Connecting with Others around Me

The people in the world are becoming more and not less.  The means of communicating instantaneously and around the world is at our finger tips.  We are communicating in one format or another much of our day.  How can we be effective in our communication and make meaningful connections?


As gifted, creative, multi-talents our mind is racing and our experiences are intense.  We connect concepts and ideas in leaps and bounds.  We are hypersensitive to the world around us.  We are driven to solve the inadequacies we see.  How do we communicate with others to collaborate and stimulate change?


We need to be understood and to understand.  We need to have two way conversations – listening and sharing.  We need to meet our and their wants, desires, essential requirements.  We need to translate our language of experience so we can communicate.  Skills of communication are necessary for all.  How do we apply them?


The first step in developing effective communication is to become aware of how you communicate.  This involves recognizing how you think, how you express your thoughts and needs, and how you respond to your environment.  You also, need to recognize the different patterns of thinking, learning, expressing and responding of others.  If you are using natural rock to build a rock wall you identify which to rocks can best connect in a particular pattern and then augment that pattern as necessary to achieve a fit.  Communication is similar – look at each party’s foundation and method of communicating and augment the styles to achieve a fit.


Tools for our augmentation can be to slow our exchange and to explain in steps.  This is not our natural inclination and takes time to develop the skill.  Another tool is to actually take a deep breath – slows us down and also clears the mind so we can listen with focus.  The breathing will also put a buffer around the emotional intensity, allowing us to choose our response.


If we are interacting in a formal setting, it can be helpful to have written ideas, concepts, and points we want to make.  By writing them prior to a meeting it will allow us to clarify what we want to say and identify the steps that we leap over.


We can utilize examples, pictures, and stories to communicate.  We grasp information in different forms and through different means – and so do others.  Thus to communicate we utilize different formats.


We need to consider the purpose of our interactions also.  Are we trying to relate information, influence individuals’ perspectives, teach new skills, or ….?  We need to connect our purpose with our means to achieve communication success.


How do you process information?  What form of information to you process better?  What are key ways you integrate what is happening around you?  How do you explain what you see, hear, feel, know, and interpret?  How do you connect with others?


Connect Now!  Make a comment below.  Looking forward to connecting with you.

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