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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...
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...
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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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...
I was speaking to a friend who shared his experience of someone yelling at him. It sounded incredibly unpleasant, not just for him, but also for the person yelling. In the end, no one enjoyed the interaction and no one got what they wanted.
That gave me an opportunity to pause and take a look at why we yell, why it is so ineffective, and what we can do about it.
In this episode, I give 3 powerful tips on what you can do when someone is yelling at you in order to calm down the...
I was recently in a heated argument with someone and it actually went a lot better than I expected. Normally I speak in unhelpful tones, I don’t listen very much and end up saying things that I later regret.
Fortunately, this time, I was able to implement some of my communication skills and tools to make things go much smoother than usual.
In this episode, I share 3 lessons I gleaned from my experience of being in this heated argument that you can use the next time you find yourself...
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He had just finished speaking to his daughter on the phone and, from the sounds of it, the conversation didn't go too well.
The call ended and he immediately made his way toward me.
"Can you believe it? All she did was blame me the entire time."
I didn't hear exactly what was said on the call, but it sounded like he wasn't treated very nicely. And unsurprisingly, he responded in kind, speaking rather aggressively to his daughter.
He spoke to me for some...
Michael Roderick is a founder, speaker and connector. His company, Small Pond Enterprises, helps clients to curate, extend, and leverage their existing networks for the purpose of getting higher-paid engagements, speaking opportunities, and becoming thought leaders in their industry. In this episode, we discuss how to package ideas so that they spread, what makes a thought leader, how to network in a way that allows you and your ideas to catch on, and much more.
We all know people who are judgmental. And we usually don’t like being around them very much. We, ourselves, can also be quite judgmental at times. And despite knowing how harmful it is, we continue to do it.
In this episode, I expose the hidden cost of being judgmental, so that you stray more carefully away from this unhelpful communication behavior.
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Last week I wrapped up a 10-day silent meditation retreat. In fact, it was the 5th 10-day retreat I had sat within the last few years.
I get many questions when I share this, the most common of which is: Why?
There are many, many reasons why I sit retreats and maintain a regular meditation practice. And I'm going to let you in on one major reason. In fact, this reason directly relates to cultivating better communication skills.
I distinctly remember the...