Communication

How Adults Can Support the Mental Health of Black… – Happiness Article

With his last breaths, George Floyd called out, “Momma!” before he was killed in Minneapolis. He was one of nearly 1,300 black people have been killed by police in the last five years. They are two times more likely to be killed by police than white Americans. Riana Elyse Anderson, University of Michigan Facing destructive policies and attitudes in the United States, mothers and fathers try to safeguard their black children from racism. This often takes the form of preparing…

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Creating an Incredible Virtual Experience – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Connie Podesta, CSP, CPAE, Hall of Fame Speaker When a pandemic forced event planners and leaders to cancel all live events almost overnight, it was hard to even imagine what the future would look like. I totally get it. As someone who makes a living speaking to conventions packed with hundreds and thousands of people, often shoulder- to-shoulder, I feel your pain, and your frustration. Social distancing has seriously thrown a big global wrench into all our calendars. The…

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How to Get Out of Email Jail – Personal Development Article

As a leader, you pride yourself on being proactive and in control. But one area feels like a perpetual dumpster fire—email! It’s all communications, really. Slack messages, texts, voicemail, it’s a constant burn. When will it end? This is only a snippet of a Personal Development article written by Michael and Megan Read Full Article

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BONUS: Communication Breakdown Q&A – Productivity Article

Today’s episode is from a Facebook Live that Michael and Megan did on the topic of communication breakdowns. They took questions from viewers and we’ve collected some of the best questions and answers so that you can gain important insight into how to manage your own communication breakdowns. Enjoy! This is only a snippet of a Productivity article written by Michael and Megan Read Full Article

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What Justice Clarence Thomas, a College Seminar, and a Zoom Conference Can Teach Us About How to Work Better. – Personal Development Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and all the essential…

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3 Communication Fails You Need to Avoid – Personal Development Article

Actually, it doesn’t. Nearly every communication breakdown can be traced back to one of three problems.  Avoid them, and your team will get the message the first time, every time. And you’ll gain even greater clarity about what you want for your business. In this episode, you’ll discover— The Clarity Grid—and how you can use it to assess and revive your communication. Some of the most frequent meeting mishaps and their implications on team morale. A clear path to the…

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Dealing with Difficult People – Positively Positive Positively Positive – Positivity Article

Listen. We know how hard hard conversations are. And how much harder they get when the person you need to have one with hates them even more than you do. So, how the heck do you deal with difficult people? And not just in a pandemic or during the (virtual?) holidays (though that too), but every day, whether you work with them, live with them, date them, and/or gave birth to them. The sisters are hear to help. You ask. Lauren and…

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The Best Conflict Resolution Strategies For Dealing With Conflict At Work – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

When was the last time you disagreed with someone at work and it led to a major conflict? And do you know the best strategies for dealing with conflict at work? Do you have heated and difficult conversations on a daily basis, or do you consider yourself someone who never has any conflict or disagreement? If the answer’s never, then you might want to hold off from patting yourself on the back just yet, because it’s possible that the reason…

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How to Communicate Sensitive Information – Personal Development Article

No worries. We’ve spent the last 40 years perfecting the art of communicating important information. In this episode, we’ll give you four steps that will take all the stress out of making major announcements within your company.   With this simple process, you can communicate the most sensitive or impactful information with perfect confidence that you’re communicating the right information to the right people at the right time. In this episode, you’ll discover— How to avoid negative surprises that damage trust…

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The Truth Shall Set You Free – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

The truth shall set you free. That’s what they say, but is it true? Some have found that saying to be very true. Though freedom wasn’t exactly what they were going for, it’s what they got – freedom to no longer work for their company. What they learned is, the truth is not always seen as a ray of light showing everyone the way.  It is often unwelcomed, harmful to hidden agendas, and is often resisted and suppressed. Furthermore, truth…

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Face to Face February: Making Meaningful Connections – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

In the corporate world, many organisations embrace ‘Face to Face February’ as a way to encourage staff to spend quality face to face time with their clients. Here at CFCD we believe it’s just as important (if not more) for managers and leaders to invest in quality face to face time with their team members, without a set business agenda. Here’s why and some tips to help with the how: Why invest in making meaningful connections? There has been a…

