#32: how to be an amazing communicator
In this episode, I chat with my boyfriend Nick about one of my all-time favorite topics: communication.
Nick is a minister, which means he has to communicate a lot with staff, volunteers, and the people in his congregation. With lots of practice, trial, and error, he’s learned a thing or two about communicating.
Neither of us were taught about communication while growing up, which is pretty typical I think, so we both had to learn this as adults. And let me tell you, I learn a LOT about communication from our relationship.
We have a lot of fun in this conversation, (according to Nick, I CAN rap, btw) but we actually talk about a lot of important stuff too.
Here are just a few topics we explore in this episode:
Nick’s experience living in an intentional community, and what a communication boot camp that was. It ended up being a disaster, but it was a huge learning experience!
Times I had miscommunications with my own staff. It’s easy to do! People can’t read your mind.You might think you’re on the same page and be on COMPLETELY different levels.
The importance of tone when you’re communicating. This trips me up all the time!
A big miscommunication with Nick’s church involving a funeral. Ouch! It never hurts to double check, especially when emotions are running high.
You can’t control how someone perceives and interprets something.
Learning, failing, trying again, allowing yourself to mess up and make mistakes so you can learn from them.
One of the hardest parts of communication: Learning to put words to experiences and so you can communicate them.
Why a huge part of learning is allowing yourself to be human. That way, you can learn from your mistakes!
I think communication is one of the most (if not THE most) crucial life skills to learn if we want to be happy and successful.
I hope you get some great tips from this episode!