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8 Ways To Master The Art Of Mindful Communication

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8 Ways To Master The Art Of Mindful Communication
Communication is essential to achieve successful human interactions. However, the type of communication we have highly determines the outcome of our relationships. It all simply boils down to how we are connecting with each other. Jamyang Khyentse once said something intriguing about human communication: We think that we have successful communication with others.

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Listen

Listen

To mindfully listen means to wait patiently for the other person to finish before we speak. Also, it means keeping our mind focused on the speaker, instead of wandering away.

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Practise non-judgment

To mindfully converse and avoid conflicts, we need to try our best to refrain from judging the other person’s opinion, story or perspective. We should come to terms with the fact that there is no wrong or right — only different perceptions.

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Show understanding

Show understanding

Show others that you understand them. For example, say “I understand” or “I see what you mean.” It gives them a sense of comfort that their words and feelings are relatable.

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Put yourself in their shoes

Put yourself in their shoes

To be ‘in someone else’s shoes’ is to respect their experience by imagining it’s us instead of them.

When we do this, we develop a better idea of what they’re feeling. 

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Be totally there

Not being present during communication can range from checking smartphones, watching TV or engaging in anything else during the actual discussion. 

To have a successful communication, we should put our activities aside and totally be with the person who’s talking.

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The first response

When it’s time to respond back, we tend to reply with a personal answer. We either tell a personal story or explain how we intimately feel about it. 

The first response must relate to the speaker. “I understand”  can be a good place to start. Then we can ask the person how they feel about it, what they are going to do, or ask them to elaborate.

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Let go of results

We should engage in conversations more lightly if we truly wish to mindfully communicate. 

Not taking things personally and responding in a non-aggressive way are good baby steps toward accomplishing this goal.

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Don’t harm

Don’t harm

Remain kind and compassionate with other people during communication.

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Bring out the "best of yourself"

Make a conscious effort to bring out the best in someone else through your communication.

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Painting with words

Consider communication as an empty canvas to paint with words, think of all of the wonderful and beautiful things you can say to another person.

It's helpful to know that what we say to someone else, might not be what we would want said to us.

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Effective Communication is vital in business

  • It helps to create effective brand messaging.  It determines how your brand is perceived and also builds trust with customers.
  • Customer service relies on good communication. "60% of consumers have stopped doing business with a brand due to a poor customer service experience."  Microsoft’s 2016 Global State of Customer Service Report.
  • It enables positive team relationships.  Effective communication helps to unite teams and create a safe environment to express themselves.
  • It helps to prevent misunderstandings and conflicts. It can help to defuse a potentially explosive dispute while bad communication can set it off.

Worst Communication Mistakes

  1. Using a One-Size-Fits-All Communication Approach. Tailor the communication style to the intended audience.
  2. Speaking More and Listening Less. Listen to what is said, how it is said, and to what is not said.
  3. Assuming Instead of Asking More Questions.
  4. Using Negative Tone. Choose words carefully to eliminate negative reactions.
  5. Avoiding Difficult Conversations.

  6. Reacting, Not Responding.

  7. Not Keeping an Open Mind. Accept and respect differences, listen without judgment and consider all sides of an issue.

Really see each other

Making eye contact with someone can relieve stress and create a deeper sense of connection. 

Even making eye contact with a stranger can soften your heart.

Listen with all of your senses

When you talk with someone in person, notice the posture and body language of the other person. Focus on the tone in their voice. Consider the meaning of their words.

Reach out and touch someone

Touch is a way we communicate and essential to our development. Touch makes us feel safe and encourage trust, love, and compassion.

Reach out to your loved ones and see if you notice a difference.

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