Communication Truths (everyone should know.)

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Everyone prefers to inform rather than engage even inside home premises. They opt for digital communication to even greet a person let alone having a conversation with them. We tend to be lazy and opt for the easier and less challenging digital communication. Thus we find the target or the goal we need to strive towards which is analog communication.

To achieve results, to be a good leader one needs to be a good communicator as well which has clarity, energy and empathy. So that we believe and the listener believes us. This is hard to do, takes efforts and our will power to fight against the easier digital highway. Thus we risk losing our communication skills here, thus challenges keep on increasing.

As our digital consumption goes up, our level of empathy goes down. We need to practice our social skills, rather than being impatient we need to increase our attention span which in this age is on a constant decline. Each and everyone isn’t interested in having a full brief but a summary of the events or an instant gratification a what one reclines too. As technology expands and develops, communication channels increase but not necessarily the quality does. Earlier it used to be our Body language and voice, spoken words got added later with written language following it, but now Body language gets skipped. Multiple channels but not entirely useful, the need of the hour is to enhance focus on and log on analog communication rather than digital communication.

So that our core primary skills we inherited don’t fade away. For that to not happen, there are certain principles to be followed of which some are applicable to everyone.

  1. We cannot not communicate, our attention while conversing someone or entering somewhere we can’t be in our digital medium, it gives the impression that the person’s attention or focus is on another matter, thus someone feels less important, leading to having them less indulgent in having a conversion with you.
  2. We cannot say what we mean is a common problem, executing or conveying what we have in our mind to a fellow person is a difficult process. One can interpret one’s words in a million of other ways and never reach the understanding you had towards something. Our ways of filtering information, interpretation varies people to people. We have the power to make people feel what we want them to feel, whatever we speak, feel, listen to not only effects us but also someone else which will impact their performance. One need’s to be careful what one conveys because for every cause there will be an effect. More importantly, our first impressions last, how our expressions, body language or demeanor are at the time of someone meeting us, help them form an initial sometimes an overall opinion of us. One can have the same qualities but what quality we interact with first makes all the difference in the world. It’s better to be interested rather than interesting. People want attention, response and focus on their recognition and give them respect.
  3. We don’t have to agree on everything but they should realize we are there to understand them, and not to just respond to them. If someone trusts us because of this, this is how we can relate and resonate with them.
  4. Our body speaks louder than words, the body language of a person can tell, what a person is rather than with what they speak. Small expressions like opening up of arms signal that we are comfortable, open to suggestions, and inclusive while closing arms signify we are secured, confident and certain in our behavior. Either of them sounds good but too much of them shows uncertainty or rudeness.

A Balance point needs to be attained, Technology is amazing but we should be open to risks and the challenges to achieving the balance between the digital and analog way of communication.

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