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In business, social media is like a casual party

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Entrepreneur Seth Godin says that the easier it is to use a medium, the more quickly it will become noisy and cluttered. Treat Facebook and Twitter like a cocktail party rather than a direct marketing medium – an opportunity to eavesdrop and gain connection and insight. Seth's Blog

Before the feedback, offer some praise

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Based on research with students, author Daniel Coyle says feedback to employees can be more effective by beginning with this phrase: "I'm giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them."

If the CEO asks a question, be succinct

CEO Penny Herscher says that when you're being interviewed for a job by the top boss, don't answer a question with a five-minute ramble. And make sure you have a number of questions to ask the CEO, since you can't know everything about the company. Grassy Road

Quiet settings feed employee engagement

Gallup researcher Jim Harter says studies into employee engagement show it's important staff members have a space of their own; a noisy, distracting workplace can fuel disengagement. It's also important that they can see the outside world.

Tech Tip: Group multiple apps into a single window

If your taskbar gets crowded with applications on your laptop, try using TaskSpace, a free Windows utility that can group multiple apps into one single window, or task space.

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Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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