Communication is more than he said…she said. You can improve your communication skills to effectively connect with others, build trust and respect, and feel heard and understood.
Words…words…words…there is no such thing as simple communication. Even with the best of intentions, your message may get lost in translation. One thing is said, but something completely different is heard resulting in conflict, frustration and stress. You can, however, show your interest in what’s being said, really hear the emotion in the words and stress less.
Yes, communicate effectively and stress less. When you learn to manage your stress by being aware of your emotions, your message is more likely to match your non-verbal signals and behavior.
Have you ever said or done something you later regretted during a disagreement with you spouse, children, friends, co-workers or boss? Knowing how to keep your cool along with calming the other person in such situations, could help you avoid putting yourself at risk of saying or doing something you may not be able to fix later.
More than just the words you use, effective communication combines nonverbal communication to aid you in managing stress in the moment. Paying attention to the non-verbal clues will help you tap into recognizing and understanding your own emotions and those of the person you’re communicating with. You may, for example, use open body language of arms uncrossed, standing with an open stance or sitting on the edge of your seat, and maintaining eye contact with the person you’re talking to.
Communication is about more than just exchanging information. It’s about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information.
Cheers to great conversation!