Monday, October 23, 2017

Listening And Taking Notes

Good listeners are note takers. They realize that minds are imprecise and memory is imperfect. Note taking helps you follow unorganized speakers, locate key points and identify supporting data.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Com. Power >> Creative Visualization

Com. Power
The following steps can help you resolve a problem . . . every time! 

1.       Close your eyes.
2.      Visualize the problem you have.
3.      See the problem as an “onion.” Peel away a layer to see what’s underneath.
4.      See the problem clearly.
5.      Do this until you get to the core. That is the “real” problem.
6.      See your solutions.
7.      Open up your eyes and carry out the process.

Try these steps every time you want to identify and resolve a problem. Trust the process and trust the information you see when your eyes are closed. 

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Do you make New Years Resolutions? I did when I was younger, but not anymore. Making a resolution for a whole year seemed overwhelming. I’ve learned that if you take things one step at a time, and one day at a time, that ideas are resolved better and faster.

Where do you need to start? What are your instincts screaming right now? Do yourself a favor and do it!

Make a point of resolving things right away. Because, the quicker you get it together, the quicker the results!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

COMMIT to Listening

In order to become a better listener, there needs to be a commitment. Listening requires patience, persistence and a plan for improvement. Casual involvement and genuine commitment are not the same thing. What is your commitment to your listening improvement?

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Communicating Your "Best Self"!

Are you communicating your best self? Can you answer that question quickly or do you need to give it some thought? If  you have to take some time to think about it, you probably aren’t making your mark. It takes just five seconds to make an impression. 

Many people have trouble communicating (i.e. whether it’s asking for a raise or saying you’re “sorry” and really meaning it. Your communication skills are always in flux. Many people don’t really pay attention. There’s the rub. Communication is invisible and happens in an eye-blink. Words can cut to the quick. It’s important to pay attention to how you’re coming across and here are 5 strategies to change your communication image.

1.       Find a mentor. A mentor is someone who inspires you and is a role model. The best role models convey dignity and respect for others. Through their dignity and respect comes effective communication. John F. Kennedy and Oprah Winfrey are people who conveyed intelligence, compassion and a great sense of spirit.

2.      Find a friend for feedback. The best feedback comes from someone you trust; who can tell the truth (and do it in a way that doesn’t put you on the defense). Ask a friend for honest feedback. How does your communication come across? Does it need work? IN what ways (i.e. vocabulary building, listening better, etc.)? Opening up a conversation for this feedback can get you to understand what is happening under the surface. Without constructive criticism, you don’t know what skills to keep, and which ones to throw out?

3.      Check out your strengths and weaknesses. (This comes after your friend’s feedback.) There are moments when your communication shines, and moments when it falls flat. A quick way to see yourself is to make two columns – one for strengths, the other for weaknesses. Do a thorough check on what you do well (i.e. listening to others, conveying empathy), and what you don’t (i.e. interrupting others, overuse of slang, etc.). Now, challenge yourself to work on making your weaknesses a communication strength. Some traits might take a while to overcome. The objective is to face what isn’t working and making a conscious effort to change it. Focus on the words conscious and effort. Many people don’t. If you don’t pay attention, you can’t change the impression you’re making.

4.      Get a theme song! Yes, you read that right. Find a song that empowers you! We all have artists that we like and admire. Many times, songs “speak: to us. It can be Irene Cara’s Flashdance –What A Feeling to Steve Winwood’s While You See a Chance (Take It). Find a song that makes you feel good about yourself and gives you confidence. Now play it when you’re faced with a situation that warrants you to face your fear(s), and challenges you to step out of your comfort zone.

5.      Face your fear(s). Fear is a constant for any new situation (i.e. asking for a rasiee, saying “I’m sorry” to someone you’ve hurt.) You can’t get away from it. A good way to face fear is to break it into small parts. Analyze the “whole” situation and determine your strategy. Break things down into small parts. What can you handle first and foremost? Now, do it! Afterwards, assess your performance and move on. Bit by bit, you’ll get better.
It takes just five seconds to make an impression. These five steps will point you in the direction for communicating “your best self.”

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Good Idea!

Do you get anxious when you meet someone new? Does going to a party make you nervous?
Here’s a great way to change that. Ask a question. When you ask a question, it conveys that you want to get to know a person. Where did you get that tie? How did you make that recipe? Questions get people to REVEAL who they are. They are GREAT ice-breakers (and a great way to flirt)!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Trust = Commitment

Trust equals commitment and if there is not trust, the relationship won’t evolve. Trust is a slow process that happens over time. When there’s a betrayal of trust, it threatens the relationship. Research shows that it takes up to five times to gain a new customer, then to sell an existing one.

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