Category Archives: Interpersonal Communication

Creating Your Professional Identity

Who you are is what you do. When I first began my career in communications, I was so fresh I spent most of my time trying to understand – and survive in – this brand new world.  As time went … Continue reading

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Intergenerational Lessons

My husband and I have the privilege of spending time with our 15-month old grandson, Nash.  It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about child-raising issues, so I am happy to receive wisdom from my daughter’s knowledge and the … Continue reading

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Conversation and Connection

Many years ago I was a participant in a diversity training session, and the facilitators introduced an activity called “We Connect®.”  Each of us was given a set of colored plastic links with cards that led to self-disclosing discussions.  If … Continue reading

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What I do is who I am.

    I’m getting ready to conduct a communication session with a group of high school women. During our time together we will explore the statement, “What I do is who I am.”  This is a tough concept.  As I reflect … Continue reading

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Beyond Civility

  The elections are upon us, and now, more than ever, we need honest communication to move our country, our states, our counties, cities and communities in a positive direction. For the past several months, I’ve been involved in a joint … Continue reading

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Responding to Children and Adults Alike

On Monday morning, my family and I were driving back to Milwaukee from a weekend away, when we learned of the tragedy that befell the Sikh community in Oak Creek.  We were stunned, angered, and saddened by this senseless act … Continue reading

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Repair and Return

   I’m getting ready to participate in a communications session that addresses the topic of conversational tones. In short, we will ask the question, “How can we navigate difficult conversations where there are divergent views on an issue? How can … Continue reading

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Communication Rituals

   Many books have been written on the benefits of rituals. Healthy family rituals can offer stability; meaningful love rituals may enhance trust; well-managed company rituals can serve as motivators and morale boosters. Communication choices also can become ritualized; i.e. we … Continue reading

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“I’m just a…”

    “I’m just a…” Years ago my mother-in-law (a career educator) came for a visit.  We strolled the neighborhood one evening, and I was able to introduce her to one of our neighbors, Susan.  During the course of our … Continue reading

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Too Skilled to Lose

Lately, I’ve been hearing this conversation: “I know he (or she) is a difficult co-worker. We’ve tried to coach him to be a better team player…But the dilemma is that he has a skill set that we need right now … Continue reading

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