This week I had the chance to participate in a multi-day communications seminar. And before you ask, no it wasn’t one of those cliché “Rah! Rah! You can do it!” seminars. It centered around the importance of effective communication in both your work life and personal life.
One of the biggest rules was email and texting are NOT communicating. They are a means to share information but only talking (preferably in person) is considered having a conversation. That struck me since as a millennial I think my first inclination is to just communicate as fast as possible with text and email.
Even more importantly I learned how real conversations and listening to people without interjecting allows for the conversation to become much deeper. Sometimes silence is the best decision.
When I left this seminar, I realized that I had a new perspective and felt much closer to those who attended it with me. The quote I remember most from one of the speakers was: “You are the average of the ten adults you spend the most time with.”
It was that statement that lead me to think about change. Not just about being confident enough to make a change but why having a support system around you during that time is vital to accomplishing change. So who was in my huddle and ready to support me?