People who know me well will agree on these things: I am as forthright as I can be at all times; I can and will listen to and really “get” just about any communication; I have little patience for redundancy and chit-chat; and I am passionate about honesty and transparency.
See, I’ve been struggling recently with writing new material for our blog. I mean, how many times do you want to read the same message from me about communication, but delivered with a twist? I’ve only published a few key items for the ALS blog since joining the team, but I already feel like I’ve said all there is to say about effective communication. More than once. I haven’t figured out what to say to deliver the same message, yet again, with a new twist. There are all sorts of nuances and tangents about effective communication, but it all falls under the same big idea.
So, here you have it, again, but without a twist:
Listen to people. The overwhelming majority of effective communication occurs in listening, not speaking. Stop listening to yourself when other people are speaking to you. Set aside your thoughts, assessments, and opinions. It’s really that simple: Pay attention. And when you notice that you’ve stopped paying attention or that you’ve stopped listening altogether, get present; pay attention and listen once more.