Guest post: The power of listening

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In this month’s guest post, we learn from trainer and coach, Stephanie Smith, about the powerful, but often under-rated, communication skill of listening. One of my favourite workshop exercises uses a picture. It’s a complex image; one of those where the longer you look, the more you see. I show participants the picture for 3 seconds, remove it and ask …

My communication resolutions for 2017

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Happy New Year! As a general rule, I don’t tend to make new year’s resolutions. Like a lot of targets, they seem to me to often be setting yourself up to fail. They’re usually full of things I think I should be stopping or doing more of and not the things that I really want to do. But this year …

What’s next?

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This week my thoughts are turning to graduation and careers. With universities up and down the country erecting marquees, polishing the champagne flutes and preparing to celebrate the achievements of their students, there is an air of excitement and pride that adds a buzz to the whole university community. At the same time, for many individuals donning their gowns and …

My journey – Instow to Westward Ho!

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Last week I joined my friend, Morwhenna, for a sponsored walk in North Devon. The days I spent with her were just part of a longer 3-week journey she is undertaking from Brecon in Wales to Morwenstow in Cornwall, raising funds and awareness for The Stroke Association. Having had a stroke herself at the age of 12, it is a …