Why Can’t We Just Get Along? How Communication Can Bridge the Gap

This week, I've covered many basics around effective communication, i.e. the how's and why's of being a good communicator and providing tips to do so. To finish out, it's important to discuss how communication can help people to get along better, which applies to any relationship we have. We don't have to always like someone …

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Ensuring Your Words Are Clear When Communicating

I often help clients deal with conflicts in their life, whether those are internal or external. Conflict can arise when there are opposing views, wants and needs regarding issues; one party sees things their way but so does the other party. When these opposing views cannot be resolved, conflict will occur. Conflict does not result …

What is Your Body Conveying?

In continuing with the focus on communication, a major part of it involves the body: facial expressions, posture, hands, eyes, and the like. Inf fact, only 7% of our conversations are the words said - 38% involve the tone of voice while the rest (55%)¬† involves body movements. Researchers have said that "words are used …

Blocks to Listening Lead to Ineffective Communication

Have you ever said (to yourself or others) that¬† "________(you insert name here) will never change." Or, have you ever looked at your boss and thought, 'he/she doesn't like me much." Or yet, you walk into a meeting with a coworkers already 'prepared' for the interaction. If so, then you are in passive communication and …

The Art of Effective Communication

This week's focus is on communication - namely, the art of being effective in how we express and receive information we hear. Doing so would lead to less conflict, having better interpersonal connections, and getting more done. The workplace can be a hotbed for problems in this area. When goals are given but vague; when …

Clarifying Work Goals for High Productivity

Goals are a daily fact of life, both personally and professionally. Ensuring that goals are given well and then understood will lead to higher productivity and engagement of them. How can you, as a manager, know that you were clear when conveying them? employees get down to business and work easily employees are happily doing …