Category: Publications

Three Free Internet Tools for a More Engaging Presentation

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Internet Tools

How you design your presentation can determine the success of the messages you want to share with your audience. This includes your visuals, from photos to graphs and charts.   According to a study from Microsoft Corp, people lose concentration after only eight seconds. The information in this week’s email can help you create engaging presentations […]


Carl Palmer on Listening

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Carl Palmer on Listening

The Quieter You Are, the More You Will Hear Carl Palmer is one of the most respected rock drummers to emerge from Great Britain in the 1960s. He is a veteran of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia. Listening is what the world is all about. We listen to people cry out for help, to […]


Jordan Rudess on Listening

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Jordan Rudess Musician

At Improving Communications, we ask professional musicians to tell us about their “money maker;” their ability to listen and interact well with others. We ask these gifted artists to teach us more about listening so that in business, we can use similar practices to be more successful. Below is what Jordan Rudess had to say […]


Listening: One Cohesive Unit (Rod Morgenstein)

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Rod Morgenstein

NOTE: As you read, apply Rod Morgenstein’s message of listening to your profession by substituting the discussion of “music” with “work,” and terms related to “musician” with “colleague.” Listening is the practice of being in the moment, in touch with my surroundings, and fully aware that I am part of a creative process that involves […]


Nick Beggs on Listening

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Nick Beggs on Listening

Nick Beggs is an English musician, noted for playing the bass guitar and the Chapman Stick. He is a member of Kajagoogoo and formerly Iona and Ellis, Beggs, & Howard. Nick has worked through the years with Steve Hackett and Steven Wilson. His current project is The Mute Gods. Listening Means Understanding Relationships There are […]


Guitarist Steve Morse on Listening

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Steve Morse

Listening Is a Lot of Detective Work Steve Morse is a guitarist best known as the founder of the Dixie Dregs; and since 1994, the guitar player of Deep Purple. He was briefly a member of Kansas in the mid 1980s. Morse’s career has encompassed rock, country, funk, jazz, classical, and fusion of these musical genres. The […]


Kasim Sulton: One Word—Focus

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Kasim Sulton on Listening

Kasim Sulton is a bass guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist, best known for his work with Todd Rundgren and Utopia. He has worked with many varied musical acts, including Meat Loaf, Joan Jett, The New Cars, and Blue Öyster Cult. Listening is mainly absorption. It’s the ability to hear something, whether it’s spoken word, music or […]


Mark Egan: “Listen and Be In The Moment”

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Mark Egan is an American jazz bass guitarist, known for his membership in the original Pat Metheny Group in the late 1970s. He has recorded and/or performed with artists such as the Gil Evans Orchestra, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Pat Martino, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, Alex De Grassi, John Abercrombie, Sting, Joan Osborne, Sophie B. […]


Are Listening Skills a Lost Art?

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Lost Art of Listening

Listening and hearing both require use of the ears. There ends their similarity. “To hear” is to perceive or apprehend by the ear (comes from a Latin word meaning, “to be on guard”). “To Listen” is to pay attention to sound; to hear something with thoughtful attention: give consideration. “Hard of hearing” is probably a […]


Subdudes Return!

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Subdudes Return subdudes embark on new tour with new album By Richard J. Atkins, Ed.D. February 2006 The subdudes, a New Orleans-based act spanning numerous genres (blues, folk, R&B, country, Cajun, funk, gospel, and rock) have released of Behind the Levee, which hit the shelves January 24, 2006. At the same time, the band hit […]