You are more self-absorbed than you think

“Self-consciousness kills communication.” — Rick Steves

Is this ever true!

Communication is the exchange of information between parties — by definition, it requires more than one person.

When you’re focused on yourself, you’re ignoring a huge part of what makes communication possible: the other person.

We don’t think of self-consciousness this way, as being selfish, self-centered, and self-focused. We assume self-absorbed people think more highly of themselves than others.

But focusing on your faults, imperfections, and inadequacy is JUST as self-absorbed as arrogance.

And it kills communication just as much.

For good communication to occur, you need to get yourself out of the way.

Stop worrying so much about what other people think of you. Instead, start thinking of them.

Change your communication, change your life.

I’m Rachel Beohm, a writer, speaker, and coach. Through nonverbal communication, I empower clients to show up as their biggest, boldest selves.

If you’d like tips on how to do that yourself, sign up here for “21 Days to Build a Better Life.” It’s a FREE 3-week email coaching program that I wrote to help you change your communication and your life.