Communications

The Loud Talker

Ah yes, the “loud-talker” in public… you know who I’m talking about… hopefully it’s not you. This is an interesting breed of apparently oblivious (though not always), self-indulgent gems who make it their mission to ensure EVERYONE within earshot... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 01 September 2016 | Communications, talk shiFt | No Comments   

Handshake Shocker

What has the world come to when common courtesy is no longer a commodity? How bad must things be when a simple handshake… an offering or gesture to politely greet another person becomes a big deal and an ordeal? In seminars... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 06 April 2015 | Communications, talk shiFt | No Comments   

“Human Relations”… not-so-common-sense

I’ve taught a course for years at the college called “Human Relations.” The course is often misunderstood at the outset by both students AND staff because the title is so obviously deceptive. Many people zoom right on by the... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 28 August 2014 | Communications, talk shiFt | No Comments   

Tool IQ

In the very popular Tool Time series (pats self on back), I call out the nine parts of the “RPM” approach to avoid being a “tool” most of the time. Here is a self-survey to assess your potential toolness. Answer Yes... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 28 July 2014 | Communications, talk shiFt | No Comments   

Huff and Puff

While purposely rolling your eyes, squirming in your seat, huffing and puffing in apparent strong disagreement with another person’s comments, positions, or points-of-view, at least have the nuts to speak up when asked to share YOUR views. Otherwise, blow... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 13 July 2014 | Communications, talk shiFt | No Comments   

The Opposite of Knee-Jerk

Stimulus = what happens to us. Response = what we do next. The “freedom” in between as the picture here illustrates also goes by another name called “communication skills.” And there’s a “big ass gap” between those who are... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 10 March 2014 | Communications | No Comments   

The Allure of Laugh

The following is an excerpt from my keynote speaking presentation of the same name: Laughter, it’s alluring. It pulls people in. It gets attention… We all love to laugh, but did you know there’s something called “laughter yoga?” I... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 07 January 2014 | Communications | No Comments   

It’s Scary

It’s so simple, it’s scary. Fact: Exemplary communication skills (verbal, nonverbal, emotional, & written) yield personal and professional opportunity and advantage. Scary simple, but not easy… What’s even scarier is the assertion that most people suck at their communication. That’s right,... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 23 November 2012 | Communications, talk shiFt | No Comments   

Tool Time-Part 3

The Tool Time series embraces the RPM model of Communichology™ strategies. In the two previous Tool Time articles, I recommended embracing the 3R’s (Part 1) and the 3P’s (Part 2) to avoid being a “tool” much of the time. In this final installment, here now are... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 30 October 2012 | Communications, talk shiFt | 1 Comment   

Movers & Shakers

You know the type… Those ambitious people whose actions make it seem like everyone else is standing still. Those who are always going and doing and accomplishing things. Those who consistently make things happen. Those over-achievers who sometimes, if you’re... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 10 May 2012 | Communications, talk shiFt | No Comments   

Lovers & Haters

To escape criticism… do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” ~ Elbert Hubbard As a creator of any kind of content, the middle-ground is the dead zone. Getting lovers gets you haters. For the same reasons that you cause some to... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 22 April 2012 | Communications | No Comments   

Tool Time-Part 2

In Tool Time-Part 1, I strongly recommended embracing the 3R’s to avoid being a “tool” much of the time. I was simply advocating doing what you say you will do, when you say you will do it. Here in Part 2, I’m... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 10 April 2012 | Communications, talk shiFt | No Comments   

Tool Time-Part 1

I see it and hear it everywhere, all of the time. Chronic, crappy communication happening between people offline and online via voice mail, email, text, tweet, nonverbal, and face-to-face interactions everyday, in every way. This is Tool Time… Most aren’t... Read More »
Tom Leu, MS | 29 February 2012 | Communications, talk shiFt | No Comments   

Nobody from Nowhere?

The internet (and now, social media) is the great equalizer especially if you are a “nobody from nowhere” – someone without a famous pedigree, a fat wallet, or exceptional circumstances. Nothing has leveled the playing field giving us all access... Read More »
Thomas Leu, MS | 13 February 2012 | Communications | No Comments   
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