They are touching the peak of communications competition and reaching their customer base with every possible means such as fax, e-mail and online chat.

Everyday there is new technology entering the gateways of call center premises only to get used till overused and there is something new to lay their hands upon. The new communication modes and advanced cutting edge technology helps them to develop more effective means and handle processes easily. Call center technologies have gone beyond all means to make their operations seamless and streamlined.

Such a new technology is to integrate and implement varied range of communication means into one interface which is names as Computer Technology Integration (CTI). This call center technology is very sophisticated and one of the most inventive and latest technology to be used by a call center. This is expensive so, most of call centers basically smaller or medium in-house centers find a difficulty to implement it.

Both inbound and outbound BPOs are using this technology to manage their operations with complete efficiency. This technology helps them to in a prompt and timely management of calls. With online means such as e-mail, they can reach to the customers which are based at remote places and could not be accessed, otherwise. The hold times or ‘customers on wait’ times have decreased to nothing and forwarding of calls has also becoming easy and seamless.

In the spurt of BPOs industry, technology has also played an important role. In order to reach customers and utilize their resources in a proper way and up to the utmost, they are deploying technology and not at all hesitating once to invest money in it.

Technology Community Helps SMBs Focus on Their Core Business

If you’re starting your own business or currently work for a start-up, you wear a lot of hats. Any disruption in your business can eat up hours of your time and kill your productivity. Many start-ups are so focused on getting their business off the ground, that they overlook technology considerations that can help increase their productivity and enhance their efficiency. Unlike mid to large corporations that have dedicated IT personnel, start-ups typically do not have in-house IT resources to evaluate and deploy new technologies to pre-empt unforeseen issues, such as virus attacks, and streamline processes to increase efficiency gains. This is due partly to time and partly due to budgetary constraints. Small businesses want to focus on the next sale, not the next purchase. Largely for this reason, many small to medium businesses (SMBs) are categorized as laggers on the technology spectrum — classified as conservative IT buyers and slow adopters of new technologies. This profile make it seems as if SMBs are risk adverse, when in actuality, SMBs are more risk takers than corporate employees – after all, they’ve started their own business or are part of a start-up where the P&L is felt throughout the company.

So why are so many SMBs behind on the technology spectrum? As mentioned, without dedicated IT personnel making system recommendations, SMBs are on their own in terms of finding out the latest and greatest products. They need small business solutions that are affordable and scalable, and most importantly, do not disrupt business operations. Without the luxury of having dedicated IT resources, SMBs do not have time or the desire to seek out the latest gadgets or attend tradeshows featuring next-gen products.

This begs the question: how do SMBs stay on top of new technologies that can help them run their business more effectively? The technologies have to come to them: bring the new products to the SMB community.

The big trend with major hi-tech vendors in the past 2-3 years has been building marketing initiatives to tap into the SMB market. To many companies, the SMB space is still a gray cloud: how do SMBs behave and what are their demographics? Each company has its own definition of an SMB: ranging from less than 100 employees to less than 1000 employees. Many hi-tech manufacturers have beta programs, usability tests and focus groups to collect feedback on how SMBs react and behave. Many of these programs offer very attractive incentives such as free product, cash, corporate branded giveaways “tchotchkes” in exchange for some form of market validation: user feedback, quotes for a press release, or customer references to serve as real world proof points. These exchange opportunities are always available – one just has to know where to look.

Chiropractor – A Health Care Invention

A chiropractor is defined as a health care device with a professional touch for the diagnosis and intensive treatment of neuromuscular disorders. Their emphasis is on neuromuscular disorders, especially spine.

Most of the chiropractors are used as a pain reliever for the patients. That is why it has been given the title of being an alternative medicine to the subjected treatment.

Chiropractors firmly and honestly believe in the kind of relationship that developed between our nervous system and spine, this does not come as a surprise as we have already mentioned that the major area of focus for the chiropractor is the spine.

Here is the listing of few of the benefits received from Chiropractic health care

1. A great boost for stress reliever

It is a well known fact that too much of stress will always result in a bad outcome. Neither is it good for health nor is it good for our well being. When our nervous system moves out a bit from the track and our skeletal system seems to have shaken off from their proper position, there are very high possibilities that your entire body will feel out of balance as well. This is what will lead to stress in your entire functioning of the body. Here is when the functioning of a Chiropractor comes into use. It helps in balancing that stress and your body is immediately made to come back to its normal balance. Once you are made to adjust to this functioning you will feel much more equipped to manage this stress if it happens to arise again.

2. Posture perfection by Chiropractor usage

By using this chiropractor over a considerable period of time, these chiropractor adjustments can help in the alignments of the spine and brings a noticeable change in your posture. This is distinctly helpful when it comes to aligning the curve on your neck. As soon as you get into your working in an office phase, you have to spend hours after hours in front of a computer. Due to this from a very young age, people are seen to be having neck issues. If you continue a regular and dutifully maintained use of the chiropractor, you can improve your body posture in no time.

