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Make gratitude the new normal in your life.

As we welcome fall, we begin the season leading up to the big day of gratitude – Thanksgiving – when we celebrate all of our blessings with friends and relatives.

I love fall for this very reason. Gratitude comes into the spotlight! Then, after Thanksgiving, comes the season of giving (Christmas/Hanukkah) and more gratitude and goodwill. Win-Win.

Then, sometime in January, we go back to the “real world” of uncertainty,...

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My Top Ten Workplace Communication Tips better communication business communication communicate effectively communication skills communication tips leadership skills workplace communication

When it comes to improving your workplace communication skills, small changes will make a big difference.

Remember the David Letterman Show and his Top 10 Lists?  I know I'm aging myself here - I got hooked on them in college and still love to use them as a way to illustrate the best of the best - the top of the heap... THE TOP 10! 

So, I've compiled my TOP 10 workplace communication challenges with some ways to make improvements. That includes changing some habits and...

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Communication Tip: Get Comfortable with the Uncomfortable better communication clear communication comfort zone communication tips confident communication workplace communication

We don’t grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges. – Joyce Meyer

Get Comfortable with Uncomfortable Communication

If you want to improve your communication skills and become a more confident communicator there is one skill you need to begin with, and it may be one of the most challenging. That is getting comfortable with new things that are uncomfortable.  

We’ve all had some recent experience in the demands of doing new things. Like many of...

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13 Ways to Improve Virtual Meetings business communication communication tips confident communication employee engagement leadership tips managing meetings virtual meeting facilitation workplace communication

If nothing else, the pandemic that started in 2020 introduced us to an historical digital experience that has changed business communication. And with it the introduction of endless virtual meetings.

The virtual and in-place communication trend is predicted to be the beginning of new era of standard communication revolution. Safe to say, they are here to stay.

One of the biggest challenges is managing all those virtual meetings. How do you keep participants engaged...

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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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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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Mastering Micro-Connects for Better Communication better communication business communication effective communication performance coaching positive communication team building workplace communication
I can live one or two months on one good compliment. ~ Mark Twain

Communication Micro-Connects and Appreciation

News flash: We live in a culture that is appreciation deprived. Studies show that up to 70% of workers feel they are not regularly appreciated at work.

But the good news is that studies also show that when you give appreciation to someone on a regular and informal basis, you will see 5x more engagement/productivity. Wow!

A University of Washington study found that:

  • Kids at...
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Workplace Communication: The Solve Session behavior expectations business communication effective communication leadership performance coaching relationships team building workplace communication

We can all use a good solve session.

That’s because we all have issues that keep us up at night. And we need some different perspectives to solve them. By starting a solve session group, you can do just that.

Think about this: Have you ever come home and vented to a friend or partner about work?  Or your dead-end career? Or something your boss said or did?  Do you ever get stuck on the issue and need help moving from venting to solving?  Then you should definitely...

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