Category Archives: Communication

After A Fight – Request A “Do-Over”

Conflict is a given in any long-term relationship, right? And by now most of us know there are different ways to handle conflict, some helpful and some not so much. And, for the most part, we’re really trying to learn … Continue reading

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What Little Word Could Lead To BIG Relationship Problems?

Okay, I’m not going to keep you in suspense. The word is “but.” And, yes, it can lead to BIG relationship problems. Read on. Newsflash: Most of us are not great listeners. Oh sure, we incline our heads in each … Continue reading

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4 Tips For Handling Conversation Bullies

You’re at a cocktail party or in the office break room, and someone goes on a rant about their political views. Only in the process of sharing their own views, they are also demeaning everyone else’s. Or you’re at a … Continue reading

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8 Conversation Tips When It’s Your Turn To Speak

Most of us don’t have too much trouble speaking our mind in an argument (much easier than listening, yes?). But, if we’re honest, we have to admit that we could all use a little tune-up in the style department, some … Continue reading

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8 Tips To Improve Your Listening Skills

“Now, children, I want you to put on your listening ears . . . “ Even in our earliest memories, it seems as though someone is always trying to get us to listen. And yet, as adults we still wrestle … Continue reading

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Keeping Cool – Communication Tips For When You Heat Up

You know how it goes. You set out to have a calm conversation with your teenager or your partner and, before you know it, you’re both yelling like banshees or retreating in sullen, angry silence to your respective corners. You’re … Continue reading

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I Statements For Dummies

Yeah, yeah, yeah. We all know we should try to use “I statements” when we are speaking with someone about a difficult topic. I statements provide clarity regarding our thinking and feeling about an event, and keep us calm and … Continue reading

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