One Breath Before Responding = Better Listening

"Before you respond in a conversation, take a breath. Not an enormous, loud, obvious breath that screams out 'I am trying a new technique for better listening!' No, just a normal, simple, ordinary breath. That’s it. The whole technique, right there." —Kenneth E. Miller, "A Simple and Powerful Technique for Better Listening." Psychology Today. September … Continue reading One Breath Before Responding = Better Listening

Steven Pinker’s Rules For Writing

Reverse-engineer what you read. If it feels like good writing, what makes it good? If it’s awful, why?Prose is a window onto the world. Let your readers see what you are seeing by using visual, concrete language.Don’t go meta. Minimize concepts about concepts, like “approach, assumption, concept, condition, context, framework, issue, level, model, perspective, process, … Continue reading Steven Pinker’s Rules For Writing