Many things impact on a relationship, particularly in todays modern world with so many expectations, bombarded by constant pressure as to how we should be living our lives. One of my clients recently said to me, who was experiencing difficulties, "aren't relationships meant to to be easy?"
It would be lovely if that were true, and indeed I do know some people who really do have very very happy relationships, and make it look easy. But the key, as far as I can tell is that they haven't taken each other for granted. The analagy that I like to use is that of driving a car without holding the steering wheel. Well you wouldn't would you? So why would you pay so little attention to the careful steering of your relationship? One of the main keys to any relationship, personal or otherwise is good communication. The following artical has some helpful ideas.
A guide to good communication
Communication is a word that can be used to describe any interaction with others; casual conversation, persuading, teaching, and negotiating. It is a dynamic process that requires the involvement of at least two people.
Communication is much more than just the words that we say. Even saying nothing at all is a method of communicating.
Research shows then when talking to others:
55% of the impact is determined by your body language that is posture, gestures and eye contact.
38% by your tone, pitch and volume of your voice.
7% by the actual words spoken.
Clearly, these percentages may change in certain circumstances. However, it would appear that when getting your message across, it is not only what you say but how you say it that makes the difference.
When communicating with others, be aware of your body language, your hand and feet gestures, the tone, pitch, rhythm and volume of your voice as well as the words you choose.
How to achieve what you want to achieve
Know your outcome
Whether you are communicating with one person or with a group, you are more likely to be effective if you know in advance what you are seeking to achieve. It helps if you make your outcome positive and specific.
Open up your senses
The only way that you can know whether you have conveyed your message successfully is to be aware of how it has been received by the other person. Their internal thinking and feelings will show in their external behaviour. To understand how people respond, notice their body position, breathing, skin colour, eye movements, hand and feet gestures, facial expressions and changes to the tone and quality of their voice.
To be an effective communicator, always act on the principle that the meaning of your communication is the response that you get.
Communication is a loop. What you do influences the other person and what they do influences you. If, in observing their response you find that you have conveyed a different message than you had intended, take that as useful feedback and change the way that you communicate until you get the response that you want.