Longer Essays

How to Write a Great Résumé

by Quentin Schultze

I have written a book primarily for recent college graduates on how to write great résumés and cover letters: Résumé 101: A Student and Recent Grad Guide to Crafting Resumes and Cover Letters that Land Jobs. Read reviews at Amazon. I have long worked closely with college students and graduates. I know how concerned they are about “looking […]

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Ethics in the Information Age

by Quentin Schultze

Michael Lotti interviewed me for this fine article about the need to apply age-old ethics to the new social contexts created by digital communications technologies.  You can find out more online about Mr. Lotti at the publisher’s (Effect Magazine, LarsonAllen) website.  Kudos to LarsonAllen for addressing ethics on behalf of society. Ethics and the Information […]

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Human Communication as a Gift

by Quentin Schultze

When I began studying communication in college I discovered various theories about the origins of human beings’ communicative capacity. I was intrigued — and still am. We don’t know precisely how human language “evolved,” but we can discuss one interesting thought: Communication is a gift. You and I did not create our communicative abilities. We […]

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Each time I listen, speak, read, or write, I assume that something positive could occur. I assume that I will be able to understand and to be understood. I believe that my utterances, like those of others, are worth the time and effort. Why? This is one of the great questions about human communication: Why […]

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Why did the monastics sometimes take vows of silence.   Is silence better than speech?  Is there anything fundamentally wrong with speech? It’s probably true that if we are busily talking we might be less inclined to listen to others. To observe them. To pay attention to them. Monologue does not guarantee intimacy. (Does dialogue? That’s […]

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Born to Communicate in Time

by Quentin Schultze

Augustine of Hippo believed that human beings were originally created as perfect communicators, living in complete unity with each other and God. I’m not so sure he was correct. How could we creatures commune perfectly with other persons, let alone God? We’re finite creatures. Even if we could communicate perfectly with each other surely we […]

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Diversity in the Information Age

by Quentin Schultze

Among the popular words of our day is “diversity.” Writer and Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry, who refuses to own a computer, says that diversity is capacity. I experience that truth every time I write a book, plan a conference, or teach a class with others. We all can stretch our minds and deepen our hearts […]

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The Character of Communicators

by Quentin Schultze

These days we tend to focus on using communication to influence people.   For example, public speaking books emphasize the skills needed to influence listeners.   Public relations and advertising practitioners assume that the market value of communication is related to its impact on others. Modern politics, journalism, preaching, and teaching are similarly focused on impact.   Who […]

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