Tagged with communication

The Theatre of Me

One of my cats, Sugar, loudly cries while pacing through the house with a large stuffed monkey in his mouth whenever I am not immediately accessible to him. He does this when I am asleep at night, am on the phone, have company, or leave the house. His sad expression is a performance, one that … Continue reading

No is Better than Nothing

Too often, my email and phone inquiries are unacknowledged. I would rather hear a “no” than hear nothing. Saying no sets boundaries and is an expression of respect for ourselves and for other people. Not only is a response polite, even if it is negative, it helps the other person focus their time and energy … Continue reading

Five Days of Marketing: Communication

The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Fruition Coalition Marketing Plan Workbook. ISBN 978-1-300-59132-1. $24.99. Communication is the way that your organization formally and informally listens to, responds to, and shares information with its friends. To begin, we will create a list of key words and phrases associated with your organization and … Continue reading

Five Days of Marketing: Introduction

The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Fruition Coalition Marketing Plan Workbook. ISBN 978-1-300-59132-1. $24.99. Marketing is the art of bringing together like-minded people to develop mutually beneficial relationships and to exchange ideas and resources. Organizations engage in marketing whenever they offer a program or service, recruit volunteers, or raise money. In … Continue reading

Peaceful Communication

I find the use of the word nonviolent troubling. The word nonviolence assumes that violence is the norm and as long as we use words such as nonviolent the material conditions that create such a norm cannot be shifted. Using double negative language reinforces the very things we want to change; at best, it cancels … Continue reading

Why Do You Ask?

Questions are a powerful means of exploration and discovery. When you ask or are asked a question, think about its purpose. Is it to… express sincere curiosity? make irrelevant conversation? make a statement (rhetorical)? expose others’ ignorance? pry into the personal lives of others? How can we be more intentional about the questions we ask … Continue reading

Your Help is Needed: Progressive Dictionary

The Fruition Coalition is launching a new Interactive Progressive Dictionary on The Activist’s Muse in 2013. In progressive activism, and life in general, we use so many words with multiple, implicit meanings. The purpose of this project is to clarify and articulate the many ways that we interpret the words that we use in our … Continue reading

The Language of Social Justice

In social justice conversations and communications, how can we use language that is simultaneously 1) disruptive and 2) constructive that also 3) meets the litmus test of no conflicting or competing implicit assumptions? Should social justice language strive toward meeting these three criteria in order to be effective? See my handout from a recent presentation … Continue reading

Political Civility

While it may have once seemed impossible, the content and context of political rhetoric is becoming more and more pathological. I’m not sure if candidates and their staff grossly underestimate the intelligence of the American people or if their strategies are merely a reflection of their own capacity for communication. Either way, I have little … Continue reading