Tip – It’s all about the Context
C O N T E X T is everything. Communicating is connecting. It is sharing and receiving information that will lead to a great understanding and bring you closer to others.
Anything from a bad stomach, to your night’s sleep or an awkward situation, can inform the context and thus alter the way you communicate. Great communicators need self-awareness and the ability to communicate well by shifting, in any context. First, let’s look at types of context;
Physical context – the actual space you are in, your experience of that space, etc story – Emma food poisoning in Italy venus time of day, weather, location, sounds around you,
Temporal context – the expectations that people have based on past experiences, setting up the expectation of what type of communication will occur setting up that type of communication in the past – giving away work product for free such as “picking your brain” to tap your expertise and this can be hard to break
Memories or activities
Social psychological context – the balance between people’s emotional states and their personal relationships
Why it is important to not “vent your mood” to clients, but save that for friends. Insert the story here about Grace asking me why I don’t complain to her and telling her that shit rolls up generations.
Emotional states and relationship with others
Cultural context, every single one of us belongs to a culture, and that culture reminds us on the daily basis, disrespecting someone’s culture, whether you mean to or not, is the quickest ways to offend them and this makes communicating difficult. the influence of a person’s cultural attitudes expectations and customs – maybe story about that darn Buddha in lotus position shirt and restaurants calling Renee
Influence of a culture on expectations
When you are aware of these various types of contexts you can be a great communicator.
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