Understanding and adapting to different communication styles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ted Gorski   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:36


In today’s corporate world, leaders need excellent communication skills. Many are being asked to do more with fewer resources while also dealing with the stresses of a corporation that is downsizing and/or tightening budgets. To remain effective, leaders need near perfect communication skills regardless of their own communication type.


Understanding the style of the person you are communicating with can make the difference between getting your message across and getting it across well.


Consider these four communication styles and how you can effectively communicate with each one:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:41
How to keep the ‘family’ in a family business PDF Print E-mail
Written by Howard Greenberg, Managing member, Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:07

Some firms owned or dominated by family have achieved monumental success. Others have found the transition process to be more difficult. Relentless competition and struggle for customer loyalty, combined with the thorny issues of family dynamics, prove challenging.

When preparing to transfer a family business, the first step is making certain each successor is fully committed. Talk to them well in advance and explain the benefits and pitfalls from the perspective of an owner.


Prior to joining the family business, outside employment in a related field is beneficial. “Working for an accounting, finance or legal firm can help a member of the younger generation gain confidence and stature while attaining valuable knowledge,” says Howard Greenberg, managing member of Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia.


Smart Business spoke with Greenberg about the characteristics of different generations, family dynamics and the importance of outside help.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:28
How brands should be protected before advertising internationally PDF Print E-mail
Written by Namit Bhatt, Associate, Fay Sharpe LLP   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:03


Global branding has become increasingly popular in the past few decades. Companies are more often seeking to expand overseas into tempting and lucrative developing markets. Furthermore, the Internet has given global branding a heightened importance as websites can be accessed from anywhere. This is why international trademarks have become a necessity for companies operating in the global marketplace to ensure as much protection for their brands as possible.


Smart Business spoke with Namit Bhatt, an associate at Fay Sharpe LLP, about protecting brands when advertising abroad.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:06
The ABC’s of messaging PDF Print E-mail
Written by Renee Sieli   
Monday, 17 March 2014 18:56

Effectively communicating ones business, mission and goals may seem like an easy task, but when faced with the conversation, many of us fail miserably. When first communicating with someone new, you have a seven-second window to make an impression. Without strong word choices, your intended message may get lost in delivery. The ability to succinctly and impactfully describe a business is an art, thus mastering an “elevator pitch” can be a complicated task.

One of a businesses’ greatest returns on investment is spending the time and resources to brainstorm and draft messaging points. The more effort you put into crafting your message and its tone, the more effectively you will be able to communicate with target audiences and break through the first-impression barrier. Getting to this point may seem a bit daunting, but the process is actually quite simple. The following “ABC’s” of messaging allows brands to tackle the challenge and begin communicating to target audiences:

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 18:59
Email etiquette — for the recipient PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randall Kenneth Jones   
Monday, 17 March 2014 14:53


A recent Google search of “email etiquette” resulted in a substantial number of entries — the majority with a spotlight on protocol for the SENDER.

Call me naive, but shouldn’t the RECIPIENT behave responsibly too?


Let’s face it, responding to most emails has become optional due to the absence of accountability and/or real human emotion. One could even say that email correspondence is the professional world’s high-tech version of Hide and Seek.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 14:57

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