3 things NOT to do when someone is feeling mad/sad/hurt (and what to do instead)

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I managed to avoid a total disaster yesterday.

I was in the car with my wife, driving back from a long weekend away in nature. 

Since we had left on our trip, we had been avoiding checking our phones. Alas, now that the trip was over it was time to get back into the swing of things.

Once we got reception back, my wife checked her phone and surveyed her emails.

And as she came back to "reality", she became very worried...

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #31 - Drama-Free Workplace

Anna Maravelas is the President of Thera Rising International and author of the book Creating a Drama-Free Workplace: The insider’s guide to managing conflict, incivility & mistrust. Her work has been featured on numerous business radio shows and print media including Oprah Magazine, Harvard Management Update and MSNBC, while The New York Times named her “The best source on workplace tension and mistrust.” In this episode, we talk about typical workplace conflicts,...

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode # 30 - Understanding Subjectivity

Dianne Lowther has 30 years experience in learning and development and is a Certified Master Trainer of Neurolinguistic Programming with 23 years of practice, She’s the author of the book 'NLP for Work, the practical guide', working mostly with senior executives, leadership teams, HR and technical professionals. In this episode, we discover more about what NLP is, how it works, its benefits, how it relates to communication, and much, much more.

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #29 - 3 Tips to Avoid Moments of Disconnection

Several weeks ago I was at a meeting where I saw an interaction go down that highlighted this phenomenon. It was so clear and obvious that these two people were communicating with each other in a way that pitted them as rivals against one another, rather than as partners in solving a (relatively simple) problem.

I call moments like these “moments of disconnection.” They can happen in an instant and they erode relationships. They are also completely avoidable! Find out how in this...

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How to let in more love in your life

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In one of my coaching sessions, a client and I were exploring what it would look like to have more acknowledgements in her life.

First off, I love that idea. Is there a thing as too much acknowledgement? If so, I haven’t found that limit yet.

What was so interesting was what my client had discovered for herself several weeks into her acknowledgment experiment.

Naturally, she started to become much more aware of when she gave out acknowledgements and,...

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #28 - Compassionate Leadership

Nate Regier, Ph.D. is the CEO and founding owner of Next Element Consulting, a global leadership firm dedicated to increasing compassion at work. He is the author of three books including Conflict Without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability. He hosts a podcast called OnCompassion with Dr. Nate, writes a weekly blog, and contributes to multiple industry publications. In this episode, we explore what compassionate leadership can bring to a workplace, how to...

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Your Friends are Lying on Facebook (and I can prove it)

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I gleaned over the Facebook event details, unsure of whether this is something I would be interested in attending or not.

Someone had invited me to their birthday party. My plans were open for the evening, so I didn’t really have an excuse not to go.

I looked at the guest list. Lots of unfamiliar names and faces appeared. My uncertainty and unwillingness to commit to this party remained.

I lingered on the event page for only a few more moments before...

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #27 - How Meditation Improves Communication Skills

Meditation has a wide range of benefits. From controlling anxiety to lengthened attention span, and from stress reduction to enhanced self-awareness. And one major benefit that is often overlooked is how a mindfulness meditation practice can improve one’s communication skills.

In this episode, I get into the nitty-gritty of how it works - how meditation can actually improve the way you speak and listen, that will ultimately have you saying fewer things you regret and being more...

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #26 - Tapping into Fan Culture

David Meerman Scott is an internationally acclaimed business strategies, entrepreneur, advisor to emerging companies, and public speaker. He is the best-selling author of 10 previous books including The New Rules of Marketing & PR. His newest book is called Fanocracy: Turning Fans Into Customers and Customers Into Fans. In this episode we dive deep into the power of fandom, digging into what makes fans and what pushes them away, as well as how this same fandom can apply not only to...

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Do Goal-Setting, Not Resolutions

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New year's resolutions get a bad wrap. That’s probably because the vast majority of people decide to take on something new in their life - a workout regiment, a diet, a new skill or hobby, to get organized,  [ list well-intentioned endeavour here] - and ultimately fall off the bandwagon within months, weeks, or even days.

There are many, many reasons people fail to keep their resolutions. In this article, I’m going to highlight a few that...

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