“Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”
“It’s like going to a foreign country where they don’t speak English – and you just speak English louder.”
This statement by my co-worker made me chuckle so much that I had to record it on a Post-it and place next to my computer. I’m reminded of how easy it is to not understand or listen to what others are saying and go down an unsuccessful path.
As a pre-teen I so wanted an extension phone all my own. I pleaded with my parents weekly, but they didn’t seem to listen. As a young teacher I repeatedly explained to my students why they needed to do what I wanted, only meeting protests and questions. As a business person, I requested response deadlines that my customers didn’t meet.
Through the years I have learned – and continue to learn – how to communicate more successfully. As an adult my parents told me that were about to give me an extension, but I quit talking about it. As a young teacher I learned to cut down on the negotiating. As I progressed in my career, I asked more questions so that I better understood my customer’s challenges.
Whether communication is verbal, written, or non-verbal, understanding what others need will make all the difference in the response we receive.
Caring Lord, help us to keep the perspective of others in mind, so that we can understand and appreciate their concerns. Amen
Am I truly listening to others say, so that I can understand their perspectives and needs?
Written by Ellen Fisher