We're only a few days away from Connect2013, a professional development conference for communications specialists in South Carolina. Presented jointly by the International Association of Business Communicators and the South Carolina Public Relations Society of America, this conference will tackle the tough topic of communications--in my session, specifically communications styles. Poor communications has long been the culprit in most soured relationships, personal and professional. Intent, perception, tone, word choice--they all contribute to whether a message is effectively conveyed. The greatest challenge I've found in my years as a trainer in communications is that people are more readily able to identify where others fall short rather than themselves. Ask them how an interaction between them and another individual collapsed, and they can run down the list for you. "He keeps too much to himself so how am I to know what's going on?" "