My Life in Words
Let's talk about issues we all struggle with in our daily lives.
We communicate daily in life at work, with friends, and those we live with. Many times we are waiting for the other person to stop talking so we can we respond. Not really listening to what the other person has said.
Using reflection in a conversation can help us to become a better listener, and improve our communication skills. It helps us to show others that we are listening and that we care about what they are saying. Used correctly reflection improves conversations in a positive way, and moves the conversation forward.
The tone and body language used in your reflection sets the goal of your conversation as well. Using reflection in a conversation sounds like this, " I hear you saying that..", then add " It sounds like you feel...", bring it home with " You're telling me that...".
It takes practice, feels awkward, and uncomfortable. With time it can improve your listening skills and reflect your empathy for others in your life.