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Even though it feels like May was just a couple weeks ago, Summer is (almost) officially over. We hope you're doing something fun to close out the season, but we also hope you've penciled in some time to relax, too.
Four Tips for Active and Intentional Listening
Candidly, I find, that collectively, we just don’t listen the way we used to. My kids are teenagers now, so their listening is filtered through a lens of ‘Do I want to listen to my parents or not?’ In my forties, my ability to hear things and decipher through the noise of the background is admittedly less effective than it used to be. And watching...
5 Things to Remember
We all find ourselves in tough moments. It is so easy to look at others in a tough moment and blame them or make assumptions about how they are acting or thinking. Those assumptions are the worst thing we can do to keep a positive working environment. Instead, we need to show everyone Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR). Here are 5 things to remember to help you show UPR...
4 Message-Muddling Communication Myths
If you've read any of our other blogs, or know me, you probably know that I think communication is kind of a big deal. We've all been in a situation when our gut instincts were pretty on target, but these common assumptions can get us into trouble when it comes to communication. Keep reading to learn what message-muddling myths you should avoid.
We know not all communication is fun. Sometimes it's tough because of the person or the medium, but sometimes it's the conversation itself. How do you handle difficult conversations? Do you plan for them or procrastinate? Feedback and tough conversations are important, but it's never fun to give or receive negative feedback. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're preparing for a...
6 Phrases for Kinder, More Productive Conversations
It’s no secret that civil discourse in our modern American society is, at best, eroded.
6 Characteristics Leaders Look for In Their Employees
We’ve heard it before, and we will hear it again: soft skills really are important. Emotional intelligence and communication skills are paramount in the decisions hiring managers make to engage a given candidate, or not. But once you’ve got the job, what kinds of things can you do to cause a boss to look on you with more favor?
Communication April 4, 2019
8 Tips for Better Listening
Communication continues to be something many of us talk about. A lot. You can read blogs or articles or watch webinars on communication at just about any moment. Any good definition of communication describes it as a loop. The message is prepared and sent by the sender. It is received and decoded by the receiver. Then the receiver sends a confirmation of receipt...
I am struck with how many times we seem to demand perfection of ourselves or of those around us. It’s as if in our haste to make things excellent, we forget that perfection is a direction not a destination. And then we, as fallen human beings, will continue to make mistakes day after day. When we demand perfection of someone else, we are setting an expectation that is unachievable. When we...