Communication Is the Enemy of Conflict
Wars are raging all around us. Political battles fought daily in the work place, in government and in our family circle. The symptoms are many - jealousy, personal infringements and one upmanship are common, but mostly it is a turf war - a war over territory, whether that is physical territory such as a piece of ground or metaphysical territory. We see this everywhere - in the workplace, social environments, interdepartmental issues and of course between Nations.
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Motivate yourself by encouraging your friends
Sometimes we sit and listen to a friends ideas, or a new business they have started, or a goal or dream they have. We want to help them, so we usually start by ensuring they understand all the pitfalls that they may face, and the challenges that may stifle them. We want to protect them and help them, right? Well, actually I would like to ask you to try something a little different...... Try just a 'Wow, that's great news, or a great idea, or a great vision to have!' 'What can I do to help you?' In fact, they have likely researched their idea and understand the challenges. Perhaps it is just a seedling of an idea and they are airing it for the first time. Be positive, give them the gift of enthusiasm and support.
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Reach out and connect
This is the first in a series of articles to help you improve your communication skills and establish stronger relationships at all levels.. A lot of stress and angst can be removed from our lives if we can learn to effectively communicate. Communication is far more than words; it involves body language, eye movement, contact and actions. In total silence it is possible to convey a message of aggression, love, anger, fear or intolerance. Great communication is when the physical, mental and verbal activity is all in one state. When they are not there, it can be misread or confused messages, a shutdown of communication or an interpretation of dishonesty. The best state of mind to communicate effectively is of course a calm state of mind, but we all know this is not always possible. However there are still ways to communicate, and actually connect, more effectively than most of us do today, even when stressed.
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