Mar 112019
 

Create a Dialogue If I’m giving a presentation, why do I need to create a dialogue with my audience? When you make a presentation — to one or 500 people — you want to capture their attention and engage them so they see your point of view.  If you’re simply speaking “at them,” it’s likely Read more

Sep 142018
 

How important can storytelling be if it’s not taught in school? In a recent article in The New York Times by Frank Bruni entitled, “How to Get the Most Out of College,” he writes:  “Every successful pitch for a new policy, new product or new company is essentially a story, with a shape and logic intended to Read more

May 212018
 

After childhood, what value lies in storytelling? As adults, the willingness and ability to talk about one’s observations and experiences not only provides a way of keeping verbal skills sharp, but perhaps as importantly, becomes of means of emotional health. As we grown older, many people hide their feelings and experiences out of embarrassment or concern Read more

Apr 022018
 

Whether speaking or writing the following key points apply for effective business communications: Tailor your message to your audience If you’re trying to create a dialogue with another individual, consider the interests of the person you’re interacting with: are they receptive to what you have to say?  Do you need to capture their interest?  What Read more

Oct 252017
 

How many adults say they don’t enjoy reading? How many kids say they don’t enjoy reading? Isn’t it curious that few adults will admit to not enjoying reading, yet more than 50% of the students I see from elementary through college age will acknowledge that they don’t read for pleasure.  What accounts for the difference? Read more

Sep 122017
 

literate [lit-er-it] adjective 1. able to read and write 2. having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read 3. characterized by skill, lucidity, polish, or the like 4. having knowledge or skill in a specified field 5. having an education; educated; learned    Fundamentally, the literate person is a “learned person.” Computer literate, social media literate, etc.  What does it mean to be “learned” these days? We live in a constantly changing world. Technology has altered our society in ways as profound as the industrial revolution and the Read more

Jun 012017
 

Isn’t listening easier than speaking? Aren’t listening and paying attention the same? Most people will answer “yes” to these two questions.  But listening is actually more complicated than most people realize and in some ways, as difficult a process as expressing yourself. While you must be paying attention in order to “listen” there are actually two Read more

Apr 252017
 

“The eyes are the window of the soul.” Old English proverb. Beyond the power of words, the way you speak conveys what you mean.  In the face to face conversations between human beings, the eyes and facial expression transmit at least half of the message.  A person’s eyes communicate interest, care, anger, distrust, sincerity and a host of Read more

Jan 312017
 

Can the language of a negotiation prevent confrontation? Can a negotiation be a discussion without opposition? Can the parties in a negotiation establish a working dialogue? Can all parties in a negotiation come out with a gain? The answer to all the above questions is YES!  In fact the last question presents a critical feature Read more

Dec 152016
 

Do children outgrow difficulties with inattention, focus & hyperactivity? Is medication the cure for these problems in childhood? When a child is diagnosed with inattention, distractibility, with or without hyperactivity,  parents are often faced with a series of concerns.  Will these problems interfere with academic performance?  Will medication help?  Is another treatment needed besides medicine? Read more