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Excellence in
Business Communication
Chapter 1
Professional Communication in a Digital,
Social, Mobile World

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Learning Objectives (1 of 2)
1. Explain the importance of effective
communication to your career and to the
companies you where you will work.
2. Explain what it means to communicate as a
professional in a business context.
3. Describe the communication process model
and the ways social media are changing the
nature of business communication.
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Learning Objectives (2 of 2)
4. Outline the challenges and opportunities of
mobile communication in business.
5. List four general guidelines for using
communication technology effectively.
6. Define ethics, explain the difference
between an ethical dilemma and an ethical
lapse, and list six guidelines for making
ethical communication choices.
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Understanding Why
Communication Matters
(LO 1) Explain the importance of effective
communication to your career and to the
companies where you will work.

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Communication Is important
to Your Career
Freelancers Executives Entrepreneurs

Clarity Persuasion

Writing Listening Speaking

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Communication Is Important
(1 of 2)

•Closer Marketplace Ties


To Your Company

• Opportunities for Influence

• Better Productivity and Problem Solving

• Better Financial Returns and Results

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Communication Is Important
(2 of 2)

•Earlier Warning of Potential Problems


To Your Company

• Stronger, More Timely Decision Making

• Clear, Persuasive Marketing Messages

• Increased Employee Engagement

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What Makes Business
Communication Effective?
• Provide practical information.
• Give facts, not vague impressions.
• Deliver information concisely and efficiently.
• Clarify expectations and responsibilities.
• Offer compelling, persuasive arguments and
recommendations.

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Communicating as a Professional

(LO 2) Explain what it means to


communicate as a professional in a business
context.

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Elements of Professionalism

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Effective Professional
Communication (1 of 2)

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Effective Professional
Communication (2 of 2)

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Understanding What Employers
Expect from You (1 of 2)
• Possessing digital information fluency
• Organizing ideas and information
• Expressing coherent, persuasive ideas
• Listening actively to others
• Communicating in diverse situations

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Understanding What Employers
Expect from You (2 of 2)
• Using communication technologies
• Using standard grammar and spelling
• Communicating in a civilized manner
• Practicing ethical communication
• Managing time and resources

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Communicating in an
Organizational Context
Upward

Downward Formal Horizontal

Interaction Informal Grapevine

Social Media
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Formal Communication
Network

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Adopting an Audience-
Centered Approach

Emotional “You” Business


Intelligence Attitude Etiquette

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Exploring the
Communication Process
(LO 3) Describe the communication process
model and the ways social media are changing
the nature of business communication.

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The Basic
Communication Model

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Social Communication Model

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Social Communication Model
(in Practice)

Social
Traditional Hybrid
Media
Approach Method Approach

Strategic Customer Project


Policies
Plans Support Updates

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The Mobile Revolution

(LO 4) Outline the challenges and


opportunities of mobile communication in
business.

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The Rise of Mobile as a
Communication Platform
• Globally, about 80% of internet users
access the web with a mobile device.
• Mobile is the primary communication tool
for many business professionals.
• About 50% of U.S. consumers use mobile
devices exclusively to search online.
• Smartphones keep people connected 24/7.
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Mobile Technologies Are Changing
Business Communication

Mobile-First Radical
Approach Connectivity

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Mobile Technology and Business
Communication Practices (1 of 2)
• Challenges of constant connectivity
• Challenges for creating/consuming content
• Multitasking and other distractions
• Pressures on standards of writing
• Sensory and cognitive extensions

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Mobile Technology and Business
Communication Practices (2 of 2)
• Security and privacy concerns
• Productivity and collaboration
• Assistance with business tasks
• Decision making and problem solving
• Engaging experiences for customers

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Using Technology to Improve
Business Communication
(LO 5) List four general guidelines for using
communication technology effectively.

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Keeping Technology
in Perspective
What Help You Accomplish Essential Tasks
Technology
Can Do Support Interpersonal Communication

What Replace Interpersonal Communication


Technology
Cannot Do Think for You or Supply Essential Skills
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Using Tools Productively

Using Technologies Effectively

Using Technologies Efficiently

Learning Advanced Features

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Guarding Against
Information Overload
Message Recipients Message Senders

Set Filters and Priorities Consider the Audience

Limit RSS and Twitter


Meet Audience Needs
Feeds
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Reconnecting with
People Frequently
Solve Tough Problems

Maintain Interpersonal Relationships

Learn about Other People

Let People Get to Know Who You Are


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Committing to
Ethical Communication
(LO 6) Define ethics, explain the difference
between an ethical dilemma and an ethical
lapse, and list six guidelines for making ethical
communication choices.
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Unethical Communication
(1 of 2)

Plagiarizing Ideas or Products

Omitting Essential Information

Selectively Misquoting

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Unethical Communication
(2 of 2)

Misrepresenting Numbers

Distorting Visual Displays

Risking Privacy and Security

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Distinguishing Ethical Lapses
from Ethical Dilemmas
What’s an Ethical What’s an Ethical
Dilemma? Lapse?

Choosing From Making a Choice


Among Conflicting That’s Clearly
Alternatives Unethical

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Making Ethical Choices
• Have you defined the situation?
• Why are you communicating?
• What impact will your message have?
• What good or harm will be achieved?
• Will your assumptions change?
• Are you comfortable with the decision?

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