Communication is crucial. We all know that. People communicate in various ways and techniques according to their environment, culture, standing in society and prior experiences. There are also non-verbal communication styles which would make the world a less chaotic place if people left them at their homes. Whether at work or social gathering, it is worth conveying a message with clarity, without hidden intents and mystery.
In addition, there are also topics which have been stamped as a taboo for discussions at certain stages of social interaction – again varies from one geographical location to another. Although, a generic global rule for initial stage is to avoid talking about income, political and religious views, private and family life, emotional experiences of a person that all fall within the scope of one’s privacy. The world is not a perfect place and not everyone follows the rules. How to navigate through peculiarities of a diverse interconnected but also disconnected globe?
Regardless of how difficult and delicate a must-have conversation can be, it is crucial to communicate straightforwardly and leave no room for misinterpretation or misunderstanding. It is a good idea to add mindfulness, cautiousness and kindness in clarifying any situation. Professional and social relationships, like any other, are expected to be long-term so there is equal expectation to focus on their well-being too. Whether the person(s) or conversations are challenging, trust your gut and be clear. Sometimes, even all the time, emotions take over the control but be guided by my simple advice below.
A message should be Concise, Concrete and most importantly, Calm. In case you are not understood or disregarded, stand up and leave, with another C: Class.