Life Lessons from Our Furry Friends

Brodie died. I’m sure that for all pet owners, the death of a pet is never easy. I don’t know if you could ever get used to losing an innocent creature who loved you unconditionally, trusted you more than anything else in this world, and gave you so much joy. Most people don’t know this, but Brodie was my first pet. We never had pets growing up and I got him just a few years after college. In some ways, I feel like I had a bit of a unique experience raising Brodie because [...]

The Controversy Over Emojis

by Intel Free Press There are many emoji haters out there. To be honest, I don’t understand why. I love emojis! I wish there were more emoji options. Say, let’s get rid of the smiling poo and add more facial expressions. ... Oh, who am I kidding, keep the smiling poo. People who don’t like - or look down upon - emojis are missing a critical communication perspective.  Emojis were created because you asked for them! Okay, maybe not you personally. I don’t know if you sacrificed a goat asking the emoji [...]

2016-02-05T19:20:31+00:00 Communication Skills, Musings|

Texting Rules: Not as Simple as You Might Think

by Felicia Åkerman It seems as though everyone has their own texting pet peeves. The other night, I was talking to a woman who despises getting a reply text that just says, “k.” Some of my friends hate texting entirely. They would prefer a phone call – you know, like the olden days. Other friends complain about people who still text using shorthand like “u” instead of “you.”  Confession: I am guilty of all of the above offenses.  I find texting preferences to be quite fascinating. It’s another very clear example of how [...]

2016-02-05T19:20:32+00:00 Communication Skills, Musings|

Traveling Through Influential Communication

When people are first introduced to this world of influential communication, they naturally feel overwhelmed at first. There are many moving pieces - body language, techniques, profiling, strategies, etc.  It’s like opening up a watch and seeing all the gears at once for the first time. Which gear does what? What happens first? What connects to what? With a little extra inspection, the complexity actually becomes very simple. There is a method, a pattern, that creates the clear result. Getting through that first stage of “Whoa!” is all it takes. I often equate learning [...]