Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Write Your Way Into the New Year with Your New Book!

Who do you Know who Needs a Book in 2014? |

"Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day." ~Gary Vaynerchuck

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit." ~Richard Bach

1. Are you at a point in your career and life where you are ready to write a book?

2. Do you have an idea for your book, and are looking for guidance on how to start?

3. Do you already have written material, and are seeking for direction with an authentic edge along with organization, strategy, and structured format?

4. Do you already have a completed book (as far as content is concerned) and are in need of directional guidance? Perhaps finding yourself overwhelmed with critical decisions to make concerning:

     a.  Self-publishing vs. Publishing
     b.  Softcover (paperback) vs. Hardcover vs. eBook
     c.  Distribution (local, nationwide, international/foreign rights)
     d.  Packaging (positioning and design) and Printing
     e.  Representation (re-packaging, brand development worldwide)
     f.   Sales (Combination of distribution, promotion, representation, marketing and time)
     g.  Marketing and Promotion, just to name a few.

5.  Do you find yourself stuck in a place where fear, anxiety, and doubts are your biggest challenges in the way of your writing endeavors, ready to break out of your shell?

If your answer is “YES” to any one of the questions above, we have tremendous news for you!  

WAAC Announcement!

"There's a difference between interest and COMMITMENT. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED TO DOING something, you accept no excuses; only results." ~Kenneth Blanchard

We are proud to announce that Motivational Press has joined forces with Why Annie Armen Communications (WAAC) to address all your book writing needs as your one stop, writing and publication goto source!  Together, we are committed to ensure your written legacy to the world because we care!

Why Annie Armen Communications (WAAC) Provides Speaking - Writing - Consulting Services to Help Grow Your Business! | 
About Motivational Press

With over 75 top best-selling titles in the past two years alone, Motivational Press is the leading publisher of non-fiction titles worldwide. Specializing in business, self-help, health and wellness, finance, and leadership, Motivational Press has quickly become a renowned leader in publishing, distribution, marketing, and promotions for their authors.  

In the words of Justin Sachs, CEO of Motivational Press:

"Nothing is more powerful to one's clients nor empowering to oneself than to have a book. There's almost this magical aurora that an author gets that transforms their credibility, skyrockets their visibility, and enhances their overall success."

Common Flaw in Self-Publishing

“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t. ” ~Martin Van Buren 

According to an article in Forbes, written by Suw Charman-Anderson, “If there’s a common flaw in self-publishing, it’s that too many books are published too soon. Experienced voices across the publishing world continually advise self-publishers to get help with editing, and not just copyediting but story editing too.”

Forbes contributor then continues on by asking two poignant questions:  

1.  "Do you really want, in five or ten years time, to look back on your early work and cringe?  More to the point,

2.  Do you really want your first act of publishing to result in the irreversible blotting of your copybook with your potential fans?"

Referring back to Martin Van Buren's quote above, better to get the job done right head on than having to explain why you didn't later when you had the choice.  By investing your three valuable assets of time, energy, and finances in doing the job right from the start, you will be gaining and generating time, energy, and revenues in the long-term.  Equally important, you will be recognized and respected for stellar work, as opposed to "your name being married permanently, to sub-standard work which doesn’t show off your talents to their best" (the text in quotes is taken from Forbes article referenced above).

10 Writing Nuggets to Help You Stay on Track

1.  “Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” ~Og Mandino

2.  “A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.” ~Leo Rosten

3.  "Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” ~John Jakes

4.   "Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better. …The first draft of anything is sh*t." ~Ernest Hemingway

5.  “A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.” ~Winston Churchill

6.  “To get the truth, you want to get your own heart to pound while you write.” ~Robert McKee

7.  "Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot." ~D.H. Lawrence

8.  “You can sit there, tense and worried, freezing the creative energies, or you can start writing something. It doesn't matter what. In five or ten minutes, the imagination will heat, the tightness will fade, and a certain spirit and rhythm will take over.” ~Leonard Bernstein

9.  "If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

10. "Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read." ~Leo Burnett   

AnnieBiotics Message

"Apprehend your vision and work relentlessly toward making it a reality.  WHY?  Only when your vision manifests in tangible form, is when you can set your vision free to the world, and leave your legacy to positively impact future generations to come." ~Annie Armen -- Founder, Why Annie Armen Communications

Who do you Know who Needs a Book in 2014

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Do Childhood Prejudices Still get in the way of Your Success?

