Few of us were taught communication skills in school, yet poor communication brings so much disharmony, distress, and discouragement in our relationships. It can ruin your chance for success on the job or in your business as well.
How would you honestly rate your communication skills? Do you experience a lot of drama, stress, and frustration after interpersonal communications at home or at work?
If you do, this is something you can change. Communication skills can be learned. And when you learn how to communicate clearly and compassionately, your sense of confidence, ease, and happiness will increase at the same time.
I’ve been on a campaign to improve my own communication skills over the last six months. I know I can be reactive, finish other people’s sentences, and jump to wrong conclusions. None of which leads to building trust, rapport, and deeper connection.
My bi-monthly women’s group offers the perfect opportunity to practice effective communication skills. We call each other out, in a kind way, if we slip away from using “I” statements. We practice paraphrasing what another person has said to be sure we’ve understood it. And, there’s a specific model in place for clearing negative thoughts and feelings.
Now, I’m able to bring these skills into my everyday life. In fact, they’re gradually becoming the automatic fall back. I’d like to give you a glimpse of what I’ve learned because it’s helped me so much. I bet it could help you too.