Though this may come as a shock – men and women respond to stress very differently.  Okay, likely that is absolutely no shock at all, but what does it mean in this unprecedented time where stress levels are increased and so is the amount of time we spend together as families.  It means Quarantine Quarrels are inevitable.

In this candid conversation, join Ovation Communication Experts Jan Bailey and Shona Welsh along with Counselling Therapist Kimberly Schaschl for a lighthearted look at reality and a few practical tools as we weather this pandemic in close quarters.  Overall, stress can diminish cognitive abilities in the form of increased forgetfulness or a diminished ability to make decisions, but what are the distinct differences between men and women when it comes to increased stress levels?

Scientifically speaking | it's inevitable

It turns out that elevated stress in women increases their ability to not only recognize stress in others, but to empathize as well.  Men, on the other hand, become less empathetic and less able to recognize those under stress when they themselves are feeling stressed.  Obviously these are scientific generalizations, meaning they do not apply to all women or all men, but even if we acknowledge this as a trend and add a little social isolation to the mix, it is a recipe for a potential communication disaster. 

Armed with a few tools, a strategy or two and the knowledge that you are not alone in your frustration with your partner (or your kids), you can not only make it through quarantine, you can build stronger communication skills along the way.


For better or worse, stress impacts us all differently and remembering there is no ‘right way’ to handle the far reaching stressors of a pandemic is the beginning to creating a communication solution.  There is no judgement here – we are all trying to build bridges and bridge gaps as we move through these uncharted territories. 

Sandbox has partnered with Ovation to present a series of videos which offer thought provoking conversation, a little laughter and some concrete tools to help you shift your perspective about how and why you communicate the way you do. In a time when physical distancing is a reality, it is more important than ever to feel as though you are able to clearly express your thoughts, fears and hopes. We all know that with face to face communication it is easy to be misunderstood – in times of heightened personal and professional strain and only virtual communication to keep many of us connected, occasional miscommunication is almost a given. Take this opportunity to join Ovation and their special guest, counselling therapist Kimberly Schaschl as they unravel some of the mysteries of effective communication.

About the contributorS:

In their highly interactive workshops, OVATION speaker trainers have helped countless individuals transform their ability to connect to their audience and deliver authentic and meaningful messages with impact. Now, more than ever, communication with some oomph is an essential skill. At a time when our emotions swing from overwhelmed to irrational, our ability to communicate effectively follows suit and it can be hard to remove the anger, frustration or even fear from our voice, let alone from our message … and that can have all manner of consequences.

Shona Welsh, BA, MCEd, CHRL, CCC is a communication and speaking expert who has won numerous speaking, writing and learning design awards. The author of several books and designer/facilitator of hundreds of international workshops in speaking and communications, she has held international senior executive positions over three decades. She teaches extensively about leadership, communications, and innovation with numerous universities and colleges.

Jan Bailey BA, MAEd is a communication and speaking expert who has designed and delivered hundreds of workshops internationally on public speaking, stage presence, on-camera presentations, and communication. Along with writing and producing a ten-part career development series of books, Jan’s 27-year career has involved extensive on-camera experience as a television host along with being a long-time professor of communications.

Kimberly Schaschl BA BEd M.Ed Psych is a counselling therapist who has worked in the field of mental health and education for over 30 years. She has a wealth of experience assisting clients from school age to adulthood on a wide range of mental health and life management issues. She is a registered member of the College of Licensed Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick.

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