Effective communication is far more than the sharing and receiving of information. Communication influences every part of people’s lives, shaping their relationships, the way they think and feel and their professional and personal success. Great communication is the bridge that reaches out to others and makes a connection. It matters in business and professional life, in families, within communities and between countries.
It also accounts for many of life’s stresses, rooted in the way people communicate with themselves and others. Lack of awareness and investment in effective communication means endless opportunities are missed. Relationships are harmed or lost forever, businesses fail to perform at their best and people never live up to their full potential.
This is why it happens …
- People make assumptions, based on their own perspective
- They fail to clearly communicate, or ask for what they want.
- They find it difficult to set and apply boundaries.
- They don’t consider and apply the principles of ‘win/win’.
- They find it easier to blame or avoid, than take control and find a solution.
- They allow their self-talk to undermine their confidence and success.
Increasing your success
Mastering your communication means ensuring the message you communicate, really is the one you want others to receive. If you make assumptions based on your own expectations, beliefs or personal experiences, you may find there are unexpected consequences. In all relationships, ineffective communication creates distrust. In business, it can ruin partnerships or undermine relationships with clients, colleagues and employees. It leads to missed opportunities, poor performance and low morale, with inevitable financial loss. In personal relationships, effective communication is essential to build and maintain trust.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but so is having the foresight to ensure you communicate effectively for the outcomes you want. Many of the consequences of ineffective communication can be avoided. All it takes is a little more thought at the outset. It means listening, really listening … for all that’s said, as well as not said. It means really being present, when someone else is communicating. It means listening to the actual message given and if need be, asking for clarification rather than making assumptions based on what you want or expect to hear. It also means learning to listen to and trust your intuition, developing greater empathy and being more assertive.
The way you communicate, as well as what you say and do, will either build or diminish confidence and trust. Greater communication awareness has the power to transform the direction and outcome of your relationships, your business and every aspect of your life, ensuring you achieve your goals.
Be objective about how you communicate with yourself and others. Are you as effective as you want to be? If not, make a commitment to develop the mindset and skills you need to achieve better outcomes. Effective communication is a skill that can be learnt. Make the investment in yourself and see your results transform. Remember – communication is the currency of success!
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With much love,