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Empathy: A Relational Skill Requiring Awareness
By: Doug Bedell
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One of the more profound relational skills is empathy, walking in the shoes of another. We don’t cultivate it enough, but here’s a post from The Bismarck Tribune on doctors who are doing just that. “I think (empathy) can be taught to a certain extent,” says a medical student, “but a person has to be open to it and willing to learn these (communication) techniques.”

True enough. Before empathy comes mindfulness. There’s plenty of room in PR to get profound, if you’re willing, aware and keep at it.

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About the Author
Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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