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Good Communication Starts by Changing Three Things

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field or endeavor. ~ Vince Lombardi I really like this quote – it reminds me that to be excellent in an area of your life you have to choose excellence and be totally committed to it.  Like the kid kissing the pig, you have to be all in. Most relationships struggle with communication in some way.  Quite simply, when we are communicating well with someone, things go so much better than when we aren’t. A personal commitment to strive for better communication is

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Sorry, I wasn’t listening: 5 ways to model better listening skills

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

I have a confession to make.  I’m a serial interrupter. When I already know what someone is trying to say, or finish saying, isn’t it way more efficient to just cut right in so we can move on? I know I shouldn’t do it.  I know it’s rude.  It drives me crazy when other people do it, so why do I?   And, I know it drives others crazy as well.  My husband and I spend way too much time re-creating conversations that only got half heard due to distractions, interruptions or one of us simply not paying full attention.

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Living with Intention

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

The last few weeks have been filled with events, celebrations, and a lot of time off work.  It’s been wonderful, but this week it’s back to my routine. My routine. Right.  You mean the one that has me staying up til midnight watching Netflix with my husband, then slogging through work and saying no to new opportunities because I’m just “too busy?” Nope. That routine doesn’t reflect what I want my new year to be like.  This year I want to take charge of my priorities and live with more intention.  And that’s my word for the year: INTENTION.  It represents

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Mommy Camp: Relationships Enduring the Test of Time

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This weekend, two girlfriends and I headed to the beach. Some would think it a typcial girl get-away. But this trip was far from that. This trip marked nineteen years of the three of us heading off to “Mommy Camp” together. It started when our children went to church camp together and it made more sense to stay over for the weekend then drive back and forth.  Our girls stopped going to camp about 7 years ago. But, Mommy Camp continues. The picture here shows Georganne, Karen and me at Pacific Beach in Oregon.  We have a picture from each

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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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Finding Common Connections: Meeting Alizza

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

  “Only you can make friends with a New Yorker on the Street” ~ Elizabeth to me after I made friends with a stranger on the street. My recent visit to New York included many great adventures – media interviews, two Broadway shows, my first visit to MoMA, and visits with dear friends. I love New York. It’s such a different world from Olympia and a really fun place to visit.  But, the people there have a reputation. They aren’t that friendly, or so I’ve heard. Now, out west we are pretty casual, accepting, and usually nice to strangers.  In New

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The Great Connector: Goodbye Golden Frig

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

When our son was a baby, we moved into a house that had an old refrigerator that was an awful retro golden color.  We immediately got a newer, more hip model and relegated the old refer to the garage. When we moved across town about 8 years later, we considered leaving it behind but had gotten used to a place to store extra drinks and big salads for a potluck, so it came with us. As our kids grew up, the old refer became the source of extra kid drinks and treats.  My son’s best friend dubbed it the “Golden

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Authentic Communication: Walking the Walk

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This month I gave a presentation at a Women in Leadership Symposium that was held at a waste water treatment plant, which sounds weirder than it was. On site was a open trail area and a beautiful conference and learning center with the appropriate name  of “Brightwater.”  My presentation was titled “Performance Coaching: Bringing out the Best in Others.” We learned and practiced some basic authentic communication skills to better provide direction, regular and timely feedback, and encouragement to enhance work groups. We learned what can get in the way of communicating clearly and we talked about walking the walk. Walking the

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10 Communication Tips for Creating Memories that Last

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

One Christmas, when my kids were very young, we left a small gift for them in their room that could open us as soon as they woke up.  The idea was that it might slow them down enough to give us a few more minutes of sleep. What happened was that the minute they awoke they screamed with delight. They ran into our bedroom and exclaimed, “Santa came!” They opened their gift on our bed – a Polly Pocket and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle – and squealed with joy.  I turned to my husband and declared “We could have

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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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