What is your communication style? Do you know?…Is it effective? Is it taking you to the places you want to be?…Most people don’t realize that the quality of their life relies heavily on the quality of their communication. Bad communication can lead to a chaotic and stressful lifestyle.
The environment we were raised in and the personality we’ve developed determines how we communicate. Although no one is a born master communicator, it’s not a weakness that some of us have; it’s an undeveloped skill-set that everyone can achieve, and it only requires a bit of patience and time to learn.
According to all the studies on human behaviour, the ideal communication style is assertive.
Here are a few ways to easily determine what kind of communicator you are and how to make an effort to change, or for lack of a better word, become better. Once you know, it’s easy to make the adjustment. Keep in mind, we’re all a bit of each, but the one we use regularly about 80-90% of the time is the dominant one you’re known for.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once quipped, “A recent survey stated that the average person’s greatest fear is having to give a speech. Even greater than death. So, you’re telling me that at a funeral, most people would rather be the guy in the coffin than the one giving the eulogy.” A highly effective communicator himself, Seinfeld is merely pointing out the incredible difficulty many people have with communication. Some try to remedy this problem by searching for an effective communication class.
Improving interpersonal communication skills can increase your chances for success in the workplace. Effective communication is important in both personal and professional lives.
Misunderstandings can cost money, time and relationships. Whether verbal, non-verbal or written, learning to communicate effectively will help every facet of your life, and is something you can practice and improve daily.
Communication goes far beyond talking. True communication is an exchange between people requiring you to interpret and respond to verbal and non-verbal cues. These skills take time to acquire, but fortunately, you can learn and sharpen them. Practicing a set of effective ways to improve communication can significantly enhance your relationships at home and on the job. Continue reading
You pick up the phone.
– “Hello, Mom?” – “Hello! Where are you?” – “I’m home.” – “Are you busy?” – “Not really.” – “What are you doing?” – “????”
Have you ever been in such situation, no matter it’s your family, your friends or your acquaintance? How do you normally respond? Continue reading