We all make mistakes in communication.
When we’re not at our best, we’re more likely to say things we don’t mean, or say them in a way that risks shutting down communication with the other person down.
The less often we use these kinds of “blocks” in our communication, the more of a chance we have to keep communication open.
Here are a list of 13 communication blocks that risk shutting down communication.
Imagine sitting at a dinner with 13 of your cousins. Imagine each one of them used one of these blocks on you during the dinner…
- Cousin, if you don’t pass the green beans, I’m gonna…
- You know, cousin, if I were you, I’d…
How would that particular “block” affect you? How would you want to respond?
Look through these “blocks” again and look at the top 2-3 that you might tend to use with other people.
Over the next week, notice how your family, friends, or co-workers respond when you use them.