Start working on your communication skills. First Priority: listening!
Think you know all about it?
Please run this control quiz and get a quick understanding of where you are:
1. Do you mind-read most of the time?
2. Do you filter: listening to some things and not to others?
3. Do you judge: make up your mind before you hear the content of the message?
4. Do you avoid being wrong: can't listen to criticism, can't be corrected?
Do your answers to these questions make the red alert sound go off?
Work on GOOD LISTENING and be a better leader, a better wife/ husband, mother/ father, friend, colleague.
Truly try to understand and know what the other person is saying.
Ask questions throughout any dialogue until you’re sure that you’re clear about everything.
>> What I hear you saying is...
>> So basically how you felt is...
>> Do you mean...?
This is one of main weapons against miscommunication and will improve your skills exponentially!
My name is T. S. Coelho and I live in Lisbon, Portugal, with my husband and three kids. I work in the asset management industry, managing an equities fund.