Today’s blog post was written by our lovely Grand Hope, Chaslynn. These are some great things to keep in mind as we’re going into the holiday season and people are working together to make the holidays happen, as well as enjoying the company of each other…
Hey there readers! After discussing this a few people within and outside the Rainbow community, there has been a consensus in the answer. I asked each individual, “What is the most important part of any relationship?” Their answer: communication. Now we often hear that word – communication – but it is more than exchanging information. We may know how to communicate but is it effective? We communicate every day with our families, friends, and workers – communication is a huge part in everyday life. Communication is a learned skill which always needs to be improved and revamped.
Communication is more than talking or getting your point across – effective communication is a two-way street. It consists of verbal and nonverbal communication, engaged listening, recognizing, and understanding your own emotions as well as the
person(s) you are communicating with. There are a variety of forms of communicating such as face-to-face, written (text message, email, etc.), phone calls, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Regardless of the form of communication, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind the next time you are communicating with someone:
- While communicating with another person regardless of the media, you must take into account your word choice, tone, and body language. Keeping in mind the person receiving the message may not understand or may misinterpret the message.
- Engage in the conversation, ask questions, listen, and do not let your emotions complicate the situation.
- If you do not understand what has been said or what has been asked – ask for clarification, repeat what you understood, and do not be afraid to ask questions.
- Be honest while communicating with someone, understand she may have a different point of view, and pay attention to her reaction or body language.
- While speaking be honest and direct, be respectful, patient, and do not let your emotions guide the conversation away from the intended message.