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The Power of Pause

August 19, 2013 webmaster

The Power of Pause, Richard Levin & Associates, executive coaching, communication consultant

The speaker thanked the MC for the introduction and launched into her presentation. We were still thinking of our lunchtime conversations, shuffling papers, checking cell phones and didn’t pay attention to the introduction or to the speaker’s first few sentences. She seemed unaware of that as she continued.

Only in the middle of her third sentence did most of us in the audience begin listening. Those crucial opening sentences were therefore lost. One can only imagine how much more compelling her presentation would have been had she captured our attention at the very start.

As an audience, we are often on automatic listening mode and need something to help us change gears. For most of us, our ears and brains actually welcome the signals that help us transition. We expect words, so when we get the unexpected, we sit up and notice.

In the theater, as the lights are dimmed, the audience collectively understands that moment to cease talking and focus on the stage. In a meeting, a lack of words can have the same effect.

So, give the audience the unexpected… and … STOP … before starting.

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“Children And Stress”: A Guide To Helping Children Through Uncertain Times

December 14, 2012 Meghan Vincent

Eleven years ago, during the tragic events of September 11th, Dr. Richard Levin wrote a paper focusing on victims who struggled to understand and comprehend the horror that they had witnessed: the children.  The goal was to provide a resource for parents and caretakers who were tasked with helping these children through such an incredibly difficult time.

 

It is with extreme sadness that I re-introduce this document.  My hope is that the families and children affected by the horrific events that occurred today at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT can find the support they need to endure such a frightening experience.  The paper explores the possible reactions that children might demonstrate and how to help, focusing on five age groups (ranging from under three through adolescence).

 

I encourage parents and caretakers to download this paper (a downloadable version can be found here: Children and Stress or on our website, here: http://www.richardlevinassociates.com/publications.html) and use it as a guide when navigating such a horrendous situation.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Newtown, CT.

 

 

Written by RLA Associate Meghan Vincent. For more information, Meghan can be contacted at: mvincent@richardlevinassociates.com

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