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Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

How Radically To Uproot The Root Of Our Political Misery

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

We here at LivingRoomConversations.org consider ourselves "radicals." Radical doesn't mean vandal or hooligan. It means, literally and operationally, "from the root."

Get a Fresh Start: Your Relationship Repair Kit

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Your relationship is damaged, and you wonder how to repair and restore it -- how to start over, make up, rebuild trust, and work through issues rather than move away from them.

Nepal: Humanitarian Aid In Action -- Conversations With Key Personnel at Direct Relief Headquarters, April 29, 2015

Debbie Davis | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Debbie Davis

Even though there are no hard hats or military gear, the atmosphere at the headquarters at Direct Relief is a serious, focused, active, caring, and compassionate place, as I sit with several personnel at their headquarters today in Goleta, CA.

Checking Intention: How We Can Promote Constructive Online Dialogue

Lauren E. Galvan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Technology
Lauren E. Galvan

This morning, I realized that I live in an era in which silencing others' opinions online means psychologically shutting people up, or making people f...

8 Things You Should Never Hide From Your Doctor

Teen Vogue | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Teen Vogue

Next time you're on the exam table, spend that precious appointment opening up to your doctor -- even about the slightly embarrassing, silly, and seemingly minor things.

5 Big Conversations You Should Have Before Saying 'I Do'

The Knot | Posted 05.14.2015 | Weddings
The Knot

You already know there are a few touchy issues engaged couples are "supposed" to talk about before making it official.

Changing Confrontations to Conversations

Terri Wallin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

People who embrace confrontation have J.R. Ewing in the old Dallas TV show as their poster child. They are not happy unless the organization is in turmoil.

9 Characteristics of a Good Mentoring Relationship

Rajesh Setty | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Rajesh Setty

I have awesome mentors that inspire me and hold me accountable and I also happen to have awesome mentees who are enthusiastic about learning and are like my extended family.

'50 Shades of Grey' and Sexual Exploration

Mike Domitrz | Posted 04.13.2015 | Women
Mike Domitrz

The film Fifty Shades of Grey is being released on February 13th, just in time for Valentine's Day. Sexual images are everywhere, and often the most awkward conversations involve parents talking to their children about sexual exploration and personal safety.

What Really Happens When Two or More Agree?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

For me, it is imperative to take the extra time and listen with your heart before agreeing any opinion expressed, and to express myself only with words of love for everyone and everything, since this will become our truth in the end.

Fallout From Ferguson: The Biggest Opportunity For Our Society

David Shechtman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Black Voices
David Shechtman

Most of the news stories I've see about Ferguson market and sell fear, and many of the community reactions to the events focus on blame and retribution. This deeply concerns me because blame doesn't heal and revenge doesn't satisfy.

How to Have a Conversation With Well-Meaning People

Samantha Bennett | Posted 12.27.2014 | Arts
Samantha Bennett

We all have our family of origin, and then we have our family of friends. It's one of the great perks of adulthood -- you get to pick a second family of friends who love you.

If It Weren't for People, I'd Get a Lot More Done!

Laurie Gerber | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Laurie Gerber

You might not have as much people time as I do, but I bet everything that is important to you, everything you want before you die, has something to do with people. Your whole ability to accomplish your dreams is connected to your ability to communicate and partner with these people.

Everybody's Talking But Is Anyone Listening?

Ellen G. Goldman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen G. Goldman

Quiet your inner voice and truly focus on what the other person is saying.  Rather than think about what you will say next or how you will respond, really listen to the words and meaning of the person you are speaking with.

Chemistry Lessons for Leaders

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

We are all familiar with the "chemistry" factor in relationships and the chemical attraction metaphor; now we are learning that such insights are more than metaphor -- they are reality!

It's Time to Retire This Nauseating Pickup Line

Alena Hall | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women
Alena Hall

Apparently my resulting facial expression doesn't fully expose how I really feel about these advances, so let me lay it out with words, boys: You're not being cute. You're not being funny or clever. In fact you're mildly nauseating.

6 Ways Our Baby Changed The Way My Husband And I Talk To Each Other

Emily Hatch | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Emily Hatch

Out of all the changes that a new baby brings, the most drastic change, in my experience, is what you and your partner talk about.

Claire Fallon

This 'Grammar Mistake' Is Actually Totally Okay

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 05.15.2014 | Books

Are you a verbal hedger? Do you uptalk, pepper your speech with “like,” or say things such as “I feel like” instead of “I think”? It’s o...

My ONLY Resolution for the New Year

Rajesh Setty | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
Rajesh Setty

If you had to choose one and ONLY one resolution that would change the trajectory of your life, what would that be?

Holiday Meltdowns Are Not Inevitable: Here's One You and Your Children Can Escape

Susan Linn | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Susan Linn

Days of anticipation and the flurry of opening presents can be overwhelming, especially for young children. Helping them manage their expectations will also help them, and you, avoid unpleasant meltdowns during what is supposed to be a fun and exciting experience.

The Holiday Collection: How to Start a Conversation at a Cocktail Party

Debra Fine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Giving the gift of conversation is worthwhile to everyone. True success comes from taking the first step and saying hello. The topic is not nearly as important as the effort.

What It Actually Feels Like to Stutter

Madeline Wahl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

Stuttering was more than peppering a sentence with a few extra syllables. It was the heart-wrenching realization that the word wasn't coming out of my mouth no matter how hard I tried.

Seduced by Social Media: Is Facebook Making You Lonely?

Margie Warrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Margie Warrell

Only when we consciously decide to turn off our devices and, embracing our fear of rejection or discomfort, tune in to the people around us can we create the gloriously imperfect but deeply satisfying relationships we all crave and need to feel whole.

Three Influencing Factors for Personal Hyper-Growth

Rajesh Setty | Posted 11.04.2013 | Business
Rajesh Setty

You have hyper-growth when the time and cost for you to make meaningful contributions keeps dropping at a healthy rate.