Effective Communication: Do I Understand What You Are Saying?

Effective Communication is one of the most important parts of being a great coworker, employee, and person. What does it mean to be an effective communicator? An effective communicator can be defined as timely, concise, clear, and authentic. These characteristics will help deliver excellent customer service, create strong interpersonal skills, and foster meaningful relationships. Exploring Methods…

Be Thankful.

Ask yourself: “What has happened to me, that has been out of my control since I was 15 years old?” Aside from disease and sudden traumatic life events, every thing that has happened to you since you were 15 is your own choice and design. Recognizing that we are in ultimate control of what we do…

Planning for Success

I was a freshman in college and I was NOT transitioning well from a small high school of 350 students to a large university of 35,000+. No one taught me how to study, how to take notes, how to say “no” to friends when they asked if I wanted to hang out, or how to…

Say Less, Ask More

“Answers are closed rooms; and questions are open doors to invite us in.”- Nancy Willard Are there any other chatterboxes out there? Do you catch yourself interjecting or trying to offer advice as soon as you can identify a problem? You just really want to help right? Turns out jumping to help can actually not…

Jammin’ on my planner: Tools for Planning Success

“Hobbies? Organizing my agenda.  Wait.  That doesn’t sound fun.  Jammin’ on my planner!” – Leslie Knope   Summer can be a very busy time of year for people who work in any level of education.  For those in higher education, semester schools are starting up in the next couple of weeks and quarter schools have…

Gratituesday (On a Wednesday)

What is Gratitude? Robert A, Emmons PhD from UC Davis, defines Gratitude as an acknowledgement that we have received something of values from others.  And why is it important? Well, over the past few years the amount of scientific evidence supporting the contribution made by gratitude to psychological and social well being has significantly increased….

Part 1: Creating a “Success” Mindset

How do you define greatness? There is a difference between striving to be the best at what you are doing and being the greatest version of yourself. For most of us, there will always be someone who can be perceived as “better” than us. They can lift more weight, run faster; they make more money,…

Motivational Monday (Be a Rainbow)

Where to even begin? This has been my current state for the last week. Large projects and planning for the upcoming academic year had me at a loss while trying to effectively create a plan. This is how I have created a plan for my overwhelming large tasks:   Write a to do list Create a…

Gratituesday (on a Wednesday)

Between closing out the academic year, starting summer programs, planning a wedding, and moving; life has been moving at faster than normal speed. “If your legs are moving faster than you can fall, you won’t fall”- Mat Fraser This week we begin with an exercise in gratitude. It is too easy to be consumed with…

Helping Future Professionals Find Their Way

  I have often thought about where I would donate some of my money if I ever won the lottery.  I have thought about making small contributions to the institutions (specifically their Recreation Departments) that formed who I am today as it would be great to give back to programs that gave me so much….

How Do They Cope: Helping Others Through Sudden Losses

Dealing with loss is not easy.  Helping others deal with loss can be even harder.  I am not trained to counsel grieving individuals or groups, but what I have learned is that I can still be there. When tragedy strikes, it is usually unexpected.  Our students are often away from their families, their main support…

Featured Speaker: Having Difficult Conversations (Video)

We were honored to feature Marc Falkenstein today in our first ever Google Broadcast! Check out the video to hear about his experiences with difficult conversations. Marc dives into the most difficult workplace conversations he has had, as well as tips and tricks. Click Here for full video discussion!