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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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #12 - Lessons From a Body Language Expert

Mark Bowden is one of the world’s top body language experts having worked with sales and leadership teams, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and prime ministers of G7 powers. His TED Talk has been viewed over 1 million times and he is the co-author of the book Truth & Lies: What People are Really Thinking. In this interview, we talk about the popularity of understanding body language, communicating in the virtual world, the importance of conflict and key lessons from a body language...

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #11 - Saying What You Mean

Oren Jay Sofer teaches mindfulness, meditation and Nonviolent Communication in both secular and Buddhist contexts. He is the author of the book Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, a practical guidebook for having more effective, satisfying conversations. In this episode, we discuss Nonviolent Communication, how mindfulness plays a big role in communication and how most humans' communication training has been unconscious and unintentional.

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Mindful Communication Podcast episode #10 - Communicating With Aikido

Judy Ringer is the author of Turn Enemies Into Allies: The Art of Peace in the Workplace. She provides conflict, communication, and presentation skills training based on mind/body principles from the martial art Aikido, in which she holds a third-degree black belt. In this episode, we talk about how to deal with conflict using the philosophy of Aikido, how to use Aikido as a way to live life, the impact of the virtual world in our day-to-day conflicts, and much more.

 

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