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The one phrase that can transform your effectiveness at work
Two words, used alone or prefacing a question, can help you connect better with your coworkers and boss.

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Corporate Speak

Corporate Speak

Words matter in the office and many of our verbal habits are not suitable in a professional environment and end up undermining our credibility and perception.

What we say and not sa...

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"Tell Me"

  • A neutral, effective and powerful phrase that one can use in any professional setting politely, is ‘Tell Me’.
  • It is a doorway question and other people end up prov...

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Stumped By A Question

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