The Quantified Communications Blog

  • Jun 20, 2018

    Could Tech Be the Great Equalizer in Higher Ed?

    The use of technology in the classroom has traditionally been a touchy subject. Do kids really need to learn from behind screens, with Facebook, Pinterest, and any number of distractions just a click away? But, in grade school and high school classrooms at least, we’re starting to see a shift in mind-set: these days, teachers are starting to see technology (when used appropriately) as an effective tool to personalize learning and increase engagement.

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  • Jun 14, 2018

    Employment vs. Employability: How Universities Can Set Their Graduates Up for Long-Term Success

    Students preparing to finish their education—whether that means an undergraduate or graduate degree—have one thing in common: they’re focused on starting off their careers. And for the higher-ed institutes, the goal should be the same: ensuring students are prepared to launch successful careers after they leave the university.

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  • Jun 04, 2018

    QC’s Favorite 2018 Commencement Speeches

    At Quantified Communications, one of our favorite things about spring is commencement season. Every year in May and June, we get to enjoy a series of talks from some of the world’s best-known leaders and influencers in politics, business, and entertainment. And every year, we look forward to identifying some of our favorites.

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  • May 23, 2018

    Why Engineers Need Communication Skills, Too

    Engineers are known as highly intelligent people who can understand complex concepts and transform them into amazing products—from software to mechanical devices to infrastructure. (Around the QC office, we sometimes refer to our engineers as magicians. They’re that impressive.)

    But engineers are not always known for stellar communication skills.

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  • May 22, 2018

    QC Program Manager Takes a Different Approach to Communication Research

    Here in the QC office, we’re hyper focused on studying communication through the lens of leadership. How can our leaders and aspiring leaders develop the communication skills they need to achieve their professional goals and improve their organizations’ reputations, positioning, and bottom line? 

    But one of the biggest strengths of the QC team is the learning we do outside of the office. We all have passions and pursuits outside of work, and those varying interests allow each team member to bring incredible new perspectives that contribute to the depth and breadth of Quantified Communications’ work.

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  • Apr 18, 2018

    The Most Amazing Moments at TED2018

    TED’s annual mainstage conference always kicks off with a bang, but this year the vibe at the first session felt a little different. From the #MeToo movement to the Parkland shooting to the dark side of tech, the opening talks in Vancouver set a new kind of tone for TED. It was heavier. More emotional. More frustrating.

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  • Apr 06, 2018

    How the “What If” Method of Storytelling Will Help You Move Every Audience, Every Time

    Earlier this month, we took a deep dive into the science behind storytelling, exploring the way a good story affects listeners’ brains. We know that, thanks to the neurological and chemical changes they cause in our brains, stories are powerful motivators that make us more likely to remember and believe in a message.

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  • Apr 04, 2018

    Don’t Be Fooled by Their Silly Name: Soft Skills Matter

    One of our biggest pet peeves around the QC office is the use of the term “soft skills” to talk about critical leadership qualities like communication, self-awareness, and teamwork. The term undermines the value of these traits, making them sound hollow and frivolous when we all know that the “soft skills”—particularly communication—are among the most important that recruiters look for in new hires.

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  • Apr 02, 2018

    The Science of Stories: How Stories Impact Our Brains

    When was the last time you got lost in a story? Perhaps you sat down to read “just one chapter” of a book and grew completely absorbed, spending three or four hours buried in the pages without realizing it. Perhaps you tuned into a podcast on your morning walk and became so engrossed you went on autopilot, finding yourself back at home without quite knowing how you got there. Or maybe you lost yourself in a movie, heart racing, tears flowing, breath caught in your throat right along with the characters.

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  • Mar 27, 2018

    AI and the Future of MBA Programs

    As the future of work becomes more and more automated, MBA programs are beginning to integrate technological innovations to prepare their students for the new realities of running a business. From lectures on algorithm-driven decision making to full-blown partnerships with computer science and engineering programs, these schools are working hard to prepare our future leaders for the future of business. 

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