Communicate Clearly

Good communication skills are so essential. It can be the difference between achieving or failing in life.

Communication is the foundation of everything we do. Whether you leave the house or not, you still communicate with others daily, be it online or in person. How well you get along with people hinges on how well you communicate. How successful you are in life hinges on how well you communicate. There are a few ‘rules’ that you can apply to all of your communications.

Why?

It is precisely for work or professional communication. Often, we waste a lot of time and energy communicating when we do not know why we are bothering. So, think about what you would like to accomplish?

Apply it to your personal life, and even idle chit-chat can have some purpose, whether bonding or getting to know someone.

When others initiate a conversation, consider why it is taking place; if you can not understand why try to guide the dialogue to determine the why gently. Focus and understand the why to avoid rabbit trails and side issues that detract from the manner at hand.

In-Person Communication

Have you ever fallen out with someone over text message? Perhaps someone wrote a message on social media, and someone read the statement and mistook it the wrong way? If you are dealing with a highly emotional issue, then it should be addressed in person. If it is impossible to do so in person, at least do so via video call. It goes for positive and negative emotions. If you are delivering great news, then you want everyone to get sucked into your positive energy.

As far as bad news or negative conversations go, if you relay it in person, there is less chance of bad feelings.

Email Facts

People often lose concentration when they receive facts and figures verbally. If you are dealing with a finance issue, statistics, or otherwise, opt for emailing the information so the other person can quickly look back on the numbers when necessary.

No Talking, Listen

It applies to in-person communication. Stop spending so much time doing all the talking and start listening. Unless you are the one who came to the table to start a conversation, give others the respect they are due when they are trying to communicate their ideas or feelings. Do not dominate conversations with your motor-mouth.

Simplicity

We live in a society of information overload, so simplify your messages. You might use five sentences, but you can probably say it with one.

Until tomorrow, please stay safe, and keep the faith. 

Building Self Respect

The first step toward developing self-respect is acknowledging and believing that you matter more than others when it comes to your life decisions.

When you begin to understand that others take their cue from you and respond to how they treat you, you can take charge of yourself.

Be True to Yourself and Your Needs

Be Clear on Your Values

For each part of life that makes you a whole, well-rounded person, consider how your values will play out and what your personal goals are for each.

Stop Trying to Impress Others

Being comfortable with who you are, means no longer worrying if your choices are acceptable to others.

Avoid Being Jealous of Others

Envying others for their success or happiness is sure to rob you of your joy and self-respect.

Change the Inner Voice of Negativity

The negative inner voice we all have can often keep us from taking action in our lives.

Do Not Let Others Have Power Over You

Only when your self-worth comes from you and not others do you have real self-respect.

Treat Yourself with Respect

Surround Yourself with Respectful People

Lead by Example

By treating others with respect, you lead by example in two ways. You help others to see how to treat you. And, you remind yourself why you are deserving of self-respect and how you should treat yourself.

Never Quit Trying

Working on your self-respect is a lifelong endeavor. As we grow and change, our behavior toward ourselves shifts as well.

When you treat yourself with self-respect and are confident in the things you do, others will treat you with respect.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.