Go into any business (government, private) and you will be met by someone who lacks communication skills. Unfortunately, it seems like people are more interested in hearing themselves sound off about something than they are about creating a bridge that connects our humanity.
In fact, many of us might be surprised to learn that the reason doors were closed to a business opportunity or a personal relationship had more to do with our lack of communication skills than with what we had to offer. Even now, there may be people close to us who feel we could definitely use some improvement in this area (spoken & unspoken).
Sound relationships require us to develop good communication skills. No one wants to waste their Words on deaf ears, and no one wants to share information (especially on matters of the heart) with someone who refuses to, at the least, empathize or sympathize with them.
And it’s not just WHAT YOU SAY, but HOW YOU SAY IT — with your lips, your facial expressions, and your body language!
Sound communication has 2 skill requirements — that you develop (1) good listening skills and (2) good speaking skills (which includes repeating what you heard the person say). The measuring tool is how well you do both.
- Are any of your relationships suffering because of poor communication skills?
- With whom do you have a strong relationship and how does your communication style boost the relationship?
- Do you communicate from a place of hurt (woe is me), or a place of demand (you better acknowledge me), or desire to be known (what your character/principles are based on)?
- Are there any areas in your life where better communication skills can benefit or elevate you or another?
It’s a win-win when we learn how to Speak and Listen well to others. But, it’s personally enriching when we learn how to speak and listen well to ourselves ♥️🦋♥️ so we can communicate our care towards ourselves and others.