Daily Prompts

5 Tips for Effective Communication

Aaaarrrgghhhh stop calling me!

That’s the first thought that comes to mind, when I get yet another call from someone that is asking me to relay a message to someone else. The second thing that comes to mind is, “Why don’t you just tell them yourself?”

I understand why some people feel that asking another person to speak on their behalf, may seem like the easiest thing to do, but most of the time it isn’t the best option.

If you have an issue, you should say something about it. Especially among friends, and family. The mediator in the situation, has their own life, and would appreciate it as well.

I have a list of 5 things that will help you to effectively communicate.

  • Listen
    • Many people don’t realize it, but listening is a critical part of communication. You must be able to listen, and understand the message that is being transmitted, to know how to respond.
  • Think
    • It is okay to take a few breaths to think about your thoughts, before speaking them out loud. This will help ensure that your message is what you actually mean to say.
  • Be clear and concise
    • Let’s be honest. No one likes to hear people talk aimlessly. Make sure that what you are saying makes sense, and is to the point. We don’t have time for riddles
  • Follow up
    • Part of good communication is following up to make sure that your message was understood clearly. This includes emails, and questions.
  • Make sure your medium is the best
    • Not all things should be texted. Make sure your message is being sent using the appropriate form of communication.

 

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