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How to Improve Your Listening Skills

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Effective communication is one of the most important pillars in any successful workplace. But communication is at least a two-sided conversation. Being a good listener is frequently more important than your ability to convey information, and it’s a skill that should be nurtured whenever possible. Whether you’re brushing up on your team coaching skills or just trying to be a better leader, use these tips to beef up your listening game. 

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Tags: management training, effective communication, employee training

Using Effective Communication to Embrace Diversity

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Maintaining healthy and clear communication is one of the — if not the — hardest barriers in a diversified workplace. Cultural differences, generation gaps — literal language barriers. These can all cause strife in the workplace, and can lessen the otherwise advantageous situation of being a diversified team.

The answer to most issues in diversification is clear communication. So, how do you use communication to embrace diversity, rather than treating it as a complication?

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Tags: effective communication, professional development

Barriers to Cultural Diversity

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Oct 29, 2019

The modern workplace is a melting pot of different cultures, races, genders, age groups, and belief systems. These differences, and workplace diversity as a whole, can provide noteworthy advantages to a team. Different viewpoints spark creativity and advanced problem solving, and offer ways to learn new skills and become more productive overall. It helps the reputation of your company, too!

All of this said, there are undeniably some hurdles and barriers to overcome when it comes to integration and establishing a cohesive workplace when diversity is involved — particularly if it’s a new thing for your team.

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Tags: effective communication, professional development

The 5 Elements of Self-Awareness

Posted by Jess Sexton on Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Emotional intelligence is not just showing empathy to others. It involves noticing facial expressions and other non-verbal communication to recognize how other people are feeling, and then adjusting yourself accordingly.

Have you ever wondered why you feel the way you do? Being able to recognize and understand your emotions can be the deciding factor in your successes — or failures. Surprisingly, many people are not self-aware and their performance and communication suffers.

So how can we begin to improve our emotional intelligence? By developing a greater awareness of ourselves.

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Tags: effective communication, professional development

How to Use Emotional & Social Intelligence to Your Advantage

Posted by Jess Sexton on Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Being able to recognize and understand the less obvious details of communication gives you the ability to size-up others, properly delegate work tasks, and overall thrive at the workplace! But where can you begin?

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Tags: effective communication, professional development

What can Parents and Caregivers do to Prevent Bullying?

Posted by Amy Lewkovich on Mon, Sep 15, 2014

No matter how old you are, where you live or whether you’re a parent, a student or a teacher, we’ve all heard stories about friends, loved ones and strangers being bullied. Some of the stories are worse than others, some have tragic endings and some make us question what is and isn’t bullying.

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Tags: effective communication

How to Empower Parents through Communication

Posted by Amy Lewkovich on Thu, Feb 14, 2013

Every day parents face endless questions when it comes to how to best protect their children.

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A Guide to Effective Communication

Posted by Elly Stewart on Thu, Jul 19, 2012

We all know the importance of being a good communicator, especially in an office environment. You look more professional to your colleagues, and can send a positive message that can help to advance your career. But how can you make sure you're using effective communication?

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How to Improve your Email Communication

Posted by Elly Stewart on Thu, Jul 05, 2012

Communication extends beyond direct, face-to-face conversations between two or more people.  In our day-to-day lives, we may communicate through social media, texting, or emailing.  Email can be a quick, efficient way to exchange information; however, because the non-verbal body language and tone of direct communication is off the table, it is extremely important that proper email etiquette be used to ensure your point is conveyed accurately, with proper tone and professionalism.

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The Art of Effective Communication

Posted by Elly Stewart on Mon, Jun 11, 2012

Communication is a fundamental skill for the majority of society. We convey our thoughts, ideas, wants, desires and needs through words and body language. Communicating with family and friends is simple and informal; however, communication with bosses, co-workers, and clients is more complicated, and requires a higher level of formality and professionalism. Let's discuss some things you can do and tricks you can master to make yourself a more effective communicator.

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Tags: effective communication