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I dedicate this book, to children that feel like they are on the outside
of the social playground and struggle to express their thoughts and ideas. ...
YOU ARE STRONG. YOU ARE IMPORTANT. YOU ARE AMAZING.
Stay being you; develop strategies that will allow you to share who you are
Hello. How are you? What have you been doing lately? Do you have anything interesting to tell me? I mean do you have anything interesting to tell me that I really care to stand here and listen to.
Was that rude? Well I do apologize but I am not really good at pretending to care about stuff that I don't wish to fill my filing cabinets in my brain with. Gossip...hmmm. Nope, that would be a waste of time for me since I do not know enough people to use the gossip to connect with others. That is the purpose of gossip is it not? Connect to others by sharing random information about someone else but don't tell the person that you are talking about that you are all talking about them. Nope, gossip is not my idea of a just form of chit chat.
Politics or religion. Here are subject areas that I personally choose to steer clear of since both are a personal choice and no matter what anyone says, they will remain the other person's opinion and choice. We could discuss these areas but I can only foresee and argument about who is correct and who is not and all the multiple reasons to try to sway the other person's opinion but in the end, there will just be negative emotions and each person will still remain true to their belief. If they do decide to question their opinions later after you have challenged them, it will usually be in private.
Then there is the work chat. Venting about how many things made the person grr or how great things are going. Politely, it is hard to listen because you may not work there so cannot visualize the workplace, the people or what it is the person may do but you try hard to stay focused and in the story since talking about a place that the person spends the bulk of their day at is being a good friend and listener.
Good listener? This means that you must completely focus on the other person and what they are saying and not be tempted to instead be thinking of what you would like to say next. ya sure..stop my brain from thinking..bahahaha good one.
be back to finish....