This list of 8 communication bad habits is a must glance at for all of us. Communication is key to success, Let’s not let the ease of expressing oneself through modern technology get in the way of good manners and common sense. Below is an article from INC. Magazine.
Conversations are a big part of our everyday lives. And whether you think of yourself as a world-class communicator or as someone who would rather just send an email than deal with face-to-face chatter, chances are you have at least a few bad communication habits that are driving people crazy.
Take a look at these eight common faux pas. Do you find yourself guilty of any of them? Well, it’s time for you to pull in the reins and stop — immediately.
1. Constantly interrupting.
We all have one thing in common when talking: We want to be listened to. So if you’re one of those people who tend to jump in and interrupt or — even worse — try to complete people’s sentences for them, you need to keep yourself in check.
You might think your constant interjections are a way to show your level of engagement. But they really just make you a conversational bulldozer.
Conversations deserve your full attention — and not just the halfhearted glances you’re willing to give them when you manage to rip your focus away from your iPhone screen.
Multitasking is a habit we’re likely all guilty of. But you need to be present for your conversations, no matter how menial or futile they may seem. That means no scrolling through your email or subconsciously thinking about your grocery list. Give your conversational partners the attention they deserve.
3. Using qualifiers.
“Don’t take this personally, but…”; “This might be a bad idea, but…”; or “I know what you’re thinking, but…”
Qualifiers exist for nearly every situation. But if you have the tendency to overuse them, you may be driving people up a wall. Why? Well, while these prefacing statements might seem like a great way to sugarcoat your sentences, they often just come off as condescending and unnecessary.
4. Equating your experiences.
Tell me if this situation sounds familiar: Someone is explaining a difficult problem he’s currently facing. You immediately retort with “I know exactly how you feel!” and then launch into your own long-winded tale of a time you experienced something that’s not even the least bit similar.
It’s important to remember that human experiences are all different. Your attempts to show empathy are admirable. But in most cases, you’re better off just listening and lending support.