Simple Techniques for Improving Your Communication and Relationship Skills

By Meliora Consulting and Learning Academy - January 13, 2022
Simple Techniques for Improving Your Communication and Relationship Skills

Have you ever been to a party with a room full of strangers and found yourself at a loss for words?

The art of introducing yourself to others and making small talk may come naturally to some. Still, the majority of people admit to feeling nervous, embarrassed, and unsure where to begin.

Small chat, fact disclosure, sharing thoughts and opinions, and personal sharing opinions are the four degrees of communication.


- Informal Conversation

The safest place to start in new relationships or acquaintances is to discuss surface matters. Make a remark about the weather, current events, or your surroundings, for example.

This is known as "small chat," and it is used to "measure up" the other person to identify your comfort zone. There is no need to provide any personal information with the other person at this point because this initial contact will help you decide how "safe" they are at your first meeting.

If you're at ease with each other on the surface, you can quickly progress to the next level of communication: fact disclosure.


- Disclosure of Facts

Fact disclosure goes a little deeper than small talk in that you reveal facts about yourself without bringing up emotive themes.

The goal of fact disclosure is to see if you have anything in common. You can use these common locations to make new pals. You could wish to discuss your job, occupation, interests, or where you reside.

In this second level of communication, avoid discussing marriage, divorce, politics, sex, and religion. If you discover a topic of mutual interest, you might wish to move on to the next stage of communication: sharing your thoughts and opinions.


-Exchange Points of View and Opinions

You can build rapport by discussing your ideas and viewpoints after establishing that the other person is "safe" through small conversation and has discovered areas of shared interest.

By discussing your thoughts and beliefs, you expose yourself to the scrutiny and criticism of the other person. Once you've established that you and your partner share positive emotions at the first two levels, move on to this level of communication.

Be prepared to listen to your new friend's point of view. This will ensure the survival of your friendship.

Make sure you are not using your opinions to "character assassinate" other people. You may be perceived as a negative person, causing your new acquaintance to withdraw themselves from you.

Sharing personal feelings is the fourth degree of communication. Solid friendships that have developed over time frequently enter this fourth degree of communication.


- Express Personal Emotions

You may be able to disclose your personal feelings after establishing trust, finding common ground, and listening to the perspectives and ideas of others. This is the point at which an acquaintance turns into an actual buddy.

Things that mean a lot to you can be shared without making you feel threatened. You pay focused attention to each other without feeling obligated to "fix" your friend's situation. You are delighted to reflect on their emotions, building an empathy and compassion link between the two of you.

At this level of communication, it is critical to maintaining some distance between yourself and your companion. Your friendship will likely deteriorate if the distinction between yourself and your friend becomes unrecognizable. You will develop a successful connection that can last a lifetime if you know how to manage your feelings, attitudes, and behaviors while preserving your friendship at this level.

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