Monday, January 15, 2018

A Good Idea

Build up your self-image by making a list of your positive qualities. Ask your friends to list things they like about you.

Just 1 Page . . .

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Actions And Words!

You know the phrase, “actions speak louder than words?” Well, in order for people to trust you, they have to trust your actions. What you say is connected to how you follow up. And every time you say something (and don’t follow up), you waste time and energy!

Just 1 Page . . .

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Creative Resolutions In Communication

Creativity is a part of communication.  Jump in and see what you’re made of!

Do your communication skills make or break  you? Creativity helps in communication. And we can all use ideas to communicate better --- personally and professionally. Try the following and see where the ideas take you.

1.       Identify Issues: Is there something going on that needs your attention? You know what I mean – fear of confrontation, standing up for yourself etc. Well, the only way you move through something is to identify that the issue is. You have to give it a name before you can work on it. As Dr. Phil McGraw says, You have to name it to claim it.

2.      Creative Visualization: Each of us has an imagination. Use it to visualize how to handle something. Close your eyes and see the situation “as it is,” and then how “you want it.” With your imagination, you creatively visualize the end. Don’t forget, you’re the writer, producer, director of this scene. Be creative and have fun with it.

3.      Be Optimistic: Are you someone who sees the glass as half  empty or half full? You show optimism when you see what’s favorable.

4.      Brainstorm: Is your company in need of a plan (i.e. training classes for foreign speakers, etc.)? Get a group of co-workers in a quiet room to brainstorm for a half hour. Write down the ideas and then pick out the names that the group feels are most important.

5.      Be Open-Minded: Also known as trying new approaches and playing with ideas. Go with the flow and try new ideas. Sometimes, what seems  “odd” or “off the wall” might be exactly what the company needs. Don’t dismiss any ideas.

6.      Keep An Idea Bank: Are the ideas flowing too much? Did the brainstorming give you more than you could handle? Put the other ideas on cards and use them for later. Use the most  immediate  ideas and leave the others for later. It’s important to replace, add, and delete ideas as you need to.

7.      Observe And Understand: You know the phrase, “walking in their shoes?” Well, when you observe and understand someone, you relate to their ideas and where they’re at.

8.     Simplify: Keep things simple. Creative resolutions should be fun,  not a back-breaking job!

9.      Summarize It: You’ve done the work (and hopefully had fun); now summarize what needs to happen and go for it.

10.  Do It: O.K. You’ve outlined your blue print for successful communication, now do it. Watch how things seem “effortless and seamless.” Watch how you go places.

Resolving issues in communication – creatively; isn’t hard when you’re organized and are committed and are willing to “go with the flow.” 

Keep these points handy the next time you’re stuck and need a blueprint.

Just 1 Page . . .

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Reduce Your Accent (End)

Listen to yourself! Record your own voice and listen for pronunciation mistakes. This is an excellent exercise because it will help you become conscious of the mistakes that you are making.

Be patient! You can change the way you speak but it won’t happen overnight. People often expect an instant result and give up. You can change the way you sound, if you are willing to put some effort into it.
Just 1 Page . . .

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hugging Meditation/A Good Idea

A Good Idea
Hugging Meditation 

1)    Remember the person that you are hugging will not always be there. They will die.
2)    Remember that you won’t always be there and that you will die.
3)    Realize that you are in the present right now and the moment will never come again.
Treasure the preciousness of the moment and the person you love. 

Just 1 Page . . .

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Importance Of Giving

The Importance Of Giving
About a year ago, I was gob-smacked at the spiritual lesson one of my friends taught me about giving to others.
A bit of history is needed before I proceed. I was evicted and lost my job (and everything I owned). I took pride in the things I had. My home and job defined me. It was the only way I knew how to live. That is, until it was all taken away. It was a precarious situation that humbled me. I barely had gas money, was severely depressed and suicidal. I was close to homelessness.
Fast forward to my story and my point. I had just finished my zumba class. A friend invited me  to Chik-Fil-A for lunch. I gladly accepted because I needed to be with people, and laugh.
As we entered the restaurant, a young man approached us. My guard went up. Though it was early in the day, I was concerned that he would hurt both of us. That wasn’t the case. He was hungry and wanted something to eat. In a quiet tone, my friend took charge. She recognized that he was hungry. She took him to the counter and bought him lunch. When our orders were ready, she gave him his, and we took ours back to the car to eat.

I admit, I judged the man by the way he looked.
She saw him and the situation from another point of view - - one of spirit and giving. I don’t remember if we talked about it in depth. Frankly, I don’t think it was necessary. Her actions spoke LOUDLY about treating others with kindness and respect. While I was grateful at her treating me to lunch (and spending some time with me), I was PROFOUNDLY HUMBLED and GRATEFUL for what she taught me in the moment. The lessons I learned are SEARED in my brain and spirit. They will NEVER go away.
Now, if a down-trodden person approaches me and asks for change for food, I BOLDLY walk them to the counter and tell them to order anything they want. When I was hungry, depressed and (yes) suicidal, someone stepped into my life to show me compassion, kindness and respect. I believe that I can do the same for others. Thank you Boo (Melanie) for showing me GOD in you!
Focus: Kindness, Spirit, God, Friendship
Questions for you: 1) Do you take time for giving? 2) What life lessons has it taught you?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Your Body Language (2)

Knowledge is power and understanding your body language can be a gift in looking at what works and what doesn’t work for you. You know the saying, “actions speak louder than words?” Well, it applies here, and every time your actions are in sync, you show others a better – visual connection.

Just 1 Page . . .