More words are spoken in today’s society than in any other time in history. The information age has ushered in an era where there is constant communication all day, every day. 24 hour news, the internet, and social media have made it all but impossible to escape the fever pitch of being in touch. The words being spoken online, in text messages, phone calls, and in person are all competing for our time and attention. Many of those words aren’t needed and much of what is communicated gets lost in translation and the result is frustration on the part of the communicator and the person the communication is intended for.
While we can’t control the amount of information being shared through technology and CNN we can take some steps to improve the way we communicate personally.
Here is how to help improve communication without over-communicating and make the world a better place in the process:
- Choose your words carefully for maximum impact.
- Use fewer words.
- Allow for silence. Quit trying to fill the gaps in conversations with more words.
- Listen more. Speak less.
- Ask great questions but ask them clearly.
Now more than ever less really is more.