The Impact of Childhood Prejudice in Your Success Today |
"The chief cause of human error is to be found in prejudices picked up in childhood." ~Descartes 

Can You Relate?

I kindly invite you to take a moment with me to think about all the potential scientists, scholars, poets, composers, gifted musicians, educators, and like professionals we have lost over the years.  Contributing factors leading to cause of death include (and are not limited to) childhood neglect, lack of communication | encouragement | confidence | validation growing up, lack of parental leadership as one, destructive labeling of kids, abuse whether mentally | emotionally | physically, and bullying. At the very root of all these contributing factors lies LOVE -- more specifically -- dimmed to no LOVE!  

Now, think about adults (kids all grown up yet carrying that scarred child within) who walk through life broken on the inside.  He or she believes they do not deserve the best that life can offer.  Such adults live their lives carrying at times unbearable inner scars and fears; in essence becoming their own worst enemy, pursuing life and business decisions with doubts, indecisiveness, guilt, self-hatred, lack of confidence, lack of self respect, hopelessness, helplessness ... functioning without purpose, without vision, without joy, without any kind of Faith, completely oblivious and apathetic to "WHY" he or she is here on earth.  

Painfully sad, isn't it?

On the flip side, you read about childhood and adult success stories.  How did they manage to breakthrough their unique challenges and eventually succeed?

So what is the difference between these children? Why do only a few make it while many struggle through business and life?  One can't help but wonder if childhood prejudices still persist and get in the way of success.  If so, why does one choose to allow for it to persist in their adult years?  Ultimately, at the end of the day, we can choose to overcome such prejudices, push forward and thrive, yes?

Remember“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Just over 13 years ago, when I first started producing my television program in Los Angeles, I came across a simple yet uniquely profound poem titled, "Two Children", written by my favorite author -- "Unknown".  It goes something like this:

Two Children

"Same family,
Same neighborhood,
Same school,
Same stress,

Same neglect,
Same abuse,
Sullen, withdrawn,
One shrinks,
The other grows,
Warm, popular.
One finds nourishment, the other hardens. 

What is the difference? 

One found a caring adult,
The other did not,
One was encouraged,
The other was not,
One was expected to succeed,
The other was assumed to fail.
One pops back, one stays down.
Both are children.
Both are the future." ~Unknown 


“Through wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and unconditional love, let us plant the social, cultural, educational, physical, emotional, and spiritual seeds of nourishment within children and youth, and through these efforts to ensure and bring into fruition their inborn virtues.”  ~Annie Armen


Call me with any questions and/or concerns related to speaking topics on bullying, emotional scarring and abuse, family relationship dynamics, toxic communication red flags, and more.  Let me know if I can help you perceptively address and bridge communication gaps where needed to create an atmosphere of ongoing encouragement and empowerment to heighten collective trust, open communication, respect, confidence, and enthusiasm.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

30 Quotes on ACTION in Business and in Life!

Dear Why Annie Armen Readers,

May you find these select 30 quotes on ACTION empowering, encouraging, and inspiring, adding productive value in your lives, both personally and professionally!


1.  "What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has Faith but does not have WORKS?  Can Faith save him?" ~James 2:14, Holy Bible (New King James Version | Faith Without Works is Dead) 

2.  “My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible.  All are of no value unless they are followed by action.  I WILL ACT NOW!” ~Og Mandino

3.  “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. ACTION breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ~Dale Carnegie

4.  “Thinking will not overcome fear but ACTION will.” ~W. Clement Stone

5.  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~H. Jackson Brown Jr. 

