How to Improve Your American Accent: Understanding Schwa

"What the heck is SCHWA??? If your goal is to speak English like a native, you definitely want to know! In this American accent lesson, you'll learn all about this important sound and how it impacts the pronunciation of syllables in English words. . . ."

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Business Communication Tools: Email vs. Slack, Which Do You Prefer?

Ellen Salzler (photo, left) breaks it down at D2Demand.com.

Author bio – Ellen (Salzler) Welker is marketing director at Imagine Business Development.

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Improve Your Listening Skills with Active Listening

"Practicing "active listening" is a good way to improve your listening skills. You make a conscious effort to hear what the other person is saying, by paying close attention to them and not allowing yourself to be distracted."

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Why We Choke Under Pressure — and How to Avoid It

"When the pressure is on, why do we sometimes fail to live up to our potential? Cognitive scientist and Barnard College president Sian Leah Beilock [photo, left] reveals what happens in your brain and body when you choke in stressful situations, sharing psychological tools that can help you perform at your best when it matters most."

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3 Tips to Have Better Conversations

"Be genuine. Be interested. And stop hogging the conversation."

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Jim Thome Makes Memorable Hall of Fame Speech

"All-time great slugger practiced speech at least once a day for months leading up to ceremony."

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27 Common Spelling Mistakes to Avoid

"Proper spelling makes people perceive you as more intelligent and can increase your chances of getting a job."

Read the full article by Mark Abadi (photo, left) . . .

5 Steps for Effective Business Writing

"A lot of writing for business is sloppy, poorly written, disorganized, littered with jargon, and incomplete. Often it is either too long or too short. All these attributes contribute to ineffective business writing."

"Whether you are writing a sales proposal, an email to your boss, or an instruction manual for a software package, there are certain steps you must follow to be effective.  Follow these five steps: . . ."

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Try These Two Smart Techniques to Help You Master Your Emotions

"By more clearly identifying our feelings or by recategorizing them, we can reduce suffering (yes!) and increase well-being, says neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett."

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6 Myths about How Technology Affects You, According to a Family Psychologist

"How concerned should people be about the psychological effects of screen time? Balancing technology use with other aspects of daily life seems reasonable, but there is a lot of conflicting advice about where that balance should be. Much of the discussion — including the World Health Organization's recent decision to declare "gaming disorder" an "addictive behavior disorder"— is framed around fighting "addiction" to technology. But to me, that resembles a moral panic, giving voice to scary claims based on weak data."

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