Have you ever had someone listen to you with undivided attention? If you’ve had that experience, you know how good it felt to tell your story.
I had just that experience when I met with Linda Adams, the President and CEO of Gordon Training International.
I was 3000 miles away from the Gordon Training International headquarters when I first came in touch with Dr. Thomas Gordon’s communication model. After moving to La Jolla, CA and realizing that I’m only 20 minutes away, I just HAD to ask for Linda’s time to tell her how the Gordon communication model had changed my life – as it has done and will do for the thousands more who learn the communication skills embodied in the model.
I once asked ten colleagues in the field of interpersonal communication if they knew Thomas Gordon’s work. Only two had. I asked those same folks if they knew of Dr. Carl Rogers’ work. They all answered in the affirmative.
I’m sorry that they have missed knowing of Gordon’s work, which is based on Carl Rogers’ client-centered psychotherapy methodology. I hope, through this blog and my ongoing writing and training, to change that.
As Dr. Roger’s student, Tom Gordon contributed a chapter to a book that Dr. Rogers was writing, entitled Client-Centered Psychotherapy: Its Current Practice, Implications, and Theory. That book helped make Carl the most famous and respected psychologist in the world. For Tom Gordon, the Gordon Model had its beginning in that chapter.
As Dr. Gordon advanced in his career, teaching and counseling clients, he implemented the Gordon Model. When he found that the communication skills used by clinical psychologists were so effective in helping his clients to find their own solutions, he concluded that parents should be taught these skills to empower their children to become good problem-solvers. He got lots of feedback on the amazing effectiveness of his kind of listening which he lated called “Active Listening” from an article written by a former student, Richard Farson.
Based on his work with Carl Rogers, his development of leadership training and his work with parents, in 1962 he outlined the Gordon Model for parents in a course and book, Parent Effectiveness Training.
I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the first offering of that course in Buffalo, New York in 1970. Helping parents apply democratic management and collaborative problem solving at home was revolutionary. As Dr. Gordon went on to create Teacher Effectiveness Training and Leader Effectiveness Training more and more people have been able to put these concepts to work.
Today, the Gordon Model is being taught in more than 43 countries.
Upon completion of that first P.E.T. course, I was motivated to read everything I could get my hands on in the field of interpersonal communication and ultimately to earn a Ph.D. in communication. I have always been grateful to have the Gordon Model as the foundation of my learning and continued work. You’ll see the Gordon Model reflected in Communication Case Studies and in our Building Communication Skills game.
I was so glad I had a chance to tell Linda – and to tell you, through this blog.
If you’ve used the Gordon Model, we’d love to hear about it! (www.ICSWorkplaceCommunication.com)
In a previous post, we’ve looked at Giving Honest and Sincere Appreciation and how it is essential in interpersonal communication.
In this post, i will be showing my appreciation to bloggers that have enriched my life in some way or another.
Rick’s blog is filled with great writing and it is an honour to be nominated by him. As bloggers, we put in so much effort in our blogs and its lovely to be acknowledged for your work from time to time through nice gestures of appreciation such as what Rick has done.
The requirements of this award are as follows:
“This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog’s content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant.”
Again, quoting from Rick’s blog, here are the requirements:
- When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows she/he is real.
- Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.
- List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!”
Here are the ten honest things about myself
1) I am a positive person
2) I believe in the power of positive thinking
3) I believe that we should all constantly try to improve oneself
4) I look towards the good in a person
5) I believe that generally speaking, each individual is inherently good on the inside
6) I have had my share of problems with other people
7) This has led me to realise the importance of interpersonal communication
I lead a blessed life with a caring family and a loving girlfriend
9) I enjoy watching the UFC and playing poker
10) I wish that the world could become an even better place for one and all.
The first blog that i would like to highlight would be Communication Exchange by Patricia Rockwell. As a former communications teacher, Patricia makes comprehensive posts about a wide range of communication related issues. She has been a constant supporter of my blog and I appreciate it very much.
Next, I would like to highlight CK from A Singaporean in London. An active blogger with a huge following on the blog-o-sphere. His blog is filled with interesting insights from a Singaporean living in London. Coincidentally i might be going there later this year. Hope to meet up sometime.
The next blog that i would like to highlight is by Kerrilee, entitled Lazy Bear Blogs. I really like the design of this site. The fact that it has comprehensive articles makes the blog all that much greater!
Health Nut Wannabe Mom is a blog by Heidi that is about health nutrition and weight loss tips. It is such a great blog that in the last week, it has been the recipient of the “Heart and Soul” award awarded to blogs that have touched that person. Truely a great blog.
Discipline or Regret is Andrew Scott’s quest to achieve a fitter and healthier life. I enjoy the concept of his blog tremendously as i feel very strongly that life is all about discipline or regret. It takes discipline to do the right thing so as to avoid the regret that will follow. Its all about resisting the temptations of short term gains to achieve the long term benefits.
Womensselfesteem.com‘s Blog is a blog by Dorothy that talks about womens self-esteem and confidence. Her blog is filled with lovely pictures and positive thoughts. Just lovely!!!
Help to make the world a better place by spreading some love!!!
In this post, we will build upon this post by exploring the aspect of talking in terms of the other person’s interests.
To be successful in relationships, a person will need to learn to talk in terms of the other person’s interests. This rule holds true in many instances from social situations where you are meeting someone for the very first time, to married couples.
Let the other person do most of the talking by asking questions and them listening to them actively and connecting with them at the level of what they value. You should have a genuine interest in the other person. Then, and only then, can you sincerely talk in terms of the other person’s interest.
Similarly, this piece of advice even holds true when giving a speech: The speech isn’t about you. It isn’t even about your expertise. It’s about your audience and how they can benefit from what you say.
According to Howard Z. Herzig, a leader in the field of employee communications, talking in terms of the other person’s interests pays off for both parties. When you take the time and effort to find out what interests the person you are speaking to, the reward will be an enlargement of your life each time you speak to someone.
You’ve probably heard of the Golden Rule, which is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Why not apply this rule to the area of interpersonal communication? Author Tony Allesandra has come up with the Platinum Rule, which is “Treat others the way they want to be treated.” This is an important rule that can help guide the way in which you treat others.
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