Last week we looked at “Effective Feedback – The Cornerstone of Communication” and a model of feedback that I believe empowers and challenges people so much more that traditional feedback styles. If you missed it, you can see this and all of my previous blogs below.
Feedback of any kind is a real gift isn’t it! People don’t have to offer it to us, and how it is delivered is key to its value. It is also rare to receive valuable feedback and I certainly appreciate it because it takes time and energy for people to give that to us. That’s why I see it as a gift.
It’s not always an obligation for people to provide it, and the way in which it is delivered greatly impacts its significance. Valuable feedback is also a rarity, and I truly value it, considering the time and effort people invest in providing it. This is why I regard it as a precious gift.
I shared with you a piece of feedback that was given to me that significantly developed my self-awareness and impact on those around me. See my Thought for the Week Blog dated 11 August 2023 on “Your Inner Animal Wisdom” [Page 2 or 3 and Scroll down a little].
“Communication” is a science of its own and has always been a subject of fascination and became a specialisation for me. The intricate dance of communication, its nuances, and its depth are simply fascinating. Yet, in our fast-paced lives, we often miss the chance to explore this science. That’s why I created my “Thought for the Week” – to bring you insights and perspectives on this complex art.
Now, let’s talk about something a little different. I’m currently based in Guernsey, but last week, I ventured to the UK in my trusty car. Guernsey’s roads, compared to the sprawling highways of England, are like cosy alleyways! However, having spent more than two decades navigating English roads, I feel right at home on both the motorways and those quaint country lanes.
Now, picture this – whether you’re driving a car, riding a motorcycle, or even cycling, have you ever found yourself lost in thought while on the road? I certainly have, and it’s mind-boggling to observe a unique phenomenon I like to call “non-verbal driving cues.” Have you noticed this too? It’s incredible how, even without knowing the people behind the wheels of other vehicles, we manage to communicate with them on the road almost as effectively as through any other means available to us.
What’s even more fascinating is that we do all of this without constantly honking our horns, using our indicators, flashing hazard lights, or brake lights. On the road, our vehicle positioning, our speed, and our degree of patience become the instruments of communication. So, this week’s “Thought for the Week” isn’t about how we drive – it’s about how we communicate in all aspects of our lives.
Now, let’s talk about expectations. We all have them – not just for ourselves but for our fellow travellers on the road. I once crossed the border from France into Italy, and wow, did the “non-verbal driving cues” instantly transform! It’s incredible how cultural shifts can even impact the way we communicate on the road.
I will leave you with that thought.
“The way I drive, the way I handle a car, is an expression of my inner feelings.”
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