I’m always thrown off with how unprofessional people can be in the workplace. When faced with disrespect or an unwelcome tone, it’s always a toss-up: reply with the same energy or to take the high road. One of my friends just lost his job because someone got physical with him and he turned it up a notch.
Anyway, since that happened to him, I thought how easily it could happen to anyone. To Use your words or use your hands? That is the question! Not really, here’s what I think:
Developing healthy communication strategies will help with social interactions (even if sometimes it’ll be one-sided), in the academic world, as well as during your professional development and in your workplace.
Keeping an open mind and understanding diversity (nobody is the same, and this mean mentally as well) will help an individual from harsh criticism. Communication is imperative, and this means listening when you’re on the giving and receiving side of getting information; listening to the speaker, allowing receipt of a message to your brain, then responding OR choosing to leave the conversation where it is and walking away.
With maturity and experience, I personally adapted listening strategies (a huge part of communication) that contribute to communicating with people; overcoming other barriers I face in working with a diverse group of people. Developing an understanding of interpersonal communication is crucial when strengthening communication skills to engage and focus in academics/ in the process world.
Learning to create an organized plan to help to cope with various “trouble” areas in communication is reasonably simple. Personally, organizing my thoughts and slowing down my thinking/ speaking rate, helps to give the speaker a chance to deliver their message; allowing a chance to receive fully, process, and respond to the message (I learned this over time). I developed strong verbal communication skills by focusing on when someone is delivering relevant information. By focusing, concentrating, and staying attentive.
So…yes, verbal communication sucks for SOME young people entering the workforce because we have trouble listening, this is some people’s first exposure to diversity in their environment, people aren’t communicating as they should because they aren’t willing to be open-minded, understanding or willing to walk away from some toxic conversations.
There are resources available to help young people.