Whether you want to improve your relationship with co-workers, fine-tune your communications skills, or take your career to the next level, Calvin Sun’s practical suggestions can help you hit your goals. Here are the topics you liked the most in 2008.

Communications coach and author Calvin Sun has covered a lot of ground over the past couple of years, offering advice on everything from office etiquette to team dynamics. Here’s a rundown of his most-downloaded articles last year.

#1: 10 e-mail habits that waste time and cause problems

The convenience, speed, and wide exposure of e-mail can do as much damage as good for your career. Watch out for these blunders and annoyances. (Blog posts: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/helpdesk/?p=56 and http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/helpdesk/?p=57)

#2: 10 ways to survive office politics

Deceit, back-stabbing and cover-ups: great in movies, deadly at the office. Learn how to protect yourself. (Blog post: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/?p=419)

#3: 10 ways to improve your office etiquette (and avoid being the annoying co-worker)

Being in the same area with people eight hours a day can be tough. Following these rules of etiquette can make the day more pleasant and productive — and may ultimately help your career. (Blog post: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/?p=438)

#4: 10 ways to make a difficult conversation a little easier

It’s the conversation every manager dreads: talking with the employee who’s late, performing poorly or worst of all, has hygiene issues. These steps can make the process less painful and embarrassing. (Blog post: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/?p=297; Video: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/hiner/?p=866)

#5: The 10 best ways to handle a job interview

Are you headed for a job interview? What should you say and do, and more important, avoid doing? And what about sending a thank-you note after the interview? Calvin says “yes,” but others say “no.” After you read the list, check out the lively discussion. (Blog post: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/?p=363; discussion thread: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/?p=363#comments)

#6: 10+ things you can do to motivate your team

Getting things done today almost always requires teams. See how to get your team to work better and accomplish more. (Blog post: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/?p=358)

#7: 10 things you can do to make your presentations more effective

The ability to make effective presentations is critical to your career. Even if you have great ideas, you won’t get anywhere unless you can communicate them to others. These tips can help. (Blog post: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/?p=225)

#8: 10+ legal terms you should know if your company is involved in a lawsuit

No one wants to be involved in a lawsuit — but it happens. If your company gets embroiled in a suit, you’ll probably be working with attorneys. Understanding these basics terms will help. (Blog post: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/?p=371)

#9: 10 ways to work better with your boss

Like it or not, your boss plays a major role in your career success. So the better you can work with your boss, the greater your chances of such success. (Blog post: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/?p=284)

#10: 10 ways to explain things more effectively

The ability to explain technical concepts clearly and effectively is essential to customer satisfaction, and it can help your career, as well. Here are a few tips for making your explanations understandable and useful. (Blog post: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/?p=330)