Using positive communication to effectively connect with others is a part of becoming a moving force in leadership roles. Communication plays a major role in pushing forward in order for businesses to grow. Without using good communication skills most business deals could be based on putting out fires rather than watching the business grow. A large part of a successful business comes from the way that people communicate with each other as well as with clients and customers. [Read more…]
For most people speaking in public is a scary prospect. At best it can give you the butterflies, and at worst it can paralyze you. This stress can be multiplied when you are expected to speak in a venue that is unfamiliar. This sort of venue is one at which you are speaking whether it is the location or the audience with which you are not familiar. This is not a personal or professional death sentence; there are strategies that you can use to deal with this type of situation. So, just breathe and read on. [Read more…]
In the business world and in life in general communication is everything. It is how we get what we want; it is how we get what we need. This is a basic premise that we learn the moment we open our eyes in this world. It is how we communicate that changes over time. When you are in business sometimes you and your team could use some help to learn great communication skills. Effective Connecting wants to help you and your group to learn some skills that will help your team communicate better.
In a business setting, even if you are a solo business owner it is often helpful to have partners who help you learn. This is especially true in the case of a business team, be it a sales or management team. Regardless, knowing how to communicate effectively is important and what better way to learn as a team? [Read more…]
In today’s world technology is a tool that you cannot avoid. We use it in many ways and for many different types of communication. These new and not so new forms of communication still boil down to communication in the end. Just as with more traditional types of business communication, there are some great ways to use these tools and some not so great ways that can possible end up presenting yourself in not such a great light. [Read more…]
When it comes to communicating, whether at work or at home, emotions play a huge roll. Communication, effective or otherwise, is driven by how you think and what you are feeling in the moment. How you interpret others nonverbal communications and react to it can drive your understanding of their message, and the same works in reverse.
When you do not have a clear understanding of your feelings it can be very hard to get your point across when trying to communicate with others. Effective connecting includes being able to let others know what you need or what you feel. Many hard feelings, aggravation, stress, and more comes from an inability to communication ones true emotions. By not talking about what is truly at issue you will soon find that silly arguments over inane subjects can become the norm.
By enhancing your emotional awareness you will be in a much better position to understand those around you as well. The messages they are sending will become much clearer. While many people try to suppress their stronger emotions, it can be quite counterproductive. You must be able to reach down deep and understand the root of these feelings. Resorting to rationalization or insisting on burying your feelings will only result in an inability to truly connect with those whom you are communicating. This can make true effective communication nearly impossible.
Improving Effective Connecting Through Emotional Awareness
Emotional awareness can best be defined as a deep connection with and understanding of your emotions at all times. Emotional awareness also may offer the skill to keep your feelings appropriately managed. This is what allows one to initiate and maintain effective communication.
Being emotionally aware will help in many ways. It will help to:
- Deliver negative messages in a clear manner
- Allow you understand your own feelings including any issues that may be bothering you
- Maintain a high level of motivation geared toward knowing where your audience is coming from and how they are feeling even when you don’t agree with their point of view
- Build a level of empathy with others based on the understanding of what is truly at issue
- Create an atmosphere of creativity, trust, strength, and more
Thought and Feelings are Key
True empathy, knowing what others are feeling and how it affects their judgment, will come from emotional awareness. Once you have achieved empathy, you will also be in deeper touch with your own feelings and emotions. This will allow you to begin communicating on a truly effective level. The end result of becoming emotionally aware is the achievement of a balance between what you think and what you feel.
Can Emotional Awareness be Learned?
No matter what stage you are at in your life you will find that emotional awareness can indeed be achieved. By reaching out to your stronger feelings – joy, anger, fear, etc – you can not only learn to know where they are coming from but how to harness them as well. Once you have achieved a degree of emotional awareness you will much more prepared when you seek to effectively connect with those around you.