There are so many ways that people can misunderstand your intentions. A lot of times, it is sad that you didn’t mean to portray what others view as negative. It might have come out the wrong way because you are not as articulate in your communication, but as long as you are true to yourself – is what really matters. You will never please everyone. If you are misunderstood by people who you care about, then that is the time to find ways to make yourself clearly understood. There are so many biases in the world and so you have to learn how to filter through it all so that your voice can be made clear and succinct.
It is very important to try to communicate clearly to others. If you are unsure that the person understands what you are trying to say, ask questions and be sure to listen to the person’s response. Listening is much a part of communication as talking is. In your conversation, refrain from being passive, but instead take an assertive approach if you want to be heard and understood. An assertive communicator does not accuse, is not judgmental and is a good listener. This kind of person will think before offering a response, avoids taking things personal and looks at the big picture. On the other hand, the passive communicator will share information with much reluctance, does not like confrontation and doesn’t like to provide feedback. Make sure you don’t fall into this category.
Simplify your words. Refrain from using words that people don’t quite understand. Remember, not everyone has a wide vocabulary as you do and they don’t have time to get a dictionary. Use short sentences and phrases that make sense. When communicating, you should also know where the other person is coming from, their intellect and how they will grasp what you are saying.
Be repetitive when you have to – so that the other person is clear about the meaning of your words. Sometimes, you can repeat what you say with emotions and let your body language help you to speak clearly. If you have to, use facts to defend your position. Use pictures to paint your words, if you need to. Rephrase your sentence to get your point across.
Say What You Mean
When communicating with anyone, it is best to say exactly what you mean and mean exactly what you say. People will detect crap if that is what you are portraying. Be sincere and believe in what you say. Don’t change your words just to please others.
Consider The Other Person
Think about how the person will view your opinion. Put yourself in their position. Don’t mince your words. Give it much thought before making it known to others. Be gentle in your approach.
You will never please everyone in how you communicate, but at least if you try to understand others and do what you can to ensure that your intention is clear, then you should be able to get your point across. Let us hear what you think about this article by leaving your comments below.