One of the Most Valuable Skills You Need in Life

August 1, 2016

If you are a parent, and have raised a little person…
If you are married…
If you have worked in church ministry and leadership…

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If you have worked in law enforcement or public service…
If you hold any type of management position in a company or organization…
If you live in the same house with another person…
In fact, if you’ve been on this earth for very long at all…

Then you know that people are messy.

Every single person on earth is different. So wherever there is more than one person, there is going to be a mess. And the more people you add, the bigger the mess: conflicting values, world views, perspectives, personalities, experiences, motives, and the resulting opinions.

That’s why COMMUNICATION SKILLS are so important and valuable.

  • The ability to effectively communicate your perspective and opinion
  • The ability to listen (not just wait on someone to finish talking, but actually listen to understand)
  • The ability to lay down all your defensiveness and entertain an idea or opinion you are certain you strongly disagree with
  • The ability to help others listen to and understand each other
  • The ability to ask great questions and spark great conversations and connections…

People are messy.
Don’t be surprised by the mess.
Don’t run from the mess.
Embrace it. And cultivate the communication skills that will help you navigate the messy waters successfully.