Positive Communication takes practice!
Your challenge this week is to be mindful of your positive communication.
1. In a conversation at least once a day, focus on really listening. Look at the speaker and nod or say "uh-huh" to signal that you are hearing him or her. Don't fiddle or fidget with your pen, your hair or your hands. Try not to use your listening time for thinking about what you are going to say. What did you learn when you listened this closely?
2. Practice paying attention to body language. Notice the body language of the people you speak with. Does it match what they are saying? Try watching TV with the sound turned down. How well can you follow what is going on, even when you can't hear what's being said?
3. Several times a day, pay close attention to your own body language. Can you change how well people "hear" you by changing how you sit or stand or by making eye contact?
4. Take 15 minutes or so each evening to review the day's communication. Which conversations were successful? Why? Which ones were less than successful? Why? What could you do to improve your positive communication?
Have a great week communicating.
You are the creator of your own reality.
Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
To lengthen your life, shorten your meals. ~Proverb