Tag: effective communication

How to Become a Better communicator: My Top 5 Tips

Communicate Better

Most of us spend a lot of time noticing what others could do better, when what we really need to do is take a closer look at ourselves. If you want to have better relationships and more success at work, then it's time to work on you. Is it time to work on your communication skills? Start here - with my top 5 tips for improving your communication, starting today.

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Sorry, I wasn’t listening: 5 ways to model better listening skills


I have a confession to make when it comes to modeling good listening skills.  I’m an interrupter. When I already know what someone is trying to say, or finish saying, isn’t it way more efficient to just cut right in so we can move on? I know I shouldn’t do it.  I know it’s rude.  It drives me crazy when other people do it, so why do I?   And, I know it drives others crazy as well.  My husband and I spend way too much time re-creating conversations that only got half heard due to distractions, interruptions or one

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Controlling the Conversation: using a communication bridge

Buidling a communication bridge

Whenever I travel away from home I’m reminded that no matter where you, or what the topic of the day is, getting around is all about controlling the communication to get what you need. For example, in many southern states, they have the important skill of  “greeting people well” down. If they know your first name, they put a Miss or Mr. in front of it.  It feels familiar and welcome to be called “Miss Betty”. This is an effective way to make a connection and build trust. And, once you get past the formalities, you can bridge the conversation

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