I know this has happened to you. You say something to someone and they completely misunderstand you. If you’re like me, you’re tempted to respond in some manner like, “No, that’s not what I meant.”
But the first rule of communication is that the meaning lies with the receiver. So therefore, the responsibility lies with the sender! This will never be perfect, but being aware of this eases the path of communication.
The next time you are communicating – and we always are, even when we're not – remember, it's up to you to make sure others understand what you really mean. Attune yourself to them, see through their eyes, walk in their shoes, and you'll find that your connection goes deeper, the misunderstandings are lessoned, and your impact is greater.
We'll dive into this a bit more, so stay tuned!
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