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One of the most effective ways to make any conversation effective


One of the most effective ways to make any conversation effective 

How many friends could you make with your mouth versus your ear? Oh my, this question hit me square in the forehead quite a while back. Here you have all the technology to reach out to so many people in real time and yet nothing matters until someone starts to listen. The key to making a difference is learning to keeping your mouth closed and to just listen. You can inject your knowledge and experience etc into the dialog depending on the questions that you will be asked in the process of listening. This is the most effective way of making any conversation a win-win situation.

It remains one of the toughest things to do for me. How about you? You have so much to share. You have bundled up so much experience. You have been on an excited life’s journey that should be shared. There is a time to share all of this, but you need to scan for the best time to do so. Best practice is to park your desire to make statements and assertions – that is if you are interested in learning something new about the other conversation partner. It is takes a little exercise, but the rewards can be remarkable. Then you need to literally force your brain to think about how to switch from questions that would give you a yes/ no response to open ended ones. At first, you will not fell easy about this, but just recall that these questions had better start out with a W or an H (where, who, why, what, when, how).

Stand back and then stand by what ensues. The greater percentage of people will enrich your life by blessing you with their experience, talents and most of all they will give you two elements of human interaction that are the most scarce these days: They are now giving you their attention and a little bit of trust that if you do this well can last a life time. That is how you make any conversation highly effective.

Blessed beyond measure,

Ralf

How does one sense someone’s power and gravitas?


How does one sense someone’s power and gravitas? 

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Just very recently I got a call from a good friend of mine. We talked about the things we would like to achieve next – our life goals. I was not so sure that could pull it off when she shared with me that she thought that I could do anything I would set my mind to: “The very first time I met you, I could sense that you have an unbelievable power and force.” For starters, I was very thankful for her kicking me in the side for doubting myself. After all, believing in yourself and realizing your full potential is what I believe in and it is something that I am trying to let others ponder too.

More profound though, I was taken aback about the mere fact that someone could sense power and / or force. Huh? How in the world does this work? I thought about the many people I am blessed to meet. Very often I can sense that there is something special about them. I catch myself thinking that I should really make an effort to paying attention to what they have got to say. There may be a certain calmness and competency that “oozes” out of them. They may share a sense of substance and competence without as much as saying a word.

So here is the puzzler part for you: How do you tell that someone has these powerful attributes? Is there something physical that you can pick up on? Is it something they say? Is it how they say it? What makes you want to hang out with them? What are the non-verbal clues that you can sense? More importantly, how can you tap into this unseen power as well?

Ralf

Are we ready to learn from George Carlin’s paradox of time?


Are we ready to learn from George Carlin’s paradox of time? 

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I have to admit, not all of George Carlin’s humor is my cup of tea. The quote below did strike a chord with me though. Current events let them be nationally or internationally highlight how far off the ideal path we are. I encourage you to compare and contrast how you fare with the whole list of his items. Leave a mark in people’s lives – not scars.

Ralf

 

 

The paradox of our time in history is that we have

taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider

freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,

but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have

bigger houses and smaller families, more

conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees

but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment,

more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but

less wellness.

 

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too

recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get

too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read

too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our

values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate

too often.

 

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life.

We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve

been all the way to the moon and back, but have

trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve

done larger things, but not better things.

 

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We

write more, but learn less. We plan more, but

accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to

wait. We build more computers to hold more

information, to produce more copies than ever, but

we communicate less and less.

 

These are the times of fast foods and slow

digestion, big men and small character, steep

profits and shallow relationships. These are the

days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier

houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick

trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one

night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do

everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a

time when there is much in the showroom window and

nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can

bring this letter to you, and a time when you can

choose either to share this insight, or to just hit

delete.

 

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones,

because they are not going to be around forever.

 

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to

you in awe, because that little person soon will

grow up and leave your side.

 

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you,

because that is the only treasure you can give with

your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

 

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and

your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and

an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep

inside of you.

 

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for

someday that person will not be there again.

 

Give time to love, give time to speak,! and give time

to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

 

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

 

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we

take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

 

George Carlin

Technology connected the world and disconnected us people


Technology connected the world and disconnected us people 

It’s just sad. No matter where I look here we are glued to our smart phones. Most of us even have two phones; one for work and the other one for ourselves. At the gym men and women “resting” on just about any machine that has a seat while they are checking their phones usually interrupt my regular routine. Come dinnertime – actually any mealtime – I see many a family staring at their little screens. They are not talking to each other though. People walk into light poles or walls because they are totally engulfed in whatever they are doing online while walking. Then there are the many folks who must check their latest texts while driving.

Fabulous technology has shrunk the world and connected us 24/7 helping level the playing field for any small entrepreneur. Yet, it has managed disconnecting us as people, friends, and family. There a few ways that help avoid turning into a cell phone zombie:

  1. When you are at a restaurant ask everyone to put his or her mobile device in the middle of the table. Let everyone switch it off. Radical? Certainly. Effective? Absolutely.
  2. Put your mobile device as far away as possible from your bed and side table. You just do not want to be tempted to look at the screen time and again. You will not get to sleep soon enough. Give yourself a rest.
  3. While driving do not use that phone. Instead, set your phone to do not disturb while driving. It blocks all notifications, etc and provides peace of mind without any distraction.
  4. While working out at the gym listen to your favorite tunes. And then get on with your workout. It is really that simple. I know that you can say that you have been to the gym without turning red even though for the better portion of your workout you have simply been sitting around. Instead get going and just put in the work into “workout”.

Embrace technology to the fullest and at the same time also know well when to turn it off. Make sure you reconnect with the people that mean the most to you. Do that by giving them the most meaningful gift you can give to anyone: your presence.

Ralf

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