I don’t know who of us couldn’t benefit from better communication skills. How many times have you left a conversation feeling regret for something you said? Or, how often do you find that you are talking just for the sake of talking, without even realizing what your saying, why you’re saying it, or what those around you are saying. Whether it’s with our spouse, or parents, children, bosses, whoever, here’s a simple a trick to improve the effectiveness of what comes out of your mouth:THINK. Use this acronym to ask yourself the following questions:
T – Is what I’m about to say Thoughtful?
H – Is it Honest?
I – Is it Intelligent?
N – Is it Necessary?
K – Is it Kind?
If you can’t answer YES to all of these questions, you’re probably better off just not saying anything. Most of us forget, or never learned, that staying quiet is always an option, albeit not always the easiest!