"I saw your post on Facebook.” I remember the first time my dad said it. I half smiled and thought to myself, "Why did I ever accept his friend request? Quick, I need to create a parent filter.” And then he continued to do it... on the phone, in person, at family dinners, everywhere. Why?
The answer: my dad wanted a connection. The old man, as I often refer to him, was reminding this communication expert to actually practice the essentials of communication. This is done through information and connection.
They are both needed for effective personal and professional communication. These two elements allow us to develop meaningful conversations, be direct and personal, and share opposing opinions without creating conflict. Yet, often we rely on information as our only objective.
I had fallen into the information trap. I had become a personal broadcaster: a mere content provider of information. Connection was lacking.
Sound familiar? Don’t despair. Here are a few thoughts on how we can all create better connection with one another online and off.
Via social media:
And of course, as in the case of my dad, share your feelings when asked about some sort of information, experience or event that you readily share online or in person. Our effort to connect with one another may take an extra step, but the effort will is well worth the enhanced communication.
Check out my book, The Everyday Celebrity, for more communication tips!