What To Do With That Adverb?

My writing buddy has something to say about adverbs. I don’t have to doubt or wonder what to do with that adverb. The app I’m using is one Demian Fanworth recommended it to me. (He blogs here, here and podcasts here)

It is Hemingway App / Editor. It has helped me write better. I hope this also means communicate better as well. (You can either use it for free on their website or buy the app to use on your computer)

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Not Every Email Is Necessary

Not every email is necessary. Fact! Emails are the bane of a lot of people’s work. I love writing; I just hate dealing with emails that don’t have to be email. (I should do a blog post about what I hate (maybe also love) about emails.)

Moving along… Emails are necessary. There’s just a threshold they shouldn’t cross. Here are some instances emails are not always necessary:

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On Blogging, After Blogging For Years

“On blogging, after blogging for years”. I never thought I’d utter these words. Not because I thought it impossible, it was never a possibility in sight. I’ve always felt like I had something to say. I wanted to say it to myself and needed a means to process. Enter writing, hello blogging.

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Really Listening; Undermined Skill

I listened to University of Cape Town debate. I noticed and was reminded of something key in life, leading and communication general. There are versions, perceptions and even illusions of listening but it is not what most think. Really listening is a lost practice.

The practice of listening is what separates communicators and mere talkers. To effectively engage people you must understand what is meant beyond what is said. You have to listen well to respond well. Don’t just wait your turn to speak, really listen.

Leadership is impossible if you don’t understand the problems. This means listening, not just waiting for the other person to finish talking so that you talk.

Meaningful engagement means willingness to express others’ views by listening. Not just listening, but really listening.

Language | The Currency Of Leadership

At the disposal of every leader are things he trades for the function and or purpose of leadership. It is how a leader wields these tools or means that determines his success and the success of his organisation.

Language is one those things: a currency of leadership. It is in what a leader says that not only defines him as a leader but also what is spoken throughout his enterprise. The language he initiates and tolerates defines more than just communication but character.

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