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Before you begin, please review these five tips for good communication:
Good communication is DIRECT. To send a message that other people can be sure to “catch,” you need to say what you mean. Don’t “talk around” the subject. Don’t just drop hints, or make other people guess. Get to the point!
Good communication is CLEAR. Make certain that people can understand what you’re saying, and don’t just have a “snowy picture” of it. You need to describe things well. You need to make sure that you aren’t confusing your listener!
Good communication is SPECIFIC. Sending a message well means giving your listener all the necessary information. Don’t be vague or general when you talk. Include details that can help the other person know exactly what you’re talking about.
Good communication is HONEST. For your message to do the most good, it needs to be honest. Don’t say something you really don’t think or feel, or that doesn’t match the facts.
Good communication is TACTFUL. Being tactful means being kind. You have to think about others feelings and rights before you speak. You do want to be direct, clear, specific, and honest with them. But you don’t want to say things - accidentally or on purpose - that will hurt them unnecessarily. Words can hurt.