Our Strive For More pledge to you during this time of crisis is:

“To provide free, short, simple, and actionable content to tackle the real challenges we are facing now.”

In line with our pledge, here is the fourth part of a series of actions you can implement right now that come from the real challenges we’ve heard from our clients like you.

How We Communicate

On Monday, we talked about how stress impacts the way we communicate with others during times like these and the power words have.  Today we want to briefly add to that conversation by exploring a few key things about how we as human beings communicate.  Four (4) keys to the way we communicate which WILL create more effective and healthier communication during these times are noted below, as well as, their alternatives.

Actions

  1. Initiation – is an internal process to translate our thoughts into a message, and the determination of how we want to convey our message, which creates a unique meaning we want to convey.  Remembering this, WILL create more effective communication as we recognize it is ALSO on us to ensure the other person(s) understand the meaning we are conveying.
  2. Conveyance – is the action of using a medium to convey the message we wish to send, i.e., speaking, email, text message, etc.  Remembering each medium presents their own challenges or advantages for communicating WILL help us create more effective communication by choosing the right medium to covey our message and meaning to others.
  3. Interpretation – is an internal process to translate a message being conveyed to us into our own thoughts and draw meaning from the message.  Remembering that we create our own unique meaning from what is conveyed to us WILL create more effective communication as we recognize it is ALSO on us to check in and ensure the meaning we take away is what was intended.
  4. Interference – is anything that can cause a misinterpretation of our communication.  This can occur at any step of the process, i.e., not including all the details while speaking, loud noises making it hard to hear, and thinking someone was purposefully malicious because of what we believe about them entering into the conversation.  Recognizing what can create interference WILL create more effective communication by taking steps to remove it when it is present.

Join Our Getting Through COVID-19 Conversation Thursday 4/2 at 12:05PM EST & download our Effective Communication Guidelines here.

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