M/C VIDEO Series: How to communicate in this crazy world!

Mark Larson is a writer, interviewer, and educator. He is writing a book called, Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater (debuting in 2019) and also has an ongoing interview project called, American Stories Continuum,  Inspired by the works of Studs Terkel, Mark’s passion is gathering stories and oral histories and sharing them with the public.


 In this interview, we talk about Mark’s various projects and also learn about connection and communication through the art of the interview.

Novelist, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote, “One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience… Storytelling is a tool for knowing who we are and what we want.” When I read this quote, I thought of my friend and artist, Martita Rodriguez. How can storytelling enhance our communication? Martita provides us with some answers in this wonderful interview.

You’ve met them, the challenging client, the vexing boss, the annoying colleague, and the stubborn friend or family member. How do you deal with these difficult people without tearing your hair out? In this interview, I talk to Scott Saxe,  a powerful communicator with over 25 years in technology, personnel, and business management. From the backyard to the Boardroom to the Statehouse, Scott provides us with strategies on how to diffuse difficult conversations.

In this interview, I talk with an incredible actor, advocate and activist, Laura T. Fisher.  We chat about advocacy – specifically Laura’s work with #NotInOurHouse and activism – how to have those difficult discussions with elected officials. 

0:003:08  Introduction 

3:0912:06  Part 1 Advocacy: Not In Our House 12:0730:00 Part 2 Activism: What Can You Do? 

30:16 – End  Part 3 Acting: What is Laura Up to Next?

In 2012 I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. After digesting the information, I launched into a comedy of errors as I communicated the news to loved ones, friends and colleagues. I turned my mistakes into a checklist of how NOT to deliver bad news. (Oh, by the way, I’m healthy and cancer-free!)

IN-THE-MOMENT. Have you ever heard someone use the term, “in-the-moment”? It’s like putting yourself on pause, listening to the world around you, and then reacting to the situation. Good stage and film actors are in-the-moment, reacting to what is given them from the other actor, the environment, or the audience. Communicating is similar. To ensure our message gets across to our audience, from time to time, we need to put ourselves on pause, listen and observe, and react accordingly.  

COMMUNICATION TIPS FROM MY MENTOR: Guess who came to lunch? Take a moment and listen to some fabulous communications tips from a former teacher, artist, and poet! My Mom is my role model and inspiration - who is your role model?  

TONGUE-TIED! Have you ever been tongue-tied to the point of embarrassment? I have - just the other day! Let your inner diva out and do some warm-up exercises with me in this week's #MCMinute 

  

PERSPECTIVE. It helps you see clearly so you can communicate more effectively. Learn how to find some perspective in order to boost the impact of your message, in this week's #MCMinute #SpeakLikeAStar

PURPOSEFUL PASSION  

Have you ever had an angry outburst during a meeting? In this episode of the #MCMinute discover how to use Purposeful Passion and inspire your audience vs flaming out...

AMP YOUR VOLUME! Learn how to more effectively project your voice in this week's episode of the #MCMinute - a weekly series providing communication tips and techniques to help you become a more effective communicator! 

SILENCE. How do you use silences and pauses in communication? Find out more in this episode of the #MCMinute - a weekly series providing communication tips and techniques to help you become a more effective communicator! 

Articles & Resources


Talking or NOT Talking

Sometimes silence is deafening. How do you know when to pause and when to speak? In this article, we explore the art of the pause. 


Talking or not talking (pdf)

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NETWORKING: THE FEAR IS REAL!

Does the though of attending a networking event strike terror in you?  In this article, I share some valuable tips crowdsourced from the awesome people I met at a recent networking event! 

Networking Tips Crowdsourced From The Pros (pdf)

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SAY YES TO YES!

Have you every implied, no, but really meant, yes? Find out how verbal and nonverbal miscues can impact positive communications.

Just Say Yes To Yes (pdf)

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SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS 

Are you the victim of toxic social media comments?  You know the type - passionate, angry, mostly misguided, and hurtful comments in response to a social media post. This article shares tips on how to conquer the toxic waste!

Social Media Comments - A Toxic Waste (pdf)

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