WHEN DO WE LEARN HOW TO COMMUNICATE?
As I’m watching my 13-year-old daughter go through the trials of being a teen, I’ve become more and more conscious of the art of communication. When exactly do we learn this skill?
Taking a cursory glance at the list of “Baby Communication” books on Amazon there is an amazing 1,772 titles. Pushing a bit further, there are 1,196 books on “Business Communication.” Subtracting a percentage of titles dealing with potty training, it does seem communication is a challenge from childhood through adulthood. And if you are wondering, only 405 books on “Teen Communication,” many on how to text!
Communication continues to be a lifelong challenge and a skill that can always be developed. This is a two-part exercise:
How do I communicate and receive communications well?
How do key people in my work and personal life communicate and receive communications well?
Teens are just establishing their footing but are not equipped for deep conversation (as my daughter witnessed in a 2-line break up text). But if not now when? The earlier we learn how to evaluate both in this exercise the sooner we can establish strong communication relationships with others, which ultimately can lead to dodging various communication and relationship potholes in our lives.
As professionals looking around at our team or department, have we made significant progress since our teen years? Is there more work to be done? Contact me and find out how your team can advance their communication skills and professional relationships in less than 5 hours.