What Makes For Good Communication?

When starting at the top and using the in Talk To Me© positive and effective communication system, good communication gathers momentum and bulk as it spreads throughout families and organizations, much like lava flowing downhill. But you already knew that….

WE ALL MUST WALK THE TALK

What talk do you and your tuned-in co-communicators say we all must walk in order for it to qualify as good communication?

  • Keep it upbeat and positive
  • Be clear
  • Don’t leave until both parties understand
  • Be sure to look at the big picture
  • Make time for short meetings
  • Be direct
  • Stay focused
  • Be sincere and honest
  • Be on equal ground, feeling at ease
  • Confidence: Believe in yourself and to whom you are speaking
  • Use emotional self-control

THE MIRACLE OF COMMUNICATION

Think of good communication as the hub of a wagon wheel.  Each small spoke represents these positive and effective communication strategies: Being a positive person, clear and assertive talk, energized and motivated, surfing the stress wave, relaxed and feeling at ease. Big benefits also flow down each spoke of the wheel, benefits such as improved morale, smaller mistakes, higher productivity, fewer problems, building a high-performing team, individual extra effort, attracting A-list players, tossing out bad apples from the bushel basket, feeling focused and energized, even during down times. Pretty nifty results when the rubber gets rollin’ down the road on the two-way communicator highway.

ABOUT TALK DOC, DENNIS E. O’GRADY

Dennis O’Grady, Psy.D., is known as the Talk Doc since the advent of his positive and effective communication system, Talk to Me©. His talk textbook, Talk to Me: Communication Moves to Get Along With Anyone, received the 2008 Axiom Business Book Award Silver Medal.

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