The older I get, the more I value direct, clear, and compassionate communication. And the more I talk with people, the more I realize how different we all are. During teenage years, there’s the misconception that I am so different and no one can ever understand me and what I’m going through. While each experience is […]
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A few weeks ago, I was preparing to speak for a Study Week at my software engineering school. For those of you who know my word of the year, this was a commitment I made before the new year : ) I was thankful to be able to take part. But I was struggling. I’d […]
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During my last year of teaching, I had the privilege to teach a few upperclassmen a Communications class. Among other things, I took the opportunity to teach them from the book Crucial Conversations (which I beyond-highly recommend to every single human). Essentially, it walks the reader through practical ways to handle high-stakes and high-emotion conversations. I sure wish I learned those points when I was 16! Many of these practical points are adapted from these fantastic book.
Read More The Case for Being Direct // the How
A few years ago, I was on a walk with a good friend. We shared our current happenings, and she related a recent strain in one of her closest friendships.
“She just never listens to me,” she explained. “I’m always there for her, but I feel like she dips out whenever I need her to be there for me. And it’s been like this for awhile. I don’t want to lose her as a friend, but I don’t know,” she sighed.
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