What’s Missing When Skillful Communication Is Just Not Happening - 031

skillful communication Aug 07, 2017

Welcome to the thirty-first episode of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.

Just because you can speak, doesn’t mean you can communicate skillfully or say what you intend to convey.  Just because you know the words doesn’t mean that you are using them skillfully.  Just because you get everything out that you want to say, doesn’t mean it is received as you intended.  And, if you have beliefs about not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings, then you’ve already set yourself up to not say what’s on your mind because you’ll be focused on censoring yourself; not focused on what you want to convey.

Some of the goals for this episode are to provide you with a basic understanding of communication; what it is and is not.  What your responsibility is as the communicator.  What your responsibility is as the listener.  The role boundaries play in communication.  How to communicate assertively, skillfully and say what you intend with greater confidence and ease of expression.  And of course, there will be some actions steps you can begin to take today.

A small piece of information here on how executive function skills tie in with communication.  You are going to need the ability to hold onto your thoughts as you are expressing them; to regulate your emotional state as you are expressing yourself even if you are “worked up” about what you have to say, and prioritize the flow of your communication.  If you are lacking any of these skills, these are your “pre-skills” to learn, practice and master so you can move on to more skillful communication and be successful.

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