Whether you're making resolutions for the coming year, planning the first quarter, or just looking for ways to edge out the competition for that sale or promotion... communication is a solid place to start. Strong communication is essential in every relationship (business and personal), and is a skill set you can work on in any environment.
Here are five reasons to start the year by improving your communication skills:
Many of us want to be more appropriately assertive in the way we communicate with others. But since opportunities to assert ourselves often occur in emotionally challenging situations, it can be hard to keep a clear head.
I created these 10 tips to help guide you through the process of communicating assertively, whether it's with your spouse, your boss, or the person in front of you at the grocery store. Use them like a checklist, or just skim them whenever you find yourself facing a challenging situation!
Assertive Communication Tips
It happens every January.
I commit to making behavioral changes - diet, exercise, writing habits, de-cluttering the house - and by the 15th of the month, I've already fallen off the wagon. I'm back to eating junk food in a pile of dirty laundry.
This year, I've had to curb those commitments to myself: I had ankle surgery in late December, so exercise, drastic diet changes, and massive closet overhauls will have to wait. Since I spent the first two weeks of the new year stuck on the couch, I've been forced into being patient with myself. I've been looking at my daily habits from afar and realizing how much time I usually spend running in circles. I've had to let others help me out, and to let go of some activities I would normally see as necessary.
I do have plans for self-improvement and better habits this year. But those plans are much more realistic and detailed than my pie-in-the-sky resolutions usually are -- you know the ones, made from emotion when you can't button your pants after all the holiday feasting or when you lose a kid for three days in your spare closet. Because I couldn't act right away, and because I couldn't make empty promises to myself on December 31, my goals feel more attainable. I have already outlined the steps for achieving them, too. (What else was I going to do with all that time on the couch?)
So if you've already become frustrated with your new year's resolutions, maybe what you need is a little patience and a new view.
Endless Possibilities: Getting a new view at Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors Exhibit - High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
Today marks the first official day of Success Narratives, LLC!
I have to say that I'm both delighted and nervous to begin this new venture and sharing it with you. Starting something new can bring excitement and sense of foreboding. What will it look like? Who will come? Am I up to the task?
Like every great story, however, it can only start at the beginning. We have to put one word in front of another until the story begins to take shape and the characters make themselves known. If you are starting a new story in your own life--maybe a job search or a new approach to your career, perhaps a renewed commitment to improving your relationships--perhaps I can be helpful.
Reach out today and let's put one word in front of the other together!
For an organization, a professional writer can seem like an extravagance, particularly when you already know what you want to say. Perhaps you already have competent, articulate staff who know your products inside and out, or your technical team have already put together the basics for your user guides or customer service manual. Maybe you're even a bit of a wordsmith yourself. That's great! Those strengths will help make your partnership with a content professional even stronger.
Along with word choice, style and grammar, one of the most important assets a professional writer brings to your organization is objectivity. Being outside the organization gives me a fresh perspective on your most important messages-a perspective likely to be shared by your target audience.
To harness a writer's objectivity AND creativity, sketch out your goals for the piece (it helps to understand how those goals fit within the organization's mission), and then make notes of the existing information that seems most relevant. A good writer can help you sift through your material, trim the excess, sharpen the key points, and polish the text until it shines.
I'm Manda Turetsky, the owner of Success Narratives, LLC. I'm a mom, author, trainer, counselor and coach; and after many years of adventures, I'm delighted to be bringing my wide range of skills and experiences in under one umbrella.
Beginning in October 2018, I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts on psychology, writing and business with you. I hope you'll find my perspectives useful, and that you'll also take advantage of the many services I have on offer.
Whether I'm working one-on-one with a client, or training a room full of one hundred employees, my goal is to listen closely and customize learning and communications modalities for each client.
I look forward to working with you, and of course, feel free to reach out with questions!