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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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Mindfulness in the corporate world

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.

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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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Be your best at presentations

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. 

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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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Getting and giving constructive feedback

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.

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