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5 Effective Communication Skill Certification Courses – Self Improvement Article

Communication is an integral element in human relations and interactions, one that involves transferring information from one place, person or group to another. However, effective communication skills far exceed just speaking, writing or listening to others but more into how a message is conveyed in a way that the intent of the messenger is clearly understood by the recipient. Effective communication is vital for the success of every individual at home or at work and for…

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Take Charge of Your Personal Life So Your Professional Life Can Soar – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Connie Podesta, CSP, CPAE, Hall of Fame Speaker First of all – the idea of personal and professional balance is really a myth. You don’t have a personal life and a professional life – you have a life — and the two most DEFINITELY are intertwined. . Chances are that despite your best attempts to keep the two separate, the quality and stability of your personal life often have a direct impact upon the quality and success of your…

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Be Bold for Change – CFCD – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

On Wednesday 8th March it will be International Women’s Day with this year’s campaign theme ‘Be Bold for Change’. At CFCD we believe diversity and inclusion are key for thriving workplaces. One way in which we support this is through mentoring and coaching for women. We see a successful mentoring relationship is one in which women grow, develop and learn new skills under the advice and guidance of an experienced professional, either male or female. Our approach to coaching is…

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Coping with COVID-19: Ideas for Staying Connected in this Time of Social Distancing. – Personal Development Article

Because of COVID-19, all our usual habits are being disrupted—including our social habits. That means that we must recreate or even re-imagine the ways that we usually connect now that we’re not going into work, going out for drinks, going to a book club, dropping off kids at school, going to religious services, or playing sports. For instance, I love going for a walk in the park with a friend, but these days, I’m walking alone and staying very far…

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Introvert Whisperer / How To Ask Your Boss For Remote Working Days – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

More and more companies are now allowing their employees to work remotely. If your company does not offer this option at the moment, you might find it difficult to open this topic to your superiors and ask for permission. This is especially true if you work for a  company that values physical presence as a sign of having bustling business operations.   While it may seem daunting to have this kind of conversation with your boss, don’t be dissuaded.…

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Parenting… Like You’ve Never Heard it Before! – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

by Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker and Human Behavior Expert Connie Podesta As a former therapist and educator – one thing I’ve been asked A LOT about throughout my career is KIDS. Of all shapes, sizes, and ages. How to raise them well? How to manage teenagers? How to teach them to be respectful and kind? How to handle teach them to be independent OF you — rather than dependent ON you. There’s a lot to take in, and parenting,…

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Why Plain Language Is Better Than Complex Jargon – Self Improvement Article

“If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.” Daniel Kahneman Simple communication is often better than using complex language, especially if you are trying to reach out to the biggest audience possible. A new study published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology discovered that the use of complex jargon can often turn people off from learning topics like science and politics, even when specialized words are defined.…

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How Technology Can Help All Students Become More Grateful – Happiness Article

Think back to your time growing up in school. Do you remember being surprised or apprehensive about differences between yourself and other students in terms of race, class, gender, age, ability, or popularity? Or perhaps you recall being intimidated about communicating with teachers, administrators, counselors? Such differences in social identity—which sometimes involve differences in social power—can make a young person feel different, stressed, and uncertain about their sense of belonging. Those are feelings that can present obstacles to learning, relationships,…

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5 Business Productivity Softwares to Level Up Your Team’s Efficiency – Productivity Theory – Productivity Article

Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook Productivity is the quality or state of being able to generate, enhance or bring forth products and services. Of course, any good manager wants his team to do just that. However, it can be difficult and overwhelming at times to manage all the tasks and goals you’ve set for yourself and others. Moreover, communicating and collaborating about those goals can pose a challenge. Luckily, there are many productivity software that can take you and your team…

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A Round-Up of Relationship Advice: Tried-and-True Tips for Sweethearts, Parents, Coworkers, and Friends – Self Improvement Article

