Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. ~Yehuda Berg
The basics of any relationship are trust, mutual appreciation and communication. If any of these are broken it leaves for an unstable relationship, I don’t know how many times I’ve heard women say, “he doesn’t listen to me!” And the guy saying, ” She doesn’t understand!” Communication in any relationship is a huge factor to making it work.
While the same holds true professionally, good communication skill could mean job satisfaction for you, your having the ability to do your job well, your ability to build a good relationship with clients and colleagues.
4 points to get your message across effectively and honestly
Be clear – Unless you’re in the company of a mind reader no one knows what’s on your mind. Be clear about what you want to convey to the other person.
Proofread – It’s not just for written text, you can proofread in your mind what you want to say, remember people pick up more on how you say it than what is being said. Also, words said in anger can never be taken back.
Wait – Take a deep breath, gather your thoughts, it’s always better if you have a clear and calm mind before communicating with others.
Face the music – While sending a flying text or firey email might be easier. Facing the music it better, imagine telling someone ‘ I love you’ and watching them become envelope in emotions. Or telling a horrible boss -“I QUIT!” Or simply presenting your company’s proposal to potential clients.
We communicate daily, how we communicate is equally important as what we communicate. People more appreciative of your thoughtfulness when communicating and will always offer a positive response in kind.
©Etta D. Richards