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Now We're Talking

Professor of Communication at the University of Waterloo. Host of "Now We're Talking" a podcast about how to improve Communication Skills.

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Episode 059 - The Power of Acknowledging and Affirming

In Episode 059 of Now We're Talking, we discuss the opposite of making distinctions - affirming or acknowledging a person's view of the world and how powerful those acts can be.

19mins

29 May 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 073 - A Four-Step Process for Persuading Difficult Audiences

In Episode 073 of Now We're Talking we discuss a four-step process for persuading a difficult audience that is likely to resist your requests.

21mins

11 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 063 - Why We Should Balance Warmth and Directness

In Episode 063 of Now We're Talking we discuss the importance of balancing warmth and directness in our embodied communicative interactions and why balancing warmth and directness will have profound effects on others.

22mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 025 - Active listening

In Episode 025 of Now We're Talking, I review active listening with one of my students.

18mins

15 Oct 2017

Rank #4

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Episode 064 - Why and How to Stop Invalidating Others

In Episode 064 of Now We're Talking we discuss the damage done by forms of emotional invalidation, and how to recognize when invalidation is happening and why we should try validation instead.

22mins

10 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 018 - Parallel structure and writing beautiful sentences

In Episode 018 of Now We're Talking we discuss what parallel structure is, why it's important for writing, and how to use it in your sentences.

16mins

1 Feb 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 0012 - How some communication practices can ruin our relationships

In Episode 0012 of Now We're Talking we discuss the communication patterns that are destructive of interpersonal relationships and what to look out for or avoid in order to be a better partner.

21mins

12 Jul 2016

Rank #7

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Episode 024 - Intrapersonal communication and self-concept

In Episode 024 of Now We're Talking, I talk with one of my students about intrapersonal communication and how important it is to our self-concept.

20mins

11 Oct 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 076 - Strategic Communication

In Episode 076 of Now We're Talking, we discuss strategic thinking and strategic communication, both essential abilities for anyone in a leadership position.

22mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 015 - What is a sentence and how do I write better sentences?

In this episode of Now We're Talking we discuss what a sentence is and some of the most simple and direct ways for writing better sentences.

22mins

5 Sep 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 027 - The importance of affective states in relationships

In Episode 027 of Now We're Talking, I talk with one of my students about the importance of affective states for relationships and the kinds of communication practices that can engage positive affective states and avoid negative affective states.

21mins

19 Oct 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 026 - Conflict in relationships

In Episode 026 of Now We're Talking, I talk with one of my students about conflict in interpersonal relationships and the kinds of communication practices that can promote productive conflict.

17mins

19 Oct 2017

Rank #12

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Episode 074 - The Importance of Absorbing, Diffusing, and Suspending

In Episode 074 of Now We're Talking, we discuss the importance of absorbing and diffusing emotions, especially in group work, and how we can suspend discussions to allow spaces for emotions to be heard and felt and understood, and the transformative impact of these practices on relationships.

22mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 053 - How to write a persuasive and rational paragraph

In Episode 053 of Now We're Talking, we discuss the appropriate structure of a persuasive, rational paragraph, and how to improve the effectiveness of our writing.

19mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 071 - Repair Attempts, Face-Saving, and De-escalation

In Episode 071 of Now We're Talking, we discuss the importance of diffusing negative feelings in communicative interactions, particularly through face-saving, repair attempts, and de-escalation.

21mins

27 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 052 - Hyperbole vs. Care, or how to make a persuasive rational argument

In Episode 052 of Now We're Talking, we discuss how we might make a persuasive assertion and the different effects of hyperbole and careful reasoning.

21mins

18 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 034 - The importance of word choice when writing

In Episode 034 of Now We're Talking we discuss the importance of word choice in writing and how to choose words well.

15mins

25 Jan 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 075 - A Magic Question for Mitigating Anxiety

In Episode 075 of Now We're Talking, we discuss the use of a specific question for mitigating people's emotional, anxious responses to change or uncertainty.

21mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 070 - Why you should ask others: What did you get out of that?

In Episode 070 of Now We're Talking, we discuss the importance of helping others improve their communication skills by asking them one important questions - "What did you get out of that?" - to help them reflect on and improve their strategic ability to produce effects on others.

20mins

20 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 079 - Why conflict happens: switch-tracking

In Episode 079 of Now We're Talking we discuss switch-tracking and how it leads to conflict.

21mins

6 Mar 2020

Rank #20