Tag Archive for communication

Talking to Strangers

Can you start a conversation with a stranger?

I am OK with this. I can do it but I used to feel a freak for starting random conversations with strangers, that was until I watched this Tedx Talk by Danny Harris. Read more

Why do babies look so serious when you talk to them?

Serious BabyNew research reveals why babies look so serious A recent study, which was led by Patricia Kuhl of University of Washington, has set out to gain a greater understanding into how babies’ speech develops and it also gives an insight into how babies can learn from interaction with adults when it comes to this developmental phase in a baby’s life. Most mums and dads will have noticed that their babies can often look serious and solemn when they parents are talking to them; researcher Patricia Kuhl suggests one reason for that serious look on your babies face is that they are trying to understand how their parent is talking to them. For instance, they may be concentrating hard so that they can try to learn how the adult is using their lips, mouth, tongue etc., when they talk. Understanding Languages When adults hear a different language, they react differently. Different regions of the brain are used to try and understand and interpret another language when we hear it. When a baby gets to eight months old, they start to lose their ability to recognise other languages and begin to concentrate on the sound of the language they are most used to. To find out more about what is going on in the baby’s brain, a research team led by Patricia Kuhl monitored the brain activity of 80 babies as they listened to different languages. There were two different age groups involved in the two studies; one group of babies were aged 7 months, while the others were older. In the first study, babies from English speaking households were placed in a specially designed brain scanner, and in the second study babies from a Finnish speaking household were placed into a scanner. By using magnetoencephalography, researchers analysed how the babies’ brains reacted to native and non-native language. The study showed that the young babies reacted to the native and non-native languages in the same way, while older babies reacted differently, and the motor areas lit up when they heard a foreign language The researchers say that this is what they expected to find and they also say that this period of intense motor learning begins from 12 weeks old. In addition, research shows that babies learn how to talk from adults. Knowing that are babies our learning from us as we speak and interact with them should help to make us more aware of how we interact with our babies as they grow, especially when the babies are very young and their motor activity is at its peak.

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Parenting Teens – No.1 Mistake

What’s the number one mistake parents of teens make in terms of how they deal

how to improve communication skillswith their teenagers?

I recently answered some question for the msn site and while the shorter version made it the long expanded one did not so I thought I would share it here.

The number one mistake that parents make with their teenagers is not changing their parenting style with them.

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Happy New Year!

Champagne bottle Happy New Year from Fink Conversation Cards2012 is going to be pretty special

I have a feeling that 2012 is going to be pretty special, I think it’s going to be a year where people, communities and society as a whole, come together to connect, talk and celebrate.

I believe that both the Queens Jubilee and the Olympics will be tremendously positive occasions that will bring out the best in people and give communities an opportunity to unite. Read more

Boys are more confident communicators, survey finds

More boys than girls feel confident expressing their views in class and social situations, a survey of eight- to 16-year-olds in the UK has found.

 how to improve communication skills and effective communication with childrenOf 6,000 children surveyed, 69% of boys said they were “very confident” or “confident” speaking in front of classmates, compared with 57% of girls.

The Communication Trust and National Literacy Trust carried out the survey. Read more



With the startling rise in teen hearing loss revealing a 31 percent increase over the past decade, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, joined by recording artist and actress Miley Cyrus, has launched the Listen Carefully campaign. As Better Hearing and Speech Month gets underway this May, the extra attention raised by the Listen Carefully campaign for hearing health and protection could not be timelier.

For the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which strives to change the social consciousness of hearing and hearing health care, the goal of the Listen Carefully campaign is to spread the word among young people and adults to protect their hearing by lowering the volume – a simple solution with long-term impact.

Cyrus is getting involved through the campaign’s Listen Carefully Sweepstakes, which runs through June 15, 2011. The sweepstakes invites fans to enter for a chance to win a “listening experience” with the famous singer and actress during a sound check as she prepares for her performance at the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Annual Awards Gala on July 24 in Minneapolis, which the winner and a guest will also have an opportunity to attend. Miley also helped officially launch the campaign with a series of public service ads that deliver a clear message – “your hearing is fragile, so don’t listen loudly, listen carefully.”

“As an artist, I want to make sure fans are able to experience the magic of music as it was intended,” said Cyrus.  “By just lowering the volume and using the right protection for your ears, hearing loss can be prevented, which means never losing the ability to enjoy the sound of a guitar, a beautiful lyric or a favorite song.”

Miley Cyrus first became involved with the Starkey Hearing Foundation during a recent trip to Haiti, where she joined the Foundation on a mission to distribute hearing aids to those in need.  During the trip, Miley learned about the Listen Carefully campaign and was quick to jump on board to lend her support.

“With 6.5 million teens recognized with some level of hearing loss, Better Hearing and Speech Month is a great time for us to inform parents and young people about just how fragile one’s hearing is and the need to protect it,” said Bill Austin, Chief Executive Officer of Starkey Laboratories and Founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.  “The majority of teen hearing loss is preventable, and it is our hope that the Listen Carefully campaign, with support from entertainers like Miley Cyrus, can make a difference.”

According to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, loud sounds such as music pumping through headphones and ear buds at too high a volume, have the ability to destroy the tiny hair cells in the inner ear over time.  These tiny hair cells are essential in converting sound waves into messages and nerve impulses that are sent to the brain as sounds.  If just 30 percent of these hair cells are damaged or destroyed, one will experience hearing loss.

For an online hearing test, tips on hearing loss prevention, and more, visit starkeyhearingfoundation.org.  There, you will also find information on the Listen Carefully campaign and how to enter the Starkey Hearing Foundation Listen Carefully Sweepstakes with Miley Cyrus.

About The Starkey Hearing Foundation

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is striving to change the social consciousness of hearing and hearing loss prevention.  Hearing loss affects one in 10 Americans, and 63 million children worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help correct that disability.  The Foundation now delivers more than 100,000 hearing aids through hearing missions in countries stretching from the U.S. to Vietnam.  Since 2000, the Foundation has supplied more than 500,000 hearing aids to people in need and is striving to achieve its goal of distributing over one million free hearing aids in this decade.  In addition to giving the gift of hearing, the Foundation partners with Best Buy and the GRAMMY Foundation to promote ‘safe hearing’ and hearing loss prevention among teens and young people, through its national program, SoundMatters™. For more information on the Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

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Parenting Teens -The Fish Philosophy Way

Living with Teens

communicating with children and how to improve communication skills, I am currently working with a company to implement a performance management system for their young employees and this work has led me to a book I read a very long time ago on the Fish Philosophy. I love the premises of this book and to be honest, it is how I live my life.

Anyway, to get to the point, these philosophies can be applied to your family with great ease, so I thought I would share them.

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Fink Card testimonial

Traci Campbell advocate for teens and single parent coach shares her experience of using Fink Cards.

How can Fink Cards help Family Communication?

How can Fink Cards get Families to Open Up?

Why does family talking matter?

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I think we often underestimate how powerful family talking can be and the impact it can have.

As we investigate here at Fink the benefits of talking, we find more and more research that just compounds what we already know – talking really matters. Read more

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