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Clear Communication Creates Calm Community

Saturday, September 01, 2018

1.Communicate.

No matter how old we are, there are some things we remember clearly from our younger years, while others are a blur.

One of my favourite memories is of sitting in a potato paddock having a break, discussing the world with a couple of mates. We were about 16 years old at the time. I recall we agreed that the world would be a much better place “if we could just communicate”.

But even in our early teens – when we thought we knew so much - we understood that was no simple thing. There are so MANY things to disagree about - with 40 different words for snow, hundreds of models of cars, multiple life choices, not to mention sport, politics and religion. We were the same age and gender, from the same small town, with similar interests, speaking the same language - and we still disagreed on lots of things.

We did agree there was massive room for misunderstandings to arise in the real world. And this was before smart phones, thousands of TV channels and the myriad other new distractions demanding our attention, our loyalty, our time and money. The risk of being misunderstood, misheard or mistaken is now so vast it’s a wonder we agree on anything.

So, with this in mind, this week (and all weeks hereafter) take care – be aware, when communicating. Let’s be clearer when we text. Follow up emails with a call to be sure our intention is clear. When interacting face to face, be mindful of our body language and tone of voice and make the effort to listen to the other persons’ point of view.

Taking a little more care can save a mess of stress by ensuring we’re on the same page. After all, we are in the same story.

Have a great week.