Christopher Ruel
Christopher Ruel
Community and Social Marketing, Wiley

Are you looking for ways to increase your verbal communication effectiveness and get people to give you their full attention when you speak? You can add power to what you say by using non-verbal communication techniques to reinforce your words. Do you know what "steepling" is, and how it demonstrates confidence and a commanding presence? Or how a simple gesture of placing your hand over your heart expresses sincerity in a meaningful way? Learn about these and other techniques, as well as the psychology behind them in this infographic, 7 Hand Gestures Guaranteed to Get People to Listen to You, brought to you courtesy of Barbara Davis at PoundPlace.



    James Bowen
James Bowen
CEO, Experiential Simulations

Professor Linda Glenn MacDonald of the University of California, Santa Cruz discusses the ethical issues around technology, including the extensive online data gathering happening today. She raises concerns about whether society will shape technology or whether technology will shape society. These problems are indeed complex, but she shares ways that we might approach these challenges along with other ideas to consider.





James Bowen, is an author, professor and CEO of Experiential Simulations, a producer of simulations for teaching entrepreneurship and ethics.


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    Christopher Ruel
Christopher Ruel
Community and Social Marketing, Wiley

Without meaning to, and often with the best of intentions, many organizations continually waste precious time and money on processes and activities that don't create value and no longer make sense in today's business environment.  Do you recognize any of these supposed "best practices" in the slide deck below? The new book Detonate: Why - And How - Corporations Must Blow Up Best Practices (and bring a beginner's mind) To Survive. explains how organizations built up bad habits, identifies which ones masquerade as "best practices," and suggests alternatives that can contribute to winning in the marketplace. Learn more about the book here.



Excerpted with permission of the publisher, Wiley, from Detonate by Geoff Tuff and Steven Goldbach. Copyright © 2018 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved. This book is available wherever books and ebooks are sold.



    Tara Trubela
Tara Trubela
Content Marketing, Wiley
MA, Columbia University



My son Liam can tinker with his Star Wars Legos for hours—constructing towers, makeshift vehicles, and other-worldly structures only to tear them down and start again, all with the concentration of a true Jedi.


As Liam plays, he’s truly in the moment. But according to a Harvard study, we spend 47% of our time thinking about something other than what we are doing.


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Gill Hasson, author of Mindfulness, says, “Mind wandering becomes a problem when you are ruing the past, or worrying about the future.” So how can we harness our thoughts—especially at work where it’s easy to get distracted—to be the most efficient and engaged version of ourselves?


Mindfulness, or being present without judging your thoughts or feelings, helps you feel grounded and calm when faced with any type of situation. Through mindfulness, you’re more open to new ideas and ways of doing things both in life and in your career.


According to Hasson, practicing mindfulness can enhance the following aspects of work:




Considering that every corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes, of which only 4 to 6 applicants are called in for an interview, preparing for the big day is nerve-wracking. What questions will the interviewer ask? What’s the company culture like? Where do I see myself in five years?


First, let go of past interviews that may not have gone in your favor and prepare for the one at hand. Research your potential employer’s markets, services, and biggest competitors. Read over your application to anticipate potential questions. Lay out your (wrinkle-free) outfit the night before.


During the interview, wait until the interviewer is finished speaking before you answer. Hasson advises, “If you need a minute to think, say so. If you are uncertain what the interviewer is asking, say so.” This thoughtful approach shows that you are confident enough to ask for clarification instead of firing off answers that miss the mark.




Fear of public speaking is the most common phobia, second only to the fear of dying. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health reports that 73% of the population suffers from “presentation anxiety.”


First, rehearse your presentation in front of a mirror and then for a friend or colleague and ask for honest feedback. A few minutes before, do some simple breathing exercises to center yourself. Once you get started, use PowerPoint™ slides as guides for your audience to make it a more organic interaction (don’t read from or memorize a script).


Remember, being mindful is to be “in the moment,” so don’t rush your presentation—speak slowly, pause after main points, and repeat back audience questions to make sure you give adequate answers.




Most employees attend 62 meetings each month, and half of them are considered a waste of time. When asked, 92% of workers admit to multi-tasking during a meeting, prompting companies like HubSpot to replace sit-down meetings with 10-minute “stand ups” to keep everyone focused and alert. 


A few minutes before a meeting, breathe to clear your mind of your never-ending to-do list. Write down your remaining tasks on a piece of paper and set it aside for later.


If the conversation starts to veer off-topic during the meeting, jot down issues to be addressed at another time. Also, pay attention to fellow attendees’ body language. If anyone looks confused, take a second to clarify the main points. If you feel uncertain about something, paraphrase what you’ve heard and ask for confirmation.


Most importantly, don’t let meetings drag on and wrap things up with actionable to-do items so that everyone is on the same page and aware of next steps.


How do you practice mindfulness at work? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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