Interview on Rating Speeches

Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Zaydoon Jawadi on rating/evaluating speeches for RateSpeeches. The interview can be accessed with the above link. The press release can be found at:


Communication Strategies: How Not to Talk Like a Heterosexist/Homophobe

Unlike sexist language, heterosexist or homophobic language is still very much with us and it should prove useful to identify some of the ways we can avoid talk that puts down gay men and lesbians. As with sexist language, much of this will be familiar and yet it may help to review some of the commonly offered suggestions.


Communication Strategies: How to avoid sexist talk

Although non-sexist language is becoming the norm, it may help to review some of the major issues and guidelines involved in avoiding sexist talk. These may be especially helpful to those for whom English is a second language.


LinkedIn Apologies

Just want to go on record tho' I realize this is not the right place to post this:
Apologies to all who I inadvertently asked to accept me on LinkedIn. I should have read the screen more carefully. In clicking “accept all”--or whatever it was--I thought I was simply accepting those who asked to link to me. Instead I was asking others (who LinkedIn said I knew but in many cases didn’t) to link to me. I apologize for this. Please just ignore my request and accept my apologies for this embarrassing error on my part. Next time I will read the screen more carefully.


Communication Strategies: Using Disclaimers

Disclaimers are statements that aim to ensure that your messages will be understood as you wish it to be and will not reflect negatively on you. Some of the more popular disclaimers are these:


Communication Strategies: Listening Choices

Effective listening can be viewed as a process of making choices among a variety of different perspectives which can be visualized as a series of choices along a scale of polar opposites. The most important of these are empathic-objective listening, nonjudgmental and critical listening, surface and depth listening, polite and impolite listening, and active and inactive listening.