being authentic

Using Anecdotes that Work

Put your anecdotes to work! Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in an energizing virtual workshop led by Shawn

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communications

Digital Distraction and Communication

On the LifeBlood ENGAGE podcast with George Grombacher, we talked about the challenge of making tech a net positive in your life vs a negative, how to show up, listen and be present for others, and the role storytelling can play in improving our communication.

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communications

Experiencing a miscommunication? Remember to “keep it together!”

What’s My Learned It In Queens Lessons? 1. First, find a smart, creative person who engages in deep listening when you need to solve a problem
2. Listen to their suggestions and give their ideas a chance to percolate. In other words, trust that they know what they are doing.
3. Don’t pick up the phone or fire off an email saying “Whatareyakiddingme?”when you think you’ve been “misheard.”
4. Instead, give yourself and your resource the gift of the pause.
5. Chances are you’ve gotten some great advice, but your brain needs time to process the information.
6. Then say the words that any creative consultant loves to hear “ Thank you” and “You were right and so on point.”

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being authentic

Keep It Authentic!

Last year we all became Zoom aficionados as COVID-19 life propelled us to seek virtual options to connect with each other. We figured out how to adjust lighting, volume, camera placement, and stage backgrounds. We even discovered that Zoom had created a “touch up appearance” option which, depending on the setting could enable us to smooth out a few edges or give the appearance that we were wrapped in a gauzy mist.

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