In the era of the tweet, is there ever time or need for a paragraph?
"The words you speak become the house you live in." - Hafix
Do you speak authentically? Compassionately? Do you listen? I mean really listen, as opposed to waiting for your turn to speak. Are you comfortable with silence?
Communication is how we connect with the world around us- to our friends, our family, our employees and our clients. Here are a few quick tips to increase your skill & confidence around communicating.
THINK before speaking
T - is it true
H- is it helpful
I- is it inspiring
N- is it necessary
K- is it kind
Another quick tip is to use "I" messages when discussing feelings to avoid blame and anger. For example:
When you leave dirty dishes on table I feel frustrated because now I have to clean up.
When you show up late for a meeting I feel as though you think your time is more important than mine.
And in the words of Thich Nhat Than
"Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I vow to cultivate loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy & happiness."