9 ways to empower your communication

How often have you become stressed out because you felt misunderstood or not listened to by someone? 
Communication, a major trigger point for stressful situations, is the foundation for how we interact with others. From individual conversations to talk shows; radio programs; clubs dedicated to public speaking; business meetings, etc.
Communication entails both verbal and non verbal ways. It’s not always what you say that hurts, it’s your actions that truly define the truth. certain rules still apply when it comes to interaction through words.
A tip I learned years ago while as an undergraduate that I repeat on a consistent basis is “Say what you mean, mean what you say, and don’t say it mean.”
What’s your  favorite tip that’s helpful when you communicate?
Let’s review ways to empower your communication so you can improve any relationship, especially with yourself. 
1. What you know
Education is all about learning the basics and to be an effective speaker is to practice what you’ve learned. Take classes at school, such as public speaking or drama to learn techniques. Or read more articles like this or watch videos related to communication. Most importantly get out there and make mistakes, then learn from them.
2. Listening
It’s just as important as asking questions. This is probably the hardest technique in communication. Take a moment to remember the last time you were conversing with someone and just as you were getting really into the story the person interrupted you to interject his/her own opinion. Truth is we all want to be heard and sometimes we also compete with others to ensure that we feel important. Fact is just allow the person to finish the conversation without personal interjection unless you have questions to encourage more details, will really allow the person to feel listened to.
3. Eye Contact
Put down that electronic gadget and look at the person speaking to you. By looking directly at the person who’s talking then you show you are fully engaged and that you care about what the person has to say to you. There’s a lot to say when it comes to directing your attention to your audience with an eye-catching gaze. Regardless if you are speaking to an individual or a group of people, it’s important that you keep your focus.
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4. Just kidding

Let your funny bone have a go at it when speaking to others. A little bit of humor can do wonders to lift the tension or worse boredom when talking. However, be mindful that your joke doesn’t offend others or is hurtful. Sarcasm is really the truth masquerading as a joke.

5. Join a tribe
Interaction is all about mingling with other people. By joining groups of people you feel comfortable in then you’ll get a lot of ideas, as well as observing how others communicate and learning new techniques you can incorporate.
6. Me, Myself, and I
Listening to the sound of your own voice while you practice what you want to say to an individual or a group of people will assist you in ensuring you are speaking from your truth. By speaking out loud what’s in your head you’ll hear what’s really true and what you’re projecting to others. With so many ideas and thoughts in our heads it can be overwhelming yet writing or speaking it out will clear it up in no time.
7. Say Cheese
A smile says it all much like eye contact. There’s no point on grimacing or frowning in a meeting or a gathering, unless it’s a wake. You can better express what you’re saying when you smile.
8. A Role Model
Find at least one or two people in your life you have listened to when they’re at a public gathering or maybe you’ve conversed with 1-1. Talk to them or observe how they communicate with others and identify techniques you would like to incorporate into your own life. I bet that they did the same thing so don’t think you’re “stealing” their moves. Rather you’re taking what seems possible for you and adapting it to your own way.
9. Preparation
Make the best out of preparation rather than just scribbling notes in a hurried panic. Some people like to write things down on index cards, while other resort to being a little more silly as they look at their notes written on the palm of their hand (not for clammy hands, please). This is helpful especially if you are facing a challenging discussion with someone. You can make a pointer list to identify all the points you want to discuss and why it’s important for you. Find the technique that works best for you and stick to it.
Communication is not just what you say but how you present yourself. These tips will help ensure you are present and focused regardless if you are speaking to one person or many people.
What was your favorite tip?
Feel free to reply to these blog as I’d love to hear from you.
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Thank you for being a part of my expanding family.

Love and hugs,

Paty,  La Mariposa  ​​​​​​​


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Happiness is an intention

I found another happy place last Friday, March 17 as I attended the first annual World Happiness Summit in Miami during the day. Then I sat amongst hundreds of others as we listened to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar speak about meditation and happiness. Both events were energizing and filled with laughter, as well as, meditations. I was so moved and empowered by both events, plus all of the people that I met. I’m such a groupie when it comes to events, workshops, classes, etc. as they offer me more tools to lift myself in life plus I then share them with you, my tribe. They fill me up in ways that keep me on a natural high for days to come, plus inspire me with many more ideas.
Are you also a big fan of workshops and seminars?
I want to highlight some yummy nuggets of wisdom which I hope will inspire you as well.
From the World Happiness summit
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  • No one person or situation has the power to take away my happiness
  • Love, happiness, knowledge strengthens self and increases vibration within the body
  • Stress is not the problem, it’s the lack of recovery from stressful events
  • Energy comes from our consciousness and flows into thoughts and then feelings then action
  • Energy has patterns
  • Make the choice to be happy no matter what
  • March 19 is now the official day of happiness in Miami
  • Happiness is an intention
From Sri Sri’s discussion on meditation
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of Art of Living
  • Ask yourself, What can I do for the world?
  • Waiting causes restlessness (or anxiety) unless you can focus on meditation which calms the mind
  • Learn to slow down and discover beauty all around you
  • Meditation allows you to gain control of your mind
  • Meditation is about being still
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How will you share happiness? 

Reply and share your favorite nugget that I shared with you as I’d love to hear what resonated with you.

Pass this blog along to someone who may benefit from it as we all need happiness everyday!

Thank you for being a part of my expanding family as we share happiness together.

Love and hugs,

Paty,  La Mariposa 

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