#26: What Your Friends Really Want for Christmas [podcast]

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I know I am supposed to call my friends, yet I can let it slip down the priority level and go months without calling. Christmas is a SUPER time for me to call my friends and yours. (Not for me to call your friends, but for you to call your friends.) Why? Why Phone Calls […]

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#017: Try this Method to Resolve Conflict Well–It’s Working for Millions [podcast & video]

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Have you ever felt stuck in a friendship, because you had an unpleasant conflict and didn’t know what to do about it? Here is the method that has, and is, helping millions learn how to have those difficult conversations. One of the key ingredients in this method is to believe that we wrongly interpret the […]

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#015: How to Stop Running Ragged and Start Making Friends. Interview with Joel Boggess [podcast]

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Have you ever had this experience when you met someone? You say, “Hello, John, how are you?” John replies, “Busy. Crazy busy. You know with all the stuff of life. But it sure beats the option of being bored.”

You reply, “Yeah. Life is busy. I am super busy and tonight we have 3 activities to juggle. Good chatting.”

How often do we check email? Do you ever check your email on your phone right before you go to sleep? Don’t we expect people to answer our email in less than 4 hours?

How do we get off the busyness merry go round?

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#011: THE KEY SKILL TO LISTENING THAT NO ONE TOLD US. HERE IT IS. Part 3 [Podcast]

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There I was about ready to lose it emotionally. I could feel my brain fighting to regain a sense of calm while the “uncalm” part was winning. Why? Because less than one hour ago, Andrea had told me exactly how she would like me to install the cedar trim for the door. Now, the cedar boards were cut and nailed into place.
But it didn’t go so well!

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#010: The Key Skill to Listening That No One Told Us, Here it Is (Part 2) [Podcast]

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You are either gaining or losing in your friendships based on how well you listen. Listening is like a bonus check you deposit in the bank. Lack of listening is withdrawing from the account, if you go negative, they close the account. In this podcast, we talk about how you can determine your beliefs about the outcomes from listening.

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#009: The Key Skill to Listening That No One Told Us, Here it Is [Podcast]

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What does Sam Palmisano, former CEO of IBM, Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence, your mother, your wife, your kids and your friends all want from you? One thing that takes relationships to a new level. One skill that can turn you from unwanted to wanted. Most of the advice on this one skill is not helpful, because it overlooks the one thing that will define your ability to be successful. It will stunt your ability to grow relationally.

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#007: What Everyone Needs to Know About Guilt in the BFF Business [Podcast]

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She held half of the BFF heart necklace in her hand. The other half belong to Julie. Julie hadn’t called in over 7 years and the last time she did she had 5 minutes to chat. She wants to rid her life of the BFF necklace, but the guilt is too great. What if Julie calls? What if Julie stops by some day and reminisces about the good old days and the day she gave the BFF necklace? Then her thoughts turned to guilt. She hadn’t called Julie. She hadn’t sent a birthday card in years. More guilt.

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#005: The Phone is Your Friend to Make Great Friends, How to Make Friends in Our Busy Life [Podcast]

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In an age of electronic connections, we can forget the power of person-to-person/voice-to-voice connections. There is a recent University of Michigan study that confirms we need person to person connections. Here is a link to that article: University of Michigan Research.

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6 Keys to Accepting Others

You get the most out of dropping your offense and accepting others. Way more than they will. Sounds crazy, yet it is true. We live in a world where leaders promote their side of the story by condemning others. This habit has trickled down to all of us to the point that we condemn others at the drop of a hat. It is so common that it is hard to stop it, or even see the destructive effects it has on our friendships. It can start with something as simple as disagreeing with the bumper sticker on their car!

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