Everything I learned about Communication I learned from my Dogs
Posted by guest blogger, Betty Lochner, Cornerstone Coaching & Training:
Today I was puttering around in my garden talking to my dogs, as I often do, and got to thinking. These guys are good listeners! In fact, they are some of the better communicators I know. Here are just a few things I’ve learned from them:
- Listen first. Listen with every bone in your body and as if your next snack depends on it.
- Make a lot of noise when you need to. When you need to say something, say it.
- Say you’re sorry when you’ve done something bad. We all make mistakes, so just snuggle up and be cute and say you are truly sorry.
- Don’t bite people. Don’t be mean spirited or sarcastic when you communicate. It will get you no respect and it’s not worth the consequences. You may even end up in a really bad place.
- Wag your tail. Show appreciation and gratitude to those around you. It’s a very powerful communication tool and works every time.
- Pay attention. Look some, and sniff some, and watch some.
- Live a balanced life. Enjoy the simple things in life. Learn some and think some and sing and dance and play and work every day some!
Betty Lochner is the Owner and President of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home.
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