How To Master Active Listening in 3 Steps

Today’s post is the last tip in a three part series on active listening written by Patrick Ewers, an executive coach and founder of Mindmaven. Be sure to check out his tip #1 and tip #2.

Tip #3 Fire the second dart.

You can guide the conversation and train yourself to listen at the same time by asking an intelligent follow up questions.

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Tip #2 To Becoming A Powerful Active Listener

Today’s post is part 2 of a three part series on active listening written by Patrick Ewers, an executive coach and founder of Mindmaven. Read up on his tip #1, in case you missed it.

Tip #2: Show them that you’re listening.

If you want to show a person that you’re truly listening to them, you have to keep your mind focused on the responses you’re getting. Be able to make it a game to truly understand what the person is actually saying.

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3 Tips to Become The Best Listener

Today’s post is part 1 of a three part series on active listening written by our friend, Patrick Ewers. Check out Tip #2 here and tip #3 here. Patrick is an executive coach and founder of Mindmaven. You can find him on Twitter @PatrickEwers.

One of the biggest technology-driven problems I see in this society is that our minds are evolving in a way that makes them trained to be exceptionally receptive to interruptions and distracting signals. Our brains become proficient in changing the subject, adjusting what we’re looking at or how we’re perceiving something simply because we hear a notification sound on our phone.

The scary part is that it doesn’t take very long for your brain to make this switch. Very often, in just five seconds we can lose interest in one thing and move onto the next. Disruptions are so prevalent, that you might not even notice it happening. With all of these interruptions, it becomes a real challenge to rewire your brain to hold its focus on one topic.

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campus Magazine – Volume 1

It’s back to school time.

Across the country, students are returning to their college campus, connecting with new roommates, gearing up for classes and maybe partying just a little.

We created campus to help students excel on and off campus. To that end, this month we debut volume 1 of campus Magazine.

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3 Networking Tips for Extroverts

Where my extroverts at!?

Extroverts, this is coming from one of your own so focus up!

Many people (wrongly) think that extroverts don’t need networking advice. They think we could hold a conversation with a park bench. And though they may be right, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities to develop our social skills.

Here are a few things we know about extroverts:

  • Extroverts draw their energy from being in larger groups of people. They feed off of others’ spirit.
  • Sometimes, when extroverts are left alone for too long, they can get crazy uncomfortable.
  • Extroverts have a lot of “friends” and not as many friends.
  • One misconception is that all extroverts are confident. Extroversion and confidence are not synonymous.

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campus Rewind 7.22.15

Here are a few of our must-reads from about.me’s campus.

The one thing that keeps college students up at night is not what you’d think. Read more →

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Is Your Reputation Hurting You Behind Your Back?

A great opportunity could be passing you by. To determine if it is, answer these three questions:

  1. Will you send an email today?
  2. Will you meet someone new this week?
  3. Will you use social media this week?

If your answer to any of these is yes, this post is for you. These questions all revolve around your personal brand. Your personal brand is essentially your reputation. What people say about you. We want to ensure that they’re saying great things.

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