Much emphasis is placed on words which results in misunderstandings caused by judgmental behaviors; little notice is given to body language or unspoken words. This is more pronounced when communicating through electronic devices.
To be a more effective communicator, T.H.I.N.K. before you speak.
T: Is it the right Time?
H: Is it Honest?
I: Is it about “I” (your ego)?
N: Is it Necessary?
K: Is it Kind?
Practice using these filters before you speak. As you master this skill, you will find that you speak much less. People will more likely listen to what you say because they will come to know that when you speak, your words are worth hearing.
THINK before you speak. You may want to place this acronym in places to remind yourself to pay closer attention to the words you utter.
Practice speaking in a Timely manner, be Honest with yourself and others, learn the gift of we rather than, “I,I,I.” Speak only those things that are Necessary and practice being Kind. These five keys (T.H.I.N.K.) will unlock the door to a more enjoyable and fulfilling life as you begin to communicate more deeply with others.
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