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About msvoss

Melinda Voss, MPH, APR, is a freelance writer, editor and public relations specialist. A staff writer for The Des Moines Register and Tribune for nearly 26 years, she has won regional and national awards and taught undergraduate and graduate journalism courses at three universities. In 1999, she earned a master's degree in public health from the University of Minnesota after co-founding the Association of Health Care Journalists in 1997. Voss initially served as the association's unpaid coordinator, then became the executive director from 1999 to 2004. She then became the public relations director for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and served in that position until November 2012. She earned her APR, an accreditation in public relations, in 2011.

Terrific TedX talk on lack of women’s voices in journalism

This TedX talk by one of my Journalism and Women Symposium colleagues is a great example of powerful communication. Megan Kamerick offers a fresh perspective on a long-running issue in the journalism world. Definitely worth 9 minutes. Congratulations, Megan!

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Who ever heard of “crack of chicken?” Check out this amusing podcast

A Way with Words is one of my favorite podcasts these days. The lively hosts, who explore language through history, culture and family, are the Click and Clack of their genre for me. They’re knowledgeable and funny to boot. Where … Continue reading

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Clarity is Key: Making Writing Clean and Concise

Learn to clarify and streamline your writing by using straightforward words and stronger nouns and verbs at this online seminar offered by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. 2 p.m. Eastern time, Dec. 13 Enroll now. Poynter is one of … Continue reading

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A love-hate relationship with thank you notes

Here’s an interesting take on the power of thank you notes. The Art of the Thank You Notes. A simple form of communication, thank you notes benefit both parties. Yet, I have had a love-hate relationship with thank you notes … Continue reading

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Thank You for Listening

More good stuff on listening brings to mind that old adage: We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Thank You for Listening.

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No wonder listening is so hard

The reason humans find it so hard to be good listeners is beautifully explained in today’s NYTimes,”The Science and Art of Listening,” a piece by Seth Horowitz, an auditory neuroscientist at Brown University. Potential distractions flood your ears every fifty-thousandth … Continue reading


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10 Good Reasons Not to Trust Your Brain

10 Good Reasons Not to Trust Your Brain These brain patterns get in the way of creating clear, empowering communication.

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The four most powerful conversations in the world

Just started reading “Four Conversations” by Jeffrey and Laurie Ford. This is a must-read for every manager, every employee and every family member. If all of us understood and practiced the Four Conversations, which are: Initiative Conversations, Understanding Conversations, Performance … Continue reading

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