I recently had the honour of writing for the Australian Businesswomen's Network blog on the topic of workplace relationships. The ABN is the leading online resource for women business owners and entrepreneurs in Australia. Their blog has won numerous awards, including the winner of the 2013 Best Australian Blogs Competition in the … [Read more...] about Workplace Relationships: Effective Communication Styles in the Workplace
I just love this video on how to complain constructively to your partner. It's so simple, it's brilliant. And anyone can do this. Terry Real is the author of the bestseller The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work and a relationship expert that is in high demand with the international media for his commentary on … [Read more...] about How to Complain Constructively to Your Partner [Video]
It seems that we're more and more connected to each other online these days with online relationships starting to become even more important than face-to-face relationships. Some new research supports this by saying that young Generation X adults are as likely to connect online with friends, family and co-workers as they are in person. The … [Read more...] about Do You Make These 7 Online Communication Mistakes?
This is one of my favourite relationship quotes. If you can't see the image above, it says "You Can be RIGHT or you can be in RELATIONSHIP". I'm not sure who said it or where it comes from, but I like it because it really captures the dilemma that many couples find themselves in. And this doesn't just apply to couple communication. It's also … [Read more...] about Couple Conflict: How to Resolve Recurring Arguments and Create Win-Win Outcomes
In this post, I flesh out all the components of assertiveness so that you can communicate clearly and effectively. Assertiveness is one of those foundational communication skills required in any successful relationship. There's often a lot of talk about being assertive in your communication, but not many people truly understand the nuances of … [Read more...] about 10 Steps Towards Mastering Assertiveness in Your Relationships
More and more we are hearing in the media about relationship problems that involve Facebook. In particular, it seems it is the end of a relationship where interactions can deteriorate on Facebook. In my clinical practice I am hearing about behaviours such as jealousy, spying, cyber-stalking, public shaming, open hostility and conflict being … [Read more...] about How to Navigate the End of a Relationship on Facebook
I have been reflecting on my counselling work of the last week, when I worked with a number of couples that were in enormous emotional pain. It had me asking myself the question, what is it that happens in relationships that causes pain? One answer I come back to again and again is related to needs. It is normal for all of us to have needs in … [Read more...] about 4 Steps Towards Meeting Your Relationship Needs