There’s only 14 days left in this year

There’s only 14 days left in this year.

After a tumultuous 2020, it may be some time before the world gets back to any semblance of balance and order. What we do know is that there’s no predicting what might unfold. However things materialise over the next 12 months, having the soft skills to manage your physical and emotional responses will be key to ongoing health and wellbeing. It’s easier to ‘weather the storm’ when you are able to remain calm on the inside whatever’s happening on the outside. In the words of Epictetus,

We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them”.

Developing soft skills provides the tools to deal with events and challenges with more ease, grace and control.

Over the next week, I’ll be sharing 14 Soft Skills to support being resilient, whilst keeping focused and positive in 2021. In this first email series, I’ll be focusing on...

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How to know if you are really listening

Listening is one of those skills that is promoted widely but is easier said than done.  Whilst you could say we're always listening, the question is, how much do we really hear. 

As someone with a preference for extraversion and talking a lot, I used to be one of those people who mainly heard my own dulcet tones (and still do on a good day!)  A good conversation was measured on how much I had talked, how funny I was, what jokes I had made, how well I'd filled in the gaps of silence and kept conversations going whatever babble came out of my mouth. 

I have to be honest - it has taken me a good number of years to learn to shut up and really begin to listen.  That could be because I'm a slow learner or because it's actually a challenging skill to learn.  Probably more the latter.  Which is why I get annoyed when I read articles telling people how to listen, do a bit of this and that and hey presto, you've cracked it.  If it was that easy, why...

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