Everyone encounters some kind of communication on a day to day basis. It’s almost unavoidable to steer clear of a conversation. Some people may be a bit apprehensive about speaking with others, fearing confrontation or that their words will be taken out of context. Although people can’t control how other people interpret their words, there are ways to increase the likelihood of comprehension and improve conversations. Other common dilemmas some people face when conversing with others are disagreements and a lack of understanding. In order to get better quality conversations, people should know these two secrets:
A lot of arguments erupt in a conversation for a few particular reasons. One of the main reasons this occurs is because either one or both individuals are biased and feel as though their views are correct. When conversing with others, one should try to remain as objective and open-minded as possible. Judgment can lead to the other person becoming more defensive and less willing to share their ideas. Not everyone will think alike or share the same beliefs. However, for the sake of healthy communication, each person must respect one another.
When a degree of objectivity is maintained, it allows one to learn a lot more than they would have if they were closed off from the beginning. To practice objectivity, one can practice empathy. In short, empathy is having the ability to understand other peoples’ lives, views, feelings, etc.
Find Common Ground
Many people have experienced what it’s like to have one of those intense, heated conversations about subjects they are passionate about. It’s okay if people don’t agree on everything. This is what gives many people their sense of individuality. However, it’s not okay to disrespect others for having different views. To have better conversations, one should know how to agree to disagree and also establish any commonalities they share with the other party. Conversations should end on a positive note where there is no animosity or harsh feelings. This will prevent further discussion with that specific person or prohibit discussions on that particular topic.
It helps to acknowledge what the other person has said even if one doesn’t fully agree. This is just so no one feels as if their views or ideas are being dismissed. Patience, understanding and tolerance are excellent tools for better conversations.