Learning the Communication Dance

by Betty Lochner on December 31, 2009

Do something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn’t, do something else.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Do you practice what you already know?

We all know more communication skills than we use. In fact, we know many skills that we don’t regularly use, like how to eat better, how to lose weight, or how to study.

We know that we should listen more and talk less. However, the sound of our voice is a marvelous thing and no one knows more or has a funnier story to share, right? Everyone knows that feedback is important to understanding. But feedback can be so time consuming and sometimes it’s so boring to hear what other people think. What’s the point?

The truth is that doing anything well takes some practice. Communicating is no exception. We can all get better at communicating what we really mean and understanding what others are trying to tell us.

So what’s the point of improving our communication skills? Why should we even care?

The point is this: when you use and improve your communication skills, you can transform relations at work, get more out of your co-workers, and improve relationships at home. The benefits are huge and can be life changing!

Taken from: Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home.

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