Communication tip: WAIT
Do you sometimes wish you were a better communicator? Either at work, at home or with friends? We’ve got a communication tip for you that is simple, effective and hopefully SUPER easy to remember!
This is such a valuable question to be asking ourselves in conversations. Why am I talking? Am I talking to relate to someone? Am I talking because there is silence and I’m uncomfortable? Am I asking questions to try and better understand? Am I talking because it’s my turn?
Instead, please remember to WAIT. Why am I talking?
The goal is to listen more. To listen actively, and to listen to not respond, but to give the person space to share, space to breathe and a chance to clear their head. The more we remember to WAIT, the more we will most likely hear from other people.
And in a world where there is a lot of talking, a lot of noise and a lot of activity, someone sitting with you, just listening, can make all the difference in the world.
Communication Challenge: Next time you are having a conversation, remember the tip WAIT. Try to remember to listen more and if you must talk, think about why you are choosing to talk, rather than just instinctively talking. If you try this challenge, make sure to tag us on social media! @theifioc and #theifioc
Make sure to check out our membership or one of our online classes! Introduction to Motivational Interviewing is a great place to start by learning the basics!
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