We tend to have multiple tools for the same job, and not all of the tools we use are the right tool for the job. Have you tried and tried to use the wrong tool for the job. One example that comes to mind is trying to cut a new loaf of bread with a butter knife. It will eventually cut it, but only after I have destroyed the entire loaf of bread. Using the incorrect blade for cutting wood, tile or steel also is less effective and can cost you both time and money. Communication tools can be misused as well. For example, we may be using tools that were never designed for communication. We often can clearly see the damage that using the incorrect tool has caused. Knowing what needs to be repaired, addressed or identified is part of communication skills. However, at times we will continue to use a communication tool that is clearly ineffective and instead of replacing the tool, we get better at using what we have. We also tend to do it "harder, louder and longer". To be able to use the right tool, we need to first asses the tools we have and the tools we are using. For example, do we use a mega phone to communicate, or boxing gloves or running shoes? It starts with understanding ourselves first and then knowing what we need to educate ourselves on. There are times we need new different tools, and other times we need help learning how to use the tools that we may already have.
I hope you use this week to focus on your communication tools, and to begin to identify what tools are not working for the job that you are intending to do, and then educate yourself. Google communication skills or watch videos on Youtube.
Take care everyone and have a great week!