3. Moods are taken care of automatically

When with time your body gets adjusted with the working procedure of the chiropractor, your entire body gets balanced. The entire chemistry of the body is brought back on track. A lot of people who have not had the best of luck in chemical balance gain a lot from the chiropractic care. Depression which is a very serious mental condition also sees an immense improvement in the moods of the sufferer. So you see how a chiropractor is creating wonders in your mood related cases as well which are in a way related to the functioning of your entire body.

Thus we provide you with a gist of all that you can mainly expect from the usage of a chiropractor. It is efficient and it is useful and it is interlinked with many a thing’s improvement.

Calamine Lotion Benefits

Calamine lotion has been around for a long time and was always used in the medical environment. Obviously, it isn’t as strong as most antiseptic chemicals but it is a lotion that prevents itching.

Calamine lotion can be used for various treatments which include damaged and itchy skin. When skin gets damaged it will get itchy because the cells are breaking and tearing apart. It may sound painful but the itch is what really gets to you. And who can resist scratching an itch?

Coming into contact with poisonous plants is common when camping or spending the day in a garden. These are plants that use poison as a self defence mechanism to save themselves from being cut or eaten. It’s also important to know your allergies as some people may have allergic reactions to certain plants. The calamine lotion can help to soothe the burning feeling and prevents any breakouts at the same time. This will help heal the rash and infection quicker in a painless way.

Baby skin is very sensitive to most surfaces including their nappies. The calamine lotion can help to heal the nappy rash or anything of the sort without burning your child’s skin. Keeping the rash as soothed as possible will make your child more comfortable.

Insect bites are common in any area of the world. These bites could also be slightly poisonous (in certain cases) which causes itching and inflation on the skin. Applying calamine lotion to the bite will soothe the wound and assist with the process of ridding the body of the harmless poison. Please remember that certain insects can also be dangerously poisonous and you should be aware of which insects and spiders can harm you greatly. Most insects that have many bright colours are often associated with high toxic levels.

Calamine lotion also assists with stretch marks and broken skin that occurs during pregnancy. There is nothing worse than having discomfort during pregnancy especially if it could be treated or prevented. Adding calamine lotion to your broken and itchy skin relieves the surface of the discomfort.

You can also apply it to other skin problems such as acne, dryness, eczema, psoriasis and as a normal moisturiser to improve complexion and quality of skin.

Calamine lotion can be found in most stores or in bulk quantities at cash and carry wholesale stores. If skin problems continue after the use of any treatments, there is a chance that your body is unable to cure itself of the infection. In such cases you would need to consult a dermatologist to find out the cause of the problem.

Staying Safe While Behind The Wheel

There is nothing quite like being able to hit the road and experience a level of freedom in your own vehicle. While your car can offer you a chance to escape from the monotonous routine of your daily life, it is also important to keep basic maintenance in the forefront of your mind. When something goes wrong with your ride, it can lead to some serious financial problems and general frustration. In fact, you might discover that some aspects of maintenance are less obvious than others. This is especially true of areas like windshield glare.

When you are driving on a particularly sunny day, you might not be able to see the road in front of you. The sun can be harsh and unforgiving, and this can have a huge impact on your ability to see clearly while you’re driving. Instead of chalking this up to the way that it is, you might want to take action and discover the right solutions with Crystal Fusion Technologies. Explore the different ways to improve your driving experience and learn how to stay safe while you’re behind the wheel.

A Frustrating Glare

Sunlight on the windshield can be a serious threat. A sunny day is perfect for going to the beach, having a lazy picnic in the park, or simply soaking up some rays. Unfortunately, the sun is also incredibly bright at certain times during the year. When light bounces off or gets filtered through the glass on your windshield, it creates an obstruction that cannot be easily remedied. While you might try and put on some shades, you’ll discover that this solution only gets you so far. A real remedy is in order for a lasting fix.

Companies like Crystal Fusion Technologies have put a lot of time and energy into crafting solutions that aim to improve this situation. Cutting the glare on your windshield is not an easy task and you need to make sure that you are taking the right steps to see improved results. With the assistance of the best products on the market, you can use cutting edge technology to divert the rays of the sun in a way that does not upset your driving in the slightest. Research your options to discover the perfect fit.

Driving On

Staying safe while on the road is important for many reasons. People tend to go through routine maintenance for their vehicles to ensure that no unforeseen issues arise while behind the wheel. This usually takes care of areas like oil changes, tire rotations, and other important areas. Still, maintenance neglects issues that are inherent by design. Windshield glare cannot be fixed with regular maintenance. You need to go above and beyond to protect yourself when you’re on the road so be sure to look over your options.

There are many ways to protect yourself when you’re out driving in your car. When you are paying attention to all angles of your experience, it can be a lot easier for you to spot a problem in advance. Learn about how products by Crystal Fusion Technologies might be able to improve your experience by using windshield protective coating regards to windshield glare. Explore your options and you can find the best solution for your troubles.