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A Guide to Proper Communication Proper communicating consists of two important components. The speaker and the listener are the two components of communication. Mindful communication then means that we are mindful to speak as well as mindful to listen. Here are some things we can learn about mindful speaking. Just like mindful listening, mindful speaking starts by dropping whatever we are doing and focus on what we want to say. It is important to establish good eye contact with the listener. Make sure you clear your head of all assumptions.
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Instead of making assumptions that you know something, it is always a good idea to clarify what the listener already knows. You speech will then be geared only to what is relevant to him and you will find communication to be easier. If you are a listener and you are unsure about something, you should clarify and verify it with the speaker first. Unnecessary assumptions can lead to misunderstanding.
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Make yourself pass the triple filter step before you speak. If you want to say something, make sure you have thought well about it. If you want to reflect on what you want to say you should go through Socrates’ Triple Filter test. Truth is the first filter. Are you telling the truth? Do not say it if it is not true. Filtering to the second level is important even if you are only telling what is true. Goodness is the second filter. when something is good, it must be beneficial to the listener. If it would not benefit him or if it would harm him, then don’t say it. There is a final filter after truth and goodness. The filter of appropriateness is the last and final filter. For it to be appropriate, it must be the right time to say it, the right place to say it, and you should say it to the right person. If your speech passes the triple filter test then this means that what you will say to the person is good without any hidden selfish motive. There are things that you should be mindful of when speaking. If you are a mindful speaker then consider carefully the words you choose that is be appropriate and accurate. Make sure that tone is right for what you want to say. Is your tone friendly, warm, or hostile? Is there any hint of criticism or judgment? Also be mindful of your body language, gestures, and posture. Speaking in a friendly manner is very welcome to any listener, instead of speaking harsh words. If you find it difficult to be mindful of how your speak, just keep on practicing because practice will soon make you good at it. If you want to transform your relationship in a positive way, then be mindful of how to speak to others.