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Listening Skills - The 10 Principles of Listening

Listening Skills - The 10 Principles of Listening
Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. Listening is key to all effective communication, without the ability to listen effectively messages are easily misunderstood – communication breaks down and the sender of the message can easily become frustrated or irritated. If there is one communication skill you should aim to master then listening is it. Listening is so important that many top employers provide listening skills training for their employees. This is not surprising when you consider that good listening skills can lead to: better customer satisfaction, greater productivity with fewer mistakes, increased sharing of information that in turn can lead to more creative and innovative work. Many successful leaders and entrepreneurs credit their success to effective listening skills. See our pages: Employability Skills and Customer Service Skills for more examples of the importance of listening in the workplace. Rachel Naomi Remen Related:  Wellbeing

5 ways to build lasting self-esteem Monica Ramos Many of us recognize the value of improving our feelings of self-worth. When our self-esteem is higher, we not only feel better about ourselves, we are more resilient as well. But as wonderful as it is to have higher self-esteem, it turns out that improving it is no easy task. Part of the problem is that our self-esteem is rather unstable to begin with, as it can fluctuate daily, if not hourly. Lastly, having high self-esteem is indeed a good thing, but only in moderation. That said, it is certainly possible to improve our self-esteem if we go about it the right way. 1. Positive affirmations such as “I am going to be a great success!” 2. Self-esteem is built by demonstrating real ability and achievement in areas of our lives that matter to us. 3. One of the trickiest aspects of improving self-esteem is that when we feel bad about ourselves we tend to be more resistant to compliments — even though that is when we most need them. 4. 5.

The benefits of a good night's sleep - Shai Marcu "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1758 (in Poor Richard's Almanac) A third of our life is spent sleeping. How much sleep a person needs changes as one ages. A new mother needs seven hours of sleep per night, but her newborn baby needs 12-18 hours of sleep per night. The hippocampus plays an important role in helping us to remember. Research shows that during sleep our brain's structure is being altered. Many studies show the remarkable role of sleep in memory. Have you ever wondered if you can learn while you are sleeping? The track used in this animation is called “No Squirrel Commotion” by Chad Crouch.

Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds Editor’s note: This is an updated version of our article on critical thinking exercises that really stretch your learners’ abilities, with even more activities added. Real critical thinking exercises seek truth. It takes daring and independent thought to stray from conventional thinking and discover truths previously unfound. It could be said that critical thinking is at the heart of dispelling great myths about our world and changing the way a society views and acts in their world. According to Jon Warner, critical thinking differs from both analytical thinking and lateral thinking in the following ways: This slideshare states, “Critical Thinking is reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do … critical Thinking is best understood as the ability of thinkers to take charge of their own thinking.” Critical Thinking Exercises: Our Mind-Blowers So what are some critical thinking exercises that blow students’ minds? Ethical and Moral Dilemmas Sample image 1

How the food you eat affects your brain - Mia Nacamulli Your brain is like a machine that needs specific materials to function well. This website breaks down the different nutritional parts that are necessary, and how they interact with the brain. Take a look and learn about some brain food. Those amino acids are essential for brain function too. Don’t forget about those micronutrients! What happens if our brains, specifically young, growing brains, don’t get the nutrition they need? How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena How stress affects your brain - Madhumita Murgia What percentage of your brain do you use?

Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids & Grown-Ups | Reader's Digest Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Control Freak. Con— Okay, now you say, “Control Freak who?” Knock! Olive. Olive who? Olive you and I don’t care who knows it! Knock! Ho-ho. Ho-ho who? You know, your Santa impression could use a little work. Hanna. Hanna who? …Hanna partridge in a pear tree! Mary and Abbey. Mary and Abbey who? Mary Christmas and Abbey New Year! Irish. Irish who? Irish you a Merry Christmas! Santa. Santa who? Santa email reminding you I’d be here, and you STILL make me wait in the cold! Snow. Snow who? Snow use. Yule log. Yule log who? Yule log the door after you let me in, won’t you? Carmen. Carmen who? Carmen let me in already! Ya. Ya who? I’m excited to see you too! Sherlock. Sherlock who? Sherlock your door shut tight. Robin. Robin who? Robin you! Police. Police who? Police hurry—I’m freezing out here! Otto. Otto who? Otto know what’s taking you so long! Orange. Orange who? Orange you gonna open the door?

PocketMod: The Free Recyclable Personal Organizer Boredom Proness Scale Thanks For Visiting! Thank you for taking the BPS. Remember, the quiz is for entertainment purposes only. Scoring high on the scale could be a good thing, depending on your point of view. Just watch that thrillseeking. "Boredom Proness Scale" was created by Rufus Quail of Conquer Boredom! You Just Took a Quiz on GoToQuiz.com! GoToQuiz.com is a site that allows visitors to create online quizzes. § See Our Best Quizzes hand-selected by a GoToQuiz editor. Don't miss the other great quizzes we have here. Go to a Random Quiz | Create a Poll | Top 40 Quizzes

The Simple Way to Give Difficult Feedback (Without Hurting Feelings) Whether you're a leader or a peer, part of your responsibility is to give people feedback. Having been raised in a culture that often dances around the truth and tiptoes near insecurities, you may lack the skills required to balance brutal honesty with a sense of compassion. Think about the feedback you've been given. Chances are, in some of those situations, the feedback was hurtful. Other times, after the initial sting subsided, you learned a great deal about yourself. In the best type of feedback, however, you felt respected, safe, and pushed slightly outside of your comfort zone. Finding that perfect mix is easier than you think. Here is the simple, five-step way to provide difficult feedback: 1. For feedback to be effective, it must be received. Challenge yourself to find something meaningful about the person's work or intention rather than making up something superficial. 2. Check yourself. 3. Try taking a more objective approach and seeing the situation for what it is. 4. 5.

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