Silence

Why can’t we be silent during a conversation?  Because we feel we must always be talking or asking questions to keep the conversation moving forward.  We are always anticipating what we are going to say next which keeps us from being silent.  Therefore , we become engaged in an endless stream of dialogue where both…

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Messy Whiteboard vs. Clean Whiteboard

Mess is a composition of stuff, however, it is also a vital part of the creative process.  The creative process is a messy one in and of itself.  It is writing, rewriting, brainstorming, erasing, and finally coming up with inspiration.  Groups that make a “mess” on their white board are much more likely to be…

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Innovative Culture

Open-plan offices make employees less productive, less happy, and more likely to get sick

A well-designed office is a happy office. As facilities managers strive to save space and cash, they’re reshuffling desks and fiddling with temperature gauges. All of which has an impact on workers’ performance. Open-plan offices may make some kinds of collaboration easier, but are they more conducive to productivity? What’s the most irritating workplace distraction? And are those state-of-the-art workstations actually more comfortable? Here’s the…

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Body Language

What Is Your Body Language Awareness Score?

This 10 question quiz will give you some clues as to your own body language and how you read others body language. It can help you become more aware of what may be working or not working for you when it comes to creating relationships. Up to 93% of what we say is said through…

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We Can’t Fake The Way We Communicate Non-Verbally

There are many things we can do and say that are inauthentic, dis-genuine, and fake. However, we can’t fake the way we communicate non-verbally. What we think and feel will show in our non-verbal communication. Furthermore, if 93% of our communication is communicated non-verbally, then why don’t we pay more attention to it? Rather, individuals…

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Validate Your Assumptions

It’s easy to make assumptions. The problem with making assumptions is we begin to create a false reality that is not grounded in facts or truth. Furthermore, we are more worried about winning our point with our assumption rather than asking questions and getting to the truth of the matter. Take for instance two individuals…

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The Mental Prison

MENTAL PRISON- 4 SIDES 1st side of a box- Perfectionism 2nd side of a box- Negativity 3rd side of box- Judgment 4th side of box- Fear How do we get in the box? If our focus is internal (on ourselves and our issues) we are living in the mental prison/ head. Being in our head…

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Saying “No” in The Workplace

Last weekend I did a one hour workshop titled “SMASH” in Columbus, Ohio and we had 15 students attend. Some of the students were actors and some were from corporate America. The workshop was aimed at unleashing creativity in the workplace and on stage. Toward the end of the workshop I had the students perform…

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Yes And

A key tool in improvisation is the “Yes And” technique. The “Yes And” technique means to agree with your partner and add something to the conversation when used in improvisation. Watch improvisational performers perform and rarely if ever will you see them use the word “no”. The reason being once the word “No” is used…

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