Unique New Author Blog Helps Business Communication Instructors Spend Less Time Preparing and More Time Teaching

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Courtland Bovée and John Thill, authors of the leading business communication textbooks, announce that their new Bovée & Thill's Business Communication blog went online today. The first authors in the field to write an instructor blog, Bovée and Thill share instructional insights, offer advice on incorporating social media and other technologies into the course, and provide compelling examples of good and bad business communication.

As instructors grapple with large class sizes and heavy advising loads, we are constantly on the lookout for ways that we can assist. By sharing best practices and offering innovative ideas and resources, we can help instructors spend less time preparing lectures and activities and more time teaching and working one-on-one with their students.

Courtland Bovee and John Thill, authors of the leading business communication textbooks, announce that their new Bovée & Thill Business Communication Blog went online today. The first authors in the field to write an instructor blog, Bovée and Thill share instructional insights, offer advice on incorporating social media and other technologies into the course, and provide compelling examples of good and bad business communication.

Bovée says, "As instructors grapple with large class sizes and heavy advising loads, we are constantly on the lookout for ways that we can assist. By sharing best practices and offering innovative ideas and resources, we can help instructors spend less time preparing lectures and activities and more time teaching and working one-on-one with their students."

Adds Thill, "Our textbooks are used in dozens of countries. This blog gives us a way to share new ideas quickly with business communication instructors throughout the world."

The following entries from the initial collection of posts give instructors a good idea of the useful tips and information that will be offered throughout the year:

  • Avoiding "Death by PowerPoint" with Free-Form Slide Designs -- Compares conventional bullet-point slides with the new visual approach advocated by many experts; includes downloadable PowerPoint slides instructors can use in class
  • When Self-Expression and Professional Standards Clash: Body Art in the Workplace -- Discusses the widening gap between traditional standards of workplace appearance and younger employees' enthusiasm for tattoos and multiple piercings
  • Helping Students Adapt Their Writing Skills to Wiki Collaboration -- Offers tips on becoming an effective wiki collaborator and provides a link to the unique Bovée & Thill wiki simulator
  • Hall of Fame: FreshBooks Demonstrates Audience Focus in Multiple Ways -- Provides an annotated example of an extremely effective business blog post
  • Hall of Shame: How Not to Tell Customers That You've Made Your Software Easier to Understand -- Discusses an unfortunate training course description in which Microsoft essentially blames customers for thinking that database software is complicated

With its focus on all original content, this new blog complements the authors' existing blog, Business Communication Headline News (a media curation service in which the authors hand-pick the best business communication articles and resources from across the Internet), and their unique online content-updating service for instructors and students, Bovée & Thill's Real-Time Updates.

The blog also provides links to the latest news about Bovée and Thill, information about Bovée and Thill's textbooks, instructor support resources, and links to "Teaching Business Communication" instructors' communities on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google Groups.

About the Authors

Courtland Bovée and John Thill have been leading textbook authors for more than two decades, introducing millions of students to the fields of business and business communication. Their award-winning texts are distinguished by proven pedagogical features, extensive selections of contemporary case studies, hundreds of real-life examples, engaging writing, thorough research, and the unique integration of print and electronic resources. More information is available on their website at Bovée and Thill's Business Communication Blog.

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