Conscious Communicator Tip #8 – Balance in Communication Is Key (less than 300 words)

Last week I introduced what I call The Deadliest Sins of Communication, which as a reminder, are:

  • † A lack of specificity
  • † A lack of desirable behaviors
  • † A lack of immediacy
  • † A lack of respectful rebuttals
  • † A lack of focused attention
  • † A lack of appropriate tone and body language
  • † A lack of directness and candor

Next week I’ll be sharing specific details about each so you can begin to become a conscious communicator by focusing on one communication sin in detail each week.

In preparation, I want you to take note that balance is important when communicating. That old phrase “too much of a good thing, isn’t” is just as true with our communication. By that I mean, too much specificity is often as bad, or worse than not enough. Too much immediacy means communication is delivered often at inappropriate times.

So, this week’s tip is to seek moderation and balance with our specific communication skills and strategies. Be sure you are applying just the right amount depending on the level of the person with whom you are communicating. Conscious communicators are acutely aware of the level of the people with whom they are communicating and are able to match their level, gaining the trust and rapport first which allows them to influence those with whom they communicate.

In the coming weeks as we go through each of the seven deadliest communication sins one at a time, keep this balance in mind.

Again, if you haven’t yet, you can get a head start by downloading the free white paper report on which this series is based at www.HowToImproveLeadershipCommunication.com .

’til next time, make it a great week!

skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results