“The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.” – John Steinbeck
Daily Nugget of Gold 1267
We’ve been discussing the idea of becoming more aware of our non-verbal communication so we can enhance our ability to communicate effectively. This is all part and parcel of taking a mindful approach to doing things. The advantages are that better communication leads to improved relationships, both personal and professional, and a more favorable response from The Law of Attraction.
So what is it, do you suppose, that we are talking about this time with the title of “Empty Words”? We’re at a serious disadvantage with certain types of communication. If we are speaking on the phone, for instance, body language we employ would not be seen, would it? Sure, voice inflection and pauses, emphasis and tone are all conveyed, but body language? Not so much. We don’t want to discount the unseen completely- for our physical posture, gestures, smiles, and such still have a way of being felt even in the darkness.
Other popular forms of communication, via messaging, texts, or emails are at an even greater disadvantage because vocal nuances are stripped out of the equation, too. That’s what we mean by empty words…if 85% of communication is non-verbal, then what’s left when you remove all of that? Is it any wonder that people take what we say in ways we never meant to come across? They make a guess at the 85% based on what little they saw and often, they guess wrongly.
Here are some suggestions for dealing with this:
- Keep in mind the person you are communicating with, adjust what you say to their own personality.
- Stay as positive, upbeat, and happy as you can be- even if you need to add more to say in order to do this.
- Smile as you write.
- Be very polite.
- Speak to their feelings as you write, tell them you care about them and their desires and objectives as well as your own.
We hope these ideas help, better communication leads to better living- for all of us, doesn’t it?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to improve my written communication skills each day?”
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