When you see the phrase personal communication these days, you might be inclined to think about electronic devices. Technology makes it easier than ever for people to stay connected. We can email, tweet or Facebook each other, find friends on Foursquare, and constantly check the current status of everyone we know. Our communication tends to happen on laptops, smart phones and personal tablets.
These are all great ways to keep in touch. But these same methods of connectivity may also be diminishing the act of one-on-one interaction. And nothing beats the simple exhilaration of two people talking to each other on the phone or in person.
Welcome To World Communication Week
November 1 – 7 is World Communication Week. It’s seven days when people across the globe are encouraged to communicate on a deeper, more personal level. As the name implies, there are no geographical limits when it comes to communicating with others. You can make contact with anyone you want – from your next-door neighbor to someone who lives halfway around the world.
What matters is actually reaching out. Taking the time to communicate with someone. Sharing your thoughts, feelings, dreams or anything else on your mind. What matters is that you make the effort.
It’s easy to celebrate World Communication Week. Start by getting together with family or friends. Reserve time to chat, go out to dinner or find some entertaining activities to engage in. What you do, and how you do it, is up to you.
How many people would you like to contact during the first week of November? You may need to make a list to keep track. Make time for everyone you can. Of course it might not be realistic to meet up with some people face-to-face. That’s okay, you can always…
Make A Call
The phone is a great way to communicate. It’s just you and another person talking. At least it should be; when you make the call it’s time to stop doing other things. No texting, gaming or surfing the web. The key to communicating is focusing on what the other person is telling you. And then focusing on what you want to say to them.
Sure, a phone call may be a little less personal than a visit, but it’s often the easiest way to reach certain people. So in honor of World Communication Week, dial those digits and start the conversation.
Need A Little Help?
Communication isn’t always easy. We may have a tendency to focus on what we want to say instead of listening to what someone is trying to tell us. We may be unable or unwilling to see certain things from another person’s perspective. We may have unresolved issues that cause us to lose focus on what’s happening now. That okay.
You may discover that your communication skills are a little rusty. But you can turn that into a good thing. It just means spending more time with people you care about. Our loved ones will be perfectly happy to work on communicating with us. If you need more help, there are many communication resources available online, you can seek the advice of an expert, or you can simply make more time to practice.
Just reach out to others and practice the fine art of communication. Together. The first week of November is a great time to start.
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