Relationship Communication Skills

Forgiveness Series: Why Forgive?

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How do you want to spend your daily energy?  Do you have energy leaks that get in your way of having a healthier, joyful, and productive life?  Can you see that any level of anger, upset, or resentment is an energy leak? Why preoccupy yourself with yesterday’s grudges at the expense of today’s successes? Forgiveness Quotes from the […]

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Forgiveness Series: Quotes about Forgiveness

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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Louis B. Smedes (1921-2002) “To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” Confucius “Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge […]

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“I” Language Series: Responsibility and Building Relationships

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How do you feel when someone says something like “you drive too fast”, “everyone drives too fast”, or “you are always so sensitive”?  Do you feel a sense of separation from that person? Would you like an effective way to respond? Responsibility Do you believe that you are powerless in your life or do you believe […]

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Forgiveness Series: Observing Where You Are Coming From

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Are you aware of the nature of your thoughts and beliefs?  Are you seeing through judging eyes or through eyes of understanding and kindness? Where Are You Coming From? “Life consists of what a person is thinking all day long.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Do you believe that you and others are truly doing their best? As shared […]

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Forgiveness Series: Categorizing and Judging

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What happens before you do or say something you regret? How could you make better choices? What is the precursor to forgiveness? Forgiveness The need to forgive begins when you create judgments such as making someone (yourself or others), or something, wrong or bad.  Judging has the energy of right, wrong, good, or bad. For […]

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“I Hear You” is the new “I Love You”

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Have you ever wanted someone to truly feel that you are listening to them?  Have you ever wanted to lovingly acknowledge what someone was saying even though you didn’t agree with it?  How to you acknowledge feedback from someone, especially if you don’t agree with it?   People want to be Genuinely Seen and Heard As shared in […]

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Actions and Reactions Speak Louder Than Words

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Have you ever felt like you were getting mixed messages from someone? Has someone’s actions, or reactions, ever surprised you? Have you ever wondered what someone was thinking? Thought Precedes Action To get insight into what someone is thinking simply look at their actions because thought precedes action.  What people do, especially over time, represents […]

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5 Tips on How to Listen Effectively

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When you are talking, or thinking about what you are going to say, you are not 100% open to hear and connect with the person you are with.  Effective listening skills foster positive and productive personal and professional relationships. 5  Tips of How to Listen Effectively 1)       Close your mouth! You cannot talk with your mouth closed.  As […]

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Open-Ended Questions at Work

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Since “Open-Ended Questions Build Relationships” is one of our most popular blogs, below are some examples of open-ended versus close-ended questions you can use in the workplace. In many cases, you really do need to give or receive a specific piece of information or to gain commitment (yes/no); however, using open-ended questions facilitates enhanced levels of cooperation, shows respect and […]

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Communication Checkpoints

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Have you ever thought that someone didn’t like you because of the way they looked at you?  Have you ever received feedback that surprised you during your annual review at work?  Did you ever go to a movie with a friend and feel like you had seen different movies? Personal Filters Each of us sees life through our own […]

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