Quick to Hear is an aspirational approach to communication that I developed from my education and experience in the ministry and the intelligence community. This approach takes seriously the direction of James, who wrote to the early church, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20, ESV).
Centered on these ideas, I teach communication skills that help people and organizations communicate biblically and effectively. Such communication helps to build, restore, and maintain strong relationships. I would love to help you and your organization develop relationships that are edifying to each other and glorifying to God.
Welcome to my Blog. You will find posts organized into three categories:
- Intelligent Communication (posts about communication and relationships based on my original communication model)
- Quick to Hear (posts about biblically sound communication and relationships)
- Try Something Old (posts about the Christian life from the Scriptures and reformed theology)
We are working our way through the 19:14 Model, which provides the basis for the Quick to Hear approach. Learning and implementing this approach can help make your communication more effective and God-honoring. If you would like to start the series from the first article, you can do so by going here. Now, this whole … Continue reading Meditations of the Heart — The Mind
It’s been some time since my last post introducing the Meditations of the Heart component of effective godly communication. I am sorry for that delay and hope to keep up a better pace as we continue to make our way through the 19:14 Model. Did you give any thought to the practicing what I introduced … Continue reading Quick to Listen
Teaching and Training
For more than a decade, I have been teaching interpersonal communication skills to a variety of clients. I have focused on teaching communication skills as communication is central to relationships. Relationships are vital to how we live and work. Among these skills are communication techniques related to
- building rapport;
- influencing and persuading;
- asking effective questions;
- eliciting information; and
- identifying deception.
I am in the process of updating all these skills to the revised Quick to Hear model.
I will eventually offer many of my training programs and assessment tools online at CourseCraft. Click the image below.
Coaching and Counseling
In addition to my training programs, I have worked with both organizations and individuals helping them use good communication skills to build relationships and become more effective in doing what they do. This process consists of meeting with members of the organization and developing a program designed just for them; one that meets their goals and objectives. I administer assessments and use the results as points of discussion during subsequent training sessions and interactive sessions where we apply what we have learned to achieving the organizations goals.
As a trained mediator, I can also help organizations deal with conflicts that hinder their ability to achieve their organizational goals. During the mediation process, we follow the four step Quick to Hear mediation process, which includes use of effective communication techniques instead of unhealthy ones that are generally associated with conflict.