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Communication Mistakes

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Common communication mistakes
  • Lack of attention to tone. No matter what the circumstances, learn to pay attention to tone. Before you speak, pause and take a breath.
  • One-size-fits-all communication. Different people have different needs and expectations.
  • Avoiding the difficult conversation.  Everybody faces conflict.Provide clear and actionable feedback, even when it is difficult for you.
  • Reacting instead of responding.  Before reacting with anger and frustration, pause to reflect.Then respond in stead of react.
  • Indulging in gossip. Leave no place for gossip if you want to be trusted and esteemed as a communicator.
  • Speaking more and listening less. When you listen more than you speak, you open yourself up to learning and empathy.
  • Thinking you are being understood. Take the time to check that people have understood your message.
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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.

For example:
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.”

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This norm serves a great purpose in that bad ideas can be debated and debunked. However, it also kills a lot of good ideas as well. 

FIX: Stop yourself from first pointing out what's wrong in a situation, and make it a habit to jump to what's right instead. 

If an idea is simply rotten, say how much you appreciate the thought or effort, and explain why you feel it falls short and how it can be improved. If you kill it, provide an alternative.

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It's tempting to try to avoid difficult conversations, but this can cause further problems.

  • Preparation is key to handling difficult conversations.
  • Use tools such as the Situation – Behavior – Impact technique to encourage your people to reflect on their behavior.
  • Role-play your conversation first.

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Effective communication

... is imperative for every successful business. Poor communication inevitably causes misunderstandings, confusion and conflicts that hinder productivity and professional relationships.

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