Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Do you want to create a compassionate heart connection?



“Anthony’s mini-workshop was outstanding! The explanations were clear and accessible, his presence was both humble and strong, and the process introduced worked very well. The concepts introduced have great value at every level of communication. We had nearly 30 people show up (an unusually large crowd)—a demonstration not only of trust in him, but also a strongly-felt need for...less hurtful communication. I am so impressed with what he has done, and with the humble generosity of his heart."

- Steven Smith, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, 
   Claremont McKenna College

You are invited to our Compassionate Communication Workshop on May 4th, 2019 in Claremont, CA. This is a donation-based event whose proceeds go to foster youth leadership programs in San Bernardino. Our facilitator Dr. Silard has taught the art of communication to hundreds of thousands of executives over the past 25+ years and can help you communicate better and create a compassionate heart connection.

Ready to get connected with your community and learn to communicate more effectively? See the attached flyer or visit us at Meetup.com/Got-Disconnection for more information. Want to help build community with us? Spread the word by sharing our event with family, friends, and coworkers!


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Do you strive to be a successful leader?


A Harvard study found that 85% of a leader’s success is attributable to personal character. Leadership—whether personal or organizational—hinges on the development of character. Anthony Silard, Ph.D. defines leadership as “the capacity to develop multiple key relationships toward a common purpose.”


Anthony Silard, Ph.D. has taught the art of communication to over hundreds of thousands of executives over the past 25+ years. He has developed an interactive and engaging model that creates a simulated environment and enables anyone to work through their most sensitive issues with the people they most care about. You are invited to our Compassionate Communication Workshop on May 4th, 2019 in Claremont, CA. This is a donation-based event whose proceeds go to foster youth leadership programs in San Bernardino. Facilitator Dr. Silard holds the belief that in these divided times, we cannot build community without the ability to effectively communicate. 

Ready to get connected with your community and learn to communicate more effectively? Visit us at Meetup.com/Got-Disconnection for more information. Want to help build community with us? Spread the word by sharing our event with family, friends, and coworkers!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Build Meaningful Relationships

Man wishes to be happy even when he so lives
 as to make happiness impossible.
---  Saint Augustine
Social media has, strangely, created its own demand. By isolating you from your friends, your loneliness becomes greater and you feel more motivated by what the British psychologist Pamela Qualter calls the “reaffiliation motive” to check your social media and see what your friends are doing.

In some ways, social media is like calling the delivery number of a pizza franchise in your neighborhood. The more frequently you order, the fatter and less capable of walking outside to a grocery store or restaurant you become.

So what do you do? You call the delivery number more often to save yourself from an increasingly challenging walk (to real, face-to-face connection).

By putting you in contact with the many who matter little to you (e.g., former classmates, friends of friends) it diminishes your ability to connect in real time with the few who do.

Yet you still crave the intimate connection that only real-time interaction produces, which expands your demand for what seems the most effortless way to tap into it—ironically, the technology that’s stamped it out of your life—social media.

So, like the pizza chain gleefully delivering delicious garbage to your home, social media throws you overboard and then dangles a life preserver in front of your flailing, desperately lonely, sputtering body. You never quite make it back into the boat of human connection, but neither do you have the capability to swim away.

This week, come up with a strategy to titrate your use of social media and revitalize your experience of real life.

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Center for Social Leadership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week, enter your email here (1-step only). To support The Center for Social Leadership's Young Leaders Program for disadvantaged youth either directly or through Amazon.com purchases, click here.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Are you craving connection with your community?


A Cigna study released in April of last year found that approximately 50 percent of Americans are lonely. We now spend less time outside interacting with others in our community and more time isolated indoors behind a screen. Psychologist Jean Twenge of San Diego State University and others have found that the suicide rate and depression have skyrocketed while self-esteem is at an all-time low.

Are you craving connection with your community? Do you need a change in your communication style? You are invited to our Compassionate Communication Workshop on May 4th, 2019 in Claremont, CA. This is a donation-based event whose proceeds go to foster youth leadership programs in San Bernardino. Facilitator, Anthony Silard, Ph.D. has taught the art of communication to over hundreds of thousands of executives over the past 25+ years and can help you communicate better and create this compassionate heart connection.

Ready to get connected with your community and learn to communicate more effectively? Visit us at Meetup.com/Got-Disconnection for more information. Want to help build community with us? Spread the word by sharing our event with family, friends, and coworkers!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Are you feeling disconnected?



Facebook, Twitter, email, texts… We are in contact with many, yet connected with very few. How are these social trends affecting you? Are your relationships missing a heart connection? 
You are invited to our Compassionate Communication Workshop, a donation-based event whose proceeds go to foster youth leadership programs in San Bernardino. 

Whether you want to work on your personal relationships, better understand your own motivations and relationship needs, or are a professional wanting to connect with your coworkers and clients more compassionately, all are welcome to join our group and attend our workshops. Facilitator, Anthony Silard, Ph.D. has taught the art of communication to over hundreds of thousands of executives over the past 25+ years and can help you communicate better and create this compassionate heart connection.


Ready to get connected with your community and learn to communicate more effectively? Visit us at Meetup.com/Got-Disconnection for more information. Want to help build community with us? Spread the word by sharing our event with family, friends, and coworkers!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Become Your Greatest Fan

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain:
either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. 
---  Nietzsche

If you aren’t able to take time out to empty your life of what it currently contains, how will you be able to fill it with what you desire it to contain?

People who are at peace with themselves know their inner acceptance is not a fixed destination, but an ongoing journey. They are on a constant search for truth that will never be fully realized.

Those on this journey know their biggest problem is looking back at them in the mirror. They are relentless in their drive toward specific (internal and external) goals, yet take time out to reconsider the strategies they implement to achieve these goals.

What strategies do you practice to reconnect with yourself and ask the hard questions that lead you toward what you consider truth? Do you take a long bath, or have a relaxing meal with a close friend, or go for a long walk under the sunset?

If you wish to live according to your beliefs, it’s imperative that you take time daily to renew those beliefs. As the founder of client-centered therapy, Carl Rogers, envisioned, life is a process of “becoming” in which we can always move closer to what we value and the person we want to be.

This week, take some time out of the mix to check-in with what you most value and start moving toward it.

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Center for Social Leadership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week, enter your email here (1-step only). To support The Center for Social Leadership's Young Leaders Program for disadvantaged youth either directly or through Amazon.com purchases, click here.