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Digital Resources

Chapter 1: Professional Communications in a Digital Age

Workplace Communication

Digital Etiquette

Interest Assessment Activity

Chapter 2: History and Evolution of Communications Careers

Evolution of Music—Pentatonix

The Printing Press

The Birth of Telecommunications

How It’s Made—Newspapers

What Career Is Right for Me?

Chapter 3: The Communications Industry Today

Top 10 Business Mergers and Acquisitions of All Time

History of the Internet

Chapter 4: The Fundamentals of Professional Communication

Finding Your Visual Voice: Marie Bourgeois at TEDxUND

Language and Profession (Courtesy of The Open University)

How Animators Created the Spider-Verse

Chapter 5: Oral Language

What your speaking style says about you
(TED Talk)

How Language Transformed Humanity (TED Talk)

Personal Dialect Map Quiz

3 Ways to Speak English (TED Talk)

Chapter 6: Nonverbal Communication

How to Sound Smart in Your TED Talk

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are (TED Talk)

How to Read Body Language

The Shocking Differences in Basic Body Language Around the World

Chapter 7: Listening

How Good Are Your Listening Skills?

The Power of Listening (TED Talk)

The Difference Between Hearing and Listening (TED Talk)

Sound Engineer: Career Connections

Five Ways to Listen Better (TED Talk)

Signing Savvy

Chapter 8: Effective Interpersonal Communication Strategies

Body Language

How Good Are Your Communication Skills? Quiz

10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation (TED Talk)

Chapter 9: Interpersonal Listening

Modern Family Reflective Listening Dos and Don'ts
(Modern Family—ABC Television Network)

How to Take Faster Handwritten Notes Using Shorthand Techniques

High/Low Context Communication

Everybody Loves Raymond Uses Active Listening, Parent Effectiveness Training (Everybody Loves Raymond—CBS Corporation)

The Power of Deliberate Listening (TED Talk)

Chapter 10: Solving Problems and Managing Conflict

How to Disagree, Kid President

Taking Constructive Criticism Like a Champ

#TheAskCharlieShow—Episode 1: Constructive Criticism

Conflict Styles Assessment

Chapter 11: Interviews

How to Talk About Weakness in a Job Interview

How to: Phone Interview

How to Follow Up After an Interview


Chapter 12: The Power of Groups

Margaret Heffernan: Forget the Pecking Order at Work
(TED Talk)

Understanding the Stages of Team Formation

Work Groups and Teams in Organizations

Chapter 13: Group Dynamics and Roles

Diversity & Inclusion at BCG: Core Values Fundamental to Our Success

Group Dynamics, Yale

Team Roles Test

Job: A Day in the Life of an Olympic Ski Coach, Youth Olympic Games

Chapter 14: Group Discussions

Effective Meetings Resources

Group Problem Solving and Brainstorming

Facilitation Skills: Best & Worst Facilitator Practices

Chapter 15: Types of Presentations

Defining Your Type of Presentation is Half the Battle

Formal Speech Example: Obama State of the Union 2015 Address

Persuasive Speech Example (TED Talk)

A Week in a Photographer’s Life: Monday—Athlete Action

Chapter 16: Researching Your Subject

Choosing and developing a topic

Resource Tools

Pew Research Center

15 Steps to Good Research

Knowing Your Audience: Talk Nerdy to Me (TED Talk)

A Day in the Life of a Reporter

Chapter 17: Organizing Your Presentation

The Secret Structure of Great Talks
(TED Talk)

4 Ways to End a Speech with a Bang

Public Speaking Tip: The Value of Transitions in Public Speaking

Meet Dr. Mark Galantowicz, Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Chapter 18: Preparing Supporting materials for Oral Presentations

How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint
(TED Talk)

Impromptu Speaking

Steve Jobs Q&A

Job: Day in the Life: Graphic Designer

Chapter 19: Oral Presentations

Be a More Confident Public Speaker

Commencement Speech, Valedictorian Carl Aquino

TED's Secret to Great Public Speaking

Think Fast. Talk Smart (TED Talk)

Joe Kowan: How I Beat Stage Fright (TED Talk)

Five Easy Tricks To Make Your Presentation Interactive

Job: Day in the Life: Recording Artist

Chapter 20: Written Presentations

Writing Instructions and Procedures

Case Study Examples

How DoubleDutch Transformed Adfo Live

Job: A Day in the Life | Daily Tar Heel Editor-in-Chief Jenny Surane

Chapter 21: Digital Presentations


The Video Production Process

How to Make Emotional, Captivating Videos

Batching Videos


Everyone is Starting a Podcast in 2016—Here's How to Stand Out

The Best Gear for Starting a Podcast


Blog Tips for Building a Bigger Audience in Less Time

Sarah Says: Blogging as a Career

How to Make a Website in 11 Steps