There are lots of reasons why effective communication is important, but they can all be reduced to one ultimate reason: Effective communication is important because it allows people to lead more satisfying lives at work and elsewhere.
Do you think that's a stretch? How can good communication cause a more satisfying life? Here's how:
If you can avoid misunderstandings, you will be able to know what others (your boss, your clients, or other people) are truly asking you or telling you.
If you can understand what others are saying, you will not come to the wrong conclusions or take the wrong actions about what you hear. You will make fewer unnecessary mistakes.
By making fewer unnecessary mistakes, you will be more at peace, worry less about the consequences of your words and actions.
By worrying less about your words and actions, you will have more peace of mind, both at work and away from work.
By having more peace of mind, you will lead a more satisfying life.
When you express your needs, desires, and opinions, your chances of getting what you want grow exponentially. As Woody Allen would say: "80% of success is showing up". Paraphrasing that: "80% of getting is asking".
When you ask for what you want, you are living life full out, you are not withholding, you are not pretending. You are experiencing the joy of full and authentic self-expression.
Full self-expression, expressing who you truly are and what you truly think leads to a more satisfying life.
Mutual understanding leads to better connection with people.
Better connection with people fulfills our human need for belonging and love.
Fulfilling one of our most important needs (belonging) leads to a more satisfying life.
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