12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Improve Intimacy

Even though we have two ears and one mouth, and should use them in that proportion... most people in our fast-paced society are often way better talkers than we are listeners. Probably including myself, but I'm trying to change that. Instead of discussing the many benefits of clear communication and active listening, I'll tell you… Continue reading 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Improve Intimacy

Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy — top 5̶ 15 takeaways

I haven't been on here in a while, and that might be because I felt I didn't have anything to write about. From a creative standpoint, I still might not. I find myself drained with business and work, and under the stress of managing family relationships (there's turmoil in every family, I know, but sometimes… Continue reading Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy — top 5̶ 15 takeaways

What is the pie, and how do we split it?

I'm taking a course at Yale University through e-learning delivery partner, Coursera (not sponsored - I wish). The course is called Introduction to Negotiation - A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator, taught by Yale University Professor, Barry Nalebuff. I've only got through a couple of lessons, but I'm already seeing immense… Continue reading What is the pie, and how do we split it?

Why I don’t write

I know why I don't write. I've been told all my life that I'm an excellent writer. People feel refreshed, informed, engrossed, and captivated when they read what I write. And it's not like I don't know my writing is good... I do... but sometimes I feel like I'm a victim of imposter syndrome. Do… Continue reading Why I don’t write

Humankind by Rutger Bergman — top 5 takeaways

I encountered this book on Blinkist, an app I regularly use to broaden my range of reading. I read the description of this book a few days ago, and immediately winced and told myself I had no interest in reading this book. Then, I went for it anyway. That was a huge step for me,… Continue reading Humankind by Rutger Bergman — top 5 takeaways

The Theory of Thin Slicing

If you want to know someone (a stranger) instantly, go to their home and take a look around. In a book I'm reading right now, Blink, author Malcolm Gladwell talks about the theory of thin-slicing. The theory is that as humans, our brains are able to thinly slice a situation or event into small sections… Continue reading The Theory of Thin Slicing

Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley — top 5 takeaways

Who are you? Like, really? Do you ever feel that the constant need for proving yourself to others (whether it's friends, family, colleagues, or complete strangers) is creating a negative feedback loop in your life? You're probably absolutely right, and this kind of behaviour to achieve (prove that you can) is actually driving you AWAY… Continue reading Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley — top 5 takeaways

The Advice Trap by Michael Bungay Stanier — top 5 takeaways

I've really upped my reading (and listening) game during this quarantine and it's a habit I don't plan to let go of. I'll be sharing on my blog some important lessons as the #Top5Takeaways from books I'm reading and audiobooks I'm listening to. Photo by Dylan Gillis via Unsplash First up... The Advice Trap by… Continue reading The Advice Trap by Michael Bungay Stanier — top 5 takeaways

Happy more often

Learning to find "happiness" in everyday things means that there is an abundance of it in your life on a daily basis. If you assign happiness only to a small number of infrequent events in your life that may or may not even happen (your wedding, winning a million dollars, a job promotion, etc.) then… Continue reading Happy more often

Millionaire Upgrade by Richard Parkes Cordock — a book review

Imagine you're on your way for a work trip that your boss is sending you on, and the terrible Toronto traffic has made you super late getting to Pearson International Airport. Boarding for your flight started a while ago. You struggle to make it to the gate on time, since it feels like the security… Continue reading Millionaire Upgrade by Richard Parkes Cordock — a book review