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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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.
Not taking things personally and responding in a non-aggressive way are good baby steps toward accomplishing this goal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have the opportunity to engage with total awareness and recognize the "best of" each other by what we choose to say.
... is imperative for every successful business. Poor communication inevitably causes misunderstandings, confusion and conflicts that hinder productivity and professional relationships.
Attention is the most fundamental human resource to our lives, relationships, and quality of work, yet none of us are connecting like we once did.
The intense focus that we once had seems to have gone, and with it, the satisfaction that comes from deep thinking. We need to get back on track by learning how to redirect our attention.
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