We’ve all experienced conversations that escalate quickly and fail to produce understanding or solutions. How can teachers, school leaders, and parents do a better job of communicating in both written and verbal conversations? Author and education leader Kim Bearden shares her insights in the book “Talk to Me: Finding the right words to inspire, encourage and get things done.” In this 'favored book' episode, Dr. Andrea Pewitt, Director of Academic Innovation and Strategy at Clarksville Christian School, shares why she chose this book and how it has made a positive impact on her career.

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08/18/2022 - 4:23pm
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"What drew me to the book was how to communicate with difficult people and how to communicate in general. One thing that I learned from my father is to always listen first and respond second. And she really talks about that. And I really value Kim Bearden’s education philosophy, so I was drawn to reading another one of her books. The title intrigued me immediately about communication and how to do that effectively."
—Dr. Andrea Pewitt

“The six principles focused on consideration and motivation behind communication. You have to consider: Why did they send the email? What was the motivation behind it? And I think that if you stop and think about that (before immediately assuming you know why they sent the email and firing back an email in response), it will change the direction and the tone of the conversation.”
—Dr. Andrea Pewitt

  • Producer: Karen Marklein
  • Host, Engineer & Editor: Forrest Doddington

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