7 Strategies to communicate meaningfully
Mindfulness is at the heart of respect for others, and it can lead to a more productive work experience. But what is mindful communication, and how do you practice it successfully in the workplace?
What is mindful communication?
When you have mindful communication, you can focus on what matters most – your work. Mindful conversation empowers people by giving them permission to express themselves without feeling like they are being judged or that their ideas are not valuable. With mindful communication, you can come together as a team and create something amazing that everyone on your team can be proud of.
Mindful communication helps us feel more confident and capable in our workplace setting. You will find ways to collaborate better and have more productive meetings.
7 Mindful communication strategies to practice in the workplace
There are many strategies that will help you communicate more mindfully in the workplace. We’ve selected these seven because when they are put into practice by managers and leaders as an overarching communication strategy, they can have a huge positive impact on morale, motivation, and productivity.
Stay connected to your employee’s needs and emotions
Communications fail because it is difficult for people to stay mindful of what another person is feeling, and how their words might be interpreted. Therefore, we should use empathic language when communicating with people. This helps us to stay connected to the needs and emotions of others which will lead us to more effective communication.
Understand the importance of building a trust-based relationship
Trust-based relationships are paramount for establishing communication. If an employee trusts their boss or coworker, they will feel more comfortable in the work environment and more willing to share information about themselves.
Trust-based relationships are usually built by showing signs that you care about the person with whom you are communicating.
Respect each person’s time
One of the most important aspects of effective communication is being mindful of the other person’s time. When we are mindful, we notice when a conversation is taking too long to end, and we know when it’s time to wrap things up.
Practice active listening
Mindful communication goes beyond just hearing the other person. It includes actively listening to what they are saying and taking on board their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Don’t interrupt, multitask, or think about what you’re going to say next. Don’t enter the conversation with pre-conceived expectations, and don’t make judgments, either.
Be mindful of nonverbal clues
The nonverbal clues can tell us more about the conversation partner than what they say. This is because people use a wide range of nonverbal cues to identify how someone else feels. It’s crucial for us to notice the emotions that others are communicating and respond accordingly. Eye contact, facial expression, posture, and tone of voice are all potential indicators of how someone is feeling.
Follow up in a timely manner
Mindful communication in the workplace is important because it allows people to put their personal needs aside and have meaningful interactions with one another, without being impacted by negative emotions or thoughts. It also helps them manage stress levels better and become more productive.
Be sure to follow up on conversations, especially if you have made any promises. If you don’t follow up, all that you have said becomes hollow and meaningless, and you will destroy any trust you have built.
Show gratitude and thankfulness
Gratitude can be an antidote to workplace stress, workplace complaints, and a lack of appreciation. But it does take time, effort, and practice to develop skills in this area.
It is important to think about how you can show gratitude in your daily interactions with co-workers. For example, you might thank a co-worker for their help or assistance, or be careful not to interrupt or talk over other coworkers.
Don’t misconceive the power of mindful communication
Mindful communication is the practice of consciously choosing how we communicate with others rather than giving in to automatic reactions. This includes the ability to express gratitude for what we have received from our colleagues or boss as well as asking for feedback when needed. The practice of mindful communication can make you more productive at work by allowing you to focus on what’s important and eliminate time-wasting habits that can lead to burnout, such as constantly checking your phone or inbox during office hours.
One misconception about mindful communication is that it is just a means of being nice. This could be true in some cases, but mindfulness also offers benefits to employees and employers. With mindful communication, an individual can increase their productivity, create positive relationships, and improve their mental health.
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