Archive for July, 2008


10 Ways to Annoy Your Co-Workers

July 22, 2008
Do you ever find yourself falling into any of these habits?
  1. Interrupting your co-workers.
  2. Not looking at your co-workers while you are talking to them.
  3. Rushing your co-workers and making them feel that they’re wasting your time.
  4. Showing interest in something other than understanding your co-workers and their needs.
  5. Getting ahead of your co-workers who are speaking and finishing their thoughts for them.
  6. Not responding to your co-workers’ requests or questions.
  7. Saying, “Yes, but . . .,” when your co-workers ask you a challenging question, which can sound like you’re discounting their opinions or thoughts.
  8. Focusing on YOU and not your co-workers by topping your co-workers’ stories with “That reminds me. . .” or “That’s nothing, let me tell you about what happened to me. . .”
  9. Forgetting that your co-workers’ vocabulary may not be as large as yours, and using words that they don’t understand.
  10. Talking, when you should be listening.

Learn more about the impact listening has on our lives at the International Listening Association website:

Adapted from “10 Irritating Listening Habits” by Larry Barker & Kittie Watson, found in Listen Up: How to Improve Relationships, Reduce Stress, and Be More Productive by Using the Power of Listening.


Photo Credit: DSCN0661, originally uploaded to Flickr by ExcuseMySarcasm

What Are Words For?

July 2, 2008

In the words of Missing Persons (band from the 1980s), what are words for? They serve many purposes, but the one I chose to write about today is this: some words are just fun to say! And they may make people smile when they listen to you.

Using an extremely informal, unscientific poll on Twitter today, I asked some of my tweeps what their favorite words to say are. In a Wordle, they are:

Words that are lots of fun to say

So, what are some of your favorite words? Comment below, and I’ll add to the Wordle later this week.

And in case you haven’t seen “Words” by Missing Persons, have fun!