Conversations People Relish

Conversations! Yes we have had some.

  Six mules on a sunny day
Six mules on a sunny day

I have had a lot of conversations over the years, some good, some not so good. Still on the learning curve as to better my communication skills. On a recent Sunday afternoon I gave some thought to bettering my skills. I came up with seven paths that will help me do better when in dialog with others. Don’t be too hard on me, I’m working on improving. I’ll share with you the “paths” I came up with. These are all improvements that I or you can make without the help of others. Just put them into practice and experience the “shift towards the richer side of life”. Lets grow in this dimension together.

Paths Towards Richer Conversations.
Conversations People Relish – Path 1

Number one on my list is self-evident.

1.     Listen more, talk less.
“Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening.”  Emma Thompson
By self-evident I suggest we take a look in the mirror; One mouth-Two ears! In scripture we are advised to be; “...swift to hear, slow to speak...” (James 1:19)

One good point to remember is this. The purpose of communication is to understand what is being said. That goes for the non-verbals as well as the spoken words. When I understand what you are saying and you understand that I understand you, then we have good communication. I want to get better at this, how about you?
Of course graciousness is always appreciated. This will greatly improve the conversations we have with others.

Let me know what you are doing to improve your communication skills. Look for my next post in this series on “Conversations People Relish”

Welcome the the Richer Side of Life.

 

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12 thoughts on “Conversations People Relish

  1. Rick Mason says:

    Hello Richard,

    I am seeing more that conversation is an art in the natural sense, and it truly takes spiritual discernment to understand what people are communicating. I am trying to get better at caring enough about the other person to try and comprehend what they are saying from their heart. That takes more work and discipline on my part, I usually want to take the easy route and be lazy! 🙂

    1. Rick,
      Good to hear from you. We really enjoyed your visit. I do not see you as “lazy”. In conversation with you, you are very engaged. Thanks for your comment and I invite you to keep reading.
      Richard

      1. Rick Mason says:

        Thanks Richard, we had a wonderful time with you and Fran, appreciate you giving us some of your time!

  2. Gordon Schuit says:

    Well receive some Rich Sense later…(but fr a glance, KNOW CONVERSATION/COMMUNICATION is the Key!)(we had a major game changer today when the Relator who represented the seller of the Villa that we are about to purchase, apologized to us for all the difficulties we’ve had thru all the negotiations/corrections that needed to be made prior to sell as a result of inspections…HE WAS NON COMMUTATIVE & GAVE US FITS, we fell back on the Lord again and again Yesterday 4 major breakthroughs today he apologized to us twice as we dis a walk through to see work that was done..(this is a man who pretty much thinks of himself! ) When we see something like this, we just know it is God (and we felt it was very important to have a good relationship with him as he will also be a neighbor…) YOUR PHOTO: I hope you don’t have hay fever! Gordon

    Rich Armstrong posted: “Conversations! Yes we have had some. I have had a lot of conversations over the years, some good, some not so good. Still on the learning curve as to better my communication skills. On a recent Sunday afternoon I gave some thought to bettering my ski”

  3. Lisa Kalbach says:

    Looking forward to the next six points. I know for myself that many times I’m thinking about my response while the other person is talking.

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