Author's Bio: 

This is one of more than 100 of my articles on communication skills from my online column on You're invited to subscribe for free at the top of the column. I've been passionate about effective communication since I received an MA in Communication Arts from the University of Michigan. Formerly based in Chicago as a writer and producer in film, broadcast, and advertising, I now live in Cincinnati where I'm a journalist and human rights advocate. I'm authoring a non-fiction book to inspire women to communicate with assertiveness, adeptness, and authenticity to develop their potential and achieve their life objectives.