Bad communication can be disastrous for your company. You’ll feel the effects of communication errors in many ways, from minor mess-ups to major bad decisions.
Communication errors run deeper than just being unclear in your messaging. From using words that can undermine your intentions, to what your body language is saying, it’s a complex problem with very real consequences.
The most common error that I see from those in a leadership role is communicating when not in a clear, rational state of mind. If you’re frustrated, angry or experiencing physical pain, it is not the time to communicate. It will only prevent you from attaining the outcomes you want to achieve.
More on this, and 14 other ways business leaders can overcome communication errors, in this article from Forbes Coaches Council.
Remember when we were little kids and our parents or teachers told us “use your words”? What they forgot to tell us is that the words we chose to use can either cause us to succeed or fail.
And, then there’s the sage advice given by some of the greatest success gurus of all time to be aware that “thoughts become things”. But, what’s a lesser known fact is that “words become your reality”.
Every single written or spoken word has impact. That impact can either be positive or negative. Words cast out into the world are like little energetic boomerang’s that will return to you at some point in time.
How they return to you is within your own control. You can choose for them to come back as gifts, blessings, wishes come true and packets of goodness, and success, or you can allow them to come back as maelstroms which have the power to disrupt or diminish your own peace, contentment, quality of life and success.
The words you choose to use can make or break-up a career, relationship or the world we live in.
“If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words, we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive.” -Betty Eadie
Words are free and they wield great power. Why not use them to your supreme advantage to attain and sustain the successful life that you desire.
Elevate Your Success to New Heights by Practicing These Top 7 Wordsmithing Tips:
- Practice self-restraint by pausing and thinking before you speak. Act don’t react.
- Use your words to inspire, motivate, comfort, seek to understand, find common ground and to moderate.
- Always remember that less is more. Keep it simple and direct.
- When choosing your words, in any/every setting, understand that they will come back at you at some point in time, so be sure you choose accordingly.
- Chose words that reflect humility, confidence and your core values.
- Speak honestly, with compassion and the intent to help rather than hinder individual and collective progress. There is no such thing as a good lie. Don’t use your words to codependent others bad habits and behavior.
- Use words that reflect the positive reality and prosperous world that you wish to create and live in.
In Closing my shocking confession: As a child and a young woman, I wanted to be liked and loved by everyone. I wanted to make everyone happy. And, I wanted to be heard. I learned very early on that if I told people what they wanted to hear, they’d listen to what I had to say, like me and they’d scamper away feeling happy. BOOM, fast forward. Through my own evolution, I realized how selfish I was being. I wasn’t helping anybody at all, including myself. I learned the hard way, the wisdom, benefits and rewards of compassionate, yet “tough love talk”. It’s the short-cut to success in all matters, virtually for one and for all.