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Exchange of Information:
Communication isn’t always a two way street. Sometimes we share more with a friend or partner than they share with us. Are you the talker or the listener in your primary relationships? What do you wish the people in your life could be more verbal about with you?
My Lips are Sealed:
Can you point to a moment in time when you didn’t say something you wish you had, or blurted something out that you later regretted? How did you feel about it during and afterwards? Were you able to make it right afterwards, or did you ignore it and hope that your words wouldn’t have a lasting effect?
Old and New:
Newfangled communication methods are all the rage – Facebook. Twitter, Texting, the list could go on forever. Which methods do you use regularly and how do they impact your life? Has this kind of communication helped or hindered your relationships? What old-school method of communicating do you still emply, or miss most if you don’t?
So much of how we communicate is based on the cues, signals and gestures we make – some of which is in our awareness, while some is not. Are you aware of things you do with your body to show openness or disinterest in a conversation? Do you know someone who is a master of the non-verbal and can draw people to them with the totality of their communication?
Misunderstandings are a part of life in any relationship. How do you handle crossed signals – do you get angry if you’re misunderstood or are you better at explaining your position? Are there people in your life whom you believe should just ‘get’ it?
Agree to Disagree:
How do you manage deep disagreements? Do you talk about the big three – politics, sex and religion, with those in your life or are those subjects off limits? Are there any disagreements that are deal-breakers?
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The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Electronic communication is an instantaneous and illusory contact that creates a sense of intimacy without the emotional investment that leads to close friendships.
True interactivity is not about clicking on icons or downloading files, it's about encouraging communication.
The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
Edward R. Murrow
The constant free flow of communication amount us-enabling the free interchange of ideas-forms the very bloodstream of our nation. It keeps the mind and body of our democracy eternally vital, eternally young.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.
Frank Moore Colby
Extremists think "communication" means agreeing with them.
Each person's life is lived as a series of conversations.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.... A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
Rachel Naomi Remen
Every criticism, judgment, diagnosis, and expression of anger is the tragic expression of an unmet need.
All change, even very large and powerful change, begins when a few people start talking with one another about something they care about.
Margaret J. Wheatley
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
Francis of Assisi
You can't make your kids do anything. All you can do is make them wish they had. And then, they will make you wish you hadn't made them wish they had.
Live truth instead of expressing it.
True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary.
The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation -- or a relationship.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
William Butler Yeats
Sometimes there is a greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
George Bernard Shaw
I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in.
There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive.
The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
There's no use talking about the problem unless you talk about the solution.
Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibration as in twanging them to bring out their music.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.
But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication.
Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, but to survive as ourselves, rather than simply as cogs in a wheel, we have to act alone.
When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
Charles Caleb Colton
If we try to listen we find it extraordinarily difficult, because we are always projecting our opinions and ideas, our prejudices, our background, our inclinations, our impulses; when they dominate, we hardly listen at all to what is being said.... One listens and therefore learns, only in a state of silence, in which this whole background is in abeyance, is quite; then, it seems to me, it is possible to communicate.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.