Beyond Borders

Planting in Shared Soil

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Neuroscientist Uri Hasson researches the foundations of human communication. In a February 2016 Ted Talk–he explained the importance of common ground to effective communication. His research shows the ways in which our brains “couple” when understanding is achieved between a speaker and a listener. In my work as a speaker and consultant with organizations and […]

Beyond Borders

Showing Up to the Dance

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Visiting another culture or returning home to a culture you thought you knew provides challenges. A woman who worked in Tokyo for five years will re-enter America a different person and find the land of her birth strange, less comfortable. Businesses spend a lot of resources sending executives on foreign assignments only to find that […]

Business

A Travel Necessity

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“Do I need travel insurance?” “Actually, you need travel protection.” Travel protection offers you compensation for injuries, illness, and death which result in travel delays or cancellation. Protection plans can cover you for pre-existing conditions and for non-medical issues. One of my clients suffers from a medical condition which can flare up without notice. With […]

Books

On loving the blank page

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The blank page once frightened me. You know, the one in your essay test book that you stared at after reading the prompt or the page on your computer screen waiting for your genius to appear before starting the blog. Even the little box on Twitter or Facebook that awaits your witty remark or encouraging […]