Friday, May 1, 2009

4 Simple Communication Techniques

Communication skills training may merit consideration if you feel your message is not being effectively sent or received. Or, you can use these few simple techniques for more effective communication:

  1. Listen to how the other person structures their messages. Is it Linear, Tactical, Strategic or Impressionistic? Try to frame your message in their style.

  2. Listen to word choice. Is it Traditional, Colloquial, Precise or Global? Use their language. We tend to resonate and listen more closely to people who "speak our language."

  3. Ask yourself, what is the receiver's level of knowledge of the subject, their experience, or bias? Then tailor your message to meet their needs.

  4. Ask for feedback. Complete the cycle and check for understanding.

Most importantly adapt to the needs of your receiver. Remember we all give it the way we like it!

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