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

How the Assumptions We Make Influence our Reactions

A little while back, my seven-year-old daughter and I were in the kitchen, while my husband was stomping around upstairs. I looked at her, and said, “Uh oh, daddy’s angry.” She looked back at me, and said, “No, daddy’s in a rush.” Hmmm… Our thoughts about this situation, and the

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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

7 Signs That Your Team Has a Communication Problem

Maintaining open and respectful channels of communication is the foundation to the success of any business.  I have seen many teams who are working together on a project, yet they do not even share the same vision of the project.  What is more, they are not openly discussing their differences

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Corporate Wellness

Creating a Corporate Culture that Supports Creativity

Discovering ways to foster creativity and innovation in your workplace can seem like a daunting task. Perhaps you are inspired to tap into new markets and begin new projects that both excite and motivate you. You have a vision to develop an organizational culture that will support a creative and

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Effective Communication

The 4 Foundational Skills for Effective Communication

Almost everyone thinks that they communicate effectively.  However, the foundational skills for effective communication are much more complex than simply being able to understand others and express yourself clearly. Being able to listen and communicate our ideas in a way that will engage others and encourage them to open up

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Effective Communication

Replacing Shame and Judgment with Compassion and Support

Earlier this week, I politely told an elderly woman to mind her own business. It felt awkward and yucky, but I felt it needed to be said. The woman was observing a snippet of my life, while my 8 year old son who has disabilities was having a very difficult

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Effective Communication

5 Tips to Become a Better Listener

There came a point in my life when I realized that I needed to learn how to become a better listener. I was raised in a noisy, chatty, opinionated family.  It is not terribly surprising that I grew into someone who tends to be noisy, chatty and opinionated.  Probably every

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Corporate Wellness

Does Fear Hold You Back from Saying What Needs to be Said?

One of my superiors at work once told me that they admired how I always said what needs to be said, without any fear. His feedback took me by surprise. I had so many memories of sitting in meetings with this person, anxiety searing my chest, as I geared myself

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Active Listening

Holding Space: The Value of True Listening

I remember the first time that I heard the term “holding space”.  I had no idea what it meant.  I also had no idea how to do it.  I had spent a lifetime brainstorming solutions to problems and had no idea that there was even another way of engaging in

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