We all have trouble communicating at times. We get tired, we are stressed out, we lose patience and sometimes we just don’t get our co-workers or bosses. If you’ve ever lost your temper at work, had a misunderstanding or had to deal with a conflict, you know how important it is to communicate effectively. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the skills or awareness to know exactly what to do. Or, we’re good communicators who sometimes forget our skills at the door.
Wow - what a great conversation! Tom Watson and I chat about all sorts of things including his story of a very challenging childhood but how the right support put him on the right path, how sharing this story has touched the lives of many and enabled Tom to make another change in his life helping people to have a better life.
If you want to be happier, more fulfilled in life, less stressed out, and more successful in your career, then be someone who is easy to work with! Improving your relationships with your teammates, or better still, becoming a dream teammate, will help you achieve all those goals and then some.
We have a lot of talk these days about equality and needing equal rights for all. Not a bad thing but, after a meeting with the lovely Esi Hardy of Celebrating Disability a few weeks ago, it made me think - how different are we really? Esi was talking about how difficult it is for someone in a wheelchair to enjoy being in a pub where people mainly stand and therefore, they are essentially out of the conversation.
Once again the dreaded month of February – LOVE MONTH – is upon us men! Oh lord! It’s the month where more men than not are left scratching their heads trying to figure out what in the world they can do to demonstrate their love for their significant other year after year. No doubt its tough men, and unlike the early relationship, days where life pressures were lower and our attraction sensory systems were on high alert, the longer a relationship goes the more obstacles old man life puts in the way – all designed to suck the word “romance” right out of a relationship.
A while ago, I had the opportunity to audition to be a speaker for TEDx. It was an interesting and sometimes stressful process to get to the big stage in front of a large audiance; but it was a journey worth taking! Especially since I was selected to give my TEDx talk live! I really enjoyed competing for a spot in the “BIG SHOW”, but one of the really amazing aspects of the journey was the opportunity to listen to other regular people like myself getting up on stage and sharing stories about their life experiences, work skills, and passions.
Survey after survey suggests that one of the keys to a healthy, positive, successful, long-term relationship is humour.Couples, families, friends and work teammates that appreciate humour and share a lot of humour with one another report being more satisfied with their personal relationships. As long as the humour is positive, humour helps people come across as more trustworthy, likeable, authentic, and yes, even more physically attractive!
In this day of technological overload, we’ve shortened our attention spans, decreased our amount of human interaction and reduced our time spent on even the smallest gestures. Mail is barely a thing. So, now, more than ever, the power of handwritten notes helps you stand out from the crowd.
Why does handwriting create such a strong impact?
Let’s face it, we all have something we know we could work on to be healthier and more productive in our lives; and just like January 1 begins a new year many of us use this opportunity to make resolutions to identify and tackle areas we know we need to improve to live more fulfilled lives. The key to New Year’s resolutions really is not in the making of a resolution it is in actually successfully following through. High percentages of the population make a New Year’s resolution or two – unfortunately most resolutions end up in failure.
Research shows that when we thank other people it makes us feel better – possibly even altering our body chemistry. We also know that teams and organizations that excel at building a culture of appreciation have higher engagement rates with happier employees – the key is to make sure we all remember to thank one another consistently!
And not just at work – remembering to thank our spouses children, and friends is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to improve our own happiness levels, strengthen bonds and build trust.