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Category >> Personal Development
Sep 26

Adjust Your Communication Style

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Frequently, we will be in situations with people who require us to adjust our style of interaction. I was helping “Mickey” in a local homeowners association. Mickey was a litigating attorney accustomed to tough courtroom battles. Unfortunately he brought the same style into our neighborhood meetings. I commented about his harsh approach by reminding him that we were working with friends and neighbors not opposing legal counsel. His response was, “It’s just business.”

Sep 22

Write Down Instructions

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At times I give direction to colleagues about specific steps and actions they need to take. Frequently these instructions are multifaceted and not particularly easy to remember. I’ve learned over the years that if I watch somebody nod their head yes, they may hear and understand me; but if they fail to take good notes, I know they will not accomplish the task. I tell them that I believe they need to write the instructions down. Even then some folks decline my guidance. Frequently I ask them again to write down the instructions. I may even emphasize my concern by explaining that unless they take good notes during our discussion, I don’t believe they will be able to follow through correctly.

Sep 14

That Wasn’t My Question!

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Most of us may become frustrated when a news commentator asks a political figure or the surrogates a question and receives a well-crafted response. Typically such an answer fails to reply to the question. While we can’t do much in these situations, we can improve our business communication.

Sep 12

Using Small Talk

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Frequently I am in large gatherings.  My tendency is to find a corner in the room with my plate of appetizers and munch away. However, this tactic doesn’t help me get to know anyone.  So I start over with a prayer asking the Lord if there is anyone in the room I need to connect with. I ask for an open door to share the gospel, to encourage, or otherwise minister in some way. I pray this whether I’m in a mostly Christian gathering or secular.  Often the Lord steers me to a specific person. Other times I don’t feel any guidance from Lord.

Sep 09

Ongoing Learning

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The longer I am in business and accumulate more knowledge, the more I understand how much I have to learn.  For example, when I read scripture I have read many times before, the Lord may reveal new insights in a passage. Likewise in business, we need to be open to new ideas and new teachings to be effective.