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Communication Gaps and How to Close Them by Naomi Karten

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4. Untangling Tangled Interactions: Reaction of the Recipient

At my urging, Jim, a buddy of mine, attended one of my workshops. Given what an energetic, quick thinker he is, I was concerned that he’d be impatient with the slower, more reflective parts of the class. During day one of the class, he seemed focused and attentive. The next day, however, while I was presenting a key segment, Jim rose, went to the back of the room, leaned against a wall, and closed his eyes. My worries had come true; it was all he could do to stay awake. He probably felt trapped and upset with me for badgering him to attend. Why in the world did I invite him in the first place?

As we were gathering after lunch, I overheard someone tease Jim about his little snooze. ...

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