How to communicate...

How to communicate...

 

We want a communications workshop! No-one communicates here! We need to do something about communication here! 

Are all threads that I hear consistently from clients and I get called to deliver keynotes and workshops on communication. To be honest, and my team will testify to this – I really struggle with it, because – what is it that people want to be done? 

It’s a paradox - a communications workshop seems so trite in the grand scheme of things and, yet,  I do believe communication is the root of all brilliance – and evil – in businesses. It is the cornerstone, the foundation of business. The thing that makes it work. 

 

 “A problem only exists in the absence of the right conversation”

                                                                                      Werner Erhard 

 

I am a big fan of this quote. 

And I think I may use it in pretty much all of my workshops and experiencesI It speaks to me on all levels. Think back to times in your life – both business and personal – where a challenge existed. I can bet you a conversation would have been, at the least, a step towards an answer. 

I recently conducted a webinar for Raise the Bar on “Impactful communication”

YOU CAN TUNE IN HERE. 

 

There are a few elements that I feel are incredibly important in communication. 

 

  • Listen. There are times when I would like to get up in a meeting and slap people for – blatantly- not listening. Not. Good. Meeting etiquette (however the very thought of giving them a wedgie in that moment gets me through any meeting). The leaders I know who listen generously - who seem to listen from their heart and seem so deeply committed to your success - I would do anything for them. And I focus every day to be that sort of a person for my clients and my team.

 

  • Be aware of you in the conversation. Increasing your level of self awareness reduces the amount of errors you make. Having an understanding of how you ‘tick’ – the workings of the brain and different personality types enables you to be flexible in the dialogue. Knowing all the different wonderful parts of ourselves, and all our hang- ups can assist in any type of communication. Not least in understanding our projections! 

 

  • Think about the four squares of communication – the right place, the right time, the right agenda, the right way – and make sure you have the conversation with the right person! 

 

Having a good knowledge of how our brain works and the different communication preferences can seem simple however when used well can transform any conversation.

 

HAVE A LOOK AT THE RECENT WEBINAR I DID FOR RAISE THE BAR HERE FOR SOME TOP TIPS >>> WEBINAR <<<

 

 

“The problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished”

                                                                                                     George Bernhard Shaw

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