“Shoulding” All Over Yourself and Misguided Self-Help Myths

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Word of the Week: Should The word of the week is should, a popular topic in self-help circles. That probably seems a little odd, but here’s why it’s the word of the week. Janet, my wife, and I were talking about the direction of her professional life. Like millions of others, her life has been …

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How to Be a Powerful Uplifting Presence: A Positive Point of View

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We’re changing the format and the name of the Compassionate Geek blog starting with this post. You can think of the new format as a weekly motivational triple-play. In fact, that’s what I’m calling it: The Weekly Motivational Triple Play. We’ll publish one new post per week, reflecting a positive point of view. Each post …

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4 Simple Ways to Improve Communication Skills with Customers

It’s more important now than ever to improve your communication skills with customers. Your customer communication strategy, corporate or personal, must include being intentional about improving communication. I recently opened service tickets with two vendors asking how to accomplish a task with their products. One is a VOIP softphone, and the other a web-based marketing …

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A Solution for Poor Customer Service

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This is a story with a simple solution for poor customer service. I like word puzzles. The New York Times puzzles are an ongoing distraction for me, whether it’s a crossword puzzle or their accursed spelling bee. There’s even one called Vertex, which is a mindless connect-the-dots puzzle. Their puzzles are well-designed and thought-provoking (except …

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How to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence for Great Relationships

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In a breakout session on how to improve your emotional intelligence at IT Nation Explore, an attendee commented, “You say to avoid saying things like, ‘You make me so happy’ or ‘you make me so angry’ because it gives power to the other person. Yet, you also say to be assertive and tell the other …

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Prime Time Management

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The 4 Quadrants of Urgency and Importance How is your time management? Are you spending your time on activities that are important or are you wasting your time on activities that don’t matter? Author Stephen Covey’s urgency/importance four-quadrant time management model is a powerful tool you can use to prioritize how you spend your time. …

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