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:
- Listen to how the other person structures their messages. Is it Linear, Tactical, Strategic or Impressionistic? Try to frame your message in their style.
- 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."
- 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.
- Ask for feedback. Complete the cycle and check for understanding.