Communicating should be easy, but for certain positions, like nonprofit executive directors, it can be challenging to maintain focus when everyone comes to you for, well, everything. These keys should open the way to better communications with boards and members.
Text of Keys to effective person-to-person communications
1. The keys to effective person-to-person communications
2. Person-to-person communication is supposed to be a dialog, an exchange of information, ideas, perspectives, and stuff like that
4. But, in the real world, for all sorts of reasons, its not always easy
5. and its not always the other person who makes communication difficult
6. Especially if each person in a conversation believes Im the only one trying to communicate.
7. Often in communication situations, one person has do the all the communicating
8. I help people communicate (no, I am not a therapist) Mike Harkins, creative guy and media consultant The Way to Communicate comes out later this year its a philosophical and practical method for communicating effectively
9. I help people communicate
10. I help people communicate
11. I help people communicate www.communicator.pro www.writesite.com
12. I help people communicate Lou Naidorf, AIA Fellow
13. What are the keys to effective communication?
14. What are the keys to better communication? Perception Expectation Recognition Pro-action and Respect
15. Perceptions too often override reality We cant always know what someones reality is at any given time
16. A possible perception of how you feel
17. A possible perception of how you see them
18. A possible perception of how they see you
19. Perceptions too often override reality We cant always know what someones reality is at any given time
20. Someones reaction to what we do or say may seem waaaaayyy over the top
21. But before you assume theyre just a jerk Before you decide how youre going to respond
22. Take a moment to consider that They might be dealing with something thats making them, well, cranky.
23. Expectations Yours and theirs
24. Its a thin line that separates expectations and assumptions Expectations are only realized when expectations are defined
25. Expectations are only realized when expectations are defined and, even then
26. Manage your expectations and you can manage theirs Greet, meet, and review (how else will they know what you do?)
27. Manage your expectations and you can manage theirs Hey, wait a minute do you know what you do?
28. Manage your expectations and you can manage theirs Never leave a variable on your / their expectation list.
29. Recognition Yours and theirs
30. Recognition means your acceptance of Knowing who you work for Knowing that you occasionally have to do things youd rather not You will not always be perceived nor rewarded for having saved the day when, indeed, you did.
31. And it should mean their acceptance of Knowing what you do Knowing that you occasionally have to do things youd rather not Knowing that you most certainly have too much to do Forgetting all of the above
32. Pro-action (actually, its about being proactive I called it pro-action so it would fit neatly with the words that preceded it) Yours!
33. Be proactive You believe you know, better than anyone else, how it all works
34. Be proactive You believe you know, better than anyone else, how it all works Prove it
35. Be proactive You believe you know, better than anyone else, how it all works Prove it But dont make a big deal about it yet
36. Be above reproach
37. Try, wont, cant, or couldnt, even if theyre true, wont matter
38. Try, wont, cant, or couldnt, even if theyre true, wont matter So dont allow yourself to be distracted, ambushed, or wrong
39. LEAD! (but do it as if you werent)
40. Conduct the orchestra You have the advantage: You know many of them, You know how they act and react,