Friday, April 29, 2016

Words from Rosalinda.............Joyce Oroz

Confronting Criticism

Subtle forms of criticism:
  • "So, I guess you haven't started that diet you were talking about?"
  • "Well, if you're satisfied with your job...."
  • "Sometimes, I'm surprised we're friends; just kidding."
Not-so-helpful forms of criticism:
  • "You probably got the promotion because I didn't try for it." (Yeah, that's why.)
  • "Why are you always so cheerful?" (And, that's a bad thing?)
  • "People who are like fifty, shouldn't be in management ...Uh, not you; you're not "old" like them." (Nice try.)
Before you respond, consider asking yourself these questions:
  1. Is it necessary to respond?
  2. What is my point?
  3. How will it help?
Here are few "professional" responses: (From my book, "Don't Burp in the Boardroom")
  • Thank you, I'll take that into consideration. (Even if you don't intend to.)
  • Although I'm not sure that I agree with you, I appreciate your remarks.
  • Hmm, you're the first to mention it. Thank you.
  • I'm not sure I understand. Would you please elaborate? (Risky, you may not want to hear it.)
  • Good to know. Thanks.
  • I'm sorry you feel that way.
Naturally, depending under what circumstances the unsolicited opinion or comment was given, and by whom, our reaction may vary. If you happen to lose it, apologize.

More to consider: A negative remark can be a gift in disguise. After a cooling down period, and before you respond, ponder the remark. We don't always see what other people see in us.
Note: My advice is general and may not suit your particular situation. In addition, there is usually more than one way to handle a dilemma.
If you enjoyed reading this, please pass it on to your colleagues and friends.
Thank you.

Kind regards,

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Rosalinda Randall

Civility & Etiquette Trainer, Speaker, Media Source, Author
T: 650.871.6200
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

AHA at Open Studios

2016 Open Studios Art Tour!
Dear friends, this is a reminder for you. Please mark your calendar and come to San Benito County Arts Council’s annual Open Studios Art Tour Saturday & Sunday, April 23rd- 24th from 10 am- 4 pm.  Along with Hollister and San Juan Bautista, Aromas provides many fabulous artists and studios because the little town has one foot in Monterey County and the other foot in San Benito County and because the Aromas Hills Artisans love to be involved.
stained glass by Linda Bjornson

This year’s tour features 21 local artists and artisans and showcases works in painting, photography, pottery & ceramics, stained-glass, jewelry and more!  Open Studios is a great way for locals and out of town visitors to meet the artists, view and purchase original works of art, learn more about the processes and materials of art-making and enjoy a scenic tour throughout San Benito County, including Hollister, San Juan Bautista and the lovely hills of Aromas.
You may also enjoy a sneak peak of Open Studios at the Preview Exhibition from April 8- May 26th at ARTspace at 240 Fifth St. in Hollister with a special Kick-Off Party from 6-8 pm on Friday April 8th! The Kick-Off Party is an opportunity for the community to view the artwork, enjoy food and drinks and celebrate this year’s group of talented, dynamic artists. These events are free and open to the public.
Christine West, paper arts

A map of the artists’ studios & the artist directory can be downloaded online at  Maps are also available at ARTspace at 240 Fifth St. in downtown Hollister or at the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce.  Please call 831.636.2787 or email for more information.
Here is a full list of the participating artists: Alia Outrey, Amber Henderson, Andrea McCann, Clay Peer, Eric Tapley, Frank Haseloff, Gayle Sleznick, Georgesse Gomez, Gloria Sipes, Jane 
Rekedal, Kathleen Sheridan, Kent Child, Laurie Tholen, Leslie Holtaway, Linda Bjornson, Lisa Rivaollon, Louise Roy, Robb Lee, Sally Diggory, SanDee Adams and Susan Shirley.
Open Studios is made possible by the California Arts Council, Community Foundation for San Benito County, Rotary of San Juan Bautista, San Juan Oaks, Aromas Hills Artisans, Sally Street Studios, Jane Rekedal Pottery, Gayle Sleznick and Andrea McCann.
copper jewelry by Laurie Tholen