You interact with people from diverse backgrounds every day. Are you effective? This week’s Tip by Loren Ekroth will help you improve your communication and ensure people are understanding what you are saying. Get my drift?
What’s the best way to acknowledge someone? This week’s Tip by Loren Ekroth provides suggestions on the use of praise to reward people.
Want to be more productive? In this week’s Tip, a new contributor, Natalie M. Houston, shares a great idea on how to protect your focus and attention during your “always on” day.
This week’s Tip by Art Sobczak is a great reminder to only ask one question at a time. Sometimes, in coaching, I get so excited about what the client is telling me that I can start to rattle off a slew of questions. And then I remember, people can only answer one question at a time. Be thoughtful about the question you ask and then listen for the answer.
Last week while I was on vacation in NH. I had time for long conversations as life for me moved a bit slower, people listened a bit longer and it was a joy. Coming back to work on Monday, I noticed that I wasn’t so appreciative of the wonderful twists and turns and openings that occur in longer conversations. I wanted people to get to the point! This week’s Tip by Loren Ekroth has me wonder, during these days of 24/7, might a powerful communication strategy for you be to talk less?
This is a great Tip for sales people by the authors, Bob Burg and John Mann. How many times have you been “turned off” by sales people who wouldn’t keep their mouths shut? Bob and John offer an alternative to talking… listening.
How can you build trust in a relationship? Listen. This week, Loren Ekroth shares two ideas on how to be a better listener. The first is about self-awareness and the second requires changing a behavior. They are both great reminders!
This week, Resource Development Company provides Jack Zenger’s top 10 Rules for becoming a great leader. I liked this summary because it seems so achievable! Most of the rules are about people skills, interacting with others and treating people well. Great reminder to put your people first.
One of my values is clarity. When I hear something I don’t understand, I ask for clarification. The responses I get to this request range from really funny to really rich. Some people give the same response only louder while others elaborate so that I have a deeper understanding of what the person meant by their words. Natalie Manor reminds us of the importance of clear communication.
When I was taking my initial coaching training courses back in 1997, one of the competencies we worked on was Active Listening: the ability to focus completely on what the client is saying and is not saying, to understand the meaning of what is said in the context of the client’s desires, and to support client self-expression. People have always told me I’m a good listener. It goes hand in hand with my introverted nature. And yet, we can always improve our strengths. Hence, this week’s Tip with ideas for improving your listening skills.