Developing Good Communication Habits

Each and everyday, we need to communicate with the people around us, and it is important that we communicate messages, appropriately and accurately. The importance of effectively communicating messages needs no explanation, as weve seen time and again, throughout history, the consequences of misinterpreted messages. One missing word, one misspelled word, or even the incorrect tone can cause delays, or worse, a critical failure that leads to more serious problems. It is important that one spends enough time developing effective communication skills, even, more so than the message.

So, what can one do to work on delivering a message? One thought that comes to mind, work on grammar, delivery, and spelling. People can be prolific spellers, and yet, be the most atrocious messengers because of their tone, or grammar, when delivering messages. The importance of developing all three to a high-quality level is self explanatory, any one missing piece of these three, misspelled words, grammatical errors, or message tone, can change the way the message is perceived by the person receiving it. Spend time developing your language skills, in order that, you may know how to effectively deliver messages.

Take time to learn about the different cultures, and how they perceive messages and tone of messages. What you say to someone you know, may be completely inappropriate to someone else outside your circle, or culture. Cultural differences play a significant role, in the way messages are received, and sent. Getting to know your recipient is one way to make sure you understand what is acceptable, and what is not, even if you speak the same language. Cultural differences, go deeper than just languages, and can completely distort the meaning of a message, because one did not take the time to understand the differing styles of communication.

There is an old proverb, Patience is a virtue, and it goes without saying in a situation, where a message needs to be delivered. Those, with excellent communication skills, know full well the importance of having patience. Messages are not always responded to immediately, and when it does, sometimes it needs clarification in order to satisfy the recipient. Yes, there is a limit to how patient one should be, but initially, you as the sender, should try to see things from the perspective of the receiver. Understand that the message may not represent to them, the same it does to you. In these cases, patience will weather any storm, and enable you to think critically about the situation, and formulate answers.

Any good denizen, doing business, or otherwise, most never forgets the importance of effective communication. In any relationship, effective communication sometimes is all thats necessary to overcome objections, arguments, or hurdles. Taking the time, to develop ones communication skills, will undoubtedly help in fostering relationships, and be the difference, between losing, and keeping them in good standing. Those, who are considered good communicators, know full well, the importance of having a good balance of skills, synchronized by a good measure of patience.

Guillermo Ochoa-Cronfel lives in Austin, Texas and writes articles about various topics. Guillermo enjoys sports, working out, and reading. Various forums and websites where you can find Guillermo’s other writings include Guillermo Ochoa-Cronfel’s facebook page and his article submission sites.