WikiHow.com is a great source to easily find a million and one ways to start a new project, pursue that dream, or pick up a new hobby. According to their homepage, wikiHow is “a collaborative writing project to build the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual.” This means that entries are offered by the general population, affecting the overall range of quality while also providing more interest and variation that would most likely be found with “professional” writers.
Here I have found some of my favorite communication-related how-tos. In no particular order:
- Keep a career log: As layoffs happen every day across the country, keeping your own career goals in check and on point is more important than ever.
- Use your imagination: Because this recession isn’t going to clear up any time soon, the best and only vacation you get this year may include turning the couch into a cruise ship with your four-year-old. Never underestimate the power of the imagination to improve your day-to-day bonheur.
- Be creative: Like using your imagination, creativity may be the fix you need—at work and at home.
- Write a cover letter: Because you never know when you’ll need a good one.
- Write a love poem: Just because this economy may force you to find a new job doesn’t mean the stress of it all should force a wedge between you and your lover. Keep the romance alive, the good, old-fashion, and FREE way.
- Communicate your weaknesses: We’ve all got them and future employers always ask us about them. Handle these tricky questions with aplomb.
- Communicate with body language: What we say isn’t nearly as forceful as how we say it.
- Communicate bad news professionally: Because you may have to.