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Ideas. Insight. Inspiration.

Why the need for human connection?

I am currently working on my next book, this one for Hyperion Press, and due out next year. It includes a thorough exploration of the subject of human connection and the role that persuasive communication plays in starting connections, building connections and developing connections with each other. I have pulled together a wealth of information about this, and in today’s post, I’m using this opportunity to ‘connect’ with you about it.


July 29, 2008 7

Dealing With Bad Behavior from Your Boss

Dealing with bad behavior at work is a common theme that I address continually in my work with people, my writing and here on this blog. Below is another example of someone experiencing bad behavior from her boss and my recommendations to her. (Her real name is not used.)


May 9, 2008 5

How to Communicate With A Coworker Taking Credit for Others’ Work

Communications problems with coworkers are common—we’ve all experienced them. Solutions to nagging coworker problems can be found in your own desire to create positive change. Keep in mind, many times you are not the only one experiencing the coworker-problem. By addressing the problem, you will be creating positive change for yourself and others.


May 2, 2008 6

How to Improve Communication: Four Steps

This is a follow up to my recent post about the Livescience.com article, Clueless Guys Can’t Read Women. I promised more on the four steps to improving communication. With men and women. Coworkers. With everyone.


March 26, 2008 2

Obama’s Powerful Use of Persuasive Speech for Positive Change

I’ve been asked repeatedly by my students to comment on the rhetorical skill of Senator Barack Obama. His latest speech on racial healing, triggered by a backlash to comments from his pastor, hit all the right notes, at least in my book.


March 19, 2008 1

Two Important Reasons Persuasive Skills Help You Create Positive Change

Welcome to Dr. K’s Persuasion Skills and Savvy Blog. I’m Rick Kirschner, ‘Dr. K,’ and I’ve got a lot to say on the subject of persuasion. For example, I can tell you that there are a few (annoying) constants in life and work when it comes to how people communicate with one another. I’ve observed that people love to be right, even about being wrong. And all too often bad ideas win out over better ideas.

How frequently have you had to resign yourself to the inevitable because you don’t know how to change someone’s mind? How often has the goal of positive change seemed just out of your reach?


February 28, 2008 5