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.
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 contact me for a more extensive discussion.
Mindfulness in the corporate world
We live in a societal world, work in organizations and have family, extended families and interests. We also tend to be, especially in the US, caught up in productivity and accomplishments. That’s not bad, of course.
For organizations and individuals alike, changing the way we do things is hard. This newsletter will discuss some of the difficulties for individuals and how to possibly make change easier for you.
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.
Most of us have done or attended many presentations, with varying results and enthusiasm. This newsletter will distill the state of the art of presenting in six easy steps, as outlined in the book “Presentations” by David G. Lee & Kristie Nelson-Neuhaus, to help you prepare and give the best presentations.
“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?
For the first time ever, we have four generations in the US workforce at the same time.
Most of us give and get feedback as part of annual performance reviews. Over time, this event has come to be feared and hated by all sides.
However, with a little thought and practice, feedback can become a very powerful and useful tool for individuals and their organizations.