The Guide to Good Divorce

Debra will be speaking at the The Guide to Good Divorce seminar on Saturday, February 11th 2012, at the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa from 8:30-2:00pm.

The Guide to Good Divorce seminar is designed to help and connect women at all stages of the divorce process. At the heart of the program is guidance from uniquely qualified experts on the law of divorce in Texas, divorce financial planning, life skills and wellness who will be presenting at the seminar.

For more information see: http://www.guidetogooddivorce.com/

To register: http://guidetogooddivorce.eventbrite.com/

The Professional Group Event: “Gender Differences at Work: Successfully Walking the Tightrope”

On February, 7th 2012, from 6:45-8:30am, Debra will be speaking to The Professional Group at the Junior League: 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX  77027

Debra will discuss tips and examples on how to walk the tightrope of conducting yourself as a competent business person and leader, without clashing disastrously with the expectations of your gender in our culture. She’ll point out how the social mores and linguistic patterns you learned as a girl can hold you back as an adult profession, and what to do about it.

For more information contact: Kay W Boyd – (713) 447-6489 kay.boyd@lpl.com

or see: http://www.tpghouston.org/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=798450&item_id=206768

Is Your Listening Tuned to the Right Station?


Debra L. Bruce, JD, PCC.

“There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for.”
—James Nathan Miller, Author

Many people think effective communication is simply choosing the right words to say. I submit, however, that poor listening skills create the biggest barrier to good communication.

Effective communicators listen attentively, but even attentive listeners can go astray. If a radio is not finely tuned to the right station, the reception gets garbled. Similarly, to fully understand a speaker’s message, a listener must properly tune in to the purpose of the speaking.

By way of illustration, most of us have whined about a frustrating problem at some point. We often know what to do about our problem, but we want to complain first in the hope of garnering some sympathy. Our frustration increases when listeners respond with suggested solutions to the problem. That wasn’t the kind of listening we wanted.

Many listeners miscue about the appropriate kind of listening required because most of us have a preferred approach that we use until we understand that something else is needed. We need to switch listening approaches to fit various situations.

Research has identified the following five common approaches to listening. By understanding the purpose of different approaches, you can learn to adapt your preferred style to the type most appropriate for particular circumstances. Read more «Is Your Listening Tuned to the Right Station?»

HBA – LPM: “Practice Management Software: What to know when choosing for your firm”

HBA – Law Practice Management Section
Thu, January 19, 2012
12pm – 1pm

Law Offices of Dunn, Neal & Gerger, LLP, 3050 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 400 (Lakes on Post Oak), Houston, Texas 77056

Cost: $10; includes lunch.

Program: Debra Bruce, Lawyer Coach, LLC, and Anthony Padilla, Attorney at Law to present “Practice Management Software: What to Know When Choosing for Your Firm.” Moderated by Kristen Brauchle, Brockman, Brauchle & Evans, PLLC

Information: To RSVP for the meeting, please contact Scot Dixon at sdixon@velaw.com or 713-758-3373.

*Next meeting will be April 12, 2012.

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