Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Communicating: Non verbal language

Body language is a part of nonverbal language. It includes things like stance, gestures, facial expressions, and even small things that are barely perceptible like a brief shrug of the shoulder or nod of the head. We frequently communicate both bodily and verbally and an estimated 70% of what we communicate may be nonverbal. Nonverbal language is an even bigger category, which includes things like tone of voice.
There are many ways to learn to interpret body language but it must be understood that these are frequently specific to a culture. For instance in the US people wave good bye with the palm facing the person they’re waving to, and the fingers may open and close. In other cultures, waving goodbye may occur with the hand palm up to the sky, and the fingers opening and closing. To people in the US, this might look like a gesture asking someone to approach rather than a wave goodbye.
Still, since most of us live in one area where body language may be similar among people, it’s important to know that you can communicate a lot by how you gesture, what you do with your arms when you’re sitting or standing and talking to someone else, and even what your posture may say. A person in much of the US who sits with hands crossed over the chest, and with legs crossed, may be sending an unintended message that they’re really not open to talking. Some people are excellent at reading these kinds of messages, and we do have to be careful what we may be conveying, especially when we’re being judged, particularly in things like dating or job interviews.
Source: http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-body-language.htm

Have you considered what type of message you are sending through your gestures and face expressions?
When are these important? Can you think of different situations when you should pay attention to what you are communicating?

What about job interviews?
Let´s have a look at these suggestions.
9 simple body language tips for your next job interview

Monday, October 20, 2014

Positive Psychology.

What is Positive Psychology?
Positive Psychology is one of the newest branches of psychology to emerge. This particular area of psychology focuses on how to help human beings prosper and lead healthy, happy lives. While many other branches of psychology tend to focus on dysfunction and abnormal behavior, positive psychology is centered on helping people become happier.
Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describe positive psychology in the following way: "We believe that a psychology of positive human functioning will arise that achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving in individuals, families, and communities."
Source http://psychology.about.com/od/branchesofpsycholog1/a/positive-psychology.htm

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Sources: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-happy-secret-to-better-work-shawn-achor#watch

Today´s topic is.....

Have a look at these phrases. 
Who do you think they belong to?

Have a look at these names: 
ARISTOTLE                                                          MAHATMA GANDHI 
DALAI LAMA                                                        BUDDHA  
RABINDRANATH TAGORE                                     WINNIE THE POOH    

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What makes a Leader?

What´s the topic?

If you could give a name to this image what would it be?

Who is this person?

Do you know what EI is?

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic.

Source: http://psychology.about.com/od/personalitydevelopment/a/emotionalintell.htm

Let´s read an analyze the following article:

12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence By Marcia Sirota MD

Would you like to read some more?
Here´s an article written in 1998 regarding Leaders and Emotional Intelligence

What Makes a Leader?    by Daniel Goleman

OM Times: http://omtimes.com/2010/08/12-elements-of-emotional-intelligence/

Leadership 2.0: Are You An Adaptive Leader?

In today’s fast-paced world of competitive workplaces and turbulent economic conditions, each of us is searching for effective tools that can help us adapt and strike out ahead of the pack.
Sharing discoveries from a groundbreaking study that separated the leadership skills that get result from those that are inconsequential or harmful, Leadership 2.0 introduces a new paradigm of leadership.
Leadership 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing 22 core and adaptive leadership skills. 
For the first time ever in an audiobook, Drs. Bradberry and Greaves unveil TalentSmart’s revolutionary leadership program to help you identify your skill levels, build your skills into strengths, and enjoy exemplary performance in the pursuit of important objectives. Trusted by upper-echelon leaders inside companies worldwide, the strategies in this audiobook will take your leadership skills to bold new heights.
The audiobook’s smooth narrative style turns rigorous research into memorable examples and practical strategies that any leader can use to his or her advantage.
Leadership 2.0 will change how you see leadership—and yourself—forever.
Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2012/11/09/leadership-2-0-are-you-an-adaptive-leader/

Monday, August 25, 2014

A special letter

This is a very special letter. 
It is written to a person on his / her first day here. Someone who´s just been born.

Kid President offers some advice on how to be a person - an awesome person.

He's also making a list of all the things #thekidsneedtoknow. 

Shall we help him?  
What do you think kids need to learn in order to become an awesome person?

Any suggestions?
Let´s make a list!!! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Bit of Everything

Quite often, while reading or searching the web I come across great material I think could come in handy for different courses or projects.

Many times I´ve saved articles, webpages, etc to different apps and tools; the truth is it ended up lost or totally forgotten.

