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Ban the laser pointer

There I was sitting in the boardroom with a team of seasoned professionals. There were more advanced degrees in the room than hours in the day. Amongst the group there must have been over 400 years of experience in science, computing, math, engineering, and some areas I didn’t even recognize. So when I suggested that we ban the laster pointer from our presentations, you could hear a pin drop. Suddenly all eyes were on me. I realized I was challenging a...

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What you say – more than words

Early in my career I was lucky enough to work with a great mentor and teacher. She assigned projects and just let me do it my way, even if I failed. It was the first time I truly understood about experiential learning. A Common Misinterpretation An early training presentations included this big beautiful graph about communication. You’ve probably seen it…….it’s a big pie chart with three percentages:  7-38-55  representing verbal and non-verbal communication.  The 7% representing words, 38% representing tone, and 55%...

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From 43% Pointless to 100% Meaningful

After learning from a 2010 survey that as much as 43% of conversations were deemed pointless, I began to dig deeper into my interactions with clients, coworkers, workshop participants, and frankly anyone that would pay attention long enough in a conversation for me to discover more. What I discovered was a collection of obstacles to communicating effectively as diverse and numerous as the individuals themselves.  As I took a step back and looked at all of the obstacles, three themes emerged:...

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