Author Archives: Terry

The Top Ten

by Terry L. Sumerlin Perhaps you remember the old Listerine mouthwash commercial that said, “I hate it, but I use it twice a day.”  That describes my love/hate relationship with social media.  In view of a study that has determined … Continue reading

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The Most Powerful Disconnector

by Terry L. Sumerlin Have you ever been angry?  That’s a little like asking if you’ve ever drawn a breath, isn’t it?  We’ve all been angry and likely will be again.  That’s okay! Anger is simply an emotion, as are … Continue reading

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A Great Way to De-Stress

by Terry L. Sumerlin As we sat and sat on the runway of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, waiting for our turn to take off, I stared out the window.  The two hours it would take to get from Miami … Continue reading

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Four Communication Myths

by Terry L. Sumerlin One of my favorite writers, Sydney J. Harris, was a longtime columnist for the Chicago Daily News.  Known for his penetrating and thought-provoking comments on people and life, he made this often-quoted observation: “Information is giving … Continue reading

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What We Must Know About Body Language

by Terry L. Sumerlin A young lady, dressed in business attire, enters a restaurant. Waiting to be seated, she leans slightly on the hostess stand as if it’s been a long day. When she’s seated, as per her request, it’s … Continue reading

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Our Communication Vehicle

“Words are vehicles upon which thoughts travel.” Audiences have heard me say that for years. I’ve been unable to find the original source of the quote. So I have sort of made it my own. The words conjure up, in … Continue reading

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When Not to Talk

by Terry L. Sumerlin I was asked if so-and-so is still alive. When I answered “yes” for the millionth time, the response was the same – for the millionth time: “Well, I’m surprised one of his ex-wives hasn’t killed him … Continue reading

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How to Really Listen

by Terry L. Sumerlin “I heard that!” Often we say this when we strongly agree with something that has been said, or when we know something to be true. My question is, “How often do we really hear that?”  In … Continue reading

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Getting Real about Optimism

by Terry L. Sumerlin Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Positive or negative? “Yes,” you say? Good answer, because most of us are not entirely one or the other. On the other hand, we have all run across those … Continue reading

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DARTing Past Fear

by Terry L. Sumerlin I was not exactly paralyzed by fear. But I was very uneasy. Yes, afraid! I had thought about giving it a try for a long time. After all, people of various ages, from all walks of … Continue reading

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