- Matthew Paminter
National Conversation Week 2023
From the 23rd to the 29th of May it's National Conversation Week in the UK which aims to encourage more conversations both in our professional and personal lives.
"It is important to make sure that we're talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds"- Barack Obama
Why is having conversations important?
Conversations are a key part of how we communicate to each other and how we create a connection with one another. Here are some reasons why you should be having more conversations this week:
Conversations create a connection- When you talk to someone you are able to create a bond, the more you talk the stronger that bond gets!
Conversations give social support- Whoever you are talking too having a conversation allows for you to put things into perspective which helps you cope better when things don't go your way.
You will learn if you listen- Conversations are one of the most effective ways to share and learn information. Your ability to listen rather than speaking is what makes you an effective communicator.
Conversations spark fresh and new ideas- Conversations are great for thinking of new ideas as you are able to bounce ideas of off each other. Conversations allow you to fully articulate your thoughts and get your point across.
According to the International Listening Association 85% of learning is derived from listening
Ways you can communicate better this week
This week try some different methods on how you communicate to others. Here are some tips on ways that you can improve your communication this week:
Try a phone call instead of messaging- This week try and use phone calls as much as possible. Not only are phone calls much better for communicating effectively but you are also able to hear the tone in which the other person is speaking whereas messaging relies on the interpretation of the reader.
Body language is important!- Make sure your body language shows you are interested and involved in the conversation. Keep good eye contact so the other person knows you are paying attention.
Be brief but make sure you are specific- provide enough information to make sure the other person understands however be careful no to ramble on or give away too much information.
Some useful tools to use during national conversation week
There are many great resources and links over on the national conversation week website.. The national conversation website also includes blogs about important conversations that many people find difficult to have. Another useful website that helps improve communication skills is the SkillsYouNeed's communication skills page. If you are looking for information and tips to improve you communication skills than head to the balance communication page.