Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving.
E.g. The story of monkey and fish. The monkey thought that the fish was trapped in the pond. Therefore to serve the fish, monkey started to dig the spillway without understanding that the pond will dry out and fish will die. The fish was in the right place.
Problems in communication
We were given a task to instruct another fellow to draw the following figure without looking each other:
No one drew it correctly. The following were the possible factors
- There were no right words to express to the drawer
- One way communication caused it difficult
- Theory without actions
- Time were not enough to express in advance
The same factors hinders our daily communication
Try to tell the other person to draw the same structure and see the results of communication
Secret of success
– Give complete information
– Use visual aids for people who cannot read
How do people communicate?
¨ 10% what people say is true
¨ 30% It sounds (kunong’ona)
¨ 60% body language (kiwiliwili)
¨ As a leader you need to listen to all, good customer is the one that is truly communicating. Most of the time sounds are gossip. Therefore listen from all sides
Basic facts in communication
- Language used should be clearly understandable
- A person can listen only 15 minutes attentively
- When message is transferred from one person to another the content change. (Reported speech)
- Technical language should be known by the listener otherwise use simple language
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