Active Listening

What to Do When Not Everyone on the Team Contributes to Discussions

Have you ever noticed that sometimes people never contribute to a discussion at work? Or perhaps they contribute very little, particularly in a group setting.  If this is a typical pattern that you’ve noted within your organization, your team may be having a communication problem. Some people are less comfortable

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Corporate Wellness

Have You Ever Agreed with Someone Just to Shut Them Up?

Have you ever been in a meeting with someone who just keeps pushing their agenda and not listening to the others in the room? Whether you decided it consciously or not, have you ever found yourself stopping to argue your point, even though you completely disagree? I don’t know about

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Corporate Wellness

Why Is It a Problem If Everyone Always Agrees With You

Unhealthy communication patterns within the work setting are so pervasive that this is frequently one of the core issues affecting teams to which I consult. What may appear to be a conflict-free environment may actually be riddled with a top-down management approach that has left everyone too afraid to say

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Corporate Wellness

How to Ask for Clarification Politely

Have you ever experienced a meeting where somebody is explaining something, but for the life of you, you cannot even begin to understand their point of view? You’d like to ask for clarification, but you’re not sure how in a polite way. Perhaps you find yourself asking for clarification a

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Active Listening

Why It’s Important to Clarify Nonverbal Communication

Have you ever been sitting in a work meeting and felt that someone is saying one thing, but that their body language is communicating something entirely different?  For instance, someone might be saying that they agree with a proposed change, but their facial expressions might make you question if they

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Corporate Wellness

5 Tips to Set Yourself Free from Shame at Work

People use shame in all sorts of different situations as a way to manipulate others into doing or feeling something that they want you to do or feel.  Shame is a silent and powerful manipulator.  Many times, we don’t even realize that shame is silently controlling how we are reacting

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