Effective Communication

Why is it important to communicate with your family?

What can communicating do?

Communicating together involves a two-way sharing of information and helps to develop a common understanding, meaning it is easier for parents to support one another. Effective Communication also helps to build a trusting partnership and develop honest and respectful relationships.

Listening is a big part of effective communication!

When someone is talking show your willingness and readiness to listen. Listen by recognizing and hearing the thoughts, ideas and feelings of the other person. Use nods, make eye contact and comment paraphrasing things they have said to show you are listening.

Importance of communicating effectively!

Effective communication can improve relationships at home, work, and in social situations by deepening your connections to others and improving teamwork, decision-making, and problem solving.

Effective communication involves listening as well as speaking!

  • Concentrate on what the speaker has to say.

  • Listen for content and emotion to understand the entire message.

  • Maintain steady eye contact so speakers know your attention is with them.

  • Reflect back with verbal feedback to confirm your understanding of the message.

  • Stay patient when people talk to you.

  • Keep your tone sincere and nonjudgmental when you listen.

  • When you give feedback to check understanding, do so in one sentence.

  • Tune into how the message is being said, not just what the words are.

  • Acknowledge feelings that are important to the message you’re hearing.

  • Make your goal in conversations to show understanding of what the speaker truly means.