Posts Tagged "interpersonal communication"

Did Your Last Text Deserve a Talk?

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in General, Interpersonal Communication | 4 comments

(A momentary break from college success… I haven’t written about general interpersonal communication in a while. Well, I’m about to teach two sections starting today, so how timely, right? I’ll try to tame myself with my topic. I think I’ve made my feelings about texting known in the past. If you have a strong counter-argument, I sure welcome your point of view. Ready to start the conversation? I am!) Some of the most uncomfortable conflicts I’ve been in over recent months involved texting. Every time a miscommunication occurs via this medium, I spiritedly say, “I’m done! No more texting for me!” But then I realize...

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Will You Become “Unbroken” With Me?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in General, General College Success/Responses to Other College Entities | 8 comments

(Small diversion from my usual, but my usual will be back. Between now and into fall and 2013, I’m going to commence an intermittent series of posts dedicated to students—anyone—who is having to redo, retool, or just plain start again. Read on and I’ll explain…) My goal was to get in and out as quickly as I could. I didn’t have the strength for conversation. I couldn’t make eye contact. Given how much I love people, talking with them, experiencing them, my momentary shielding of self would have been a clue that something was not right with me right now. I filled out my waiver and sure enough, a chirpy woman began friendly banter. “You doing the half or...

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Students, Before You Do That Assignment Your Way, Read This

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 15 comments

Let’s say you were a contestant on The Next Food Network Star. Three Food Network stars—big ones—Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown—are giving you honest, straight-up advice about what you need to do to win over the Food Network executives so you might score your own show. Would you take their advice? Or would you do what you think is right, if you had a differing opinion? Okay, so first of all, yes, I am blogging about reality television… again. This cold-turned-sinus-infection thing is kicking my behind and I’m watching a little too much. Second of all, I couldn’t help but make a correlation between something I saw on this show last Sunday and...

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A Bad Cold. A Surprising Conflict Lesson from Reality TV.

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in General, Interpersonal Communication | 6 comments

“You’re the Kardashians’ audience?” “Be careful. You’ll lose brain cells if you keep watching.” In conversations on Twitter where I let two tweeps know that I am a fan of the Kardashians, this was the response. So am I really ready to risk a year-plus worth of what I think is solid blogging credibility to devote a whole post to The Kardashians? You bet I am! Before you close out, let me set the stage for you… First of all, as important as my earlier topic this week–anxiety and depression–it’s time for a little levity, right? Second, I have been nursing a cold inherited by a 4-year-old for a good 10 days...

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The Response: Should You Tell Your Professor About Your Anxiety/Depression?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Communicating with Professors, General | 12 comments

(When we left off last week, a student wrote in wondering if is appropriate to tell a prof about issues with anxiety/depression that could affect class performance. I am simplifying, but here’s the post. Here is my response to the student. I also consulted Jennifer Sandler, who heads up Access/Disability Services at Highline Community College, for back-up).  Dear Student, I’m going to attempt to give you the best advice that I can. Not to get too cheerleader-y on you, but I’d like to first celebrate the fact that you’re moving forward! Many people with anxiety/depression would stay stuck and not even try to battle through it. You are in the...

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