This time I´m using Prezi, so far I find it really useful. I can link topics as I like or need and have it close at hand ever time I open my account.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

What´s in a generation?

"Baby Boomers. Millennials. Generation Z. Although some records exist nearly as far back as America’s beginnings of people naming the generations, these three generations are likely the most well-known today, although where one ends and the next begins is controversial.
They come with their own stereotypes: the Baby Boomers don’t understand technology, the Millennials—people aged 18-34, according to a Forbes article from 2013—are entitled know-it-alls who spend more time on social media than on work, and Generation Z, people aged 17 and younger, is the “9/11” generation.
According to Forbes, the Millenials are optimistic, but the people of Generation Z are realistic. The Millenials grew up in a world where they could walk to the gate to watch their grandparents’ planes land when they came to visit; Generation Z never knew a world without the fear of terrorism, without strict security and television shows where detectives chase down bomb threats and save the city, or the world, in the nick of time.
The Millenials are entering the job market, or have been working in it for years, and are trying to find their place among the Baby Boomers who are known as the mature professionals. Generation Z is still in grade school"
Do you work with Millennials? How would you describe them?
Have a look at CBS News report on this generation.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Have you read any stories by Robert Fulghum?

Just by chance, many years ago, I came across a really nice story to use with students and teachers. It´s one of those stories you never tire of. 
 I´ve used it extensively both in class and in seminars. 

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
- an excerpt from the book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.
ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.


Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living. Take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your
family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put thing back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are - when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

© Robert Fulghum, 1990.
Found in Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Villard Books: New York, 1990, page 6-7.

His book is full of lovely stories as nice as this one!! Take a look at the link, it´s full of quotes from his books.

Thanks to Internet I started investigating a little more and came across another gem. 
Have a look, or even better, sit back and enjoy!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Songs & Stories

I´m sure you must have heard about Adele. She´s a wonderful singer with a unique voice. 

Her full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins and she was born to single mother Penny Adkins on 5 May 1988 in Tottenham, North London. She is estranged from her Welsh father Mark Evans. She started singing at the age of four years and has stated the Spice Girls heavily influenced her decision to start.

She came from a non-musical family but a very supportive one. Adele said that her mother used to set up a stage show for her in their own home with Adele being the performer and her mother's friends being the audience. 

One of the UK’s best-selling singer/songwriters and having taken some time away from the music industry after the birth of her first child, Angelo, she is now working on her third album. 

She has broken through the music industry at a relatively young age, particularly owing it to her distinctive voice. 

Would you like to  read more

Someone like you is one of my favourite songs. Listen and follow the words. 

What is the first idea you get?
What do you think the story is about?

Adele - Someone Like You Lyrics

I heard that you’re settled down.
That ........ found a girl and you’re married now.
I heard that your ............. came true.
Guess she gave you things I didn’t ........ to you.

Old friend, why are you so ............?
Ain’t like you to hold back, or hide .............. the light.

I hate to turn up ............ of the blue uninvited,
But I couldn’t stay ................., I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my ................ and that you’d be reminded
That for me, it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find someone ............. you.
I wish nothing but the best for you too.
Don’t forget .........., I beg, I'll remember you said:
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead. Yeah.

You know how the time .............
Only yesterday was the time of our ...............
We were born and raised in a .................. haze.
Bound by the surprise of our ................. days.

I hate to turn up out ........... the blue uninvited,
But I couldn’t ........... away, I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d ............. reminded
That for me, it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find ............................. like you.
I wish nothing but the best ............... you too.
Don’t forget me, I beg, I'll remember you ...........:
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”.

Nothing compares, no worries or cares.
Regrets and ........................; they’re memories made.
Who would have known ......................... bittersweet this would taste?

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you.
I wish ...................... but the best for you.
Don’t forget me, I beg, I'll remembered you said:
“Sometimes it lasts in ................ but sometimes it hurts instead”

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you.
I .......... nothing but the best for you too.
....................... forget me, I beg, I'll remembered you said:
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it ................... instead”
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead. Yeah.

How are you feeling about it?
Do you want a challenge? 
Try Lyrics Training and see how well you can do.

Well enough work on the lyrics. 
What do you think the story behind the song is?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What are we talking about?


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Why Tens Of Thousands Of People Are Signing Up For This Online Happiness Course

What is the course about?
The course emphasizes two main (scientifically-proven) keys to happiness, which are they? Do you agree? 
How do you think this can be "scientifically-proven"?
Which elements do they sustain constitute a "meaningful life"? What is your opinion?
Do you think that "habits and values can impact happiness."?

In case you want to know more..... The Science of Happiness

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