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We Communicate!

"I loved that place. They really knew how to communicate with their employees." Have you ever thought this or said this? [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura on Oct 28, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I get my subordinates to reply to e-mail consistently?

How do I get my subordinates to reply to my e-mails? I work remotely, but they don't. I need to know that they've read what I send them. Details about work situation below. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Oct 25, 2010 - 61 answers

Help me get mad in Japanese?

Is it possible for a foreigner living in Japan to express his/her dissatisfaction with a work situation? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn on Oct 24, 2010 - 7 answers

The strong, silent type does not compute.

He asked for a break until we see eachother again in six weeks. That's coming up this weekend. Having a hard time getting perspective and feeling out how to approach the meeting. [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Oct 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Sign Languages to Facilitate Communication in an Institutional Setting

Recently corrections officials at a local prison turned down a proposal from the inmates for an ASL (American Sign Language) program, on the grounds that teaching inmates to communicate non-verbally was a security risk. This got me thinking: Wouldn't there already be non-verbal languages commonly used in prisons? Gang members, who are well-represented in prison populations, have systems of hang signals, would there be institutional variations? Have non-verbal communication systems been used in other institutional settings, like POW or concentration camps? Obviously, a universal cross-institutional language is unlikely, but any resources, web or book-based dealing with the topic of non-verbal communication in prisons or similar settings would be much appreciated.
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Oct 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me help us?

RelationshipFilter: Is writing a letter to your SO ok, in addition to face-to-face? If so, help a kid out. [more inside]
posted by hubble on Oct 6, 2010 - 19 answers

moving e-romance from IM to phone(or skype)?

crush on internet guy-he hardly ever wants to voicechat. what should i do? [more inside]
posted by achtland on Oct 4, 2010 - 26 answers

What technology solution can I use to communicate from room to room?

What technology solution can I use to communicate from room to room? [more inside]
posted by micawber on Sep 27, 2010 - 17 answers

Son of Who?

Odd religious reference in official business communication—what to do? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Sep 24, 2010 - 20 answers

Nacho email address

What, if anything, should I do about the woman who thinks my Gmail address is hers? Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Sep 23, 2010 - 55 answers

(brotherly) pride and (anti-gay) prejudice and (avoiding sibling rivalry issues returning like) zombies

Calling adult younger siblings with older siblings who sometimes annoy them (and anyone else with an opinion on said matters): I'm proud of my gay younger brother for a stand he's taken (some would say finally); should/how I express this to him without accidentally being patronizing? Long details within. [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Sep 14, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I get my husband to sleep in bed with me?

My husband falls asleep in front of the TV four or five nights a week. He says this is the only way he can get to sleep. I hate sleeping alone and this has become a Big Issue. Should I let this go and if not, how can I communicate more effectively? [more inside]
posted by fantoche on Sep 10, 2010 - 49 answers

How to stop feeling ditched for the party?

Last night I called my boyfriend, completely distraught and partially crying. He said he'd call me back, but he never did. He went to a party instead. I feel completely unimportant to him. Am I being too sensitive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2010 - 54 answers

Why can't I get rid of the song in my head?

Someone just sang a stupid song, to himself; he sits next to me at work. Which raises a question: Why do songs get stuck in our brains for days? What is the scientific explanation for this phenomena? Is it an affect of modern life on the individual? Do we fear of loneliness?
posted by lipsum on Aug 31, 2010 - 8 answers

How can I make a budget we can BOTH stick to?

Our household income has been cut in half in the last six months and although we theoretically have enough money to get buy, we keep running out. We're really bad at this. Help? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Aug 21, 2010 - 36 answers

How do you handle the silent fade away from a person you spoke with for hours a day?

How do you handle the silent fade away from a person you spoke with for hours a day? [more inside]
posted by boostershot on Aug 21, 2010 - 17 answers

How do Peace Corps (or similar) volunteers communicate their experiences in the field?

What tools do Peace Corps (or similar) volunteers use to communicate their experiences in the field? I'm especially looking for creative uses of digital/web communication tools: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, blogs, etc.. Bonus points for any good examples. Thanks!
posted by charmston on Aug 18, 2010 - 5 answers

This post took a week to write. Seriously.

How to be less flaky when it comes to communicating with friends? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Aug 9, 2010 - 16 answers

Bills, bills, bills.

My roommate is overcharging me on utilities, and I feel a bit misled. How can I address this with her? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Aug 8, 2010 - 29 answers

Avoiding heartache

How to resolve relationship issue regarding how to communicate and support one another in times of crisis. [more inside]
posted by EmbarrassingQuestionsSockpuppet on Jul 31, 2010 - 15 answers

How bad is the 2010 job market?

I have had 3 job interviews in the last 2 months but have received no offer? Is this regular for this market or do I have issues with my interviewing skills? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2010 - 23 answers

Americans who will be travelling in Canada seeking cheapest phone options

My husband and I will be travelling to Canada next month (previously) and are wondering what our cheapest bet is for cell phones. We don't care so much about calling home to the US, but it would be nice to be able to make brief calls and send texts to each other. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Jun 24, 2010 - 7 answers

How to be more sexually communicative and experimental with my partner?

My partner has a wild sexual history and would like to incorporate threesomes into our sex life. I am not comfortable with this idea at all. Do these sort of discrepancies point to some sort of sexual incompatibility? (Many more details insides . . . NSFW.) [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Jun 24, 2010 - 50 answers

How to tell boyfriend of my depression?

How to tell boyfriend about depression? [more inside]
posted by hubble on Jun 18, 2010 - 19 answers

When do I tell new partners about erectile dysfunction?

