Category: Smart Communication

The Trouble with Talk

Not all talk contributes to solution. In fact, even the most well-intentioned communication can make things worse. Words are that powerful. They can assault or assuage, entrench or enlighten, hurt or heal. Before you lock-n-load your word weapon, consider… When

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Bringing True You Into the Conversation

I was teaching a class how to communicate to relate, not manipulate. We were at the part about honoring our emotions when a woman in the back raised her hand and timidly said, “But if I told them how I

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You and Me, We Just Disagree

I think you should think what I think because what I think is right. Case closed. You’re persuaded, right? What if I hit you over the head harder, repeating my message more and more forcefully? Will that make you see

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Are You Listening?

As adamant as I am about Bringing the True You to Life (I even trademarked it!), one of the greatest skills needed for living an authentic life surprises me. Because it also challenges me, I unconsciously avoid it, and suffer

One of my Super-Duper, Super-Secret Speaker Tricks

It’s not all that secret, really; it is just so routine, I never thought to share it with you. Sorry! You probably need this, too, so here goes… In my work, I regularly speak before audiences ranging from 10 to

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Lookin’ For Love

It’s only Wednesday, and I have already had at least three conversations about sex and essential oils this week. Maybe it is because Valentine’s Day is approaching. Or maybe it is because yet another new drug is being advertised with

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