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10 Ways to Be a More Positive Communicator business communication clear communication communication tips conversation positive communication relationships

One of the most powerful ways to improve relationships is to simply be a more positive communicator. Positive communication is contagious and brings out the best in yourself and in those around you.

You never know when one kind act, or one word of encouragement, can change a life forever. - Zig Ziglar

When you become a positive communicator, people are more likely to listen to you, the conversation goes better, and the results can be transforming.

The following list of ways to become a more...

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Mindset Matters: Tips for a Mindset Make-Over appreciation effective communication mindset peaceful mindset positive mindset strong mindset

Our mindset matters. This year, I was uniquely reminded of that as we experienced what I refer to as the year of the “busted Christmas”. Our family celebration with our children and grandchildren was cancelled – first due weather, and then illness.  We took down a rather sad looking tree that still had presents wrapped and waiting for our grandkids to (eventually) enjoy.

Our busted Christmas Tree – a week after Christmas

But really our Christmas wasn’t...

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Clarify Your Message: Three Steps to Effective Communication business communication clear communication communication tips effective communication human resources leadership message

I didn't understand, based on the words that were said. ~ Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion

One of the most common communication mistakes we make, and the easiest to fix, is how to better clarify your message so people understand what we mean to say.

More often than not, when we communicate, the person we are talking to will not really understand what you are trying to say. Or maybe they weren't really listening. Then they don't ask questions to make sure they understand. The...

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Appreciation Isn’t Just For the Holidays appreciation effective communication grateful gratitude holidays inspirational motivational relationships thankfulness

Holiday Appreciation. It’s something we do regularly this time of year.

The period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s is the time of year when most of us demonstrate extra appreciation and gratitude for family and friends. And, maybe even for the mailman and the store clerk.

Wouldn’t it be nice to experience that kind of holiday appreciation every day of the year?

It’s really not hard to do, and the payoff in building strong relationships is enormous....

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6 Communication Steps for Dealing with a Hothead business communication communication tips conflict strategies dealing with a hothead

Have you ever tried to communicate with a hothead without success?

If you have a hothead in your life, you know exactly what I'm talking about. A hothead is someone that responds or communicates in an impulsive, aggressive, or even explosive manner. They often react before thinking,

Hotheads can put us in an immediate, unprovoked conflict situation. It's not a fun place to be.

Here are 6 steps that will help you communicate better with the hothead in your life.

Hothead Communication Step 1:...

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