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The Importance of Communication in Life and Business

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It’s no secret that communication is an essential factor in most, if not all areas of life.

Recently, I experienced a massive communication fail.  It spanned all the way from our business, to Kate, to myself.  And it could have been easily avoided.  

[Want to hear more about that experience? Check out Episode 3 of my podcast > Project Life Ep. 3]

Have you actually taken the time to reflect on your own communication and clarity? In your relationships? At work? With yourself?  Well that’s what we’re about to do.

I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on how this small misstep had such a large impact on everything surrounding it, completely set us back and caused way more problems than it should have.  

Communication works pretty much the same way in each of the above categories.  Take a look at what communication can do for you and how you can improve your skills, then take a moment or two and reflect on your current relationship with communication.

Here’s what communication can do for you:

  • Improve your relationship with others
  • Improve your relationship with yourself

Practicing effective communication will make the sailing as smooth as it is able to be.  It will keep you from feeling dissatisfied, unappreciated and not heard…and in general, will result in a less sloppy life and business.

Here’s how you can improve your communication:

  • Write things down and stay organized.  This will help keep you put together and everything else around you less scattered.
  • Set deadlines and make them clear.  In both business & life, with a team or by yourself – this will only help you.
  • Designate time to communicate with others and speak to everyone who needs to hear it!  Otherwise the result may be a multiple communication failure, alike my unfortunate experience.
  • Think before you speak. Take a moment to mentally prepare on how you mean to come across and how your words may be received. Be as clear and concise as possible.
  • Don’t bottle things up and save them for later.  Holding back a thought, whether it was positive or negative, is good for no one.  In order to keep any relationship in your life, with another person or with yourself, in positive working order remember:  Honesty and communication go hand in hand.  
  • Prioritize and live intentionally.  Prioritize your communication and intentionally create time for it.

Have you ever experienced communication failure? Have awesome tips for keeping that clarity in your life? Let me know in the comments!

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About Mike Watts

Mike Watts is an entrepreneur, speaker, husband, and father.

Before becoming an all around badass by radically reinventing his own life, he used to work for Phillip Morris. Today, he shows business owners how to expand their choices, do less and create the financial lives they want.