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Personal Commentary: Dissolving Communication Barriers - Know Thyself

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In this show I will talk about just what communication barriers are, setting the stage for shows to come. So often we "feel" these barriers but are not able to talk about them. The first step in resolving a problem is to understand it by stepping back and viewing it dispassionately. I want to give you "words" to go with those "feelings"...We will be looking at communications dynamics. Show Outline Title: Know Thyself Who are you really? * What are your perceptions (your conscious understandings)? * Where do they come from? * Are they true? Who says? What keeps these perceptions in place? Why do we believe them? * Our family of origin * Gender filters * Cultural filters, etc Me versus You * How our perceptions influence how we communicate * The metaphors we use * What is it we really want Breaking down the barriers * Understand how perceptions might create misperceptions * Listen for the interests of others and communicate to those * create a third way

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