6.  "Be everywhere, DO everything, and never fail to astonish the customer." ~Macy's Motto

7.  "Success is the result of clear goal, unshakable confidence, proper planning, enthusiastic ACTION and consistent persistence."  ~James Caan 

8.  “ACTION is the foundational key to all success.” ~Pablo Picasso

9.  “The few who DO are the envy of the many who only watch.” ~Jim Rohn

10. "Don`t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of PERFORMANCE to meet your expectations." ~Ralph Marston

11. “Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine ACTIONS than in the non-performance of base ones.” ~Aristotle 

12. "Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and DO something remarkable." ~Wendy Wasserstein

13. "The key to overcome worry is to take ACTION and you can't take action if you sit around and mope about it or stay in bed using up valuable time that could be dedicated to resolving whatever is bothering you." ~Byron Pulsifer

14. "Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your DOING it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use." ~Earl Nightingale

15. “I don’t wait for moods. You ACCOMPLISH nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” ~Pearl S. Buck

16. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent DOING nothing.” ~George Bernard Shaw

17. “What you DO speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. “An ounce of DOING things is worth a pound of theorizing.” ~Wallace Wattles

19. “To think is easy. To ACT is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

20. “There are costs and risks to a program of ACTION, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”  ~John F. Kennedy

21. “Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, vision with ACTION can change the world” ~Nelson Mandela

22. "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others MAKE IT HAPPEN." ~Michael Jordan

23. “Look for your choices, pick the best one, then GO WITH IT.” ~Pat Riley

24. “Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are DOING the impossible.” ~Francis of Assisi

25. "Trust only MOVEMENT. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement." ~Alfred Adler

26. “You always have to GIVE 100%, because if you don’t someone, somewhere will give 100% and they will beat you when you meet.” ~Charles Edward “Ed” Macauley

27. “Be as great in ACT as you have been in thought.” ~William Shakespeare

28. "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you CAN DO." ~John Wooden

29. “I've always believed that if you PUT IN THE WORK, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.” ~Michael Jordan

30. "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." ~Theodore Roosevelt


List of Articles and Quotes You may Find of Interest:
1.  Did you Say, Can't
2.  20 Quotes on GO FOR IT in Business and in Life
3.  20 Quotes on COURAGE in Business and in Life
4.  20 Quotes on PERSEVERANCE in Business and in Life
5.  30 Quotes on COMMITMENT in Business and in Life
6.  30 Quotes on ENCOURAGEMENT in Business and in Life
7.  30 Quotes on CONFIDENCE in Business and in Life
8.  Write Your way Into the New Year With Your New Book

9.  Are you Leaving Your Authentic Mark?
10. To PRO-act or to RE-act?
11. AnnieBiotics 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Celebrate the Gift of LIFE Because you can!

September 11 Quotes |

“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that LIFE is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” -Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Loss, Survival, Courage, Conviction and LOVE!

I remember I had just arrived in Cairo, Egypt (first trip) when all of us watched news footage of the twin towers go down while at Cairo airport. At that time, flew out of New York straight to Cairo, Egypt to speak at an event, and then this life-shattering news!  To date, I thank God daily for being given the gift of life as my life could have ended right then and there in the event of a flight delay.

In honor of those we lost and their surviving loved ones, let's remember that LIFE is a gift, a privilege! When we value the gift of life, that action alone is our commitment to not let their deaths go in vain; our commitment to purpose LIVING in the now with love and gratitude, because we can!

So dear friend, celebrate the gift of LIFE, because you can!

Would you like to take this moment to express what's in your heart and mind, as we remember September 11 together?

~Annie Armen

List of Articles and Quotes you may Find of Interest:
1.  30 Quotes on LOVE in Business and in Life! 