When (and how) do I tell new romantic partners about my erectile dysfunction? How would you react to a guy telling you this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2010 - 14 answers

Navigating across a cultural divide

RelationshipFilter: Hints requested on communicating across nuances of different cultures without constantly worrying about hurt feelings, treading on eggshells and overwhelming fears and doubts. [more inside]
posted by The Lady is a designer on May 31, 2010 - 16 answers

What's the etiquette for ending a short-term relationship?

What is the decent method for calling things off with a woman after a month of dating, sleeping together, but never defining the relationship? In person? Over the phone? Via e-mail? [more inside]
posted by lamprey on May 23, 2010 - 54 answers

Jury deliberation on demand

Jury deliberation was utterly exhilarating. Help me find more situations like this. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 7, 2010 - 25 answers

Your mother is wonderful. Can she come over again this week?

Developing new dialogue strategies in a relationship. Established, late 30s couple seeking hive mind advice on changing the way we speak to each other on important subjects. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Apr 30, 2010 - 14 answers

Inercultural Communication Class

I need some help putting together a brief presentation/ class on intercultural business communication, specifically between the US and India. What good online resources are there? (unfortunately I don't have time to order & read a book.) [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Apr 27, 2010 - 8 answers

I love you...maybe...

I want to say "I love you", but I'm not sure if it's just force of habit. "I'm a special snowflake" and mild NSFW details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 - 20 answers

Technically writing

I am intereted in learning more about the discipline(s) of Technical Writing/Communication. [more inside]
posted by iurodivii on Apr 8, 2010 - 7 answers

On the rattling of cages...

How to write a professional, polite, and effective reminder email? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Apr 5, 2010 - 19 answers

The Unspoken Rules of Texting (if there are any)

Online dating filter: My friends & family seem to have unspoken texting rules. I'm concerned about the amount of time I've invested in a person I haven't met yet, and I want to know what other people consider the texting rules in this situation. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Mar 25, 2010 - 19 answers

Besides therapy, would a life coach help?

i grew up in a home where asking an innocent question such as, "why" resulted in verbal or physical abuse ("why are you so stupid", "don't ask why", and if I did, a hand or a fist would come at me). no surprise that i've also come to realize that I am SO much more insecure than I thought I was. now that I look back, I see that i've never asked the right questions at work, with doctors, or anything like that. My brain would shut down and I would just nod and agree to what I was being told only to think about what happened much later and realize that I should have asked this or that or responded in a certain way. My thought/response patterns have been pretty consistent throughout my life (sad, I know, as I'm nearing 40) and I desperately want to work on communicating better. I struggle to figure out how to say things "nicely" or in a way that's effective as opposed to what often times is more harsh/rude/ineffective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 - 15 answers

How slow is my voice computer?

geek alert! If two humans were to speak to each other using only 1's and 0's, is it possible to determine a baud rate? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Mar 15, 2010 - 17 answers

Daaaang.

What slang words have gone out of date within the past 10 years or so? [more inside]
posted by naju on Mar 7, 2010 - 82 answers

My girlfriend contacts her ex every day

My girlfriend feels sorry for her ex. He contacts her several times per day, she replies because she feels sorry for him. I am paranoid... should I learn to relax? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2010 - 56 answers

talking about Big Plans in a relationship

Talking Big Plans in a relationship -- how do I distinguish the excitement of approaching life for two from the prudence to not jump the gun, so to speak? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Mar 2, 2010 - 7 answers

What are the most effective professional (personal) websites for writers you've seen?

What are the most effective professional (personal) websites for writers you've seen? [more inside]
posted by artlung on Mar 1, 2010 - 9 answers

What can we do differently?

How do I correct an intimacy problem in a relationship? The affection is gone, and I'd like to bring it back but I feel guilty because I know he wants more alone time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2010 - 38 answers

How should I open up to other people?

How much should I share about myself when I'm first getting to know someone, and how should I open up further as the friendship/relationship progresses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I handle my family/personal situation?

Playing Driving Miss Daisy with my mom for the past 4 years, and I'm now 23. It's time for me to move on, but how, when communication is dry? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin on Feb 22, 2010 - 23 answers

What can I do with a masters in communication?

I am thinking about grad school right now, and I am trying to decide what to go for. Can anyone tell me the sort of jobs that require, or prefer a masters in communication?
posted by helios410 on Feb 18, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me write letters to my nephew

What's the best way to talk to a four-year-old boy? [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Feb 10, 2010 - 37 answers

Isn't this great? I mean doesn't this suck?

Language question: I'm searching for a word or phrase (in English or any language) that describes the act of communicating a positive opportunity/event/thing but then includes qualifiers that downplay the opportunity/event/thing. [more inside]
posted by surfgator on Feb 9, 2010 - 18 answers

Keeping in contact while away

I need some suggestions for some nice things to do for my girlfriend while I'm traveling for business (and more generally, how to better keep in touch). [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Feb 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Academic and business styled conversations

Looking to balance differences between academics and business world communication styles? [more inside]
posted by pmononoke1 on Jan 30, 2010 - 17 answers

How to communicate more clearly?

I apparently don’t sound intelligent when I speak. Is there a way to solve this that doesn’t involve therapy or Toastmasters? Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 - 23 answers

You can have my eyes or my brain, but not both...

They say you should look people in the eyes when you're talking to them. But I'm unable to think while looking another person in the eyes. This leaves me in a position where either 1) I have to look away while I'm thinking/talking, occasionally glancing at the person - which makes me appear shifty; or 2) I look the person in the eyes and stupid or at least ineloquent things come out of my mouth. Can I solve this? Which is the lesser evil? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jan 13, 2010 - 26 answers

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