Monthly Archives: June 2013

Test your listening skills

Here’s a simple drill to test your listening skills. Close your eyes. Count slowly to 50. Don’t let another thought enter your mind. Use this exercise to improve your ability to concentrate on a person who’s speaking, without your mind … Continue reading

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Tips for Positive Communication

Own your messages. Use personal pronouns like “I” and “my.” For example, “I would like to discuss the options in detail” instead of “Maybe there should be some discussion about the options.” Make your messages clear, complete and specific. Plan what you want … Continue reading

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Streamline your written messages

Tighten your writing by reducing the number of words you use: Use “now” instead of “at this point in time”; “to instead of “in order to”; “list” instead of “make a list of”; “looked” instead of “took a look”

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Fight procrastination by eliminating distractions

Video clip: “Gotta get my stuff done” Procrastinators actively look for distractions, particularly ones that don’t take a lot of commitment on their part. Checking e-mail is almost perfect for this purpose. They distract themselves as a way of regulating … Continue reading

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Are We Addicted to Mediocrity

I wish I had written this, or something like this: The one possible weakness of this otherwise terrific little volume is that it is aimed solely at people who are creative, intelligent and want to succeed. Those who are mediocre, … Continue reading

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