We have asked our fantastic Alison to write a blog post for you all today!
Communication. We all use it. Either verbally, digitally or visually. Yet how often do we stop to think about the words we use to communicate?
Communication by its definition is: “The imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium” – English Oxford Living Dictionaries.
With the introduction of computers, the internet & mobile phones have provided us with many more opportunities to obtain and share information than there once was.
Regardless of the method we use, the way we communicate our information can positively or negatively impact our daily relations both personally or in the Gym.
With face to face communication, factors such as the way we listen, how we use our voice and body language can influence whether our communication interactions are positive or negative.
Positive communication experiences enhance our sharing of ideas and enables us to be open to others views and challenge opinions. This in turn allows the acceptance and development of ideas, as well as the introduction and or growth of new ideas, work practices and lifestyle choices.
Listening is an important part of communication! Receiving the information is just as important as sending it.
Showing that you are actively listening by asking questions, offering suggestions and being open to others opinions keeps everyone engaged in the topic. We can practice active listening by waiting for others to finish speaking and by paraphrasing what has been said. This helps to clarify what has been heard and understood.
Body language including position of arms, eye contact, facial expressions and the way we stand can impact the way we communicate. To enhance open and equal communication, we should practice being relaxed with a calm voice, an open body (arms not crossed), facing the person and maintaining eye contact.
Listening and body language are just some tools that we can practice to support positive communication to promote open discussion, respect and support.
By practicing positive communications and sharing these methods helps us to grow in our ideas and be open to change and development... both personally or in the Gym!
Here is a Positive Language Exercise you might like to try:
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