How to communicate with purpose

“It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.”

Have you ever heard this saying? It serves as a reminder to identify the true purpose of the words being spoken. I might say “I’m great” but really, deep down I’m feeling terrible. The purpose of saying “I’m great” really means that I don’t want to talk about why I’m feeling terrible.

In situations where communication is uncomfortable or confronting, purpose can often be hidden in non-verbal clues such as tone of voice, body language or facial expression. Hence it’s not the words that you use but the delivery of the communication that delivers the true intent or purpose of the words.

Once you are aware of the true purpose of why you communicate the way that you do, you will unlock barriers that have kept you stuck and enrich your relationships with empowered communication.

Communication is one of the most important components of human interactions, and all too often we forget that it is with ourselves that we communicate the most.