We’ve been having a lot of discussions about effective communication in our workplace this month. I think it’s important to have that discussion in general, in all aspects of your life and your interpersonal relationships – to check in and make sure you are getting the most out of your time here on this planet. It doesn’t always go so well – because understanding people’s love languages + personalities is something that is very difficult to understand- however with a little love + understanding, these are things that can be overcome.
Me personally, I am a people pleaser, a keeper of peace, however I am not a pushover and not afraid to have difficult discussions. I researched the Myers -Briggs system a while back and make everyone I know take the test – spoiler alert – I learned A LOT about the people around me. (If you want to take it – https://www.16personalities.com/ I go back + forth between Campaigner + Protaganist – if you know me, this makes perfect sense) I am sitting here watching a National Geographic Explorer program about the Dalai Lama – someone I absolutely look up to – his purpose is to educate and assist people in the search for happiness. As I’ve written before, happiness takes work – it doesn’t just come. The hard work + the good heart will prevail. I’m writing this post because I feel like people need a reminder that people are as different as the day is long – and that people don’t see the world the same way – but that doesn’t mean its the wrong way. We need to respect each other + care for each other – and I feel like this article has some great baseline points to work off of! I’ve just included the list + the things I felt were important. I’d love to hear more of your tips +tricks for getting along and making the world + your environment a better place!
“1. Open Meeting
3. One on One
Experts have been able to prove that some people understand better when you take them aside and talk to them on a one-on-one basis. Ensure that you maintain eye contact with them to enable the message to sink in.
4. Use Presentations
Some people grasp messages easily when pictures and sounds are involved. Using presentations like Microsoft Power Point to communicate with your team will give them the opportunity to refer back to it if they aren’t clear about certain things.
5. Communication via Training
6. Display Confidence and Seriousness
7. Use Simple Words
8. Use Visuals
9. Listen to Your Team Members
Communication is intended to be a two way street. Don’t just talk because you are the leader without listening to anyone else. Encourage them to open up so you can be well guided when communicating in the future with them. You have two ears and one mouth –so you must listen more than you speak.
10. Use Body Language
Stand/sit up straight, use smiles, handshakes and eye contact.
11. Act Out Your Message
Someone once said, “Tell me what you want me to do and I might forget it, but do it in front of me and I will never forget it.”
12. Use The Appropriate Tone of Voice
One word can mean a different thing when said in a different tone of voice.
13. Avoid Unnecessary Repetition
Tell your team members what you want them to know or do and ask them if they are clear about it. If they are not, only then do you repeat what you have said.
14. Create a Receptive Atmosphere
To effectively communicate with your team, you must create a receptive atmosphere. Avoid a tense environment at all costs because when you communicate in an overly intense manner, the message you are trying to share might not be well understood or retained.
15. Be Humorous
Using friendly jokes when communicating with your team members will help pass your message along in a more relaxed way.
16. Be Articulate
Communication is indeed a skill that must be learned by all, especially if you want to lead any group of people. Being articulate when you communicate to your team members makes it easier for them to understand your message.
17. Avoid Mumbling
18. Encourage Feedback
Don’t just talk and walk away. Give room for feedback so that you can measure the effectiveness of your style of communication. It will also afford you the privilege of knowing if your message was well understood.
20. Be Appreciative
After every communication session, via whatever means you have decided, always remember to thank your listeners for their time. It will cost you nothing and it’s a simple courtesy.
Remember that the point of working as a team is to share ideas and boost productivity. When communication is hampered, it can sidetrack the entire effort.
You must work hard at these communication tactics and create ground rules to keep everyone up to date, which helps avoid confusion and ensure the completion of the project with ease.”
Sending Good Vibes + Positive Intentions