Battle or Bridge?
Communication is a powerful creative opportunity
Communication – listening and speaking– is one of the most fundamental and important aspects of our lives. How we listen to each other, how we speak, influences and impacts far more than our relationships, and accomplishments. It creates our experince and future. It creates our identity.
Almost every day we talk to others. We ask questions, we describe our activities and our health. We tell stories about what’s going onwe offer our thoughts and opinions, raise objections, comment, complain, challenge and compare. We share our hopes dreams and aspirations.
We have conversations in our families, at work, socially. We even talk to ourselves privately (and usually silently).
Communication is mostly a shared experience. If an experience is to be an enjoyable and worthwhile experience it will be more like a duet than a debate, more like a bridge than a battle. Speaker and listener(s) will be present, for and, to each other. The speaking will be sharing rather than point scoring, and the listening will be to genuinely hear rather than to prove a rightness/wrongness or score points
We always have a choice
Which do you choose?
Did you realise that you always have a choice?
Do you know how to access that choice?
And, do you know how to speak and listen so that others may also create bridges?.
Imagine the difference it can make when people with different views listen to each other, and respond, having chosen to be a bridge for the conversation. Imagine the difference it makes to a team when all agree to making communication about connection rather than separation. And imagine the transformation when an entire organistaion communicates with this understanding.