The Quantified Communications Blog

  • Jun 26, 2020

    How to Achieve the Ideal Setup for Video Calls

    For the foreseeable future, at least, it seems video communication is here to stay.

    In a recent survey we conducted with HBS, 86 percent of respondents said they are satisfied with their communication via video conference, and 70 percent anticipate using video conferencing the same amount as today or more, even after social distancing guidelines are lifted.

    Whether you’re taking Zoom calls from your dedicated home office or from the far end of your dining room table, chances are good you’ve spent some time experimenting with lighting, computer camera positioning, fancy backgrounds, and more to try to achieve the perfect setup for every video call. Here at Quantified, we’ve been experimenting, too, but we’ve also been talking with communication experts and conducting surveys to identify what works best in terms of engaging audiences, building trust, and getting your point across on video.

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  • Jun 15, 2020

    The Ultimate Guide to Effective Communication Skills


    Communication is an essential skill in today’s world. It’s the key to persuasion, role modeling, and moving others to take action. In the workplace, it’s critical for moving up the career ladder, maintaining employee engagement, building customer relationships, inspiring investors, and developing a great reputation within the community.

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  • Jun 01, 2020

    How We Benchmark and Assess Communication Skills

    If you’re like me, I’d imagine you’ve wondered how you or your team compares to the top performers in your role. In almost every facet of your business, improvement goals are set based on objective benchmarks — where are we now, where do we need to be, and what would best-in-class performance look like?

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  • May 07, 2020

    Best Practices for Leading Company Culture in a Digital World

    Introducing Quantified’s new webinar series, supporting leaders as they navigate management in a transformed business environment.

    Best Practices for Leading Company Culture in a Digital World
    May 22, 1:00 p.m. CDT
    Register here

    The way we work, learn and interact with the world at large changed almost overnight with the COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly, remote work transformed from a “nice to have” company perk to standard operating procedure for companies of every size, in just about every industry. And, even as the pandemic keeps us in a state of constant uncertainty and flux, we’ve learned some things about the pros and cons of remote work: Zoom fatigue is real, for example, and yet, workers of all ages have discovered they like working remotely — they’re more productive and more fulfilled than they’ve felt in the office.

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  • May 06, 2020

    A New Standard for Learning & Development: How to Measure Employees’ Most Important Skills

    Like so many business initiatives, learning and development has embraced the digital era, moving online in spades as the industry continues to grow steadily. The 2020 LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report indicates that online learning investments are on the rise: 57 percent of talent developers plan to spend more on online L&D, while 38 percent expect to spend less on traditional, instructor-led training.

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  • Apr 28, 2020

    The ROI of Investing in Communication Skills

    North American businesses spent $167 billion on learning and development last year. More and more leaders are understanding the value of investing in talent, and the industry has seen remarkable growth over the last decade. 

    But the market is still evolving. The 2020 LinkedIn Learning Report identified a shift in the way companies are budgeting for L&D. For the first time, traditional training budgets are expected to decrease, while online learning budgets continue to increase.

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  • Apr 08, 2020

    Learning & Development from a Distance, During COVID-19 and Beyond

    As of the beginning of April, roughly four billion people around the world had been told to stay in their homes in a continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. It goes without saying that the steps we are (rightfully) taking to control this virus have meant massive disruption for businesses in every sector. For weeks, employees of all but the “essential” businesses have been working from home, forcing companies to shift to 100 percent remote work if they want to continue to operate. While remote work was already on the rise before the pandemic hit, many companies that considered the practice impractical or inconvenient are having to adapt.

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  • Mar 31, 2020

    How Great Companies Communicate Earnings During a Crisis

    There’s no denying the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. With the stock market plummeting at a record pace, events being cancelled across the globe, and small and large businesses shutting their doors for the foreseeable future, unfortunately, it’s a good bet that financial reports for Q1 and Q2—at least—will be concerning for many companies.

    While the silver lining is that everyone’s in the same boat and there won’t be any mystery as to why companies have missed estimates this time, leaders will still need to communicate the company’s financial position in a way that encourages investors to stick with them.

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  • Mar 16, 2020

    In the Midst of COVID-19 Uncertainty, Trusted Leadership Is Critical

    by Melanie Meador & Noah Zandan

    The novel coronavirus (aka COVID-19) continues to spread at an alarming pace, shutting down small businesses, moving classrooms and offices online, and (somewhat inexplicably) sending toilet paper flying off grocery shelves. But conflicting information, misinformation, and uncertainty are spreading as fast as the virus itself, stirring up anxiety and outright panic on one hand and fostering equally dangerous apathy on the other.

    What we need during this time (aside from the rapid development of a vaccine) is effective leadership in both government and business. We need leaders to communicate in a way that inspires confidence and unifies communities.

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  • Feb 26, 2020

    Introducing Insights Into Influence

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