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10 Fun Ice Breakers for Work Meetings & Social Events

By on Jul 16, 2018 in Relationships | 0 comments

If you lead or attend work meetings or social events, this information will help you. Ice breakers, to start off a meeting, can make a positive difference in the outcome. How Ice Breakers Help • By setting a positive tone for the meeting • They build team camaraderie • They set the stage for open and positive communication • You learn new and interesting things...

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How to Be Less Critical & More Encouraging

By on Jun 19, 2018 in Relationships | 0 comments

I can be critical of others. That’s been my strategy for staying safe. With clients and strangers I’m encouraging, but with friends and family I can be a butt. If I’m critical, people stay away and don’t hurt me. It’s an unhealthy strategy, but it has served a purpose. Here are 5 relationship strategies helping me break this bad habit....

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15 Questions to Ignite Meaningful Conversations

By on Nov 10, 2017 in Relationships | 0 comments

Powerful conversations have transformed my life for the better. I long for them. While there are no guarantees, you can create an environment where meaningful discussions are more likely to occur. Great questions are a part of creating this environment. I have a friend from college named Aaron. I remember us having meaningful talks soon after we met. They were about...

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What to Do When Emotionally Overwhelmed

By on Sep 17, 2017 in Relationships, Stress | 0 comments

Ever had a conversation and then suddenly, out of nowhere, you become emotionally overwhelmed? Maybe this has happened with a boss, co-workers, or someone in your family. Maybe they say something you perceive as hurtful or threatening. Possibly they remind you of someone who mistreated you in the past. Do you know what triggered you? Do they know? In these...

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How to Improve the Culture in Your Workplace

By on Sep 9, 2017 in Relationships | 0 comments

As a therapist, I’ve probably supported over a thousand families since 1999. Since 2008, I’ve helped out hundreds of companies and workplace teams as well. I’ve found many similarities between workplace teams and families that have a healthy culture. Here are three traits they have in common. 1. They Foster Healthy Connections They consistently create...

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How to Connect with Almost Anyone

By on Aug 22, 2017 in Relationships | 2 comments

We are not fueled by achievement, but by connection. Loving and supportive relationships are necessary to thrive. If you get this backwards, when you fail, or life stops going well, or others achieve more, you’ll feel worthless. Furthermore, you’ll end up miserable just like all victims of the comparison trap. Very few people feel deeply worthy of love....

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