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Communication Skills

Are You a Bold or Blunt Communicator?

Dianna Booher | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

"I just call it like I see it." "I'm not a touchy-feely person." "I don't beat around the bush; I just let the chips fall where they may." Such comments frequently escape from the lips of sharp-shooters, who haven't learned the difference between direct communication and bluntness.

How To Listen Like A Pro

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Rather than thinking about a response, try to understand what they're going through at an emotional level. For example, if a friend tells you about losing a job, think about their situation and how it might impact them, not how you would feel if you were in their situation.

Predatory Listening: Are You Guilty, Too?

S. L. Young | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
S. L. Young

Predatory listening is a tool that is used too often between friends, with loved-ones, and in business. It's a damaging tool to effective communication, understanding or any attempt(s) to consider another's perspective.

Listen Like You Mean It

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

Active, conscious, wholehearted listening isn't easy. It demands patience, compassion, sustained concentration, and a willingness to set aside ego, but committing to this level of listening opens the floodgates for powerful communication.

What's Your Potential to Be Profound as a Leader?

Dianna Booher | Posted 11.06.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

I've lost more sleep over words than from any illness, work, or obligation in my life. Words that I wish I'd said and didn't. Words that I've said and wished I hadn't.

7 Marketing Lessons We Can Learn From Politicians

Steve Sipress | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Steve Sipress

It's likely that no matter how hard you tried, you weren't able to avoid being bombarded with non-stop nonsense from various contestants in the high-stakes game of running for political office.

Balancing the Patient Experience with Evidence-Based Medicine

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

Recently, Dr. Peter Kramer published an intriguing, well-written, but poorly reasoned and potentially dangerous "thought piece" in the New York Times. His article, "Why Doctors Need Stories," contains several logical flaws and erroneous arguments, but the overarching concept is a classic "straw man" argument.

How to Safely Talk with (Anxious) Kids about School Shootings

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Don't pretend nothing's happened. Respond to questions and concerns directly, matter-of-factly and age-appropriately.

Why the "F" Bomb Backfires as a Communication Tool

Dianna Booher | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

After the shock value wears off, repeated use becomes boring. Such repetitions become as irritating as other word fillers you often hear speakers use: "Uh." "Okay?" Hmmm." "Right?" "You follow me?" "You know what I mean?" "Been there, done that."

Using Science to Eliminate Jargon, Before It Kills Your Message

Doug Hattaway | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Doug Hattaway

Communications professionals working with policy wonks or other experts who speak in technical terms often struggle to translate wonky lingo into meaningful messages for non-experts.

Leadership Lessons From the Kitchen: How to Prevent Difficult Communication From Burning Your Fingers

Anne Loehr | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Anne Loehr

You may be surprised to learn that one goal when creating a fresh fruit tart is to fool the eye into thinking the pastry is larger than it is. Pastry chefs do this by creating an alternating left and right pattern with the fruit slices. Take a look at this image and you'll see what I mean.

Tremble, Sweat and Freeze: 5 Ways to Speak Without Fear

Susan Harrow | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Susan Harrow

I'd like to share five strategies to help you use fear in a productive way, get calm and grounded, and make a powerful impression when you're speaking to an audience during workshop, seminar, retreat, or live event.

Mediating When Communication Breaks Down Between Coworkers

Dianna Booher | Posted 11.29.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

When coworkers are caught in conflict, do you know how to re-open the lines of communication without getting trapped in the fallout? Do you care--or do you just stay clear? As a leader, here's what you can do to help minimize the grumbling, reduce the stress, and resolve the issue:

7 Words to Make Your Business Writing Work

Dianna Booher | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

Most jobs today require writing of some kind -- email, forms, reports, presentation slides, social media, instructions, ads. And if your job doesn't demand writing skills, your social life does.

"Yes, But" - The Evil Twin to "Yes, And"

Karen Hough | Posted 10.11.2014 | Business
Karen Hough

"Yes, and" is a powerful tool for collaboration, negotiation and effective communication. The concept of "Yes, and" comes from the improvisational sta...

8 Tips for a Great Elevator Speech

Dianna Booher | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

An effective elevator speech is a sales call in a sentence. Do it well and it enhances both your image and your results.

10 Tips to Enhance Your Vocal Leadership

Arthur Samuel Joseph | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Arthur Samuel Joseph

Great leaders communicate their drive, passion and commitment not simply in their rhetoric, but embody them in the tones of their voices, through their body language, in the very sinews of who they are.

The Real Cure for Divorce and Adultery... and It's Not What You Think

Lisa Haisha | Posted 07.29.2014 | Divorce
Lisa Haisha

Can something as simple as heart-centered communication really be the solution?

What to Ask Before You Speak

Erin Donley | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin Donley

If we can break free from obligation and expectation, imagine the freedom we could feel. Relationships can improve as long as we continue to speak our truth, not just to be heard, but to strengthen our connections and remember how much our words matter.

Put More BITE Into Your Communications

Liz Wainger | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
Liz Wainger

Getting your message across has never been harder than in today's hectic, overstimulated world. We are all drowning in communication from advertisers...

How to Gently Nudge Kids to Express Their Feelings

Karen Salmansohn | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Karen Salmansohn

One small fissure (texting for too long rather than leaving immediately for special breakfast waffles) is added to another small fissure. Then another small fissure. Until there's a humongous gap of unexpressed disappointments blocking the once flowing pathway to our heart.

Lessons Learned From Painful Post Interview Feedback

Suzanne Grossman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Suzanne Grossman

While it never feels good to hear something critical about our presentation skills, it is an opportunity to learn and better prepare for the next time.

Knowing When to Say TTYL8R as We Navigate the World of Digital Communication

Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D.

Be it through modern or old-fashioned communication methods, we are all trying to provide information, convey empathy, express love, longing and frustration. To connect.

My Marriage Is Incredibly Important, From Chelsea Clinton (VIDEO)

Posted 03.17.2014 | MarloThomas

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, has made her marriage a top priority, and she had some excellent tips to share with us about ho...

6 Ways To Build Stronger Relationships

Dr. Terri Orbuch | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Orbuch

Don't settle for a "good-enough" relationship. Seize the moment to try new things together, practice new behaviors, and get back in touch with your love for each other. Try to do something good for the relationship every day.