For a Very Special Episode 260 of my podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, we asked listeners to share their best relationship advice. Listen to the episode to hear us discuss some of our favorite tips. If you have more advice to add, put it in the comments of this post. Different advice will resonate with different people. Most people gave advice about romantic relationships, but if you change the terms—”sweetheart” to “children” or “spouse” to “co-worker”—the similar principles apply to just…

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11 Ways to Build a Love that Goes the Distance – Wit & Delight – Lifestyle Article

Photo by Julie Cate Photography on Once WedAs previously seen on Wit & Delight Editor’s Note: In 2018 contributor Julie Rybarczyk wrote this post, one that weaves together insights from three women on how to nurture decades-long marriages. Their words of wisdom hold true to this day. We hope you find the nuggets of advice they have to offer helpful in your own lives. Have a great weekend. When the credits roll on Pride and Prejudice I feel two things:…

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How a smile can change lives – Spiritual Article

Ms. Tavares smiled at me today. As I was walking past her after picking up my kids from their class, I caught a glimpse of her talking to other parents. She noticed us passing by, looked up, and smiled as if to say hello.It was the most wonderful thing I’ve seen all day. And her gesture meant a lot to me. It meant a lot to a newcomer who’s new to the area, new to the city and basically new…

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6 Ways to Keep It Under Control – Spiritual Article

Back in the day, people worried about the newly invented television. Would everyone get sucked into the screen, wasting their days away in the living room? Little did they know that soon the world would operate via screens—some in the home and others in your pocket. Technology gives people more opportunities than ever before. You can easily reach almost anyone in the world by writing an email, sending a text or pinging their social media profiles. There’s an endless world of…

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Changing Career – Start With Purpose – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Here at CFCD, we thrive on helping people change career when it’s right for them. Through our deep experience in this area we have found starting with purpose helps make the change right and meaningful. A great example of this is documented in HBR post ‘From Accountant to Yogi: Making a Radical Career Change’ exploring Leah Zaccaria’s career transition. One of her lessons learnt is ‘Nourish your roots – stay connected to your purpose.’: “Quit being the person people think…

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The Road to Confidence Part 2: You Should Read This – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

This is the second in a series of posts based on Dale Carnegie’s writing and training. Find more information on his work, training, and free resources here. Read the first post here. I have a theory about how happy you are. It goes like this: count up the number of times in a day you say the word “should.” Think about your typical day. “I should go exercise this morning.” “I shouldn’t have had that piece of candy after lunch.”…

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Introvert Whisperer / How to Survive Your Office Party – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Office parties can be something of a minefield to navigate. Whilst they are a great opportunity for you to get to know your colleagues better and let off some steam, things can go wrong if you aren’t careful. In fact, a study found that 51 percent of employees felt nervous about returning to work the next day, and 40 percent considered handing in their notice after the party.   On the other hand, there are also a whole host…

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My Best Self Improvement Articles from 2019 – Self Improvement Article

This was a monumental year for The Emotion Machine, which officially turned over 10 years old this year! That’s a whole decade of writing and sharing information about psychology and self-improvement. It’s now time to recap the best article published in 2019. As always, it’s a nice combination of articles covering a wide-range of topics including positive psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, mindfulness meditation, and emotional intelligence. Please take a look through and see if there are any interesting articles…

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How To Master Communication with Your Employees – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Despite the fact that we can talk to one another, we don’t always do a good job of communicating. Talking at someone and communicating with them is not the same thing. Given how critical communication is to the success of any team, it’s important to master communication with your employees.  Although, if you’re like most people, you’ve probably had at least one boss that couldn’t hold a conversation to save their life. If you don’t want to be remembered as that…

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The Ripple Effects of a Thank You – Happiness Article

Researchers studying gratitude have found that being thankful and expressing it to others is good for our health and happiness. Not only does it feel good, it also helps us build trust and closer bonds with the people around us. These benefits have mostly been observed in a two-person exchange—someone saying thanks and someone receiving thanks. Now, a new study suggests that expressing gratitude not only improves one-on-one relationships, but could bring entire groups together—inspiring a desire to help and…

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