Mindset

Communication, Mindset

The Path from Furious to Curious

No wonder organizations are asking for my expertise on civil discourse. It’s getting tougher all the time, isn’t it, to explore differing perspectives on issues without sinking to negativity and name-calling. I’ve been developing ideas about that since my days as a talk show host, and I had a chance last week to share them with some savvy professional women. So, howd o we go from furious to curious?

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Communication, Mindset

Talking, Teasing, and Triumph

If I never came across the phrase “bullied over a childhood speech impediment” in another news story it would be a wonderful thing.
There it is, in the profiles of the Uvalde, Texas school shooter. The young man was a classic misfit who had, among his many other issues, “a stutter and a strong lisp.” Friends and family say the kids had always picked on him about the way he talked; it got so bad he didn’t want to go to school. They’re not excusing his murderous rampage, and I’m certainly not either. I am saying it’s a shame kids, and sometimes adults too, are so mean about speech difficulties. And it’s so sad when students don’t get help to deal with those difficulties.
As you might have guessed, I have a personal interest in this teasing about talking ...

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Business Communication, Mindset

A Tiny Drop of Nice

How self-confident are you? Apparently, I’m part of Confidence Culture - which is what a handful of British academics, culture analysts and authors are calling the obsession with women’s self-confidence. “Confidence,” they say, “is both a culture and cult.” They point to books and programs about women and confidence as evidence of this obsession. Though their list of books did not include mine, I was in good company when I wrote Show Up and Shine: Simple Steps to Boost Your Confidence and Charisma. So what's all the fuss ...

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Mindset, Women in Business

Confidence: Is It Really An Inside Game?

How self-confident are you? Apparently, I’m part of Confidence Culture - which is what a handful of British academics, culture analysts and authors are calling the obsession with women’s self-confidence. “Confidence,” they say, “is both a culture and cult.” They point to books and programs about women and confidence as evidence of this obsession. Though their list of books did not include mine, I was in good company when I wrote Show Up and Shine: Simple Steps to Boost Your Confidence and Charisma. So what's all the fuss ...

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