In times of extreme stress like we are currently experiencing, we can find ourselves overwhelmed by a confusing array of feelings and thoughts. ‘Confusion’ is the key word – we can experience so many conflicting reactions that it’s hard to make sense of any of them. Unfortunately, we often react or take action without fully understanding those feelings and thoughts, leading to potentially negative consequences in our relationships.

Understanding the ‘why’ behind your reactions offers powerful leverage to reshape them. If you feel anger, for example, you may not know that it’s actually disguising feelings of fear or other strong emotions. But how do you discover what’s hidden in your subconscious mind? The answer is Self Evaluation, and we’ve got a simple, powerful tool to help you do just that.

self evaluation Sentence Completion Exercises

This is a frequently-used tool in the world of psychology, helping people uncover for themselves how they’re actually thinking and feeling. By embarking on a regular process of completing selected sentence ‘stems’ (the first half of a sentence), in a short time you can uncover perspectives previously hidden in your subconscious brain. And in the words of writer Maya Angelou – “When you know better, you do better”

Join Shona Welsh of Ovation and Kimberly Schaschl, a certified counselling therapist, as they discuss how to use a Sentence Completion Tool and how you can apply it to self evaluation in your daily life. 

Kimberly offers an example of how she’s used it and Shona gives recommendations on the best way to engage in this illuminating process, emphasizing that ‘when you write it, you own it’.

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.

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.

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.

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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