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Asking for Letters of Recommendation

Dear Professor, I am applying for graduate school. The online application system requested that I put in 3 individuals who might be willing to write me a letter of recommendation. I listed your name, so you can expect to receive an email from them soon. If you cannot do this, I understand. But, hopefully you […]


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Email Etiquette

Stop!! Before you press the “send” button, be sure to follow these steps for sending professional emails! Email has become a go-to medium for daily communication; it’s time-saving and cost-effective, yet there are several things that you need to keep in mind… 1) Check the “To” and “CC” lines… I’m sure you don’t want to […]


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Top 5 Leadership Books for College Students

You may be interested in reading books to learn how to develop leadership qualities. At the same time, if you put “leadership books” into a search engine, you will likely receive over 50 million results. Students frequently ask me for suggestions on leadership readings. Thus, I wanted to share my top 5 recommendations for leadership […]


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There’s an App for That! Using MyPlate Text Messaging!

We all know that making good food choices during college can be difficult. You are busy attending classes, working, completing homework or hanging out with friends. Before you know it you have put on a little weight. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on tools to help you make better food choices and […]


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Impression Management and the Power of Your Handshake

From previous experience, I have learned that the first impression can make a significant impact on the tone of the rest of a job interview. It has also been documented that handshakes influence first impressions; see our Power of a Handshake article. Indeed, handshakes can influence whether the people we meet trust, like, or want […]


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What is Active Listening?

            Sometimes you may look like you are listening, but are you? Active listening is an important interpersonal skill and includes… 1) Giving your undivided attention to the speaker The text you just received is likely not that important. Looking at your phone, the clock on the wall, or others […]


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How are Your Oral Presentation Skills?

Do you get nervous when you have to give a presentation in front of a class or for an organization you are involved in? Have you had the opportunity to present at a conference and wondered how others perceived you? Even the thought of this makes many people quite anxious. Yet, oral presentation skills will […]


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