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It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It (and 4 Other Effective Communication Tips)

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on March 28, 2018

In work and life, effective communication is a critical piece to successful relationships, leadership, and growth. There are communication challenges that can trip up any professional — like reacting instead of responding, treating everyone the same, or assuming your message is understood. And today’s many outlets for communication — like email, text messages, social media, and instant messaging — can actually make communication more complicated, rather than easier.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some wise words that offer practical advice for effective communication.

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Topics: Professional Development, Leadership

3 Steps to Drive Organizational Change in a Non-Management Role

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on March 14, 2018

Organizational change is almost always difficult, and if you’re trying to encourage it from a non-leadership or non-management position, it can be even more challenging. However, there are strategies that can help you be successful in persuading others to adopt change.

PCC CLIMB offers a variety of classes in leadership skills, relationship management and networking that can help you be more effective when working with others to advance your ideas. In this post, we’ll take a look at three specific ways you can drive organizational change, even if you’re in a non-management role.

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Topics: Professional Development

Are You Looking at Things From All Angles? 7 Steps to Take When Making a Tough Decision

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on February 15, 2018

One of the most important life skills a business professional can develop is the ability to make smart and informed decisions. Both logic and emotion play a role in the process, but in order to accurately identify your options and choose the right solution, you need to explore things from all angles.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the process for how to make a tough decision and how you can feel more confident about your decision-making skills.

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Topics: Professional Development

How to Set Professional Goals for Yourself in 2018

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on January 09, 2018

A vital element for any successful career is setting professional goals. Both long-term and short-term career goals will help you develop a roadmap that will guide you in everything from choosing a career to achieving success. In this post, we’ll discuss ways you can formulate goals that you can stick to and achieve to advance your career in 2018.

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Topics: Professional Development

10 Traits of Highly Persuasive Professionals

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on December 21, 2017

As a business owner or professional, a lot of your time is spent interacting with others, whether they are your employees, customers, vendors or professional colleagues. In fact, part of your overall success as a business owner comes from being able to influence people to do what you want. But it’s hard to influence others, right? Well, not if you practice and continually work to enhance your persuasion skills. What is persuasion? Simply, Merriam Webster defines it as the “act or process or the instance of persuading.”

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Topics: Professional Development

7 Steps to Conflict Resolution (Without the Dread)

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on December 19, 2017

Whether it’s a dispute with a coworker or disagreement with a supervisor, the workplace is fraught with conflicts, disputes, and disagreements that have to be ironed out one way or the other. And as much as we try to avoid conflict - or even ignore those that exist - at some point everyone will need to employ some kind of conflict resolution skills to cope with workplace disagreements.

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Topics: Professional Development, HR & Organizational Effectiveness

Why Excel is an Indispensable Business Tool

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on October 31, 2017

If you have a hand in business, whether it’s marketing and communications, purchasing promotional items, organizing events, or any involvement in financials or analytics, then Excel is a must-have business tool.  Here are three examples of how to use Excel for business to maximize your efficiency, but there are many ways in which a business owner or user could utilize this multi-functional tool

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Topics: Professional Development

Most Common Communication Challenges (and How to Overcome Them)

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on October 19, 2017

There are many ways that people communicate throughout the world, including facial expressions, verbal cues, and body language. Since there are many ways to convey a message, it’s important to make sure one is clear in their intent when communicating. This is especially true in the workplace when you’re engaged with a team to finish an important task or project.

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Topics: Professional Development, Communications

5 Traits that Differentiate Top Leaders

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on September 22, 2017

As a person moves up the corporate ladder, there may be a point when they are placed in a management role—and there are definitely clear differences between average managers and effective leaders. Honing in your leadership skills to keep a well-functioning team not only facilitates company loyalty but also helps retain your staff.

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Topics: Professional Development

How to Get Your Employer to Pay for Your Professional Development

Posted by CLIMB Professional Development and Training on September 11, 2017

One of the biggest challenges facing employers and companies today is keeping employees happy, engaged, and productive. Recent data suggests that upwards of 71% of employees are not fully engaged at their jobs, and 26% are actively disengaged. There are many potential reasons for this, but one of the big factors is lack of professional training and development.

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Topics: Professional Development