2 Lessons I Learned on How to Handle a Heated Argument

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I'm assuming you've been in a heated exchange before, right? Of course you have. You're a human being! 

And I was in one just the other day with someone who, for the purposes of this post, we'll call Bob.

The conversation started in typical fashion - an exchange of "how are you's" and general life updates. Once we got past the pleasantries, we started on a topic that we had clashed over in the past.

It turns out that Bob actually many unexpressed...

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #20 - Understanding our Hidden Networks

David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after keynote speaker, and former business school professor. His newest book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He’s delivered keynotes to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the future leaders of the United States Naval Academy. His TED talk has been viewed over 2 million times...

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #18 - Workplace Miscommunications

Diana Peterson-More is a former employment lawyer, corporate manager, executive, and officer. She left a Fortune 200 company to launch The Organizational Effectiveness Group, LLC where she is now a speaker and facilitator that aligns people with values-driven organizational goals. She is also the author of the book Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times: A practical guide to leadership. In this episode, we talk about the cost of miscommunications in the office, the difference...

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Have you ever wanted to ask for something... but felt too scared?

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"I want to ask him, but he'll probably say no," she said, discouraged by the thought.

"Why do you think he'll say no?" I inquired.

"Because he has family here, his friends are here, all of his work connections are here and he is barely making ends meet, he just signed a new lease for an apartment... I have also only really known him for 2 months and I don't want to seem like a crazy person!"

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I was speaking to a...

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #17 - How to Talk to Kids

Alyson Schafer is a family counsellor and internationally acclaimed parenting expert who empowers families by sharing her principles, rules, and tools for raising happy and healthy kids. She is the international best-selling author of three parenting books including Breaking the Good Mom Myth, Honey, I Wrecked the Kids, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. In this episode, we talk about the common mistakes we make when talking to kids, talking to kids about sensitive topics, how to let "kids...

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I Managed to Avoid a Potential Disaster With my Sister (and how you can do the same)

 

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One thing that has been shaking up my world lately is that my sister, who lives in New Zealand, is visiting Toronto for the next 6 weeks. And here is the kicker: she is living with me for that time.

Wait, what?

That's right - I have a new roommate for 6 weeks that, in all honesty, I probably wouldn't have chosen as my top pick for a roommate.

And the transition with her here hasn't been the easiest for me. In...

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #16 - The Power of our Point of View

Della DiPietro is an award-winning corporate communications executive and TV journalist with two decades of public service as a local elected official. She also leads communication courses across North America for Landmark Worldwide. In this interview, we talk about the trouble with saying the "right words", the power of our point of view in our daily life, and the power of pointing our finger toward ourselves rather than toward someone else.

 

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #15 - The Healing Power of Connection

Dr. David Rakel is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is the author of the book The Compassionate Connection: The Healing Power of Empathy and Mindful Listening, a book that describes the power of human connection and the ways it can be used to boost health and well-being. In this episode, we discuss the importance of connecting with your patients, the power of empathy and mindful listening to heal,...

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #14 - Communication State of Mind

Ric Phillips is an executive communication coach and corporate trainer. He founded "3V Communications" in 2007, which uses a holistic approach for communication skills development to help business leaders, consultants, entrepreneurs, managers and their teams. In this interview we talk about common communication difficulties in the workplace, communication skills development as an ongoing practice, and how upgrading our communication skills ultimately allows us to live a higher quality life....

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #13 - The Power of Kindness

Alana is a meditation teacher and is the founder of the project Letter to a Stranger - an initiative to leave anonymous notes to strangers with kind messages inside. In this episode, we talk about the benefits of gratitude, the power of kindness and Alana shares some beautiful stories about the project so far.

 

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Letter to a Stranger Website

Letter to a Stranger Instagram

Mindful Communication website

Mindful Communication Facebook

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