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Do you struggle with communication? Try these tips to improve in moments.

Updated: Mar 25, 2023

Be Welcoming and Warm

Always be courteous no matter who you're speaking to, your mutual history, what kind of day you're having, or what other factors may be at hand. It establishes a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Talk Less, Listen More

We all tend to talk too much when communicating our ideas, but we take the time to listen. Successful and respectful communication is collaborative, so make sure when you're having a conversation, you are listening attentively. Actively be willing to hear what others have to say. Wait until it's your time to speak; don't just cut people off in the middle of their thoughts.

Show Respect

No matter how frustrated you are, insulting, disparaging, or making fun of people or their ideas is never acceptable. After a while, it'll only lead to a mutual loss of respect that could affect the community. Instead, choose to avoid negativity at all costs. Chan el that energy constructively to resolve any given issue that may arise. If an issue with a person or situation emerges, head-on is the best way to address the problem.

Do Not Back Bite

Too often, we may resort to holding on to our dissatisfaction, letting unease stew, or alleviating frustration by complaining about someone behind their back. Try t talk to the person privately. Talking about them behind their back solves nothing and allows issues to fester even worse.

Don't Be a Bully

Instead, straighten out the situation directly with the person constructively and respectfully. When aiding or reviewing a team, it's important to give constructive feedback and mention what they could do differently to grow. Overcrticizing, nit-picking, belittling, patronizing, or trying to embarrass someone will only discourage others and damage your relationship. Instead, offer constant positive reinforcement and constructive comments to give your teammates the confidence and encouragement they need.

Practice Empathy

Treat everyone you interact with ethically to maintain mutual respect, no matter the difference in background, position, qualifications, or other factors. Empathy should be encouraged because we never know what's happening in another person's life. It's important not to be judgmental, impersonal, or closed-off. Try to be mindful in your communications.


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