An interesting concept – what does it truly mean to communicate openly?
I will share some thoughts based on my expertise and my experience.
- Open communication means having no agenda – yes no agenda. It means being open to what is about to unfold before you.
- Open communication means speaking your truth without holding onto how you want the receiver to respond.
- Open communication means allowing the other person their truth whether you want to hear it or not.
- It means letting go of being right.
- It means allowing the other person the opportunity to be right and to experience a win.
- It is achieved through being aware of what you are really telling someone. What is your body language saying? What is your tone saying? What is your face saying?
- Open communication means listening. Yes really listening. The type of listening that moves the person on the other end because they feel valued and honoured.
- It is achieved through being comfortable with silence. So comfortable that there is none of that inane chatter used to fill in spaces.
- It is based on respect and honouring someone.
- It is about grace.
- It is about coming from love and not fear.
- It is about letting go of what you truly believe you need to make your world better and to be open to what is needed by all parties involved.
It is quite possibly the most powerful thing one can really experience and nothing will bring you closer to others or allow you to bring others on board with you.
It takes courage to step into the power of open communication.
It could quite possibly change you and your organisation.
I challenge you to do whatever it is you need to do to learn to communicate openly.