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Are You Taking Responsibility For Your Communication?

Jun 23, 2008
Many times, most of the problems and obstacles that arise from communication come from assumptions.

If we want to bring a message across, we must learn how others can understand what we are saying more easily. In order for this to happen, we have to learn to clarify, specify, and share our internal representations with the other person in a way that builds commonality and shared understanding.

Thus, we need to take responsibility for the result of our communication. If someone gets angry at me every time I say something, I need to take that as feedback to calibrate myself and ask if there was something I said that interpreted in a way that made the other person angry.

This way, by learning to read signals, I will be able to change the way in which I communicate to this person in the future.

Here's the Ultimate Communication Success Formula! The goal of the Ultimate Communication Formula is to get our message across. If our message is misinterpreted, we take responsibility, reflecting that maybe our strategy for communicating the intended message was inappropriate or not useful at that point in time.

In other words, we can say that the action that we took led to miscommunication.

Another pointer to take note of in communication is; there is no failure but only feedback. Thus whenever miscommunication occurs, we just need to take the result of our miscommunication and revise our strategy until we reach our goal of being understood.

First, we need to set our goal as getting our message across effectively. Next, we need to outline a variety of strategies in order to make our communication successful.

Then, we need to take action. If we reach our goal, it is definite success for us. The other person understands us well. However, if the other person does not understand us, it does not mean that we have failed.

It merely means that we have received feedback. We need to allow ourselves to open up and calibrate effectively to the situation and be able to receive that feedback and use it to transfer that feedback into changing our current strategy for communication.

We need to constantly remember that other people are prone to have different interpretation about us and the way we do things. By recognizing this, we can start to clarify other people's judgment of us and give other people an opportunity to understand ourselves better and view us the way we originally intended.
About the Author
Adam Khoo is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and a self-made millionaire by the age of 26. Discover his million dollar secrets and claim your FREE bonus report 'Ultimate Success Formula' at Patterns Of Excellence.
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