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Tag: improving communication

  • Communicating with awareness (aka being present and awake with each other)

    Communicating with awareness (aka being present and awake with each other)

    I’ve written before about the challenges of listening well and how important it is to practice, but that previous post didn’t include any guidance as to how. I also shared five questions for exploring another’s perspective, but that supposed you are really hearing someone in the first place. So I was happy to come across […]

  • The Four Os of Meeting Prep

    The Four Os of Meeting Prep

    My current work doesn’t require me to run or attend a ton of synchronous meetings, and that is as it should be. Most in-person meetings are poorly organized and happen because someone doesn’t want to do the hard work of thinking about a problem and doing some writing. I admit that I’ve been guilty of […]

  • Five questions for managing conflict by being curious

    Five questions for managing conflict by being curious

    Did you read something recently that made your spin because of how unjust it was? Have a chat recently that made you clench up because of how angry you got? Most of the time these perceived conflicts are just stories in our heads, and I, for one, am a world-class storyteller (in my head of […]

  • How to escalate or de-escalate a conflict

    How to escalate or de-escalate a conflict

    All of us are in or have been in a conflict recently. I hope this isn’t your situation but my wife and I seem to be in the midst of a series of on again/off again conflicts related to our house renovation. There is no shortage of opportunities in life to get worked up, but […]

  • On the value (and difficulty) of listening

    On the value (and difficulty) of listening

    Listening well is super hard. At first, it appears that listening requires much less work, and is less important, than other aspects of communication like formulating a bullet-proof counterpoint, a witty come-back, or some smart advice. You don’t really need to do much to listen right? It doesn’t seem like enough, and yet, much of […]