Discover Your Superpowers: 3 steps for communication professionals

by Darcy Eikenberg After the shock of radical workplace change brought on by the global financial crisis, the terrain of business communication has continued to shift—not just rumbling, but dramatically changing shape right under our feet. No wonder it’s hard for the average communication professional to stay standing. But there’s an antidote to all the fear, confusion and chaos. The antidote is to use your superpowers. What’s that, you say? You don’t have superpowers? Not true. Maybe you’ve forgotten them. Or more likely, you haven’t discovered them yet. It’s time to discover your superpowers; bring them to work; and start making a bigger difference in your career, your company and the world. It’s time to make sure you’re recognizing—and talking about—your value as a communication professional and as the unique individual you are. Read more...

Why Doing Good Can Be Good for Your Career

by Ed Kamrin “Pro bono” is more than a pretty Latin phrase. It’s a growing movement of professionals donating their skills to benefit nonprofit organizations. Although the approach is traditionally associated with law firms, other professions, including professional business communication, have begun to adopt it. Meaning “for the public good,” pro bono work attracts professionals who want to give back to their communities in a meaningful way. In any pro bono project, the priority is always to provide the nonprofit client with the services it needs. That said, as a pro bono communication consultant since 2004, I’ve found time and again that I get back as much (or more) than I give—and pro bono work has made me both a better person and a sharper communicator. Read more...