Messages

dreamstime_xs_91266791I was at a conference recently and one of the speakers was talking about communication and listening skills.  During her presentation she mentioned how we communicate non-verbally as well as verbally and used the example of pictures we have in our offices.  The specific example she used was what we would think if we saw hunting pictures in someone’s office.

My immediate thought was, “Cool!  I can use that to start a conversation.”  I don’t hunt, but my father did and my brothers and a niece and nephew do.  I know enough that I can use it to start a conversation, to form a connection.

A moment after my thought, I heard a woman at the next table say, “Predator.”  Wow!  She would receive a completely different message from a hunting picture than I would.

It is important to realize that the message sent and the message received might not be the same.  Whether you are the sender or the receiver, take steps to clarify the intent of the message if you think there might be misinterpretations.

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About Susan L. Farrell

Susan has always loved to learn. One BS in college was not enough; she obtained a double major with a minor. Years later, she returned to college for an MBA. Susan also believes deeply in learning everything possible from personal and professional experiences.Her first career out of college was with a national health care company. She quickly moved from the facility level to division, field, and corporate levels. When she left she had been an executive director with national responsibilities for several years.As owner of SLF Consulting & Training, LLC, Susan assisted clients with the challenges of combining customer satisfaction, cost control, and regulatory compliance. Her business acumen made her a sought-after speaker which led to a successful speaking career. This, in turn, led to her current writing career on self-empowerment for women.A normal extension of a love of learning is a love of teaching. Susan has accomplished this in various positions through teaching and training her employees, co-workers, associates, and customers. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at business colleges. She has informally coached employees, associates, and friends in advancing professionally and personally. She now assists others through her books, blogs, and newsletter.She is the author of "Don’t Act Like Prey! A Woman’s Guide to Self-Empowerment," a book on respectful assertiveness as an option to passive or aggressive behavior. "52 Weeks of Wisdom, A Woman’s Guide to Self-Empowerment," is designed to provide ideas to encourage women to think about what they do, why they do it, and do they want to change. "3 Good Choices: Change It, Accept It, or Leave It; A Woman’s Guide to Self-Empowerment" discusses how to make positive choices in all aspects of life.Susan lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband and three cats.

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