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10 Ways to be a More Positive Communicator

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

You never know when one kind act, or one word of encouragement, can change a life forever. – Zig Ziglar One of the most powerful ways to improve relationships is to simply be a more positive communicator. Positive communication is contagious and brings out the best in yourself and in those around you. When you practice positive communication, people are more likely to listen to you, the conversation goes better, and the results can be transforming. The following is an excerpt  from my book, Dancing with Strangers,  and puts the concept to work: 10 ways to be a more positive communicator 1.

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Communication Tips We Can Learn From Our Pets

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

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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Thanksgiving Conversation Stoppers

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

    If your Thanksgiving family get together isn’t entertaining enough already, here are a few ideas to have some fun and get the conversation going – or quite possibly – stopped. 1) Fill up your plate, and then take it to the kitchen. Toss all of the food into the blender, then take your “shake” back to the table. Announce to everyone that it’s the new Thanksgiving Weight Loss Shake.  See how the conversation goes, or doesn’t go, from there. 2) When everyone goes around the table to share what they are thankful for, say, “I’m thankful I didn’t get

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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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Communicating with your brain: train it for a better future

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I love brain research. I find it fascinating! Did you know you can communicate with your brain to enhance how it stores information for your future? We can actually train our brain to help us build a better future. Really. According to scientists, our brain’s memory circuits are not just for reflecting on the past but are also vital mechanisms for imagining, anticipating, and preparing for the future. In this new view, your brain is a proactive system that integrates past experience to help you navigate the future. The proactive brain flexibly recombines details from past experiences that, by analogy

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Appreciation and Gratitude – My top 5 tips

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Purposeful appreciation and gratitude towards others is one of the most powerful communication tools you can have. It’s also one of the easiest to learn and apply! It’s simple, really.  Everyone has a real need to feel appreciated. It makes us feel valued and connected. When we feel genuinely valued and appreciated, we will  respond better and perform better. Positive Psychology Research Findings Positive psychology studies have consistently found that grateful and appreciative people are happier and healthier than those who are less inclined to express gratitude and show appreciation.  It’s not hard to believe that grumpy, ungrateful people aren’t

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Generational Communication: 5 Ways to Communicate Better

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

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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