About Brett Hill: Brett is the Co-Founder of The Future is Mindful conference. A professional speaker, trainer, coach, author, specializing in mindful communications, and is the host of the Language of Mindfulness and Organizational Mindfulness podcast.
He has a degree in interpersonal communications, has taught meditation to many hundreds of people, and is studied mindful presence and communications for many years in such schools as Hakomi (somatic, mindful psychotherapy), The META Institute (Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches), The Mindfulness Coaching School, and others. He founded the Quest Institute mediation center in Dallas Texas.
In addition, Brett has launched several businesses and is deeply technical having worked for Microsoft as a Sr. Technical Evangelist and Worldwide Technical Readiness Manager for Microsoft Online Services. Before and after joining Microsoft, he was named by Microsoft as “most valuable professional” and wrote software for organizations like Fresh Produce Sportswear and the Texas Rangers baseball team. He was CTO for a startup that went on to get several rounds of funding. In addition, he developed and taught classes on-site for organizations like Citibank, Ford, State Farm, Progressive, and many other Fortune 500 companies.
Now he focuses on helping professionals learn the power of conscious, mindful communication. In all of his work, he’s concluded the key skill any person can study to improve their professional and personal lives – is mindful communication. He says “the limits of what we can achieve personally, professionally, and even as a people – is bounded by our ability to effectively communicate”.
Brett has developed a series of practices and lessons, based on science, and proven in practice to help people not only be more effective in their professional and personal lives, but be profoundly more connected, engaged, and satisfied.
In this episode, Adam and Brett discuss:
- What mindful communication is and how to be a mindful communicator
- How to be mindful in virtual meetings
- Dealing with the people that trigger us in the workplace
- Moving through the transitions in your life
- Communicating better with your kids
- Pay attention not only to what people say, but also to the emotions they display, who they are in their lives, and their struggles. This enables us to relate to people authentically and deeply, even in the most basic of ways.
- Listening to people in virtual meetings should be done with personhood in mind, not just as a digital experience. It is more powerful to connect with them if you are sensitive and listen carefully.
- There will always be coworkers who irritate us or give us bad vibes at work, but it’s all about being present and mindful when dealing with these people. You can choose to be reactive or defensive.
- You simply need to be present with whatever is going on in your life and accept that it happened. Say YES to your experiences. Mindfulness is all about freedom, it’s about having options in moments where you normally don’t.
- Be present with your children while remaining mindful on purpose. When you are present with someone, it changes the way you communicate with them significantly and elevates your experience of life.
“If we mindfully communicate with each other, we will be able to see other people in their humanity, even if they’re different from you. It changes the conversation in ways that really matter. Also, you find so much more value in the relationships that you do have. In that way, regardless of what’s going on in your world, you have a better experience of life..” — Brett Hill
Connect with Brett Hill:
Website: https://www.languageofmindfulness.com/ (Company)
Podcast: The Language of Mindfulness
Organizational Mindfulness Podcast
Connect With Adam Weber:
Book: Meditation Not Medicine