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Preparation for upcoming projects: Communication skills and Career Management
Filed under: Public Relations docs, Leadership, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 2:25 pm

Performing detailed research, preparing meaningful stories
and developing engaging exercises are the focus of recent
efforts in organizing an article and preparing a future seminar. 
These efforts offer an opportunity to study others’ amazing
work and see where important insights from one field can
be useful and merged into another field
where there might
not be an immediate connection.

Enough set-up, let’s get to setting goals and maybe, equally
important, developing habits and learning about the concept of

Habit Stacking“.
SOURCE:  S. J. Scott, “Habit Stacking: 97 Small life changes...”

The author has a website and has suggested an incredible number
of mini-routines that just make sense to ordering and improving
our lives.  ‘Habit stacking‘ involves formulating a checklist of these
mini-routines in a logical order where you complete positive
habits, without even a second thought, like jotting down key things
you want to say before you speak and allowing yourself personal
self-control to have eye contact with your audience, breathe and
pace your message for maximum impact and employ demonstrative
nonverbals for professional effect.

There are habit stacks for internet marketing,
wellness, fitness, careers, strengthening willpower.
See SJ’s 203 good habits.
One of his first is writing down personal goals…

SOURCE:  James W. Pennebaker, “The Secret Life of Pronouns:
What our words say about us,” Bloomsbery Press, NY, 2011

I was stunned reading that certain words you and I use don’t
carry a lot of meaning but connect the content of what we say
and reveal much of our thinking, what we pay attention to
and our relationship to the reader or listener.  These words
are “function words”–pronouns, articles, prepositions,
auxiliary verbs (ie, is), negation (ie, not), conjunctions (ie, but)
quantifiers (ie, few) and common adverbs (ie, really).

What generated this field of study, that may have wider application,
is the use of software LIWC (Logical Inquiry and Word Count;
“luke”) that “google-izes” emails and text of documents and
speeches to assess the words the authors use and infer thinking
details.  Examples:
-    2d, 3d person personal pronouns-  attention to other people
-    past tense verbs-  attention to past events
-    1st person personal pronouns- reveals self reflecting
It is more the higher frequency of use, rather than a single occurrence.

Thinking style:
complex vs. simple:  Complex thinking uses larger words, longer
sentences and complicated sentences involving “language markers”
for categorization. except, but, until, without, unless…

dynamic vs. categorical:
  Dynamical can be more abstract and
ever-changing principles.  Categorical uses concrete nouns to
describe objects, events and particular people.


2 Responses to “Preparation for upcoming projects: Communication skills and Career Management”

  1. site admin Says:

    Elizabeth Bernstein described several items in WSJ about
    more tip-offs to email falsification. Tyler Cohen Wood
    who might have been a source for her describes five in
    1. emphatic repetitious language
    2. language that seems to create a “distancing” for example
           passive voice responses.
    3. non-committing language– pretty sure, probably, maybe, 
            think about it…
    4. tee-ups (as has been mentioned in the blog before)
           ..hate to tell you this…, …to be honest…,
           …nothing to worry about..
    5. switching between tenses; past to present, present to past…

    These observations can be quite different with people from
    different cultural backgrounds from American.
  2. site admin Says:

    Interesting application of LIWC

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