Being honest might not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones. – John Lennon
John’s quote fits perfectly with today’s theme. The toughest communication is one that you may have with yourself!
Most of us think that we are great listeners and communicators. If we are as good as we “think” – why are there so many communication breakdowns at work or home?
The answer is…
Us! That’s right, you read this correctly. I am guilty of thinking the very same thing. I know this is true when giving directions for a group activity and the group looks at me like deer staring at headlights. It’s NOT them. It’s the way I gave the directions. Believe me, I am continuously learning how to improve and I’m a Communication Strategist!
So, Joyce How Can I Start Becoming a Better Communicator?
Look at the list below and see what areas you need to develop in order to communicate better.
- Be brief and concise-get to the point
- Be forceful and definite rather than hesitant and apologetic
- Talk in specifics-give examples and details
- Talk in generalizations and explanations
- Let others know when I disagree with them
- Let others know when I am getting irritated
- Listen more than I speak with others
- Talk in group discussions
Now What, Joyce?
Select one or two areas and make a conscious effort to work on these skills immediately. If you need to talk in group discussions, start giving your opinions or even ask a question. Some of these areas could be holding you back from growing as a leader.
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