You have probably heard before that communication is an important part of life, both at home and at work. We talk about how to express yourself clearly, how to give a presentation, how to answer interview questions. In all of this we have discussed how to talk. But there is another part to this equation – how to listen.

It is only as you listen that you will be able to understand why a person is upset or happy. It is only as you listen that you will be able to learn a new idea. It is only as you listen that you will hear what question is being asked.

Of course there is a lot more to communication than just what is said verbally. But if you are so busy talking you will never learn what someone else has to say. Real communication is a two way street after all.

So when someone is talking whether at work or home or school unplug. Don’t listen to music or text while someone wants you to focus on them. Give them your undivided attention unless it is to jot a note for later. Concentrate on what they are saying. What is the main idea? What are the important points? What are the real concerns? If you listen, you can hear these things.

Be excited to share your own ideas, feelings, and experiences. But also be ready to listen.

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Vocabulary #90

Here is this week’s vocabulary list.

adulterate¹ – (verb) to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element; especially :  to prepare for sale by replacing more valuable with less valuable or inert ingredients.

dilute¹ – (verb) 1. attenuate; 2. to make thinner or more liquid by admixture; 3. to diminish the strength, flavor, or brilliance of by admixture; 4. to decrease the per share value of (common stock) by increasing the total number of shares.

jest – (noun) 1. an utterance (as a jeer or quip) intended to be taken as mockery or humor; 2a. prank, 2b. a ludicrous circumstance or incident; 3a. a frivolous mood or manner, 3b. gaiety and merriment; 4. laughingstock.

maneuver¹ – (noun) 1a. a military or naval movement, 1b. an armed forces training exercise; especially :  an extended and large-scale training exercise involving military and naval units separately or in combination —often used in plural; 2. a procedure or method of working usually involving expert physical movement; 3a. evasive movement or shift of tactics, 3b. an intended and controlled variation from a straight and level flight path in the operation of an airplane; 4a. an action taken to gain a tactical end, 4b. an adroit and clever management of affairs often using trickery and deception.

resort¹ – (noun) 1a. one that affords aid or refuge :  resource, 1b. recourse; 2a. frequent, habitual, or general visiting, 2b. persons who frequent a place :  throng, 2c. (1) :  a frequently visited place :  haunt (2) :  a place providing recreation and entertainment especially to vacationers.

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Being You

We talk a lot with you in preparing you for the workforce about how to dress and how to act. There are certain standards that are expected at work in both these respects. People do judge you by appearances. They also judge you by your actions. We don’t want either of these things to get in the way of you being successful. Is it entirely fair? Probably not. But this is the way the world is.

However, there is another aspect to all of this. And that is the fact that you are an individual. And that is a powerful asset that you have if used properly.

Sure, there are different levels of experience and schooling. But by the time you get your interview, you and the other prospective candidates are probably pretty close to each other in terms of skills. What is going to differentiate you from the others at that point?

Simply who you are.

That is one of the reasons why we encourage you to learn how to be your best self.

If you are yourself, your best self, and let that shine through along with your passion for your profession you are going to be successful and probably sooner than later.

So follow the guidelines we have given you. Dress appropriately. Behave professionally. But within those parameters, be yourself.

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Vocabulary #89

Here is this week’s vocabulary list.

cut³ – (adjective) marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature.

fare¹ – (verb) 1. go, travel; 2. get along, succeed; 3. eat, dine.

harmonize – (verb) 1. to play or sing in harmony; 2. to be in harmony; 3. to bring into consonance or accord; 4. to provide or accompany with harmony.

proceed – (verb) 1. to come forth from a source :  issue; 2a. to continue after a pause or interruption, 2b. to go on in an orderly regulated way; 3a. to begin and carry on an action, process, or movement, 3b. to be in the process of being accomplished; 4. to move along a course :  advance.

succeed – (verb) 1a. to come next after another in office or position or in possession of an estate; especially :  to inherit sovereignty, rank, or title, 1b. to follow after another in order; 2a. to turn out well, 2b. to attain a desired object or end; 3. to follow in sequence and especially immediately; 4. to come after as heir or successor.

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Get a Mentor, Be a Mentor

What is a mentor? A mentor is someone who has been in your profession longer than you have and thus knows things that a newcomer or someone less experienced might not even guess at. They not only show the person the mentor the ropes, they help them develop professionally and personally.

A mentor does not have to be someone at work. A person can have a mentor for something much more informal such as in hand bell ringing or boating. Even if a mentor is in a person’s professional field, that does not necessarily mean they have to work together. A person might have a mentor in a different part of the same company or even in a different company. (Make sure you are careful in such a situation. Make sure you never put yourself or your company in a compromised position because of mentoring.)

Still, it usually does make sense to create mentor relationships in the general area where you already work. Your boss might make a good mentor. In fact, that is part of what a good boss will do. Maybe for your mentor you want someone who has the position you want to have next.

Why do you want a mentor? It is an excellent way to learn. Every profession has unspoken rules that you need to know. A good mentor will help you stretch and reach your fullest potential.

Why do you want to be a mentor? Partly to pay it back. Someone, possibly many someones, have helped you to get to this point. It is a good thing to give back something in return. These people are your future colleagues, your future peers, possibly even your future boss. You want them to be the best they can be for their own sake, the sake of their company, and the sake of your shared profession.

