Have you ever not asked a question because you thought you already knew the answer? Have you ever found that a project you did was not completed accurately because you did not ask enough questions? Have you ever had a miss-communication with someone that created tension in a relationship?
Try these tips for seeking to understand:
- Understand perceptions
- We all have a different perception, and our perception is our reality
- Break the habit, don’t assume
- When we assume, we are letting our own reality get in the way of the real issue
- Seek to understand
- Ask more questions, keep asking “why”
When you seek to understand other people’s realities, you create a more effective foundation for communication.