Removing Toxic Waste from Your Communication

Episode 45: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid when Using Humor

Do your conversations at work or at home often erupt in anger or accusation? You might be attempting to connect in a toxic environment that you created without knowing it.

In this episode the Guys conduct a toxic waste clean-up campaign by identifying 6 common conversational habits that can create an environment of confusion, coldness, and complaint.

The Communication Guys: Saving the planet one connection at a time.

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Are You Leaving Your Listeners Out?

Episode 44: How to eschew obfuscation and avoid opprobrium

Did you ever lead a meeting or presentation, only to find a sea of blank stares looking back at you? Maybe you were talking in a way that leaves listeners out.

Every corporation, club, and family has its own in-house language, a specialized collection of words and expressions that everyone in the group understands—but no one else. If you speak the language, you’re part of the group; if you don’t, you feel excluded.

In this episode the Guys explain how to recognize your own in-house language and how to communicate in a way that leaves no listener out.

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Are You Trying to be Funny?

Episode 43: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid when Using Humor

Humor is a useful tool for every communicator, but the seductive desire to get a laugh from an audience can lead a presenter to make embarrassing and regrettable mistakes.

When is humor appropriate, and when should it be avoided? Which types of humor are welcomed in today’s world, and which ones will get you in trouble?

In this episode, the Guys explain how to avoid the pitfalls and how to use humor that’s appropriate, timely, and effective.

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