Business Communications 

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I. LEARN BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS – OVERVIEW

What is the most common skill listed in a job description? Excellent communication of course! It’s listed for pretty much 100% of jobs and often in multiple different ways.

So in an ideal educational world, the top skill we’d all learn is how to communicate effectively. Being persuasive. Speaking in front of others. Writing to achieve results. Explaining technical concepts to mass audiences. Body language. These are skills everyone needs to have and forms the foundation of how all business is done.

And yet it’s either absent or receives less emphasis than 17th century literature from most universities. It’s rarely provided as business training when starting a new job. And even when we get that educational opportunity, it’s usually short-lived rather than life-long improvement.

We are here to change this. We encourage business communications training in ALL of our skill based learning paths. Because remember, it’s required for 100% of jobs. So we’ve created a page dedicated to this topic and helping you learn from the best business communications teachers.

II. BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS LEARNING


Body Language

We are starting off with body language because it’s so important to get right. Most people neglect this critical component of communication and much to their detriment. Actors, tv presenters, politicians, and other master communicators are typically amazing in body language but it’s so subtle that we often don’t know it. We want to get you to that higher level.

If there’s one thing you can learn and gain from this learning page, it’s to start thinking about your own body language in business and everyday life.

The best source to do this is The Power of Body Language. It’s a really well-reviewed and valuable course!

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Public Speaking

Advancing one step from body language is the ability to stand before a group and speak. This will really test your body language but will add many more dimensions. Your voice will be in focus. Your presence on whatever stage. The way you engage your audience. And of course the actual content itself.

So many people fear public speaking. The reason is not that it’s overly difficult. The reason is they’ve never learned it and thus resist practicing it. We want to change that because good public speakers go far in the professional world. 

Where is it best to learn? We love two sources: Heroic Public Speaking and Become A Better And Funnier Public Speaker.  


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This goes one step deeper than public speaking. Now you’re not only standing in front of a group but you’re presenting on a very specific subject and aiming for a very specific outcome. You have to be on your game!

Business presentations happen often in any job. Sales pitches. Proposals. Leading a team meeting. Sharing the outcomes or conclusions of your work. Managers talking in front of larger departments. Upper management talking to customers, investors, the media, etc. The higher you want to go in business, the more you will be giving business presentations. 

Management consultants are professionals at business presentations so we would suggest learning skills from these pros: Management Consulting Presentation Essentials Pro


Presentation Software

Microsoft Powerpoint and other similar programs provide the standard visual aid in business presentations. While relying too heavily on such aids can diminish the effectiveness of presentations, they are typically essential to communicating the key messages. We want to give you a leg up on the competition so you can use visual aids just the right amount.

If you like Powerpoint, we actually suggest two courses: Powerpoint 2013 2016: Master Powerpoint Presentations and Powerpoint Slide Designs for Crucial Presentations

If you prefer Keynote, we like Mac Keynote: Creating Presentations on Your Mac


Business Writing

Whether you’re writing in a Powerpoint presentation, doing technical writing, writing an email, writing a press release, or anything else in business… you need to develop the right writing skills. Your written communication should be as engaging, informative, and persuasive as your oral communication. 

A lot of people struggle with this and it comes down to lack of education and effort. We know you’re different and you recognize that you can always improve.

There are two awesome courses for this: Business Writing and Writing with Impact: Writing That Persuades


Communication Psychology

Whether you’re communicating through body language, oral presentation, writing, or even other forms of communication like design… using basic psychological techniques can really help you improve your effectiveness.

The gold standard in communication psychology is the book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion


Practicing Your Communication

You cannot improve your communication skills unless you practice. Sitting at a computer and learning here can help give you great ideas. However, you need to see yourself and get feedback from others that witness your communication live in action. That is where real improvement and noticeable career benefits will start to happen. 

Certainly take everything we’ve covered in this page with you to these practice exercises. All these materials are yours to keep and constantly refer back to. And by using ideas from these top communications instructors, your practice will be ultra-effective.

The easiest way to improve is by taping yourself and just noticing what you do well or need to work on. Also consider joining Toastmasters to practice presenting in front of others and having professional critiques to assist.

III. REVERSE TIDE CAREER SERVICES

We commend you for your choice in improving your business communication skills. This will help you immensely every day in your career. The next step is how you can use your improved communication skills in enhancing your career.

The following guides will help you apply your new skills and see significant career benefit…


Building a Top Resume

It’s pretty tough to differentiate yourself in the job market. But now that you’ve learned a valuable new skill, we think you can do it with your resume. 

With this guide, you get massive career benefits…resume standout

  • 15 innovative, attractive resume templates
  • The resume styles employers like
  • Highlighting your top qualifications
  • What to put in each section
  • Modern and innovative resume techniques

For more information and to sign up, visit our Building a Top Resume Guide Page


Writing an Amazing Cover Letter

Cover letters are the first thing employers will see when you’re applying to them. So you certainly want it to look good and make a strong case for you to get the job!

Our guide helps youAmazing cover letter be attention-getting, persuasive, and get that interview. So here’s how we’ll do it…

  • What to include in your cover letters
  • Tons of attention-getting examples
  • Innovate, modern letter formats
  • Job application sales psychology

For more information and to sign up, check out our page Writing Amazing Cover Letters Guide


Create a Professional Portfolio

Now that you have better qualifications, it’s time to PROVE it to employers. This is what they love even more than resumes! Portfolios are your edge compared to other applicants. 

Professional Portfolio

The Portfolio Guide will help with…

  • What is a portfolio?
  • What to put in a portfolio?
  • Tons of examples
  • Proving your skills
  • Making this your application’s edge!

For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Creating a Professional Portfolio Guide


Owning the Interview

The interview is the equivalent of closing the sale. This is when you’re getting more personalized and thus requires substantial preparation.

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Here’s what this guide covers…

  • Common questions
  • How to best prepare
  • Mock interviews (of different formats)
  • How to stand out from other applicants
  • Closing the sale (to get the job)

For more information or to sign up, visit our page Owning the Interview Guide


The Business Proposal

Everyone should know how to do a business proposal but few do! Yet it’s so important to advance in your career (job applications, bidding on work, proposing ideas, etc).

This guide helps you do more…business proposal

  • What to include in proposals
  • 3 examples
  • Why proposals are so important

For more information or to sign up, visit our page The Business Proposal Guide


Increasing Freelance Sales

Sales can be a freelancer’s biggest challenge. But it doesn’t have to be so bad. We’re here to help! This guide will help you improve with:

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  • Business Proposals (includes our $25 guide)
  • Better marketing your qualifications
  • Sales strategy and approach optimization
  • Developing great negotiation skills

For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Increasing Freelance Sales Guide 


Freelance Business Optimization

Rather than go from gig to gig, you can do better. Your freelancing can be built into a full business and earn much better, more consistent revenue.

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This guide helps the freelancer:

  • Establish a great reputation
  • Negotiating increasingly better deals 
  • Utilize important business resources
  • Increase revenues
  • Think more like a business owner

For more information or to sign up for this guide, visit our page at Freelance Gigs to Lucrative Business Guide


1 on 1 Career Help For You

We want to work with YOU directly. What can we focus on?

  • Tailoring your application to specific jobsReverse Tide blog
  • Writing custom business proposals
  • Resume and cover letter reviews
  • Mock interviews
  • Portfolio development
  • Any custom career topics you want!

For more information or to sign up for a time slot today, visit our page Reverse Tide Personalized Career Services

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