I never cease to be amazed by how important communication is to healthy relationships.
Communication is the conduit by which information, analytical thought, problem solving, feelings, trust, dreams and love are shared. We all long to be heard and understood. Excellent communication is critical for effective relationships. Effective relationships are critical for healthy lives.
In spite of the increasing importance placed on communication skills, many struggle with the inability to communicate their thoughts, ideas and feelings effectively. They become increasingly frustrated, asking why communication is so hard. Communication barriers can pop up at different points in the process leading to misunderstanding, confusion, mixed messages and hurt feelings.
The Communication Process
To deliver your messages effectively, you must commit to breaking down the barriers that exist in each of these stages of the communication process. Recruiters for companies of more than 50,000 employees cite good communication skills as the single most important and decisive factor in promoting staff to the managerial level. When it comes to marriage and family, communication also becomes critical for effective coupling and parenting. In fact, over ninety percent of couples struggling with their relationship cite communication as a significant issue.
Let me be clear! Good communication can be learned! You can learn how to encode and decode messages that are being communicated to you. You can become skilled at conveying your thoughts in effective and clear ways. As the old German Interrogation joke says “Ve have vayes of makin’ you talk.” Let us teach you how!