Have you heard the phrase “Love is in the air?” Well, do you know how love gets there? One way that it gets there is through the words that you speak. If your intention is to foster positive relationships and interactions, then strive to communicate in a way that makes the other person to feel valued and appreciated.
You can do this by always considering this famous quote, “Before you speak, think: Is it true? Will it hurt anyone? Will it improve on the silence? Is it necessary? Is it kind?” Putting this into practice will encourage you to pause and think about the impact that your words may have on the other person.
You can also make others feel valued and appreciated by using these interpersonal communication tips:
Listen to the Other Person: Be an active listener and focus carefully on what the other person is saying through both his and her verbal and non-verbal communication.
Choose Your Words: Select words that are appropriate for your intended listener, the situation, and the message that you are trying to convey.
Check for Understanding: Confirm that the listener understands what you are saying.
Relax: Be at ease and use your body language, eye contact, and rate of speech to project a calm and confident demeanor.
Be Positive: People are much more likely to engage with you if you can maintain a positive attitude.
Be Open: Respect other people’s points of view and consider them opportunities to learn and expand your perspective.
Be Willing to Reflect and Improve: Think about previous conversations and other interpersonal interactions to identify strengths and possible areas for enhancement.
A simple way to keep love in the air is to remember that Listening to Others Voices is Essential and to always T.H.I.N.K. before you speak.
Posted by: Cassandra Griffin, Personal and Professional Development Coach for Griffin Speech Consulting