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Practice paraphrasing instead of responding with nods, a-ha's, and yeah's.
This type of communicating makes your partner feel like they are getting real attention and empathy.
If they are talking about a conflict they had at work say, “So it sounds like you are frustrated because your boss didn’t acknowledge how hard you worked on that project.”
Try to talk about the issue at hand and how it makes you feel.
“It makes me feel frustrated that you forgot what I wanted. Is there a way I can help you to remember next time?”
It’s best to remain as rational as possible when tackling issues such as money, marriage, and family.
Write down the main points you want to discuss with your partner before starting the conversation. Or do something relaxing that you enjoy before having a serious talk.
When someone else is speaking, we are often waiting for our opportunity to say what we think, rather than actually listening.
Don’t rush in. Consider what they’ve said, and think carefully before giving them your response.
When you change your own habits for the better, your partner will pick up on it.
Poorly-prepared presentations, reports, or emails frustrate your audience and can, over time, damage your reputation.