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 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

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

Apr 232014
 

To become a good speaker, develop your listening skills So many people believe that a good presentation or interview depends solely, or almost entirely on, how they speak.  I advise my clients, individually and in workshops, about the importance of creating a dialogue when they speak. Communication is a two-way process — always. Too many Read more

May 152013
 
Could You Repeat That Please, I Wasn't Listening

Everyone has moments of inattention and restlessness, but for some people these exist as a constant situation.  Adults, as well as children and adolsecents, need to monitor their behavior and cue themselves to pay attention, but some people have significantly more difficulty maintaining their focus. Executive functioning represents a set of processes that govern how Read more