Too often, we may think we are great communicators. However, to have the best communication is to not only be the one speaking. You have to also ‘listen well.’ Let’s take a moment together to discuss, “Listen Well.”
Do you find yourself always talking in a discussion? With each relationship you have, are you doing most of the talking? It may be time to begin to become a better listener. Every relationship deserves both times of speaking and listening? It is during those moments when you may not really be listening to what is being said that misunderstandings can take place.
You never want to assume when communicating. However, let’s be honest when or if you have assumed, you may have been very wrong. This then may have led to misjudgments and perhaps even a change in your relationship. Whether your assumption was right or wrong, the important thing is that you communicate and get clarity. Do not only believe what you hear from others or go by how something may seem (look like) rather go directly to the person and ‘listen well’ to all that is said before you respond.
When you listen well you can get a better understanding to what is being said and why. Rather than having someone feel like they cannot express themselves, why not allow the opportunity to talk freely just as you would want the same. This is what any healthy relationship would include. Be mindful that no one should feel like they have to yell to be heard.
I find it amazing, how often I try to ‘listen well.’ Due to this, I have to admit I have become very comfortable with being the sounding board vs. the one who opens up totally. I am thankful to have just a handful of confidants who I am comfortable enough to express myself in a healthy way. I think there are so many who want to be heard and less of those who really listen. Expressing ourselves verbally to others clearly will prevent unnecessary assumptions and a more balanced relationship.
What I find important is that when you ‘listen well,’ you learn to pay attention to the needs of others and not only yourself. If not, you could believe someone is saying one thing and really meaning something else. Communication requires listening well and expressing yourself clearly. Keep in mind to be careful with too many words, overexpressing yourself, and feeling like you have to constantly explain yourself. The other person may not need you to say as much as you may think to understand what you are communicating. We must also keep in mind that our body language is conveying verbal ques as well.
Let’s also look at social media. Do you find yourself more open to communicating how you feel on social media rather than going directly to the person or persons? So many have become so intentional to avoid direct communication in this way. Stating how you feel clearly directly to the person rather than on social media is a more healthy way to maintain an honest and open relationship. Keep in mind, there are many messages that can lead to misunderstandings and division whenever they are not plainly understood.
Overtime, I have learned to not only listen well but make sure I am understood when communicating. I believe we each can always do better in these important everyday moments. Let me know how you feel about your communication. Do you believe you listen well? Can you do better in your communication?
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