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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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Communication Leadership: The Four Areas Of Awareness

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com July 11, 2017 In goal-oriented communication, few things are more important than creating a sense of connection between yourself and the person you are speaking to. When you are in the audience, what type of speaker captures your attention more: the one who speaks to your concerns,… Continue Reading

Communication Leadership: Eliminating the Messenger Mindset

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com June 29, 2017 So often in preparing to communicate, we make a fundamental mistake: we enter a messenger mindset. Rather than establishing a clear goal and aiming to persuade our audience, we set out to inform, to update, to share. On this path, we end our… Continue Reading

Don’t Be Afraid to Go to the Blackboard

Today’s post is an add-on to our post earlier this week about the importance of bringing empathy to your work. Public speaking is a big — in some cases, debilitating — fear in many people. In most cases we see, that fear stems from being called out, challenged… or, just plain wrong… in front of… Continue Reading

Leaders, Coaches, Colleagues: Bring the Empathy

  I was in the midst of a great workshop recently, when I was asked a question I had never heard before. The participants in this workshop were really friendly and jovial, and we had a nice casual banter going all day long. And towards the end of the day, one of them said, “You… Continue Reading

Simon Sinek: Practice Being the Last to Speak

Simon Sinek is a favorite around here. We’ve written about him specifically in the past, and there’s a huge overlap in many of the themes we teach… This is a great addendum to some of the posts we’ve written in the past on listening, understanding, and seeing the other side. Simon’s advice, Be the last… Continue Reading

“Yes” Moves the Conversation Forward

Today’s post was written by Brett Slater, Chief Social Media Officer at The Latimer Group. Improvisation fascinates me. A recent passion of mine has been improv comedy, and I’m a huge fan of jazz and jam bands, both of which lean very heavily on improvisation as a tool. Part of my fascination with the improv… Continue Reading

Video: How to Become an Olympic-Level Communicator

Want to communicate at the Olympic level? Work on the 4 skills of great communication one by one, and when you put them all back together, you’ll be communicating at a much higher level. What are the 4 skills? Dean lays them out for us in the video below:   At The Latimer Group, our… Continue Reading

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