Improving communication skills and awareness is one half of Communicatio Ratio. Humans are constantly communicating with others, even when they are unaware of it. Even when we’re not speaking. How you carry yourself, your body language, your facial expressions, your mannerisms, how you dress, what you’re doing, what you’re not doing, who you’re with, and on and on — these are all sending out information to the world around you. And whether you like it or not, people react to this communication in a number of ways.
Becoming more effective at communication, then, is a two-part process:
- learning how to be aware and in control of what you’re sending out into the world
- learning how people are likely to respond and taking this into consideration
What is the aim and who are you communicating with? #
Two key considerations when it comes to communication are your goals and your audience. Knowing these two things will help you prepare and put forth your best. If you are to adequately communicate, having your goal in mind will help you determine an approach while also staying on topic. For example, if you are sending out an email for the purposes of providing information, you don’t want to clog the email with unimportant details. Provide the information clearly and concisely, and do your best to make sure the audience has everything they need and that they will easily understand it.
Knowing who your audience is will also provide you with valuable information on how to approach the subject matter. Teaching new students will require a different approach than giving a refresher to people who already learned the material at one point. If you will be going into a debate or facing potential opposition, you will want to prepare rebuttals and do lots of research beforehand, as well as preparing yourself for possible counterarguments. Knowing more about your audience will help set you up for success in many ways and help you lessen the number of surprises you may encounter.
Common Problems #
Because Loricism’s main focus is on removing obstacles, common problems in communication that need to be overcome include:
- faulty arguments or logic
- cognitive biases
- insufficiently presenting the information or pitch
- incorrect audience
- overcoming objection, rebuttal, or misaligned intent