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You might be a communication fool if...

I have never understood why the very same people who don't believe communication skills are important enough to study are the ones who complain about or get offended by others.   Those who don't feel the need to be careful about what they say or how they say it are the very same individuals who become irate at the audacity of others to say X or do Y.  The ones who believe they have the right to speak their mind any way they feel like it are the very ones who are aggravated and offended by a Facebook friend who posted her beliefs.    Isn't it a bit hypocritical to expect others to choose their words carefully while you profess your...

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Are you making your readers click their fingers raw?

Don't you just hate those social media articles that sound so interesting by title but the author or platform makes it so difficult to read them that you give up before you even find out what they promised to tell you in the title?  You know. They're the ones that promise:  "25 Ways to Save Money with Coupons" "Sixteen Things You Need to Know to Live Through a Heart Attack""Why you don't want to eat that vegetable you think is good for you!""How to Get the Most Out of Your Workout"  But when you click over to read the article, you find one line of text and one picture with an arrow ====> you need to click on to get to the...

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You're making a BIG mistake if you aren't carefully crafting your conversations!

Most people think of communication skills as being important only for speech making politicians or pushy salesman.  But the truth is that the most important communication that takes place isn't a speech or a debate, it's all the little things we discuss with family and friends.  It's not just important to be careful of the words we use when we are trying to convince someone of something.  It's is equally important (and I'd go further by saying it's much MORE important) that we carefully craft our every day conversations that take place between ourselves and our friends and family, teachers and coworkers, neighbors and even strangers on the street.   Studying communication skills and being careful to craft your conversations...

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What one word best describes your state of mind?

It's time again for The Monthly Mouthful. Last month, I asked my readers what one word or phrase you didn't want to hear this year.  Some of you shared slang you were tired of hearing while others chose words that described struggles they had endured the prior year.  It was rather fun getting to know my readers.  Thank you all for sharing your thoughts!  My prayers are with all who shared struggles that they would be blessed in 2016. This month, I'd like you all to share the one word or phrase that best describes your state of mind at present.  Some of you are experiencing life's joys and others are going through trying times.  If you are happy to...

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Look Before You Leap...into communication!

Leap Year, February 29th, only comes around once every four years.  It's a special occasion, but so is your communication with others.  Every single time you communicate with someone, it's a special occasion because it's a time when you will either connect with and share something special with someone or a time when you will offend and build a wall between someone and yourself.   If you take time to look at and consider carefully each and every time you communicate with someone...if you think of it as a special occasion, I think it will be easier for you to remember to make sure you do so effectively and in grace.  To that end, I have provided links to some...

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