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Communicate better through active listening

One of the interesting elements of good communication is not so much about what we say as it is about how we listen. Many good things happen when we engage in what is called “Active Listening.” These include: better retention of what was said, a greater sense of connection, and overall efficiency within the process of communication.

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Biases – how they affect us and what we can do about them

Of all the many elements of human thought, one of the most fascinating to me is the large number of biases that shape our thoughts and influence our feelings and behaviors. Biases can play a major role in our decisions. This newsletter will touch briefly on this subject, and as always I invite you to for a more extensive discussion.

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Well-run meetings are good for your career (part 1)

In the last newsletter, I talked about presentations, which started me thinking about just where and when presentations occur. Most of the time, it’s in a meeting, so I have put together some information on creating effective meetings that I hope will be helpful. Like presentations, meetings can take different forms and contribute to workplace success or failure on many levels. 

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Dealing with distraction in the workplace

“Should I read this?” you ask yourself.
“I’d better,” you think.
“But I have a lot to do….
“I know! I’ll do both things at once.”

Sound familiar? In our modern world of information and increased access to it, and to us by information, we are more prone to being distracted than ever before. But what can we do about it? 

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