DiscoverHERdaciousThe Language of Our Habits
The Language of Our Habits

The Language of Our Habits

Update: 2020-08-10


Challenging Communication Habits Affecting Women

In this episode, herdacious host Lorelei chats with Kim Barnes to discuss our poor communication habits and how to correct those to become fluent communication professionals. Kim explains the effect some poor habits can have on our professional reputation and walks us through corrective practices. From tone of voice to fashion choice, Kim lays out the seemingly small details that can often be overlooked in order for us to become better heard and understood.

Host: Lorelei Gonzalez
Co-host: Kim Barnes

Kim Barnes brings 30 years of on-camera experience, including 15 years of news reporting experience, to clients on the other side of the microphone. Before becoming a communications trainer in 2004, Kim spent 12 years at KVUE-TV in Austin and 3 years at KWTX-TV in Waco. Kim has worked with tech companies, non-profits, doctors, company owners, and authors to train them for public speaking, television and print interviews, locally and nationally. Kim currently works as a community advisor for the Assistance League of Austin, serves on the Advisory Board of the Communication Department at Concordia, and continues to appear on camera regularly. 


Things you will learn in this episode (chapter markers available):  

  • Impact of poor communication habits 4:00  
  • Body language 5:55
  • Building awareness of our habits 12:45  
  • How about, like, language-specific nuances? 15:14
  • Eye contact 23:17  
  • Double standard in communication 25:00
  • Own your expertise 26:30
  • Femme fact: Elman Family 28:22

Resources mentioned in this episode:  

Link to show transcript here.

Episode sponsors:  

Looking for additional resources on this topic? Check out our blog post “Why You Should Practice Active Listening”

Loved what you heard on herdacious and want to share with friends? Tag us and connect with HERdacity on social media:
Twitter: @herdacity
Facebook: @HERdacity
Instagram: @herdacity
LinkedIn: HERdacity 

For up to date information on HERdacity events, webinars, podcasts, and community activities, join our newsletter here


Disclaimer: While we appreciate our sponsors' support in making this show possible, herdacious content is curated with integrity and honesty.

Support the show (

In Channel
Download from Google Play
Download from App Store








Sleep Timer


End of Episode

5 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

30 Minutes

45 Minutes

60 Minutes

120 Minutes

The Language of Our Habits

The Language of Our Habits