5 Communication Skills Everyone Needs

By: Amelia Costigan

How do you start a meaningful dialogue with someone with a different political view, from a different country, or with a religious belief different from your own? What can we possibly have in common? It’s getting harder and harder to talk with people, especially people who are different from you. How can we bridge those divides and start those conversations?

Here are 5 communication tips you can follow today to start a productive conversation, find common ground, and take the first step to building a more inclusive world.

– Tip 1: Engage in Dialogue, Not Debate

The goal is shared learning, not winning an argument or debate.

– Tip 2: Be OK With A Little Bit of Discomfort

Acknowledge that sharing different perspectives involves some risk and that it might feel uncomfortable.

– Tip 3: Assume Positive Intent

Embrace the idea that talking will lead to something good.

– Tip 4: Clarify

Don’t assume. Ask whether you are being understood and whether you understand the other person correctly.

– Tip 5: Be Willing to Admit Mistakes

Accept that you won’t always say the right thing. Honest communication is a skill to be developed.

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About Amr Badran

An Egyptian Business Consultant and Corporate Trainer since 1997. I've trained on Management, Leadership and Soft Skills to thousands of people from many nationalities, backgrounds and professions in more than 10 countries across the Middle and Far East. Holder of an MBA and a Candidate for Doctorate in Business. Find more about my Management and Personal Skills Courses at AmrBadran.com and feel free contacting me at Amr@AmrBadran.com
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