communication skills

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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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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Open-Ended Questions Build Relationships

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Did you do your homework?  Did you complete your business plan?  Did you get the job you wanted?  Did you take out the trash? Do you sometimes feel that someone’s question is really a statement, a request, a judgment, or a directive? What is an Open-Ended Question? Unlike closed-ended questions, open-ended questions require more than […]

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Needs are Important…Really Important

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We all have needs.  Are you afraid to express your needs because not expressing them holds a hope inside of you that there is always a chance that you will get what you want? Are you afraid to express your needs because they may not manifest?  Do you support or assist others in fulfilling their needs? Wouldn’t […]

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Not All Upsets are Created Equal

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An upset is anything that disturbs your peace of mind.  However, are all upsets created equal?  Is there a way for you to get ahead of your upset curve?  Can you laugh off some of your upsets when you see them coming? Wants, Needs, and Requirements According to Wikipedia, “Wants are often distinguished from needs. A […]

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Silence is Golden…and Pauses are Too

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I invite you to pause and think about this: everything you say, you already know.  There isn’t anything you can say that you do not already know, or think that you know.  When you are talking, there is very little space for receiving knowledge, input or feedback from another person. Perhaps we were better off […]

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When your Relationships are Good, your Life is Good

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Have you noticed that even if something in your life is not going well, when your relationships are good, you feel better and more complete in the world?  When your relationships are good, your life is good.  The great news is that you control 2 powerful relationship skills- your attitude and your intentions. Relationship Skill: Positive […]

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There is No Such Thing as a Table for Two

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Each of us is complex and unique.  Even if there are only 2 people together, let’s say sharing a meal, There is No Such Thing as a Table for Two!  The intention of this article is to increase your awareness about relationship dynamics and the need for effective relationship communication skills.  Let’s go. Effective Communication […]

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