Posts tagged with "PR Newswire"

Study: People have never been more afraid to speak their minds

November 10, 2021

Findings just released from a study conducted by Crucial Learning—a Provo-Utah-based company that offers courses in communication, performance, and leadership—indicate that a shocking 9 out of 10 people have felt emotionally or physically unsafe to speak their minds more than once during the past 18 months.

Predictably enough, the conversation topics that have generated the most fear include political or social issues (74%) and COVID-19 issues (70%), the company states in a news release posted on PRNewswire.

The study of more than 1,300 people found that instead of voicing their opinions or concerns, respondents are resorting to a host of unhealthy behaviors that are crippling constructive dialogue and driving viewpoints farther apart. Among the behaviors are the following:

  • Staying silent but feeling inauthentic (65%)
  • Avoiding people (47%)
  • Silently fume and stew (42%)
  • Ruminating about all the things they’d say if they had the courage (39%)
  • Faking agreement (19%)
  • Severing relationships (14%)

Indeed, 39% of survey respondents reported feeling unsafe either every day or every week. Only 7% report that they are just as confident as ever in social situations.

Emily Gregory, a co-researcher of the study and coauthor of a brand new third edition of  the book, Crucial Conversations, said the results begged the question: What is causing this heightened fear?

“Is the sole cause of our anxiety and subsequent silence the results of a volatile social landscape?” asked Gregory. “Or are there other factors at play and we’re actually in more control of our conversations and outcomes than we think?”

Leaning on a long-established concept in psychological research called the Least Preferred Coworker scale, Gregory and and her co-researcher Joseph Grenny asked subjects to describe their level of fear in a recent social situation and their scaled perception of the person(s) they were fearful of addressing. For example, were they more open or close minded, informed or ignorant, or rational or irrational? Using stepwise regression, they next measured how much of their fear could be accounted for by more negative characterizations of others.

The result? Those who tended to tell more extreme stories about their conversational counterparts were more than three times more likely to feel fearful and 3.5 times more likely to lack confidence in speaking their minds.

“We were stunned to see the size of the effect stories have on our confidence and ability to speak up,” Gregory reports. “But it makes sense. If I tell myself you are an ignorant, evil, jerk, I’m more likely to think you’ll be vindictive—or worse—if I disagree with you.”

Having identified subjects who faced similar communication challenges, but generated more confidence and less fear, Grenny and Gregory asked them to identify skills that help speak up with poise and integrity. Top skills included:

  • Make it safe (used by 76% of confident subjects). When emotions escalate, good crucial conversationalists reassure others of their respect for them and point out values they both share.
  • Get curious (used by 72%). Rather than try to decide “who is right,” they sincerely try to understand the world view of the other person. They ask questions, seek to understand, and show interest.
  • Start with facts, not judgments or opinions (used by 68%). Carefully lay out the facts behind their point of view. Use specific and observable descriptions.
  • Don’t focus on convincing (used by 48%).Don’t let your main goal be to change the other person’s mind. Instead, encourage the sharing of ideas and listen before responding.
  • Be skeptical of your own point of view (used by 42%). Conversations work best when you come in with a combination of confidence and humility. Be confident that you have a point of view that is worth expressing, but humble enough to accept that you don’t have a monopoly on truth and new information might modify your perspective.

Research contact: @CrucialLearning

Doggy Bathroom reaches over 50% of its goal on Kickstarter in the first day

September 28, 2021

Doggy Bathroom is expanding with a miniature version of its industry-changing product—what it claims is  the only indoor potty solution for dogs, the Montréal based company announced in a release on PR Newswire on Monday, September 27.

After making its first appearance at Superzoo Expo in Las Vegas in August, Doggy Bathroom Mini launched on September 21 on Kickstarter and  already has raised over US$30,000—80% of its funding goal of US$35,000—and attracted over 221 backers worldwide in its first week. The campaign will run through October 27.

Doggy Bathroom says that it “has seen extraordinary success internationally ever since”— and has recently been awarded recogniton  in the form of a 2021 Pet Independent Innovation Award for Litter Box Product of the Year.

Interested dog owners and potential backers can purchase a Doggy Bathroom Mini starter kit already and save up to 70%. The Doggy Bathroom Mini will retail for US$159/CA$179 for the starter kit, which includes the enclosure, base color of choice, pee pads, mats, rails and clips.

In comparison to the original doggy bathroom—designed for dogs weighing up to 20 pounds—the Doggy Bathroom Mini is made for mini pups and toy breeds under 10 pounds and less than 12 inches tall, including chihuahuas, pugs, toy poodles, pomeranians, shih tzus, and more.

The Doggy Bathroom can be used as a potty-training device for puppies, a seasonal solution for small breeds who cannot withstand extreme weather, or as an alternative for condo dwellers or those with limited outdoor access.

Doggy Bathroom was founded by Alain Courchesne, an award-winning designer based in Montréal, and was inspired after he adopted his Italian greyhound, Sterling. Fusing function and design Courchesne created a solution that is both sanitary and stylish. designed for both female and male dogs who lift their leg, the roomy doggy bathroom allows your dog to walk in, freely move around and use the bathroom easily, when they naturally need to.

Research contact: @doggybathroom