Category Archive: Communication

If Words Had Calories – Suggestions for Bloviators

Words are like ice cream. A little ice cream tastes good, but a lot of ice cream isn’t better. If words had calories, what size would you be? Would you be healthy, anemic,… Continue reading

What Would You Do If Your Future Depended on Your Conversations?

Thanks to Jackie Stavros and Cheri Torres, authors of, Conversations Worth Having, for this guest post. Conversations matter. They strengthen relationships, improve well-being, and help us succeed…or drag us down, zap energy, and… Continue reading

12 Things Smart Leaders Don’t Say

#1. I should have. ‘Should have’ is backward facing. Do your best to speak into the future. Instead of shoulding-yourself, say, “Next time.” #2. You should have. Why didn’t you? See #1. ‘Next… Continue reading

Influence is Easy – Just Drop a Few Hints

A bear demolished our bird feeders. Plastic tubes and suet cages offer little resistance. Sunflower seeds and suet are easy prey. My wife ordered new tubes and safely stored all the metal parts… Continue reading

Don’t Erase a Good Compliment with a Stupid But

A ritual gone bad: I have a ritual question I ask my wife. Sometimes I want the grandchildren to hear. The ritual begins when I ask, “Do you know what I like about… Continue reading

10 Things Leaders Never Say Unless They Want Trouble

What you do is more important than what you say, but stupid words erase right action. It doesn’t matter how skillful you are if you’re careless with words. Words are… Words are troublemakers.… Continue reading