It is common to assume the way we communicate is instinctive, however having good communication skills is often learned. All too often we attempt to get our point across by saying one thing, while the other person hears something else. This can lead to misunderstandings and frustration, causing conflicts to ensue. Difficulty communicating can cause problems in your home, school, and work relationships. For many of us, communicating more clearly and effectively requires learning some important skills. Whether you’re trying to improve communication with your spouse, kids, boss, or coworkers, learning these skills can deepen your connections to others, build greater trust and respect, and improve teamwork, problem solving, and your overall social and emotional health.
In counseling, we often focus on improving the following communication skills:
- Active Listening
- Non-Verbal Communication
- Having Confidence while Communicating
- Demonstrating Empathy in Communication
- Communicating with Clarity and Concision
- Learning to be Assertive in a Respectful Manner