Current State of Affairs
Not being able to communicate effectively can mean that our needs are not met. Communication can be both speaking and listening but also understanding. If we cannot express how we feel and what we want, it is likely that misunderstanding or conflict can arise out of situations as they happen through life.
With a lack of communication can also come a lack of expression. As human beings we need to feel heard, we need to be able say what is wearing heavy on us or share when we might need help. When we cannot communicate this, we can find a suppression building within us which can lead to longer term physical and mental health issues. Without communication, the world can be a lonely place. If we do not work on improving our skills in this area, we cannot develop meaningful relationships in both our personal and professional lives.
An ability to communicate, to listen, speak and be heard creates a sense of social connection with others which is vital to our wellbeing. Studies have found that this is the most valuable contributor to our own happiness. Our communication skills are often learnt in the early days of development, from our friends and family and then through education and work. When a person feels they cannot communicate and express effectively, they can find themselves increasingly frustrated, anxious or overwhelmed in social situations.
As technology has developed, we have also found a new means of communication which might mean that we have an ability to communicate instantly and increasingly online but less and less so with people in person. This has created new challenges, boundaries and methods for the way we communicate with others. From spoken word to written form, it is important that we continue to develop skills to communicate in line with the growing and changing trends of society whilst remembering that effective communication is a core aspect of our wellbeing.
The ideal scenario
When we are able to communicate with those around us, we can speak and be heard effectively. We can also listen to what others are saying and respond in line. This is vital to building and developing trust in our personal and professional relationships which can flourish when communication is flowing. It is the basis of our everyday conversations which helps us to better understanding situations, to educate ourselves and to grow.
Effective communication can also be used to prevent as well as resolve conflict or problems as they arise in our lives. There is no situation too big or small which cannot be solved with communicating in a way which responds to the needs of the people involved. Communication can be based on the words we use, our body language, our gestures and our facial expressions but also as an artistic tool. With technology, it is also the way we present ourselves through the internet, messaging, emails and now social media.
Being able to express our emotions and needs regularly helps us to relieve us of stress, tensions and worries. Good communication helps us to be productive. It can be used to inspire, to motivate and to help others. It fosters deep social connections which we have evolved to need for our survival. It is a skill which can be learnt with the right techniques, practice and tools. Communicating is essential to all aspects of our lives. From succeeding in sports and business, to motivating our teams and growing our own relationships with our partners, friends and families.
Boost solves this by
- Learn how mindfulness impacts communication
- Teaching tips and strategies to improve presence
- Learn how to respond instead of react to stressful situations
- Be more proactive, clear and decisive