The holiday season is a time of giving gifts and Americans spend a lot on gifts. In 2022, the National Retail Federation reported that the average American plans to spend $826 on gifts, food and decorations for the holidays. Of that amount, around $500 go toward gifts for family members. With such a large quantity of gifts being given away, it’s important to consider: What’s … [Read more...] about Practice sustainable gift giving during the holidays
In an age dominated by digital communication, the power of articulate and effective verbal communication cannot be understated. Whether it’s delivering a keynote address, leading a team meeting or engaging in a one-on-one conversation, impactful speaking can open doors, inspire change and create lasting impressions. But what truly sets apart an effective communicator? What … [Read more...] about What are five essential techniques for becoming an effective communicator?
With the holiday season coming up in a few weeks, many of us are likely planning family gatherings, decorating our homes, thinking about meals to prepare and more. As we gather with family and friends, there’s potential to encounter some difficult conversations. Communication expert Dr. Erin Wehrman addresses preparing for and handling tough conversations over the upcoming … [Read more...] about Handling tough conversations during the holidays
The holiday season is not too far off! While holidays are a time of joy, celebration and family gatherings, they can also bring about stress and family conflict for a variety of reasons. Conflicts that aren’t handled properly can ruin the occasion and hurt relationships. Dr. Erin Wehrman, associate professor of communication at Missouri State University, talks about navigating … [Read more...] about Managing conflicts that arise during the holidays
Missouri State University English professor Michael Czyniejewski shares the value of short fiction, editing and teaching with the Erie Reader. He is the author of four story collections. … [Read more...] about An interview with a short story writer