Good grammar is the key to effective communication—and promotions

Stop embarrassing misspellings with this handy grammar checker app.

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  • Digital communication results in numerous grammar mistakes.
  • Learning proper grammar makes you a better and more effective communicator.
  • People with fewer grammar mistakes in their online profiles achieve higher positions and receive more promotions at work.
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Now is the time to learn a new language. Here's how to start.

Mondly makes it easy and fun to learn any of the app's 33 languages.

  • One of the best ways to ensure cognitive health is by new acquiring skills, such as learning a new language.
  • Learning a language may help your mind stay sharp as you age.
  • The best way to learn is to constantly practice speaking with others.
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Working for Harvey Weinstein was a 'brutal experience'

In 1998, former New Yorker editor Tina Brown went into business with Harvey Weinstein. That was a colossal mistake.

  • Tina Brown was never sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein, however in 1998, she began a business partnership with Weinstein founding a new magazine following her success rebooting The New Yorker.
  • She describes the experience as a "colossal mistake" and Weinstein as a brutal bully who abused and humiliated his staff and left Brown shell-shocked. The venture was dropped, and Brown's regret is that she didn't pull the plug as soon as she learned what Weinstein was like behind closed doors.
  • Before you get into business with anyone, get to know who they are, advises Brown. Make phone calls to people who have worked with them in the past, and draw a line in the sand so you do not become roped into a bully's world.
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How should you react to speech you disagree with?

Disagreements should not equal censorship.

  • Defending someone's right to speak does not mean that you have to agree with what they say. The correct response is not censorship, but more discussion.
  • Physician and sociologist Nicholas Christakis argues that in politics, defending the principle of a contested election is not the same as agreeing with or endorsing a candidate. "We should defend that principle even if we don't like the outcome of the vote."
  • The best way to test your ideas and beliefs is to argue them against someone with a different stance/point-of-view.


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How to conquer your fear of public speaking

Whether you're speaking at a wedding or your own TED Talk, here's how you can make the experience a little less harrowing.

  • Public speaking is a common fear that many people share.
  • Presenting your ideas in a public forum is one of the most powerful means for disseminating information.
  • There are common techniques that you can learn to become a memorable public speaker.
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