There are many tools we use each and every day without realizing they’re tools that either assist or harm us. One of these tools is language, and if there’s an area where we could all use a little more training, it’s communication.
But how often do you take the time to really examine your language? Well, none of course because… I already have a Master’s Degree OR I’m 55 years old and haven’t gotten here because of silence OR I’m quite capable of speaking and articulating my point. While you might have been doing something your entire life, such as talking, consider that doesn’t mean you’ve been doing it effectively…
Language often bursts from our mouths as if to be on autopilot. We’ve been programmed to respond, and today there’s even MORE of a need to get those words out because of the fast-paced world we live in. Note that responding isn’t necessarily using language in a way that effectively communicates a point that is constructive, empowering, and non-judgmental.
My grandparents served as marriage counselors for over 30 years and used to say, “We were never taught how to communicate, just how to talk.” And coming from the woman (me) who has a Master’s Degree in Communication I can say from experience, it wasn’t until I began examining my language outside of school that I began to re-learn how to effectively communicate.
So, what am I suggesting? That you get off autopilot and be the Captain of your language. Start being attentive to each and every word that comes out of your mouth because remember, words are very powerful tools that will change not only your communication, but transform your relationships with your spouse, your clients, your dry cleaner, anyone!
Now you’re thinking, Where do I start? What a coincidence I have the solution…
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