When it comes to better communication, I’m certain we can all take a lesson. We use communication at work, at home, with relationships, when we present to people as well as when we listen. It is not uncommon to spend 4 years at university and still not be an eloquent communicator. However, in the day-to-day use of communication – when we write, speak or listen, there certainly are some tips for better communication.
A short summary may be to: Listen. Understand. Think. Refine. Respond.
When posing the questions to our Facebook page, many people responded with their unique challenges towards better communication.
What people said they struggle with:
- Being misunderstood, or misinterpreted by others.
- Not understanding what others are writing
- Not getting their message across clearly.
- Poor listening, thus poor understanding.
- Not thinking for themselves – just reading and accepting.
- Using keyboard and email instead of a phone call or a visit.
Several of these communication challenges affect many of our readers. It affects their day to day lives as they often become frustrated – unable to relay or understand a message. This article will cover four main categories of communication: Listening, speaking, writing and when in a meeting. It is certainly not a comprehensive list of tips, but it sure is a start. Remember, as always, pick at least one lesson from the bunch and implement it into your life. All you need to do is make one small improvement to change the direction and the quality of your life.
Tips for Better Communication: