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How to Defeat the Power of Apology: Explanations or Excuses?

It’s not “if” we make mistakes; rather, it’s how we handle them. Research from the University of Texas found that on average, we make “at least three mistakes (usually 5 – 7) every hour we are awake.” Wow, doubtless many of those errors involve the individual only, such as forgetting to turn off a light, or walking into a room, and forgetting why.

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The Conundrum of Social Media Saturation: Who Really Comprises the Majority?

Regular Newsletter followers will know that I struggled with my second book – now nearly completed – entitled “Can’t We All Just Get Along,” Rodney King, Courageous Communication: a Return to Civility. The reason for my struggle was the result of a succession of surveys, responded to worldwide, with what I initially thought were startling, surprising, even shocking results.

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Communication Resolutions for 2024: Five Key Tips

As the year comes to an end, it’s time for reflection, renewal, and commitment, often through pledging to New Year’s Resolutions. Next year, why not take a quote from an admired historical figure that informs communication? After all, it’s something we do 24×7, whether we want to or not, and whether we intend to or not. By focusing on how we communicate, we may have more successful results.

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Two More Difficult Words in the English Language: Thank You!

I recently posted a blog entitled “The Two Most Difficult Words in the English Language: I’m Sorry.” In these times in which we live – a sad loss of civility in the public square – two more difficult words in the English language are “thank-you.” As with “I’m sorry,” “thank you,” when sincerely given is both powerful and motivating. 

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Owning the Communication: Using “I” Statements

“Words, words, words, I’m so sick of words . . .“ sang Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. In that work of art, the use of words and enunciation consistent with the so-called “Kings English,” were used by Professor Henry Higgins to take what he called a “gutter snipe” and transform her into a lady…

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Communication “How-to’s” for the Virtual Meeting Initiators

Thirty days ago, many of us were just learning to communicate virtually. Fast-forward one month, and we’ve all become experts! Maybe not experts; however, the comfort level has risen dramatically, and our once unscheduled days have become full of GoToMeetings, SKYPEs, Zooms, Google Chats and the like. I, for one, have three standing virtual meetings…

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