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How to Handle Criticism

Episode 54: The Gift that Nobody Likes to Receive

Have you ever noticed how different people respond to criticism? Some brood, some become depressed, and others fly off the handle.

But criticism can be your friend, if you take the right attitude toward it. In today’s Communication Guys podcast, the Guys help you identify your natural response to criticism, and describe a more positive and constructive way of handling it.

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Know Your Communication Style

Episode 53: The 4 Basic Styles and the Problems They Cause

Ever have trouble connecting effectively with colleagues, friends, or loved ones? It might be a problem of different communication styles.

Knowing your natural communication style is crucial to becoming a better communicator. In today’s Communication Guys podcast, the Guys explain the four major styles of communication, how to recognize them, and how to use them to your advantage.

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Special Hurricane Harvey Episode

Special Episode: What to Say to Someone Who is Suffering

Right now, our thoughts are with the people of Houston and the Gulf Coast as they struggle to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. You may have given money, sent emergency supplies, or even joined a relief effort to help out. But what about the times when all you can do to offer comfort is pay a visit, write a letter, or pick up a phone? What’s the right thing to say when someone is in pain? Sometimes our well-intended words only seem to make things worse.

This special episode of The Communication Guys podcast is “What to Say to Someone Who is Suffering,” where the Guys offer 6 helpful guidelines for choosing just the right words, and for avoiding those awkward and regrettable comments all of us have said. If you know someone who lives along the Gulf Coast–or just know someone in need of comfort right now–this episode is for you.

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Say It Sticky

Episode 51: How to Use Words that People Will Remember

“I have a dream…Ask not what your country can do for you…The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…” Why do some words and phrases lodge in our memories, while most of what we hear passes by barely noticed?

This is the quality Chip and Dan Heath call “stickiness,” and it doesn’t happen by accident. In this week’s episode, the Guys discuss the qualities that make words “sticky,” and describe 5 ways to make sure your words will be remembered.

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Communication Lessons from an Eleven Year Old

Episode 48: The boy who developed a passion

Did you ever have to raise funds for a school trip, band camp, or charitable cause? How did it go? How much were you able to raise?

 

Meet Caleb Chung, a young man who felt a burden to help children in Africa obtain clean drinking water and raised thousands of dollars to help out—at the tender age of eleven.

What gives a young man the confidence to attempt so much at such an early age? In this fascinating interview, the Guys explore the attitudes and habits of this remarkable young man that communicators everywhere can learn from.

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