Saturday, April 11, 2015

Learning to ask clarifying questions for better communication




Communication is so very important in life. Good communication skills are probably one of the most important things in life. Yet, many don't make it a point to study how to do this more effectively. They just assume that they are good at it. One thing I have noticed over the years in regards to communication is the importance of 'not just listening but listening with understanding.' One way to understand another better is to ask clarifying questions. I have found that many have not acquired this skill. A couple good phrases you can learn to use in your daily conversations are these.... "Can you explain more to me about what you mean? or even "Please tell me more about that." 'DON'T JUST ASSUME THAT YOU KNOW WHAT THE PERSON TRULY MEANS.' It can be easy for us to misunderstand another and be misunderstood ourselves. Asking clarifying questions with intent for better understanding will open up a world of new and deeper understanding about yourself and the other people. Many times, we think we understand someone, or what another is saying but we are actually flawed in our judgement. We are only interpreting what they are saying through the eyes of our own limited knowledge and wisdom. Asking for clarification gives us more data for us to base our judgements and then we can make wiser decisions based on this data. It is our responsibility to ask though and many don't. When we choose to seek understanding through clarification, we will discover so much hidden wisdom and we will ultimately be rewarded for our extra effort. Seeking wisdom may cost us our time and effort, but the return on investment is sizable and worthy of our pursuit.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope it inspired and motivated you in regards to more self development.

Blessings -Rob

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