2.  30 Quotes on HOPE in Business and in Life!
3.  20 Quotes on COURAGE in Business and in Life!
5.  30 Quotes on ENCOURAGEMENT in Business and in Life! 
6.  20 Quotes on VALUES in Business and in Life! 
7.  30 Quotes on COMMITMENT in Business and in Life!
8.  20 Quotes on GO FOR IT in Business and in Life!
9.  Are you Leaving Your Authentic Mark?
10.  To PRO-act or to RE-act? 
11.  Did you say Can't? 
12.  AnnieBiotics

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Are You Leaving Your AUTHENTIC Mark?

Writing a book, in need of authentic branding and positioning?  Consult with Annie Armen at

"Each and every one of you has something unique to off
er to this world. Cave not into duplication and cloning of what others say or do, no matter how great! Imitation is NOT a form of flattery, but rather an insult to the real deal that resides in you waiting to surface!" ~Annie Armen, Communications Artist

Questions to WHY Annie Armen Readers

"AUTHENTICITY is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet - thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing - consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust." ~Lance Secretan

1.  Do you have something in your heart and mind, an idea, a thought, a vision you have been wondering about for the longest time?  

2.  Throughout the day, does this idea continue to surface back in waves into the forefront of your mind and heart?   

3.  Throughout the year, does this idea keep reappearing at the most unexpected, not to mention inconvenient times when your concentration and focus is critical toward executing a particular task, as if it was haunting you?

4.  Do you find yourself setting this idea aside with the honest intention of dealing with it later?  How's that working for you so far?

5.  When your idea re-surfaces, do you in fact embrace it and take action on it? OR

6.  Do you say to yourself, "Man... this other person, I love their idea so much more.  Besides, who would even give my idea a second thought, much less take it seriously.  Not only that, it will take too much time and money, and forget it... who am I kidding..."

7.  Do you end up sharing your authentic idea with a handful of people you believe are trustworthy, just to see if their feedback aligns with your original gut instincts and feelings?

8.  What is their reaction?  Do you receive encouraging feedback, such as: "Wow... you have a great idea!  You better jump on that before somebody else grabs it."  OR

9.  Does their reaction go something like this:  “Better stick to your day job, man.  Life is tough, and would hate to see you lose everything on an idea.  When you make more money and become somebody, may be then you might have a shot.”

10.  Suddenly that one day is now here, and you wake up only to find out that your original idea has been implemented by another with a slight twist.  How do you "honestly" feel in that very moment?  Do you regret your reactionary choices of not listening to your inner voice against your better judgment, while allowing others to infect you with their seeds of doubt and fear? Better yet, what are you PRO-actively choosing to do about that now?

ARMOR UP with Timeless Wisdom 

Along your journey, purpose awareness at all times because:

1.  "When everybody tells you that you are being idealistic or impractical, consider the possibility that everybody could be wrong about what is right for you." ~Gilbert Kaplan

2.  "TIME is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." ~Carl Sandburg 

3.  "As your success grows, you will soon discover that there are others who would delight in pulling you down from your perch."  ~Og Mandino

4.  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~H. Jackson Brown Jr.

5.  “If one moment of fear can give birth to failure, then one moment of FAITH can reverse it!” ~Annie Armen

As you armor up with timeless wisdom ...

Create a Tangible Footprint on Earth

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” ~Herman Melville

If you have an idea that has been haunting you for the longest time, pick yourself up, SEIZE your idea, OWN IT, and DO something about it NOW, without hesitation!  In doing so, you are creating a tangible footprint on earth.  In doing so, you are leaving YOUR mark, your AUTHENTIC mark -- a mark that will OUTLIVE you!


"A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values, his basic identity….one must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with AUTHENTIC soul." ~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

1.  BE YOU!  BE true to your mind and heart; synchronize!

2.  BELIEVE that YOUR authentic ideas, YOUR authentic vision will be a great gift to this world! Otherwise, how sad and -- YES, SELFISH -- if you choose to deprive us all of the real deal that resides in you!

