If there is any endeavor that fits the needs of every human being (I know that’s a huge statement), it would be increasing our communication skills. Last Saturday, a group of ten learners dug in and challenged themselves to think about leadership and influence using a different lens – the coaching lens. Coaching is one of the only helping relationships that considers the person on the other side of the conversation to be the expert rather than the person they came to talk to. This makes a true dialogue possible but more importantly draws from the well of a person’s experience the component parts of their preferred future. Add the element of true, active listening – attentive, distraction free listening – and our communication is never the same. Don’t settle for frustrating, one sided verbal tantrums. Learn a new way to communicate.