“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill”, said the Buddha.
I guess communication plays an important part in all our daily activities, regardless of our roles in life. Yet until circumstances force us centre stage, brushing up personal communication skills often remains overlooked.
With excuses such as “I’m shy”, or “it’s not my job”, we rely on others to speak up for us. Yet sooner or later we will be required to be our own spokesperson. In such moments there might be insufficient time to become proficient with the skills in question.
The more we interact with people from around the world nowadays, the more complex the matter of communication can be.
Not only is the absence of a common language itself a potential barrier to communication, typical areas of interpersonal relationships, for example humour, conflict and bonding, all require greater care as misunderstandings can easily arise.
However, when our words, body language, appearance, voice, and supporting material come together to ‘tell the same story’, ‘give off the right message’, and ‘reinforce the desired meaning’, the chances of getting our true message across increase.
As ever, there are many more perspectives to these questions. If you wish to share your input on the issues raised here, please leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this today.