Effective communication and Interpersonal Relationship
Effective communication sounds like it should be instinctive. But too often, when we try to communicate with others something goes astray. We say one thing, the other person hears something else; and it gives rise to misunderstandings, frustration, and conflicts ensue. This can cause problems in our home, school, and work relationships.
To help our students be effective communicators we discuss and actively do various activities at Eklavya School, top school in jalandhar. But first let us understand the skill behind communication.
For many of us, communicating more clearly and effectively requires learning some important skills, whether we’re trying to improve communication with our kids, family, or coworkers. Learning these skills can deepen our connections to others. It also builds greater trust and respect, improves teamwork, problem solving, and overall social and emotional health.
Common barriers to effective communication include:
- Lack of focus
- Stress and out-of-control emotions
- Inconsistent body language
- Negative body language
- Recognizing when you’re becoming stressed
- Taking a moment to calm down
Interpersonal Relationships are a connection or association between two or more people. It may be for a short span or life long depending upon the relationship. One cannot live in isolation and everyone needs someone to “Share and Care”.
Relationships are a lot like plants, the more we care for them the healthier they become. Interpersonal relationships are essential for our wellbeing. We have personal needs that can be satisfied only through interacting with others. How fulfilling, productive, meaningful and satisfying our lives turnout to be, depends on the quality of relationships we form with other people.
Relationships with parents
As a young child your parents are the leaders of the family. As a teenager or young adult, we want to be more independent and think and speak for ourselves. This can be very hard for parents to get used to. Parents can also continue to be protective of you, and want to influence what you do and how you do it. Ultimately this is because they want what is best for us, but this can feel overbearing. It may take a while to learn how to speak up about what we want without upsetting our parents. And if we are upset or irritable, we might be less tolerant of our parents and their wishes.
Working it out
If we can work out our differences with our parents, we can have a good relationship. Here are a few tips:
- Be respectful when discussing any areas of disagreement.
- Be willing to listen to your parent’s view.
- Stay calm.
- Stick to the issue and don’t get side tracked into other areas.
- Use a team approach to working out problems – work at it together, think about what you want in common, and work out together how you can get there.
- Use a problem solving model.
- Be non-blaming, don’t accuse.
Relationships with Friends
Relationships with friends and family always go through testing times and there will always be ups and downs. Sometimes they will let us down and sometimes we’ll let them down.
Quality time – If we haven’t had quality time with someone for a while then arrange to do so. There are some friendships where we might only catch up once a month, others a few times a week.
Keep in touch – Call/text/email/write/meet more often. These days technology makes it so easy to keep in touch and yet we still find ourselves drifting apart. Technology can help you keep in touch but it can never replace being together in person.
Listen more – The absolute number one way to improve a relationship is to listen more. And really listen. If we think people aren’t listening to us then chances are we aren’t listening to them either. If we want people to listen to us then listen to them first.