Conscious Communication

How many times have you been involved in a meeting, review, or one-to-one session where the feedback has involved for the communication to improve between you and your line manager or you and your team?

It seems to be the case where it doesn't matter what new tool is created or what exciting new, structured process for internal communication is put in place, it continues to remain a barrier which we come up against time and time again. So, this month we ponder on why that is and what can be done to ensure communication is more effective, deliberate and conscious.

t's a common fact that good communication is essential to any healthy relationship; whether that’s between family members, friends, your partner, or co-workers.

When communication is disruptive and less considered, expect assumptions to be made, defensiveness to creep through and for the immediate responses to involve a fix. The conversation quickly becomes about what the person is saying, rather than what they are saying.

The power of our words lies in how and when they're delivered, followed by an understanding of what the intentions are behind what you're about to say. The benefits of conscious communication are not only effective for the other on the receiving end, but it also allows for you to begin to reframe your own mindset and what you tell yourself.

Through conscious communication we're able to;

- Encourage more engagement and collaboration because those around you feel heard and respected

- Give thought to what is being said rather than speaking impulsively

- Gather and seek valuable information which will enhance decision making

- Know what we need and want to say and why

- Remove our biases and respond with less judgement

- Build on our ability to empathise and increase our emotional intelligence

Robyn Dooley