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Vulnerability… That Is Productive

This post was written by Hannah Morris, Director of Assessment & Advancement at The Latimer Group. “I’m sorry.” And “Thank you.” These are expressions that we learned to use early in life. They were often shared at our parents’ insistence, and our reluctance, at least where siblings were involved. But I wonder if most of us have […]

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Changing Gears

This post was written by Hannah Morris, Director of Assessment & Advancement at The Latimer Group. If you were fortunate enough to have some time away from work, whether it was a couple days or a longer stretch, you may have experienced and/or may be currently facing the challenge of changing gears. At the end of a […]

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The Simple Power of Pronouns

This post was written by Hannah Morris, Director of Assessment & Advancement at The Latimer Group. Pronouns, at first glance, are a simple tool to make language more efficient. They replace nouns and make our sentences shorter. But pronouns also hold great power in our communication because of the people that they replace and thereby represent. One […]

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Expect the Pit

This post was written by Hannah Morris, Director of Assessment & Advancement at The Latimer Group. My third grader learned a very important lesson at the start of this school year. It was about “the pit”, or “the learning pit”. Her teacher explained that all learners fall into the pit sometimes, and they feel helpless, don’t know […]

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Why Is Virtual Communication Exhausting?

This post was written by Hannah Morris, Director of Assessment & Advancement at The Latimer Group. Zoom fatigue is real. For many of us it is due to the sheer volume of videoconferences that we are on each day. The increase in the use of videoconferencing tools in 2020 is staggering. There is both anecdotal and empirical […]

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Talking on Mute

This post was written by Hannah Morris, Director of Assessment & Advancement at The Latimer Group. No, this is not about all the times when we try to contribute to conversations, only to realize that we have disabled our own audio. It is not about tallying the number of times that “You’re on mute.” gets said in […]

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Can “Virtual” Connection Be Real?

This post was written by Hannah Morris, Director of Assessment & Advancement at The Latimer Group. Like many of you, I had some experience with virtual communication prior to this year, but it was not yet a mainstay of my work. And, like many others, I was skeptical about its use as a replacement for face-to-face interactions. […]

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Communicating in a Masked World (Continued): What Else Gets Muffled?

This post was written by Hannah Morris, Director of Assessment & Advancement at The Latimer Group. In Dean’s recent post about the impact of masks, he addressed new challenges to conversational communication. Indeed, the combination of muffled voices and invisible lips makes it far more difficult to catch every word that is said – especially for those […]

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It’s About the Journey AND the Destination, Part 2 of 2

This post was written by Hannah Morris, Director of Assessment & Advancement at The Latimer Group. In my last post, I presented the analogy of message as journey – a way to visualize, approach, craft, and deliver an effective presentation. The journey happens in three parts – open, content, close – and the itinerary is tailored to […]

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It’s About the Journey AND the Destination, Part 1 of 2

This post was written by Hannah Morris, Director of Assessment & Advancement at The Latimer Group. Do you ever find yourself rambling in the middle of a presentation? Or do you find yourself planning to include key points… and then forgetting them in the moment? These are common problems, and there are ways to avoid them. When […]

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