Do you want to be heard?

Tone is often the most important part of a conversation — and listening is so much more important than what you say. Hoda Kotb 1964 – Do you want to be heard? That question may sound silly; most people would say the whole reason for speaking is to be heard. But often, the way we say things works against that goal. To demonstrate, let me tell you about an incident I saw a while back. I was in a restaurant. Seated about two tables away was a man, probably in his fifties, and his father. The father looked to be …
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What makes a good teacher?

All those who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth. Aristotle 384 – 322 B.C. If you had the ability to choose, would you rather send your child to a school where all the teachers were certified or one where they all had master’s degrees? In America, most states require teachers to be certified, which is a┬ácostly process. Getting a master’s degree can be even more expensive. The question, of course, is which is better. So take a moment to think about it. Quoting from …
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Unsocial media

Everybody is continuously connected to everybody else on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Reddit, e-mailing, texting, faster and faster, with the flood of information jeopardizing meaning. Everybody’s talking at once in a hypnotic, hyper din: the cocktail party from hell. Maureen Dowd 1952- A recent survey by USA Today found that nearly 50% of those polled felt overwhelmed by social media and had considered giving it up completely. I have to say, I’m not surprised. When you really examine it, social media is decidedly unsocial. Social media sites like Facebook were billed as tools for family and friends to …
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