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Simple Habits of a Confident Communicator better communication business communication confident communication effective communication effective listening gratitude positive communication

Becoming a more confident communicator is all about building good habits. Think about brushing your teeth. That’s a habit we learn at a very early age, and over time, it’s something we do without thinking every day. That’s the type of habit you want to develop as you become a more skilled and confident communicator.

Here are three of the habits you can start with.  You will find that when you make these habits part of your daily routine, it will make a huge...

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10 Easy Appreciation Exercises That Will Change Your Life appreciation grateful gratitude motivational

It may sound overly simple but adding purposeful appreciation towards others can be one of the most powerful communication tools you can hone.  People want and need to feel appreciated. 

The Power of Appreciation

The data around adding appreciation supports this:

Workers who receive regular appreciation at work = 5x more engagement and productivity

According to a 2020 UW study, on an average day:

  • People at work receive positive vs negative feedback 1:10
  • In long-term successful...
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Sorry, I Wasn’t Listening: 5 Ways to Model Better Listening Skills business communication effective communication effective listening employee engagement good listening human resources leadership leadership tips listening skills non verbal communication positive communication relationships workplace communication

I have a confession to make when it comes to listening skills. I’m an interrupter. When I already know what someone is trying to say, or I have a point to make, I just cut right in. 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?

Most of us aren’t very good listeners. Interrupting may not be your Achilles heel, but I’m guessing there is some bad habit you bring to the listening side of your communication.

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Three Tips to Prevent Communication Conflicts body language business business communication clear communication communication tips confident communication conflict conflict skills effective communication listening skills

Do you want to learn to prevent communication conflicts before they happen? Well, who doesn’t?

Communication conflicts happen. Even with good intentions, misunderstandings occur, and we can find ourselves in the middle of difficult conversations – not always sure how we got there.

Sometimes we find ourselves getting stuck into communication cycle routines. Other times conflict begins when someone shares an unwanted opinion on sensitive topics as politics, religion or...

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Tips on How to Deal with Difficult People body language clear communication comfort zone communication tips conflict conflict skills conflict strategies difficult people

Do you work or live with a difficult person? Is there someone you need to have a difficult conversation with? Do you want to improve a relationship you have with someone at work or at home? 

It may not seem like it, but it can be done. First, you need to recognize that it’s all about communication or the lack of it. 

Most difficult people are the way they are because the issues or behaviors that make them “difficult” aren’t being addressed.

Do it...

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An Attitude of Gratitude: Simple Ways to Show Appreciation appreciation business communication culture shift effective communication gratitude leadership performance coaching relationships team building workplace communication

grat·i·tude:

the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful: He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff.

An attitude of gratitude comes from showing appreciation and gratitude for others. It is one of the most powerful communication tools you can have.

When you show appreciation on a regular basis, it will open doors to a better conversation, a more positive exchange, and ultimately a better relationship. And the more you practice, the sooner it...

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Virtual Listening in a Remote Setting body language business business communication clear communication communication tips confident communication listening skills non verbal communication remote

It is the recipient who communicates. The so-called communicator, the person who emits the communication does not communicate; he utters. Unless there is someone who listens, there is no communication. There is only noise. ~ Peter Drucker

This blog is all about improving your virtual listening skills.  Please watch the video with my colleague Michael Fraidenburg, an expert in running online meetings. 

The following is a short summary of the importance of improving active...

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How well do you communicate? | Assess your communication skills communication assessment communication skills test communication tips confident communication effective communication learn to communicate listening skills positive communication relationships
Communication works for those who work at it. ~ John Powell

How well do you communicate?

Every contact we make involves communications skills - speaking and listening,  speech patterns, the words we use, the tone of our voice, our body language and even the silences all play a part in how successful our communications are.

Self-awareness can be one of the most effective ways to identify and improve your skills. Take this quick assessment to learn more about how well you currently...

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