Crystal Clear Communication
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The best approach to communication will turn traditional "technique" and "skill" strategies on their heads! Truth is, increasing your ability to communicate within all contexts — both business and personal — is NOT so much about increasing technical knowledge, but about changing YOU from your core. Why so? Here's an excerpt from my book that explains:
Self as Language. Every human act is a language act, an act that conveys motive, emotion, meaning, and purpose. What it means to be human is to communicate in every waking moment—you literally cannot NOT communicate. Life is manifest in daily interactive dialogue. As to language and Life, Jergen Habermas remarked: "Reality happens in language. . . . Language is not merely an object in our hands, it is the reservoir of tradition and the medium in and through which we exist."
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The project of "changing YOU" from your core is a continual journey that will, in turn, take care of all adjoining problems—to include all communication problems. This means, as we grow in strength of character, we naturally become better communicators.
The issues and obstacles of effective interpersonal communication are seldom only about word selection, . . . "saying it just right." Instead, clear communication is mostly about "being right" in your approach to others. Once YOU are right . . . the right words will freely flow. (Changing Your Stripes, 2nd Ed., page 74)
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