Saturday, March 26, 2011

Learn From A Mentor

If you're not open to feedback, you're not going to learn. You won't grow and develop. It is important to accept criticism. Go out and find someone you trust, someone with skills and experiences you can learn from. Ask that person to be your mentor.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ethnic "Eye-Contact"

Did you know that Hispanic, Asian and Middle - Eastern people are raised in environments where eye-contact is considered rebellious? That's right! Children are raised to respect authority figures without eye-contact. (This behavior is taught when they are small and carries over to adulthood.)  Generally, eye-contact is a must in communication. The eyes reveal so much, and if there is a lack of eye-contact, there is a lack of credibility within that person. These same ethnic groups demonstrate a "soft spoken" voice. When you're soft-spoken, you run the risk of being taken advantage of, because the voice doesn't convey the power that you want it to.

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(Excerpt from Communication (is easy) from the Inside-Out. 7 Steps to Your Personal Power, Bob Roza)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Are You HAPPY?

Two things happen with "self-talk." 1) Random thoughts float in and out of your head. There is no stopping them. You can't control them, but the more positive you become, the more productive and creative they become. 2) The opposite of random thoughts is active thinking. This is something you can control. Once you notice the words you're using, you can ask yourself whether your language and words are moving you forward. Is your self-discussion bringing you what you want?

Your results are your measuring stick. Are you happy in the here and now? Your life is the culmination of your thoughts and words. You create your life by the way you think. At any moment, you can choose to think . . . and communicate differently.

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(Excerpt from Language Is Not Innocent -- Improving Your Communication, Bob Roza)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

It's In Your Head!

Your self-talk influences your self-esteem. Pay attention to what you're saying "in your head." When you walk into a room full of strangers, what do you think about yourself? Are the thoughts positive or negative? Improve your confidence (and your communication), by rethinking what is "in your head."

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