Clarity in Conversations

Clarity in Conversations

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Clear Dialogues at Work


My guest: Frank Garten
Jun 21 • 40 min
This is the last episode of Season 1 of Clarity in Conversations. And just like the previous episode was a special one where I interviewed co-host Els de Maeijer, for this last episode we reverse roles and Els will interview me. It’s not my first move…
My guest: Els de Maeijer
May 26 • 42 min
Els studies language. But that summary would not do justice to a full PhD with the subtitle “Languaging in industry-academia collaborations”. The main title is “Open Innovation Dynamics”, which characterizes Els’ PhD research at the universities of…
Conversations in times of change
Apr 28 • 62 min
Managing change is a challenge for any leader. And helping your people through change is an essential attention area for (people) managers. But corporate change is a curious process: in spite of organizational change being thoroughly prepared, most change…
Our distinctly different styles of communication.
Apr 6 • 42 min
In episode 10 of Clarity in Conversations, my guest is Geof Cox. Geof has his own consultancy company called New Directions for over 25 years now, and he is the author of two very practical books about influencing and communication skills. “Getting…
The power of being brief
Mar 23 • 40 min
We all have this one particular colleague. The guy who walks in and starts rambling. Only a rude interruption or a fire alarm seems to be able to stop the sea of words. Is he effective? Not at all, as the time he needs to explain his point of view largely…
How great interviews lead to great conversations
Mar 9 • 37 min
She is the author of 2 great books, a frequently-cited TED-talk, and also radio show host, journalist and interviewer. My guest in episode 8 of Clarity in Conversations is Celeste Headlee. Celeste learned in the early stages of interviewing world leaders,…
From vulnerable positions to courageous conversations
Feb 19 • 42 min
When we feel uncertain at work about our actions or we’re not sure how others will react, these feelings are real. Yet we often pretend these feelings are not there, because we don’t feel comfortable with the feeling. We certainly don’t want others to see…
Making Difficult Conversations Less Hard
Feb 3 • 39 min
We often talk about ‘difficult conversations”, but maybe ‘difficult’ is not the right words. When we should speak to a co-worker about a mistake she made. When we want to give our boss some negative feedback. When we need to resolve a conflict with a…
Socratic Dialogues: Conversations that matter
Jan 19 • 43 min
Many conversations we have are just casual. A chat at the coffee machine, a gossip about the mistakes of a colleague, an exchange about a customer project with your manager… But some conversations require a bit more attention and depth: difficult…
How “Yes, but…” can kill a conversation
Jan 5 • 32 min
One of the most frustrating things in conversations when you are enthusiastic about something. You do a proposal, and the other person says: “Yes, but…” and then shares his own ideas. It feels like your idea was rejected. In a polite and friendly way, but…
Why it’s so hard to listen to others
Dec 15, 2019 • 31 min
You think you’re a good listener? There’s a high chance you answered this question with some form of ‘Yes’. We all think we are good listeners. A study among 8.000 American professionals revealed that almost everybody thinks their listening skills are…
When we get defensive in conversations
Dec 1, 2019 • 34 min
Ever wondered why conversations can unexpectedly go downhill and become unfriendly, toxic encounters instead of productive dialogue? It’s our brain – equipped with survival mechanisms that were built in when we were still hunters and collectors – that…
Clear Conversations in Aviation
Nov 7, 2019 • 29 min
In the airline industry, clear conversations are vital. One mistake, and people can lose their lives. Pilots learn communication protocols that are strictly reinforced: anything is done to reduce ambiguity and unclarity to an absolute minimum. I speak…