How clearly do you communicate?
Now be honest here – you said – fine, top notch, or very clear – right?
I wonder if you asked the people you work with or your spouse and you asked them in all seriousness to be helpful to you would they tell you what they think of how clearly you communicate? You should listen carefully and then thank them for their honesty.
Real World Case Study
As retailers go, IKEA and Wayfair seem to do a decent amount of business. Now if you have ever had the experience yourself or watched anyone else open the box and start the process after their purchase – this is what you may have seen. Especially, if it is the first time buying a furniture item from IKEA or Wayfair.
The instructions may or may not include any words.
The instructions may be tiny little pictures with numbers and arrows or lines. Each step is lined up like a walk in the woods on the page or on a link you were sent to and you’re viewing it on your phone or laptop. If you miss one step or interpret the drawing incorrectly everything else you do will sooner or later not work out too well.
Or everything will work out just fine, until you get near the end and you realize you’re missing some of the special screws or interlocking wood pieces or the unique bolts.
Was there ever an inventory list?
A few hours have gone by for the ‘only 20 minutes to put together’ night stand, or chair, or couch and you’re a sweaty mess… or the person you were watching is shouting at the walls in the other room.
(end of fictional case study based on real world experiences)
The point is communication and clarity must go hand in hand.
We cannot assume we are being understood by others. Just because we speak and say something, doesn’t mean someone else heard exactly what you think you said.
Now this specific topic is a workshop, a seminar, a course and the expert list of authors on the topic on Amazon is long.
Feel free to partake of any and all of these as you wish.
HACK FOR YOU
Meanwhile here’s a hack – constantly ask for honest feedback from various people.
It’s a great double check on you that your message is coming across clearly.
Now, of course, don’t always ask the same person and be appreciative to the person you’re asking even if you aren’t necessarily happy with what you’re hearing. Aside from this being the right thing to do, if you take someone’s head off when they give you feedback you’ll run out of helpful volunteers fast.
Try to follow this method as often as possible and you (and others) will notice an improvement in your style of communicating.
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