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Everything I learned about Communication I learned from my Dogs

Posted by guest blogger, Betty Lochner, Cornerstone Coaching & Training:

Today I was puttering around in my garden talking to my dogs, as I often do, and got to thinking.  These guys are good listeners! In fact, they are some of the better communicators I know.  Here are just a few things I’ve learned from them:

  • Listen first. Listen with every bone in your body and as if your next snack depends on it.
  • Make a lot of noise when you need to. When you need to say something, say it.
  • Say you’re sorry when you’ve done something bad. We all make mistakes, so just snuggle up and be cute and say you are truly sorry.
  • Don’t bite people. Don’t be mean spirited or sarcastic when you communicate.  It will get you no respect and it’s not worth the consequences. You may even end up in a really bad place.
  • Wag your tail. Show appreciation and gratitude to those around you. It’s a very powerful communication tool and works every time.
  • Pay attention. Look some, and sniff some, and watch some.
  • Live a balanced life. Enjoy the simple things in life. Learn some and think some and sing and dance and play and work every day some!

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    Betty Lochner is the Owner and President of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of  Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home.

    To find out more about Cornerstone’s services and offerings visit our website:

    http://www.cornerstone-ct.com


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