5 Tips to Improve Listening

Most of us spend more time listening than we do talking. Listening is a learned skill. Since it is a learned behavior it is something that can be improved upon. Whether you are a student or a working adult in a business meeting, you should find the following tips helpful when listening to others. Concentrate...
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Rethinking Cognitive Dissonance

We were all shaken and dismayed by the recent violence and turmoil that unfolded in Charlottesville, VA, and in other places throughout the country. It can be hard to understand why these sorts of things keep happening. Just a few weeks ago, a bizarre extension of this tension manifested itself in the form of a...
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Adapting to a New Culture

Growing up bilingual in New York City, I have always enjoyed listening to languages and learning about culture. My father played the trumpet for Latin American bands, so I grew up believing that everyone spoke at least two languages and played some kind of instrument. Some of the most powerful memories for me are the...
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Keeping Your Communications Golden

Advances in technology and a more fast-paced world cause many of us in our daily lives to communicate more informally. Our smart phones enable us to text and send emails with ease. Social media options are varied including Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. In all of these communication and information venues, we are able to share...
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Tips for Organizing a Speech

One of the most basic requirements for a good speech is to organize it clearly. No matter how entertaining or interesting your speech is, you must have organized material for your audience to truly understand it. A speech should have an introduction, body, and conclusion. Introduction First, gain the attention of your audience. The goal...
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Tips for Student-Faculty Communication

As each semester begins, students and faculty establish a collaborative relationship based on the common goal of student learning.  One aspect of this relationship, as with any relationship or collaboration, is communication.  Key elements of effective communication are clarity, mutual respect, and listening. Below are a few tips for students that will be helpful when...
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3 Keys to Christian Partnerships

Christian living is all about interdependence.  Paul uses the analogy of the human body in I Corinthians 12 to explain how individuals are to cooperate within the church.  In various places in the New Testament epistles we see the same interdependence on an organizational level.  The European churches needed the instruction of the Jerusalem church...
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5 Steps to Writing Effective Press Releases

Chalking sidewalks, blitzing the campus with posters, tapping into social media. These are tried-and-true methods to publicize your student club or organization on campus. But have you considered a wider audience—the community outside of the university via newspapers, radio and TV? Why should you bother? After all, your membership comes from within the campus. However, there...
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