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7 Barriers to Active Listening

by Anastasia on January 30, 2011

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.“ ~Thich Nhat Hanh Effective influencers master the art of listening, and they understand that people want to be heard.  In our fast-paced world, active and empathetic listening is a rarity, and it’s not as simple as it sounds.  Even if we know how to […]


My computer slows down to a halt.  I get impatient.  I start looking for the cell phone. I can check Twitter, and Facebook, and email faster that way.  I can’t find the phone.  Instead, my eyes catch the cover of a coffee table book about luxury brands.  It’s in Russian, and it has beautiful photos. […]


Why Bizarre Fashion Ads Grab Attention

by Anastasia on May 14, 2010

It’s been four years since I received Vogue in the mail.  The birth of my daughter, several moves and other priorities took time away from this element of self-indulgence.  Nevertheless, I still remember how flipping through those glossy pages made me feel.  Like Carrie Bradshaw proclaimed in “Sex and the City,” spending a leisurely morning […]


If your typical day feels like a rush of harried interactions and distractions, you are not alone.  The prevalence of virtual communication makes it easy to leave a conversation mid-sentence as soon as our attention is highjacked by another urgent message.  Although we consider it poor etiquette to engage in multitasking while talking to someone […]