Brenda's Communication Corner

December 19, 2018

Instead of a pros/cons list, try these four cartesian questions for better decision making.

August 20, 2018

How many times have you found yourself tuning out, daydreaming or answering before truly listening? Active listening may be a lost art.

Throughout our lives, we are constantly making requests and asking for favors. We ask a significant other for assistance. We ask a child for simple tasks. We request work products of co-workers.

Have you ever found that that the recipient of your request is, at times, r...

April 26, 2018

Have you ever been in a meeting where you offer an idea and someone else responds with a comment like, "No, that's wrong." or "I would argue that point."?  How did that make you feel?  Embarrassed, judged, defeated?  You may have shut-down, decided not to contribute an...

April 4, 2018

We are all human, right? So let's face it, we all make mistakes. Most times we are so embarrassed we want to sweep them under the carpet - but they always come back to haunt us. Owning up to those mistakes and taking responsibility is as pleasant as a sharp stick to th...

"Can you..." and "Will you..." are the same, aren't they?  Not really.  "Can" is associated with capability, while "will" is associated with a choice.  Using the right word in the correct situation may mean the difference between harmony and defensiveness.  When do you...

March 8, 2018

We hear it all the time, "I have some constructive criticism for you."  But how can "constructive criticism" be helpful?  If you look up the definitions of those two words, they contain explanations such as: constructive = to build up; criticism = disapproval of faults...

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