“Making an impact is critical, because conflict is eternal.”
Do you find yourself wondering about people? Curiosity can be a nice companion. Whether sharing conversations with a stranger or people watching at a popular location somewhere in Australia, it is acceptable to raise a few typical questions.
These questions come up in casual conversation and do a lot to define our character. Yet, it’s rare for a someone to have a personal “check-in” by asking these simple questions of him or herself.
Here is a challenge: answer these questions honestly and see how long it takes you to complete them.
- If you could choose three words to describe yourself what would they be?
- What is your greatest skill?
- What do you do?
It is fairly easy to mull these questions over in your mind, but how are you at articulating authentic answers that shed light onto who you are as a person? Are you able to answer these questions in a way that will help you move forward in life?
Most people can carry a conversation, but only an individual with the power of spirit knows how to articulate his or her skills, emotions, and ideas in a way that impacts the listener.
The Power of Spirit Moves You Forward
A person can dwell in a life of balance after becoming aware of his or her own skills. Such balance is an essential ingredient in feeding the individual spirit. As an origin of energy, a strong spirit is important to furthering character growth and skill development. However, for the spirit to be effective, it needs to be set in a solid foundation. By merging knowledge of our personal skills with emotional self-control, our spirits can fly. In other words, we thrive when we are authentic, self-aware, and confident with our skills.
Also essential to this balance is interpersonal communication.
Communicating your Knowledge is your Freedom
Strength in spirit becomes especially powerful when you can articulate this freedom. Once you comfortably define your identity, the next step is to refine your communication skills. Here are tips to help you find the best way to communicate.
- Gather all the information. Are you familiar with the concept “be quick to listen.” Your input in a conversation is only authentic to the degree you have listened. Take into account the skills, emotions, and knowledge base of the person you’re talking to. If you do this, it’s likely your words will impact them too.
- Engage in goal-oriented communication. If you know who you are and what skills you possess, you are guaranteed to have a strong foundation and an energized spirit. Goal-oriented communication will be an outpouring of your focus, knowledge, and energy.
- Communication is about sharing. As difficult as it may seems, communication is a two-way street. As you share you skills and your emotions with an audience, you should seek to be energized by the perspectives and feedback you receive. The impact of communication is a give-and-take cycle whereby you consistently grow your skills and control your emotions.
With a firm foundation and energized spirit you are prepared to be an authentic communicator capable of success.
Edmond Otis is a motivator, communicator and coach. He draws on his career and life skills to come up with memorable conversation topics that speak to a variety of people. If you appreciated his authentic communication tips, consider Edmond for your next speaking event or purposeful group gathering.