How to Incorporate Visuals Into Your Report

As useful and necessary as graphics are, it is not enough to just plop them into a document.  Here is how you incorporate a graphic into your work: Step 1: Label, number and title every graphic.  In the more technical fields, all graphics are either Tables or Figures.  Use Tables for tables (duh) and use Figures for everything else. The graphics should be numbered according to when they appear in your document (Figure 1,…

How To Make Wall Street Laugh

  Business Insider published an article  about a super-ambitious internship applicant who wrote an over-the-top cover letter.  It has some of the biggest names on Wall Street in stitches – and not in a good way. Can We Say Over The Top? In his cover letter to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the applicant wrote (in part): “I am unequivocally the most unflaggingly hard worker I know, and I love…

How To Say You’re Sorry

 CBS MoneyWatch posted an article on seven ways that apologies should be conducted in business.  Some make a lot of sense to me – others not so much.  For instance, the writer, Tom Searcy, suggests that we don’t apologize nearly enough in business situations.  He believes that apologies “take the energy out of conflicts,” which may be true, but there is a fine line between an expression of sympathy and…