“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life” ~ Zig Ziglar
I admit it. I under-communicate.
I have my morning routines and meetings and I don’t step back enough to think about it and how often I’m communicating effectively.
Communicating effectively, for me, is like any other habit I want to improve.
I think one of the bigger lies I tell myself is that just because I’m emailing a customer or voxing a team member (with a walkie-talkie app), my point is clear.
The truth is that great leaders communicate regularly and constantly remind the team of their core purpose.
People are busy in their everyday lives and get lost in the details and hard work of life.
Starting now, I’m vowing to be a better communicator and leader by doing the following:
- Holding more regular meetings with the team.
- Reminding them of our big goals and our core purpose for the business, during the meetings.
- Being a better active listener. This means when someone is talking not thinking about what I want to say, but genuinely hearing the person’s point of view and asking more open-ended questions to learn even more.
- Expressing sincere appreciation.
- Picking up the phone just to learn more about them and their lives. It doesn’t have to be all business all the time.
If, by the end of our lives, the quality of our life is measured by the quality of our relationships then taking this extra time to communicate effectively can pay the biggest dividends.
Just as important is how you communicate to yourself.
If your inner dialogue is critical to the point you’d never say to another person what you’re saying to yourself. Get out the scissors and cut yourself some slack!
Take some time today and think about your communication style and how often you’re communicating with your team.
“I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation, and understanding.” - Miranda Kerr