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Communication Tips We Can Learn From Our Pets

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My husband and I had a really great date night when we redeemed a certificate my son gave me to take a paint class to learn to “Paint Your Pet.”  Who knew that 2 hours and a glass of wine would make me an artist?  But, as you can see by our displayed masterpieces here, that’s all it took!  It was a fun evening of meeting other dog lovers and indulging in our creative side. Spending time talking about and painting our four-legged family members reminded me of some of my best and favorite communication tips I have learned from our

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Top Tips for Better Generational Communication at Work

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This month I traveled to Richmond, Virginia to give a presentation to the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) on Generations at Work.  It’s an important communication topic – understanding how to embrace generational differences can make a stressful relationship a more productive one. Did you know? For the first time in history we have four generations working side by side in the workplace.   The two older generations are: Traditionalists/Veterans (born 1909-1943) and Boomers (1943-1960) The two younger generations are: Generation X (1960-1980) and Generation Y/Millenials  (1980-2000) Each group brings a unique set of experiences and values that influences their behavior and outlook

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Generational communication tips: make your expectations clear

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Last week I had the privilege of doing a workshop on generational communication for faculty and staff members at the Military Campus of Pierce College. The students they work with are serving in the military either locally, nationwide or overseas.  Most of there courses have a strong online component, making for many communication challenges. One of them is that they come from and serve all four generations in the work force today.  Just to review them (and maybe find yours), here are the approximate age groups for each generation: Traditionalists/Veterans –  over age 65; Boomers – ages 50-65; Generation X – ages 33-50;

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Don’t End up in Your Parents Basement |12 Ways to Get a Job

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My daughter, Kalli, is graduating from college next month and moving back home until she finds a “real” job.  Not a terrible thing, really. I‘m excited to have her back in the same town.  But, I know the honeymoon will end after a few weeks when my husband and I start missing the empty nest we have gotten used to. I’ve been putting my career coach hat on. It’s a legit hat –  I was a career counselor for seven years at The Evergreen State College. I’ve been busy giving her and her friends my best “get a job” advice. Here

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5 Tips for Communicating Across Generations

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Patience is also a form of action. ~ Auguste Rodin Effective communication can get pretty interesting when you throw in generational differences. The ability to relate to all generations is a communication skill that is absolutely necessary in our diverse workplaces and families. It’s fertile ground for conflict in the workplace and at home. Not understanding others’ perspectives can be stressful, confusing, and frustrating. Let’s say the phone rings at home and you have left strict instructions with your son to answer it and take a message for you. But it wasn’t answered because he was in the final minutes

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Generational Communication: 5 Ways to Communicate Better

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Here are 5 Sure Fire Ways to Communicate Better with all Generations 1) It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, respect all people on your team – appreciate different perspectives and embrace the differences instead of fighting them or letting them make you crazy.  Re-channel frustrating behavior and energy into a project that can profit from different points of view. For example, bring together the fresh perspectives of the young and the wisdom of the experienced.  You can start this process by demonstrating how it works – be a good role model. 2) Be open and honest about

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Generational Communication: What is YOUR Gen?

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Generational differences can make working and living together confusing and frustrating. Why are those other generations so goofy? And, what generation do you belong to? We live in interesting times.  Because of longer lives, a horrid recession, and probably a bunch of other personal factors, we have, for the first time in history, four generations working side by side in the workplace. Each group brings a unique set of experiences and values that influences their behavior and outlook. A Boomer working along side a Gen Y, for example, can make you just a little crazy if you don’t understand. Now,

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