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Why It's So Important To Find Your Voice As You Age

Pat Blumenthal | Posted 07.09.2016 | Fifty
Pat Blumenthal

On the porch of my childhood home, a plaque hung on the exposed beams, just about where your eyes would naturally rest when you were gazing up in thought. The plaque contained a quote, attributed to Abraham Lincoln: 'Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.'

Like A Girl

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.06.2016 | Women
Zoha Qamar

The deep brown shade that glazed the wood was almost heavier than the door. It melted the light that snuck in via the stained glass of glittering gold and grassy green into hues and shadows that crashed by the waves of my shivering feet.


Zoha Qamar | Posted 05.27.2016 | Teen
Zoha Qamar

There is a darkness full of colors I've never seen before. It browses the cracks of my mind before spilling into my nose and mouth and ears where I sm...

Talking To Our Computers Is Changing Who We Are

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.20.2016 | Technology

We're talking to our technology more and more every day. On Wednesday, Google introduced its new personal assistant, Google Home, which will listen t...

Being Heard

Emily Hatch | Posted 04.26.2016 | Parents
Emily Hatch

The strange, gorgeous creature I pushed out of me two years ago has pulled me out of my comfort zone ever since, like yarn unspooling, drawing me out, or perhaps back to a place where I lived as a child -- in the present, in this moment, where I hear birds singing and I taste the warm rain.

Dating's Dead, Long Live These 10 Millennial Mating Patterns

Em & Lo | Posted 03.30.2016 | Women
Em & Lo

Not only is it challenging for Generation X to understand the new millennial mating rules of the 21st century, it's difficult for millennials themselves to understand them, since there's often so much grey area. Here, we try to define the terms explicitly, so we can all get on the same dating page. Even though dating is dead.

You Don't Need Your Dad's Connections

Garrett Mintz | Posted 02.16.2016 | Business
Garrett Mintz

After you know the right people, who those people are, and have taken the time to listen to them, you can then easily transition to being understood. The key to being understood is to clearly and concisely convey what you are interested in doing.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 43. Words and Music.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When a baby takes his first steps it's hugely significant--but it pales in comparison to a child learning to speak. Going mobile matters. But it's merely mechanical. Learning to speak is like the moment the caveman first discovered fire. It's a game changer.

The Art of Great Conversation

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 12.02.2015 | Business
Vanessa Van Edwards

You're going to a party, networking event or cocktail hour to meet new contacts and make connections. However, you always have a problem figuring out how to approach people, no matter what the situation.

Talk To Each Other, Not Your Phone

The New York Times | Madeline Wahl | Posted 11.20.2015 | Technology

My recent Sunday Review essay, adapted from my book “Reclaiming Conversation,” made a case for face-to-face talk. The piece argued that direct eng...

Speaking Truly: Bringing Presence to the Power of Our Word

Jesua | Posted 08.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul

What an immense gift we are given in this human power to speak; this wild phenomenon of mind and heart coming together with sound to be voiced! I'll ...

Don't Underestimate the Importance of Listening

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 07.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Hyder Zahed

I really don't underestimate the power of listening. Listening enables me to learn much more about someone else, to discover new opportunities, to gain respect of another, to hear about different perspectives and make better decisions due to having more information.

What Not To Say To Someone Who Stutters

Madeline Wahl | Posted 05.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Madeline Wahl

The most important thing to do when listening to a person who stutters is to act natural. Don't make fun of the person who stuttered. Don't laugh. Don't try to mimic the person. Don't say anything about learning how to talk.

Emily Peck

Want To Look Smarter? Stop Sending Emails And Speak Like A Human | Emily Peck | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business

Think you’re saving time and looking pretty smart dashing off endless emails to your boss? Do yourself a big favor, stop typing and talk to her i...

Why You Should Talk to Your Partner About Technology

Jennifer Meer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Technology
Jennifer Meer

Too often, his time with the kids is limited really to bedtime hours -- that brief window between 6:30 and 8pm. When he's home during those hours, it is imperative to me that he have his phone put away.

5 Tips For Making Small Talk Less Awkward

Kevin Kleitches | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Kevin Kleitches

Small talk gets a bad rap. How many times have you heard someone complain about how much they wish they could cut through all of the "filler" and just talk about what's important? But the truth is, small talk is the most important part of a conversation.

Why Don't We Talk Anymore?

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Sophia A. Nelson

"It's so funny how we don't talk anymore, It's so funny why we don't talk anymore." -- Cliff Richard, We Don't Talk Anymore Something has gone wrong....

Talking to Yourself: Crazy or Crazy Helpful?

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.

Think of talking to yourself as a tool to coach yourself through a challenge, or to narrate your own experiences to yourself. In any case, treat yourself with respect and you just may find you enjoy your own company.

Confession: OMG, I Can't Stop E-Talking Like A Preteen

Jennifer Benjamin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Women
Jennifer Benjamin

No, I don't take selfies, I don't twerk, and I don't follow One Direction, but I use so many acronyms, you'd think I was writing in NSA-level code. My emails are studded with so many exclamation points that the page looks like a paint-splattered Jackson Pollock.

When Talking Fails, We Communicate Anyway

Carl Alasko | Posted 03.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Carl Alasko

Here's a solid fact: We cannot not communicate. We communicate even when we're as mute as a tree stump or as absent as a cold day in hell. Saying noth...

I'm With Stupid: Pity the Poor, Misunderstood Loquaciavore

Todd Hartley | Posted 03.12.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

You've heard the word "locavore," right? A locavore is defined as "one who eats food grown locally as much as possible." Well, I would consider myself a "loquaciavore," which, of course, is defined as "one who talks to anyone in one's locality as much as possible."

'Cool Hand Luke' Quote was Right: Failure to Communicate is Spreading

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.05.2014 | Technology
The University of Central Florida Forum

The spoken word is a beautiful gift to mankind. But it appears we are intent on treating it like an oversized sweater given by some distant aunt at the holiday season; we put it in a drawer and forget about it.

People With Alzheimer's May Still Be 'There'

Marie Marley | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's -- especially those in the later stages of the disease -- may stop talking or making other clear attempts to communicate. Too often we assume they don't know what's going on around them. We think they don't understand what people are saying to them or about them.

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.

The Three Magic Words

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Following these guidelines won't guarantee a successful result every time, but doing so will make that outcome more likely. Non-reactive listening and non-blaming speaking are learned skills that can be cultivated with practice.