Communicating to Get Results at Home
You would be excused for thinking that positive communication is something you only require to put into practice when a problem arises, or you are under pressure, in the workplace. Creating a positive, free-flowing communication exchange at home can in fact be the springboard to improvement in all areas of your life. Getting it right at home will enable you to build strong relationships with loved ones, family members, neighbours, work colleagues, managers and just about anyone you come into contact with.
Unlike a situation that may gradually develop in the workplace, communicating with loved ones, friends and family is an instant exchange that touches and challenges your beliefs, ideals and understanding every single day. Being able to communicate in a relaxed, effective manner will ensure you have harmonious interaction with others, and are able to resolve any issues that may arise in a confident, calm way.
Problems can manifest at any time however, and being confidently prepared to sort these out will help your relationships remain positive.
Listen ActivelyBeing prepared to let the other person explain a problem in their own words, and in their own time, will give you a different perspective on a problem. This is a useful exchange, as it may uncover facts that you were unaware of.
Share InformationBe prepared to talk openly, honestly and freely. Sharing your opinion may help the other person understand the situation better, or provide them with a fresh perspective.
Explore SolutionsDo not be afraid to explore any possible solution to a problem. Agreeing you have a problem, in the first place, will help you communicate more effectively and work together to seek a suitable solution.
Home Is Where The Heart Is
If your heart sinks the minute you cross over the threshold now is the time to address any issues that may be lingering at home. The daily routine of home life can affect you in many ways – some positive, others not quite so positive. If you find your stress levels continually rising admitting there is a problem is the first step to improving communication and getting the results you want.
Disagreements are not arguments. You can disagree to agree about something, and aim for a constructive outcome. Arguing rarely reaches a satisfactory conclusion as swiftly. Being aware of the difference will enable you to discuss the matter, with those involved, in a grown-up manner.
- Do get things in perspective. It is very easy to blow things out of proportion. Other people’s habits are just habits that other people have which you may find a little annoying. They are not something that other people do just to drive you crazy.
- Have a laugh. If you are able to inject a little humour into any situation all parties involved will be able to see you as an approachable person who wants to communicate and resolve problems. This in turn will encourage them to soften their approach.
- Say sorry and mean it. Empty words achieve nothing. Being responsible for your actions and being able to communicate this to others will achieve dramatic results.
- Do not use an argument to undermine the other person’s confidence. Don’t let the other person do that to you either. Talking as equals will keep communication positive.
- Don’t interrupt the other person when they are trying to explain or clarify a problem. You must be prepared to listen actively or you will achieve very little breakthrough.
- Don’t end your day on a negative note. If you are unable to resolve the issue completely make a date to sit down and continue where you left off as soon as possible.