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  • Convey Your Ideas Effectively!

        Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success
    - Paul Meyer
    Communication is about being effective, not always about being proper
    - Bo Bennett
    Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know
    - Jim Rohn
                                  Effective communication is all about conveying your messages to other people clearly and with no ambiguity. Doing this involves effort from both the sender of the message and the receiver. Failing which can cause tremendous confusion, wasted effort and missed opportunity. In fact, communication is only successful when both the sender and the receiver understand the same information as a result of the communication. By successfully getting your message across, you convey your thoughts and ideas effectively. When not successful, the thoughts and ideas that you actually send do not necessarily reflect what you think, causing a communications breakdown and creating roadblocks that stand in the way of your goals - both personally and professionally.
    Dennis Rivers, in his popular book, The Seven Challenges Workbook (A guide to cooperative communication skills for success at Home and at Work), elaborates on seven challenges for effective communication.
    Listening more carefully and more responsively
         Actively acknowledging another person's experience does not have to mean that you agree or approve. Compassionately allow people to feel whatever they feel. People are much more likely to listen if they have been listened to with actively expressed acknowledgments.
    Explaining my conversational intent and inviting consent
          The more involvement a conversation is going to require of the other person, the more you will benefit by sharing your conversational goal and inviting the conscious cooperation of your conversation partner.
    Expressing myself more clearly and more completely
          Giving your listeners the information they need to understand (mentally reconstruct) your experiences more fully. One good way is to use ”the five I-messages”: What/how I (1) observe, (2) am feeling, (3) because I interpret/evaluate/need, and now I (4)want to request, and (5)envision/hope for from request. Equally good for self-understanding, too.

    Translating my criticisms and complaints into requests
           Do this for both your own complaints and the complaints that others bring to you. Focusing on the positive outcome shows respect to the recipient of a request as having a positive contribution to make, and shifts focus from past mistakes to present and future successes.
    Asking questions more "open-endedly" and more creatively
          "How did you like that movie?" is an open-ended question that invites a wide range of answers. "Did you like it?" suggests only "yes" or "no" as answers and does not encourage discussion. Sincerely asked open-ended questions can open up our conversation partners.
    Thanking. Expressing more gratitude and appreciation
          In a world full of problems, look for opportunities to give praise. Both at home & at work, it is the bond of appreciation that makes relationships strong enough to allow for problem-solving and differing needs.
    Focusing on learning
           Make the practices described in challenges 1 through 6 important parts of your everyday living. Pay attention to each conversation as an opportunity to grow in skill, awareness and compassion.
          In a recent survey of recruiters from companies with more than 50,000 employees, communication skills were cited as the single more important decisive factor in choosing managers. The survey, conducted by the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Business School, points out that communication skills, including written and oral presentations, as well as an ability to work with others, are the main factor contributing to job success.
          Being able to communicate effectively is therefore essential if you want to build a successful career. To do this, you must understand what your message is, what audience you are sending it to, and how it will be perceived. You must also weigh-in the circumstances surrounding your communications, such as situational and cultural context.
            To deliver your messages effectively, you must commit to breaking down the barriers that exist within each of these stages of the communication process.
          Let's begin with the message itself. If your message is too lengthy, disorganized, or contains errors, you can expect the message to be misunderstood and misinterpreted. Use of poor verbal and body language can also confuse the message.
           Barriers in context tend to stem from senders offering too much information too fast. When in doubt here, less is oftentimes more. It is best to be mindful of the demands on other people's time, especially in today's ultra-busy society.
    Once you understand this, you need to work to understand your audience's culture, making sure you can converse and deliver your message to people of different backgrounds and cultures within your own organization, in your country and even abroad.
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