3.  Work toward making genuine connections through life both personally and professionally, on a mutual foundation called, LOYALTY!

4.  BE genuine in your approach when communicating with others.  Why?  The more genuine you are in your approach, the words you choose when marketing your stuff without sounding like others, desired/ideal clients WILL catch on and WILL contact you for business!

5.  ACHIEVE a lasting impact, because you can

Your Take-Away

"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." ~Oscar Wilde

When you choose to imitate what others do or say, thinking you will make it in the marketplace just as they have, you will reap temporary results, depriving yourself of long-term success. Is that what you really want?

Here is the key:  Live your dream by doing it as opposed to talking about it -- no matter how long it takes, and no matter what anybody else says -- because YOU believe in it with all your heart, mind and soul; at the end of the day, THAT is all that matters!  When your creation is that authentic, that pure, believe this -- you just killed the word competition out of its existence. 

Authenticity is a gift, and each of you are blessed with this gift. BE YOU, EMBRACE IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT AND SHINE!

Now, Dare I Ask ...

Are YOU leaving your Authentic Mark?

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss educational training opportunities where we can tactically and strategically address areas of concern as it pertains to implementing authentic communication in your business model / marketing endeavors to help grow your business, please feel free to drop me a line. 

~Annie Armen
Communications Artist

List of Articles and Quotes you may Find of Interest:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

30 Quotes on COMMITMENT in Business and in Life!

Words backed with Commitment and Action have Power! ~Annie Armen, Communications Artist |
Dear Why Annie Armen Readers,

May you find these select 30 quotes on COMMITMENT empowering, encouraging, and inspiring, adding productive value in your lives, both personally and professionally!


1. “COMMITMENT means staying LOYAL to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you!” ~Author Unknown

2. “Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events not of words. Trust movement." ~Alfred Adler

3. "There's a difference between interest and COMMITMENT. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED TO DOING something, you accept no excuses; only results." ~Kenneth Blanchard

4. "It was character that got us out of bed, COMMITMENT that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” ~Zig Ziglar

5. “COMMITMENT is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down.” ~David McNally

6. “Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them day after day.” ~Arthur Gordon

7. “Losers make promises they often break. Winners make COMMITMENTS they always keep.” ~Denis Waitley

8. ”Unless COMMITMENT is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans.” ~Peter F. Drucker

9. “COMMITMENT in the face of conflict produces character.” ~Author Unknown

10. “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise occurred. ... Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

11. ”Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and COMMITMENT to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” ~Mario Andretti

12. "The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. COMMITMENT is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt." ~Rollo May

13. "The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their COMMITMENT to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." ~Vince Lombardi

14. "Without involvement, there is no COMMITMENT. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it." ~Stephen Covey

15. “COMMITMENT is a language that success understands very clearly. Without it, the closest a person can get to the manifestation of their dream is the imagination of living their dream.” ~Edmond Mbiaka

16. ”Strategy is all about COMMITMENT. If what you're doing isn't irrevocable, then you don't have a strategy -- because anyone can do it... I've always wanted to treat life like I was an invading army and there was no turning back." ~Troy Tyler

17. "Do the thing and you will be given the power." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. “A man that is fully COMMITTED to his dream will never be a stranger to success in the future.” ~Edmond Mbiaka

19. “The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.” ~Mark Twain

20. “COMMITMENT is taking the first step, even if it means falling the rest of the way down.” ~Wes Fessler

21. “There are only two creatures of value on the face of the earth: those with the commitment, and those who require the COMMITMENT of others.” ~John Adams

22. “I was able to see what I wanted to do, I could see the opportunity, even when others could not, and I stay COMMITTED to doing it and doing it well, no matter what.” ~Magic Johnson

