The Value of Communication

Many people underestimate the importance of communication. After all, it seems like a pretty simple concept – just exchanging information between two people. However, effective communication is actually a complex process that involves several skills.

In short, communication is essential for both our personal and professional lives. Without it, we would have a hard time building relationships, developing new ideas, and achieving our goals.

I look at how important communication is in different aspects of life in this chapter from my new upcoming book:

It can happen in a fraction of a second. All it takes is a shrug, a sigh, or a small signal of body language to turn a well-intentioned conversation into an unhealthy one.

Did it really mean what you thought it did? 

Have you ever been in a situation where you stopped a conversation because you saw your sister roll her eyes and you thought, “There she goes again, judging what I say and thinking she’s better than me.” 

Or maybe you made a quick judgment after reading – or misreading — someone’s body language. In doing so, you take the conversation down a different path that neither one of you wishes to travel.  

Suddenly, too much energy is being focused on a perceived slight rather than the more vital topic at hand. How can you stop this derailment from happening?

Communicating clearly and openly is a vital skill. And most of us think we are better at it than we actually are.

What we say is only a small part of what we communicate.  Communication relies on up of 55% body language, 38% tone of voice and only 7% the words we use.  While you may focus on crafting the perfect speech or presentation to build your case for the family business, it can all fall apart if you send a subtle cue of disrespect or by inadvertently making one sibling feel ignored or shut out.

In our personal lives, communication is essential for building and maintaining relationships. It allows us to connect with others, exchange ideas and feelings, and resolve conflicts. Good communication also helps us better understand the people we care about and build closer, more intimate relationships.

Whether you’re communicating with a family member, friend, or coworker, there are a few basic principles that can help foster healthy communication.

I know that when I can openly and honestly communicate with my loved ones, it not only strengthens our relationships, it also feels good. There’s a sense of relief and intimacy that comes from being truly seen and heard.

On the other hand, when communication breaks down, it can lead to feelings of frustration, resentment, and even anger. Miscommunication is often the root of conflict, whether it’s between family members, friends, or coworkers.

The key to effective communication is to be aware of how you’re communicating – not just the words you use, but also your tone of voice and body language. It’s also important to be aware of and understand the communication style of the person you’re talking to.

Let me know your thoughts on this important topic! I go a bit deeper in the full chapter, but I wanted to get your take on the value of communication.

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