Communicating for Success
Successful communicators must be expressive; you must communicate or relay what it is you want to be heard. Whether it’s in person, face-to-face, or over the telephone, by email, by pigeon carrier or snail mail: you must take action to get your thoughts heard. Believe it or not there aren’t too many people who possess telepathic powers that can read your mind. So, don’t believe others are waiting with X-Ray vision looking at your brain, reading your unspoken words.
Too often breakdowns in communication occur because one party will assume that the other party knows what they are thinking or what they want accomplished. However, the other party could have thoughts that are leading them into a totally different direction.
When you are communicating a thought, allow yourself an opportunity to think about what it is that will roll off of your tongue or will be produced by the methodical tapping and swishing of your fingertips across a keyboard or device. Think about the person that you are talking to and their level of understanding. Consider what words and possible examples can be used to make certain that your thoughts are received with understanding and clarity. Consider the tone of your voice before you speak, or the tone of the words that will come to life in the letters that you author. Many times it’s the communicator’s tone that navigates the thoughts of those they are speaking with to an arrival at their desired point of resolution. How does what you want to say sound?
Mean what you say. When your release your thoughts in communication you have a responsibility to own every single word. Own it. If there comes a time when what you said needs to be corrected or adjusted, don’t hide from what you’ve said, but stand with confidence and be open for new ideas and thoughts.