The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives

This quote belongs to Anthony Robbins. Communication is an essential skill for successful professional and personal relationships. Effective communication is the key to get you to where you want to be in your life. Yes, there is power in the spoken word. But, most of us aren’t aware of what we say, how we say it, and how it affects every aspect of our lives. Too often we get into bad habits and say whatever pops into our heads without thinking. Good communicators are aware of what they say, how they say it, and how well they listen.

Talking is possibly the smallest piece of the communication puzzle. It’s important to choose words carefully and wisely, to listen to yourself, to be clear and concise, to be aware of what you say, and to show respect for the listener. Perhaps the most important aspect of healthy communication is listening. A good listener maintains eye contact, gives full attention to the speaker, is able to paraphrase what is heard, asks open ended questions, and shows encouraging body language. To ensure you don’t fall into the rut of ineffective communication, pay attention to your words, body language and listening skills.

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