crystallizations 2011

March 2011


The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.  - Joseph Priestley


In response to my request for communication pet peeves, one of my readers emailed, "I dislike the fact that kids, with texting, are using "shortcut" language. This definitely will not help their spelling & written skills."


Texting! Just like my reader, I worry about the writing skills of our youth. I teach writing classes on the college level, and I see omitted punctuation, lack of capitalization, and words that I have to read aloud to decipher the meaning.


Is texting ruining the writing skills of an entire generation? To be honest, probably.  But the problem may not the obvious one. Read more...



Do you have difficult people in your life? Who doesn't?!


Come to our first Lunchbox Workshop, Tuesday, March 15, 11:30 AM - 1 PM at TriPoint and learn how to deal with the demanders, whiners, pouters, know-it-alls, attackers, and all the others who drive you crazy.  


To register or for more information, click here. You bring your lunch; we'll bring the info.


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Communication Issues? 

Is there a communication topic you would like to see me cover in this newsletter?  If you have communication problems you need solutions for, please email me, and I'll respond in upcoming issues. 


If you have grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, or writing questions, send them in and I'll answer them here. All submissions will be kept anonymous. 


Contact me at 

coachingCommunication Coaching

If you need training in communication, consider one-on-one coaching with me. I offer individualized communication coaching. No matter what your communication needs (improving your grammar and sentence structure,  putting together and rehearsing a presentation and getting over your nerves, dealing with difficult people, leading a team, crafting your sales message), I can help. If you need to make real personalized progress, call 210-863-2250 or email for a free initial consultation and assessment.

Last month, I asked if you knew what makes the name of February unique among all other names of months. Frequent puzzle-solver, Tony Estala from Univision 41 had the only correct answer - it's the only month with two Rs in the name. Tony wins!   


This month, the first person to correctly answer will win your choice of a ticket to any upcoming Lunchbox Workshop (value $50) or a Starbuck's gift card ($25 value). Here's the puzzle.  What percentage of teens believe that good writing is important to their success in life? 

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Tuesday March 15, 2011 from 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM CDT



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