“If you just communicate, you can get by, but if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles”
- Jim Rohn
At it’s core, communication is sharing and understanding meaning. Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and you weren’t able to communicate, who would you be? Pretty different. That’s because “Communication forms a part of your self-concept, and it helps you understand yourself and others, solve problems and learn new things, and build your career.” And regardless of technology, here are three forms of communication we found important for a digital lifestyle – Verbal, Written, and Listening.
Storytelling: people remember stories because there is a structure to a story. Presenting your message in a story reinforces and perpetuates your message.
Conversations: the most basic form of communication there is. And body language accounts for a huge amount of your conversation. Combine that with your tone, eye contact, gestures, and facial expression and how you say things is way more important than the words you choose.
Written language is another huge part of communication. It consists of traditional pen and paper as well as texts, emails, instant messages, etc. The downside of anything written is a lack of body language so tone is set by sentence structure and choice of words.
It deserves a category all it’s own because so few of us actively listen. When you’re actively listening, you are truly trying to understand where the other person is coming from. Not just politely nodding your head while you think of what you want to say when the other person is done talking. One quick tip is to give the conversation some space by taking one breath before saying something. You may be surprised by how much of a better listener it makes you. When you are a good listener, people around you will feel understood and respected.