How my worst characteristic helped me to have better conversations

You know those interview questions that are meant to help potential employers drill into the deepest corners of your soul, ostensibly to see if you’re made of the “right” stuff? A favourite back in the day that always tripped me up was “What are your best and worst characteristics?” It’s easy to think of negative attributes. Humans have an innate ability to focus on the … Continue reading How my worst characteristic helped me to have better conversations

Are you reacting or responding?

How well people retain the messages and information you’re sharing with them all depends on how you present it. Stop for a moment and think about your favourite teacher: what was it about the way they engaged with your questions that made you focus intently on their reply and helped you retain that information? Most likely it came down to whether that teacher reacted or … Continue reading Are you reacting or responding?

Fear of the unknown

“Learn about your fear and your fear goes away”- The Brain, Arthur cartoon   In a matter of just a few years, the smorgasbord of online information that feeds our ravenous fingertips has left an after-party mess. The optimism we initially felt at free, open access to SO MUCH research, resources, and, yes, even rhetoric, now feels like a tangled mess. With so much available … Continue reading Fear of the unknown