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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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4 Communication Missteps Men Make in the Workplace

Earlier today, I had a LinkedIn conversation with a good friend named Bryan, who also happens to be a member of Latimer’s Board of Advisors. Bryan had read a recent blog post of ours about the language mistakes some women make in the workplace. And Bryan’s request and challenge to me was now to write… 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

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

Your Colleagues Will Build a Statue in Your Honor

In nearly every workshop I teach, I ask a question that sounds something like this: “How many of you attend too many meetings that run long?” Nearly every hand goes up, every time. “How many of you get too many emails that are too overwhelming to read?” Nearly every hand goes up, every time. “How… 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

To Change the Minds of Others, Change This About Yourself

Some of our most popular blog posts lately have been about how we communicate with each other, and the divide that’s so often formed when we’re faced with an opinion or viewpoint different from our own. And while there are plenty of examples we’ve written about from our President on this subject, it’s certainly not limited to… Continue Reading

Kathrine Switzer and the Boston Marathon: A Lesson in Empowerment

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. This week was the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. Boston is unlike any other marathon; the course, the crowds, and its history make it unique. This year was especially significant– it was the 50th anniversary of the first woman to… Continue Reading

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