Communication meaningfully with others

Communication meaningfully with others

  • Unity in diversity

    Nowadays having learners from diverse backgrounds in one room is more common than ever before. It comes with challenges, but if managed well, diversity can lead to a unique “masterpiece” of an experience. There is a great saying by organizational psychologists that “The worst kind of group for an organization that wants to be innovative and creative is one in…

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  • What is the main job of the trainer or educator? Just by analyzing the words “trainer” or “educator”, it is easy to deduce that the main job is to train or educate people. Very often it is associated with giving input, sharing theories, and leading activities or exercises, and as trainers and educators, this is what we have been trained…

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  • Becoming aware of who you are, means that you have a deeper understanding of your core identity no matter the context and in different situations. The big topic for the 21st century – self-awareness In the past few years, there has been a lot of information, research, books, and seminars on the topic of self-awareness. Self-awareness is now regarded as…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? I think sometimes we choose topics in academia and organizations that sound very concrete and easy to identify, and yet they can be very hard to pin down. I believe that’s the case with DEI. I think it’s important to explore the dictionary definitions of these terms, but also to dive into the details…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? I think we often use certain buzzwords or jargon related to being trainers without pausing to look more deeply into what the words mean. I know that I often feel confused at what people mean when they use the terms diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). While there are various ways to define these terms,…

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  • Why did I choose this tool? I participated in a session in It’s Up to Me 5, run by Antonio Jovanovski, called Five Identities, which had us rank five of our identities in terms of the most important to the least important to us in the moment. I saw how much this exercise helped me and other people understand our…

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  • What is empathy, and how empathic am I?

    Why did I choose this tool? I got quite tired of seeing empathy being stated as the answer to everything, and that everyone needs to have more empathy. While I agree that empathy is essential to understanding, communicating and getting along with each other, I felt that I was already overwhelmed by the amount of empathy that I already have,…

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  • What can prevent people from expressing their feelings?

    Why did I choose this tool? I chose this tool because it gives some clear insight on what may be preventing participants (or even us) from fully expressing feelings and emotions, and some suggestions as to what can be done about it. Over the course of my work I have found that when we jump too quickly to the solution…

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  • As US secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said, “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout the history…

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  • The Socratic Method

    Why did I choose this tool? I learned this method when I was being trained as a life coach, and yet when I started to apply it in a training setting, I was able to see impressive results and I realized that there is a strong link between asking good questions and the whole philosophy of “non-formal education”. I realized…

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