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“What you heard isn’t what I said!” How to prevent miscommunication and get your message across

“What you heard isn’t what I said!” How to prevent miscommunication and get your message across

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A large part of modern work and life centres on communication. But how often have you been surprised when someone misinterprets something you’ve said? When it happens, we shake our heads at the other person’s inability to understand us, assuming that the error lies at their end. After all, what we were saying was really clear (to us, anyway).

This scenario happens to us over and over again, in all areas of our lives. Sometimes we are the person who is misunderstood, and sometimes we’re the one who misunderstands. No one is immune. So, how does it happen, and what can we do to get our message across with greater clarity?

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How-to: be a great leader during a crisis

How-to: be a great leader during a crisis

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Leadership is a challenging endeavour at the best of times. You’re juggling multiple streams of information, competing goals, shifting targets, and the glorious messiness that comes from being a human working with other humans. Then throw a crisis situation into the mix – that’s a tough day at the office!

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Mindset: how to transform your life

Mindset: how to transform your life

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Over the course of our lives, we develop and adopt beliefs about ourselves and how the world works. The word “mindset” is the collective name for these beliefs.

Our mindset guides our choices, behaviours, decisions, and how we view the world. If you’ve ever walked away from a conversation thinking “How on earth could they think that?!”, chances are you were talking to someone who is operating from a completely different mindset to you.

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How-to: Life area measurement exercise

How-to: Life area measurement exercise

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In my post on self-care, I recommend that you conduct a life area measurement exercise. This simple exercise will help you identify what aspects of life are important to you, and how you’re doing in those areas. Knowing this is the first step to making your life more awesome! This post will guide you through the process.

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Multitasking is a myth – how can you achieve more in less time, and feel better by single-tasking?

Multitasking is a myth – how can you achieve more in less time, and feel better by single-tasking?

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A model of a human head, with areas labelled according to the function of that part of the brain.
Our brains are amazing (non-multitasking) machines. Image credit: Pexels

Once upon a time, “Multitasker Extraordinaire” was the big, shiny badge we all wanted to wear. We thought we could be super-human, combining conference calls with writing a report while reading some juicy online gossip. Or watching TV while spending “quality time” with our family. And now add smartphones to the mix… and we can’t seem to work out why we’re exhausted, unable to focus, and not getting enough done (whatever “enough” might be!).

If the massive advances in neuroscience in recent years have taught us anything, it’s that our brains are powerful enough to manage millions of bits of information every day, but they cannot multitask. The idea of multitasking as a shortcut to productivity is a myth. Our brains simply cannot focus on two things at the same time.

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