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Ten Years of iPhone, and One Call We’d Like to Make

Ten Years of iPhone, and One Call We’d Like to Make

With the much anticipated introduction of the newest iPhone last week, there’s been a lot of reflection on how our lives have changed in the 10 years since Apple introduced the first iPhone. I still recall the moment I realized how much my life would change; I was sitting in a carpool line waiting for my child to emerge from school, and realized I could check my email on the fly. Transformational.

What I didn’t realize, and few could predict, were the subtle ways that our phones would forever change our communication. Yes, they allow us to be reachable whenever, wherever. “How did we function before smartphones?” we often ask ourselves. The New York Times created a snappy reminder of all that our phones have made redundant; from alarm clocks and compasses, to maps and taxis; it demonstrates the efficiencies our phones can provide and shows what has been lost.

But what about the constant distraction? Our ability to focus? To be present in a conversation? No one predicted the compulsive need we would develop to check in. Or the dopamine rush people would get when they receive a text; the instant gratification of knowing your friends “like” your picture. How can we recognize the ten year anniversary of the iPhone and enjoy all of the amazing technological advances and lifestyle improvements it offers, without losing our human connection?

What if we celebrate the tenth anniversary with a renewed commitment to connect with people? Let’s harken back to a decade ago when our phones were simply used for calling and try valiantly to be present in the moment and listen actively.

We all feel the lure of the phone and the urge to multi-task. Let’s embrace our smartphones and all that is good about them, and let’s also cherish our human connections. And commit to being present in the moment. It will make us all better communicators.

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Overflowing Inbox? Strategies to Manage Email

Overflowing Inbox? Strategies to Manage Email

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. It’s officially the end of summer; post-Labor Day, post-vacation re-entry for many of us. Have you taken time off this summer and returned to an overwhelming backlog of email? Did you find yourself checking your email remotely? Or were you able to… Continue Reading

Presentation Tips: “Everyone Hears Uniquely…”

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. Recently I was collaborating with a colleague to create an audio exercise for a workshop on storytelling. We selected outstanding clips of stories to share in class as examples to help people generate their own ideas and learn what makes a compelling… Continue Reading

Presentation Tips: Check Your Body Language

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group I’ve been presenting in front of large audiences for most of my career. I’m comfortable speaking on the stage, but other than a role in the 5th grade class play, I haven’t explored acting. Last month, I had the chance to… Continue Reading

How “Visual Literacy” Can Help You Communicate More Effectively

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group Have you ever had to make a pitch and it just flopped? Have you prepared really well for a presentation and it fell flat? How do we connect with our audiences and help them see things from a new perspective? Seeing… Continue Reading

Video: To Persuade, Be More Than a Messenger

Throughout our business lives, our communication is peppered with information, updates, and messages, many of which it’s up to us to deliver. But to truly persuade, we must build consensus around our plan or idea. And to do that, we must do more than give an update, or deliver a message. We must prepare our… Continue Reading

To Be a Better Presenter, Prepare for Floods (or Anything!)

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group Last week, we narrowly escaped a technological catastrophe… We had a total flood in our office. Gallons of water rained down from the ceiling directly above the desk in our webinar presentation space. We’d only been in our new office space… Continue Reading

Do Your Words Inspire Others to Keep Talking?

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. It’s the time of year for graduation ceremonies and new beginnings. We’re seeing inspirational books displayed on the shelves of our local bookstores, graduation cards at stationary shops and snippets of commencement speeches flooding our newsfeeds. As I think of the… Continue Reading

Sheryl Sandberg and the Value of Sharing Your Story

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. The media maelstrom around Sheryl Sandberg’s latest book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy stirred up almost as much public attention as it did emotion for me. First a friend sent me the link to a television interview,… Continue Reading

Exploring Your Personal Brand

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. Last week I had the pleasure of teaching personal branding at a Women’s Leadership Conference for one of our clients. It was an incredible event—women from across the country gathered to share experiences and learn together at an annual retreat. Like… Continue Reading

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