Miscommunication can be scarier than all the monsters on Halloween. Because monsters aren’t real, but miscommunication sure is.
We all miscommunicate.
We’re like those people in horror movies who know they should not go down the basement, and yet they do. (Insert Scream) We understand how important communication is, but we don’t always take the time to ensure we communicate effectively, and then…the boogeyman gets us. Relationships suffer. We lose funding. We blow a presentation.
Okay, we’re busy people. We have things to do—places to go. Children to raise. Work to complete. Who has time to check to see if the moon is full tonight?
For example, we know how critical listening is, but it takes some focus. Great listening means not thinking about your response while someone else is talking. It means making eye contact, noting body language, and the speaker’s tone. It means quieting down your response to be fully present with another person. So, we don’t listen all that well; as a result, we don’t hear the chanting coming from the attic until the curse takes hold. Did someone say Beetlejuice?
We know that to avoid misunderstandings, we should ask clarifying questions like, “Is this what you mean?” or “Do I understand you correctly?”. But do we do so? Or do we walk away thinking we understand when we do not…until a vampire drains all the blood from all our arguments, and we are doomed to wander the earth each night, seeking clarity? Where is Buffy when we need her?
Oh yes, miscommunication can get ugly.
So here is our Trick and Treat for you:
You don’t have to deal with the miscommunication monsters in the attic or zombies eating the best ideas in your brain.
You can take one of our Exact Communication Workshops and put a stake in the heart of miscommunication. Just ring our doorbell or visit our website to see all the communication treats we have in store for you. Oh, and Happy Halloween!