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Communication / Sinikka Waugh January 21, 2021

Communication Mismatch

3 Ways Reflection Can Fix It

Marcus and Amber have worked together for years. They’ve learned to put up with each others’ quirks and communication nuances, and have found ways to collaborate effectively. Outside of work, they occasionally hang out with a larger group, and from watching them, most would consider them friends.

General Business / Communication / Sinikka Waugh December 22, 2020

Doing What is Right

3 More Tips to Help You Do What Is Right (Not Just What Is Easy) This Holiday Season

We've shared before that in the hurry and hustle of the end-of-year season, sometimes it’s easy to do what’s easy or fun, rather than what is right. We get it. We’re human too. We’re all weary and anxious for some time off, and ready to hit reset on a new year. That readiness to move on sometimes manifests...

Communication / Sinikka Waugh December 1, 2020

Our Favorite Communication Technique

Closing the Loop

General Business / Communication / Sinikka Waugh September 11, 2020

I Spy Something Good

Four Sentences to Propel Your Career Forward

I’ve had several conversations lately with people who are disrupted in their current workplace situations. Countless individuals are out of work due to the financial impacts on businesses and industries across the board these past few months. Friends and longtime colleagues have recently lost their jobs due to positions being eliminated through...

General Business / Communication / Collaboration September 8, 2020

Do you foster reflection?

An attitude of gratitude

The unofficial-official end of summer weekend has just concluded. Now we're heading back to school, and looking forward to the approaching holiday season. I hope your season brings you and your family many blessings, and I hope your holidays are full of peace, love, and joy. We all need that right now. 

As we approach this busy season, that is sure to be more busy this...

General Business / Networking / Communication / Sinikka Waugh September 4, 2020

Social Etiquette Post-Lockdown

The New Rules of Social Etiquette

Social etiquette shifted abruptly this year. From hugs and handshakes to no physical contact at all. From day-long face-to-face meetings to virtual. From crowded venues to isolated spaces. Many of us went weeks or even months without interacting with our extended family, our friends, our colleagues, or our business partners. 

Communication / Sinikka Waugh August 28, 2020

Virtual Appreciation

Let's Get Creative

Expressing appreciation and feeling appreciated is challenging in the best of times, when we’re only a few steps or cubicles away from each other. But virtually? When you can’t smile, look someone in the eye, say a heartfelt “thank you”, give them a hi-five or swing by to drop off a latte? Oh boy. This whole virtual thing has really thrown us all for a loop; it’s gotten...

General Business / Communication / Sinikka Waugh August 11, 2020

Absolutely Indispensable

3 Tips for Becoming Just That

General Business / Communication / YP / Sinikka Waugh July 14, 2020

Overcome Those Public Speaking Jitters

Stay Calm and Speak Up

With conference season coming, we got to thinking about all the presenters who are putting the finishing touches on keynotes and breakout sessions. In solidarity and support, we wanted to pass along a few tips to help tone-down the stress that often accompanies public speaking even in a virtual setting.

Communication / Sinikka Waugh July 2, 2020

Cooling Off

Five Tips for Staying Cool When Tempers Flare Up

Imagine that some situation is brewing that’s really getting under your skin. A pet peeve, a major setback, a disappointment that really bothers you. Now imagine that someone else enters into your working space during this moment, and says or does something that is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. Your temper flares. What do...