Consider starting on the mentor process now. Is there someone who currently works in the field you will shortly be entering who could give you some advice? Is there someone here at school struggling with a class you have already taken that you could give a bit of help?

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New Database!

Everyone, we no longer have access to OVID. Instead, we now have access to a new nursing database called Cinahl. I have new bookmarks in the library and at the front desk with all the pertinent information. Feel free to ask me questions about it.

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Vocabulary #88

Here is this week’s vocabulary list.

analyze – (verb) 1. to study or determine the nature and relationship of the parts of by analysis; 2. to subject to scientific or grammatical analysis; 3. psychoanalyze.

cut² – (noun) 1a. (1) :  an opening made with an edged instrument (2) :  a wound made by something sharp :  gash, 1b. a creek, channel, or inlet made by excavation or worn by natural action, 1c. a surface or outline left by cutting, 1d. a passage cut as a roadway, 1e. a grade or step especially in a social scale, 1f. a subset of a set such that when it is subtracted from the set the remainder is not connected, 1g. a pictorial illustration, 1h. track; 2. the act or an instance of cutting: as a :  a gesture or expression that hurts the feelings, b :  a straight passage or course, c :  a stroke or blow with the edge of a knife or other edged tool, d :  a lash with or as if with a whip, e :  the act of reducing or removing a part, f :  an act or turn of cutting cards; also :  the result of cutting, g :  the elimination of part of a large field from further participation, consideration, or competition (as in a golf tournament) —often used with miss or make to denote respectively being or not being among those eliminated; 3. something that is cut or cut off: as a :  a length of cloth varying from 40 to 100 yards (36.6 to 91.4 meters), b :  the yield of products cut especially during one harvest, c :  a segment or section of a meat carcass or a part of one, d :  a group of animals selected from a herd, e :  share; 4. a voluntary absence from a class; 5a. a stroke that cuts a ball; also :  the spin imparted by such a stroke, 5b. a swing by a batter at a pitched baseball, 5c. an exchange of captures in checkers; 6. a result of editing: as a :  an abrupt transition from one sound or image to another in motion pictures, radio, or television, b :  an edited version of a film; 7a. the shape and style in which a thing is cut, formed, or made, 7b. pattern, type, 7c. haircut.

give¹ – (verb) 1. to make a present of; 2a. to grant or bestow by formal action, 2b. to accord or yield to another; 3a. to put into the possession of another for his or her use, 3b. (1) :  to administer as a sacrament (2) :  to administer as a medicine, 3c. to commit to another as a trust or responsibility and usually for an expressed reason, 3d. to transfer from one’s authority or custody, 3e. to execute and deliver, 3f. to convey to another; 4a. to offer to the action of another :  proffer, 4b. to yield (oneself) to a man in sexual intercourse; 5a. to present in public performance, 5b. to present to view or observation; 6. to provide by way of entertainment; 7. to propose as a toast; 8a. to designate as a share or portion :  allot, 8b. to make assignment of (a name), 8c. to set forth as an actual or hypothetical datum, 8d. to attribute in thought or utterance :  ascribe; 9a. to yield as a product, consequence, or effect :  produce, 9b. to bring forth :  bear; 10a. to yield possession of by way of exchange :  pay, 10b. to dispose of for a price :  sell; 11a. to deliver by some bodily action, 11b. to carry out (as a bodily movement), 11c. to inflict as punishment, 11d. to award by formal verdict; 12. to offer for consideration, acceptance, or use; 13a. to suffer the loss of :  sacrifice, 13b. to offer as appropriate or due especially to something higher or more worthy, 13c. to apply freely or fully :  devote, 13d. to offer as a pledge; 14a. to cause one to have or receive, 14b. to cause a person to catch by contagion, infection, or exposure; 15a. to allow one to have or take, 15b. to lead or attempt to lead —used with an infinitive; 16. to care to the extent of; 17. to make gifts or presents; 2a. to yield to physical force or strain, 2b. to collapse from the application of force or pressure, 2c. to undergo or submit to change; 18. to afford a view or passage :  open; 19. to enter wholeheartedly into an activity.

interrupt – (verb) 1. to stop or hinder by breaking in; 2. to break the uniformity or continuity of; 3. to break in upon an action; especially :  to break in with questions or remarks while another is speaking.

split¹ – (verb) 1a. to divide lengthwise usually along a grain or seam or by layers, 1b. to affect as if by cleaving or forcing apart; 2a. (1) :  to tear or rend apart :  burst (2) :  to subject (an atom or atomic nucleus) to artificial disintegration by fission, 2b. to affect as if by breaking up or tearing apart :  shatter; 3. to divide into parts or portions: as a :  to divide between persons :  share, b :  to divide into factions, parties, or groups, c :  to mark (a ballot) or cast or register (a vote) so as to vote for candidates of different parties, (1) :  to divide or break down (a chemical compound) into constituents  (2) :  to remove by such separation, e :  to divide (stock) by issuing a larger number of shares to existing shareholders usually without increase in total par value; 4. to separate (the parts of a whole) by interposing something; 5. leave; 6a. to become split lengthwise or into layers, 6b. to break apart :  burst; 7a.  to become divided up or separated off, 7b. to sever relations or connections :  separate, 7c. leave; especially :  to leave without delay; 8. to apportion shares.

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