23. “Any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.” ~Booker T. Washington

24. “You can become instantly successful with a simple thought, but long-lasting and pronounced success comes to those who renew their COMMITMENT to a mindset of abundance every minute of every hour of every day.” ~Bryant McGill

25. “COMMITMENT unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the right stuff to turn our dream into reality.” ~James Womack

26. “There are only two options regarding COMMITMENT, you're either in or you're out. There's no such thing as life in between.” ~Pat Riley

27. “You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” ~Napoleon Hill

28. “When work, COMMITMENT, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.” ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

29. “He who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in performance of it.” ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

30. “It's always too early to quit.” ~Norman Vincent Peale


List of Articles and Quotes you may Find of Interest:
1.  Did You Say, Can't?
2.  30 Quotes on ACTION in Business and in Life!
3.  20 Quotes on GO FOR IT in Business and in Life!
4.  20 Quotes on COURAGE in Business and in Life!
5.  14 Quotes on LOYALTY in Business and in Life!
6.  20 Quotes on PERSEVERANCE in Business and in Life!
7.  30 Quotes on ENCOURAGEMENT in Business and in Life!

8.  30 Quotes on LOVE in Business and in Life!
9.  To PRO-act or to RE-act -- is That the Question or Your Choice?
10.  Write Your way Into the New Year With Your New Book!
11.  AnnieBiotics

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Grab a Cup of Courage and Just Ask!

Assumptions are Barriers to Effective Communication |

"Assumptions ARE barriers to effective communication, both at home and in the workplace." ~Annie Armen


Recently, I was asked this question:  “Annie, what can I do to achieve, maintain, and sustain a drama free environment both at home and at work?”
Great question! Short answer, as a starting point: ASSUME NOTHING!

When lack of communication is in the air, rather than waiting, over thinking, wondering, doubting and/or assuming for the best or for the worst, preserve your good energy and sanity, grab a cup of courage as opposed to a cup of coffee, and just ASK!

If you’re looking to achieve and maintain a drama free environment, it first begins with YOU! Communicate clearly what it is you want, and don’t stop there!

Be certain that all parties present are on the same sheet of music with you, with a mutually clear understanding of what has been discussed, and what is expected. Leave no room for doubts and assumptions!

Here is a checklist I prescribe to my clients that works without fail:

1. Proactively encourage questions to improve open communication,
2. Aimfully terminate doubts and assumptions to establish clear communication,
3. Mindfully lay out your expectations from the get go to exemplify and evoke trusted communication.

Easier said than done? Without a doubt! However, tremendously doable when fully committed! When you implement this checklist consistently over time, you will then “protectively” enjoy a drama free environment with those you choose to share your space with, whether in business or in life!


Reality Check

Any organization which lacks in trust will soon discover they will lack in funds down the road, negatively impacting their performance, productivity and bottom-line. Building trust within an environment where communication is scarce, preferential, fragmented, or just shattered presents a complex challenge. Therefore, an experienced communications consultant/advisor can be invaluable toward bridging those gaps of misunderstandings, tensions, unintended consequences, and lingering internal divisions to evoke collective trust, maximize performance, and generate desired ROI. 

Call us with any communication related concerns and/or questions.  Together we’ll explore favorable service deliverables tailored to your business needs and expectations.  We look forward to serving you!  

~Annie Armen
The Communications Artist

List of Articles and Quotes you may Find of Interest:
1. When Did s/he Give the Impression s/he Needed Your Advice?
2. That Does it... I've Had Just About Enough of This!
3. Are you Working With a Resistant Employee?
4. How to Make Genuine Connections on LinkedIn
5. 20 Quotes on COMMUNICATION in Business and in Life!
6. 20 Quotes on COURAGE in Business and in Life!
7. 30 Quotes on COMMITMENT in Business and in Life!
8. 30 Quotes on ENCOURAGEMENT in Business and in Life!
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