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Communication Lessons from Five Year Olds

Blast from the past from my article archive this month is: Communication Lessons from Five Year Olds:  Little children are inexperienced in communication, but as I will share, we can all learn some valuable communication lessons from them.Lesson number one: Speak Plainly.Adults say, “The honour of your presence is requested at the…blah blah blah…”  Adults go to great lengths to use the right words, the perfect invitation and the most respectful language, but at the end of the day, it can often sound confusing, standoffish or pompous. Children say, “Wanna come to my party?”  Children put things simply, succinctly and honestly.  They don’t worry about how it sounds.  They just say what they mean and because they don’t know big...

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Poor Car Communication or Navigation Aggravation

Automobiles are getting so techie these days, they practically talk to you.  Well, they DO talk to you.  They tell you your door is ajar.  They buzz and ring and carry on when you begin to drive without your seat belt on. Their nav system has an audible voice that tells you how to get to places you aren't familiar with.   But how good a communicator ARE they?  Often, not very! Here are two recent examples of my own. Your mileage may vary!  ROFL  1. So they other day, a week after my parathyroid surgery, I needed to find my way to my bone specialist's office.  Two thirds of the way there the blue line that tracks the nav...

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Survey: Do You Like Valentine's Day?

There is so much hype about Valentine's Day, but I know several people who really don't like to feel forced to celebrate. It feels too commercial or they feel it's too much pressure to be memorable.  I was wondering if it really did communicate love at all anymore or if it was just a day couples felt they needed to celebrate or their partner/spouse would feel left out.  Do you think Valentine's Day communicates love? Or do you feel it's too forced/commercial?  Here's a little survey. Please share your thoughts.  1. Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Why or Why not? 2. Is Valentine's Day meaningful to you? 3. What would make Valentine's Day meaningful to you?4. Do you think Valentine's Day...

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Facebook Pet Peeves

Is anyone else getting a bit frustrated with Facebook?  Seems a lot of rules that limit socialization for a social media network.  Facebook says it's trying to protect its users by ridding itself of anything that might possibly resemble SPAM.  But it is taking the social right out of social media, don't you think?  1. You can't have more than 5000 friends. What if I'm popular? LOL  I recently had a discussion with someone on Facebook who said that anyone who believes you can have that many friends doesn't understand what the word means.  I don't believe Facebook is for people who are such good friends they'd do anything for each other.  If Facebook were just for very close friends,...

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Story Go Round

This is such fun!  I used to do this on our Facebook Fan Page and it was fascinating to read the creativity of Art of Eloquence fans.  Here's how Story Go Round works: I'll start you all off with a story prompt.  I'd like each of you to read it and the comments that follow and add to the story.  Here we go: One night, a family of six went out to eat at a fancy restaurant to celebrate a very special occasion.  On the way to dinner, the car began making a funny noise and so the father pulled over to take a look at the engine.  After a few minutes, the mother asked the father what the trouble...

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