98Change is hard. So skip it. And let other people just deal with it. Here are seven tips to help you create an effective mess of your communication.
1. Play “The-Same-Game”
To insure that your communication never improves, make it your business to stay exactly the same. In addition to that, assume that all communication issues between you and others is somebody else’s fault. And then argue that person down into the ground like your life depends on it.
2. Keep It Foggy
Make sure that you only have a vague understanding of what you want to share with your mate (co-worker, friend, child). And under no circumstances should you become clear about your main point — if you do, you’ll accidentally slip into effective communication. Oh my.
3. Ignore Your Audience
It’s your stage. You’re the star. And you don’t have to listen to anybody if you don’t want to. So forget about what’s important to your audience. Be sure to use examples that they don’t understand. And when you’re done talking make them feel stupid for not getting *it* in the first place.
4. Run From FeedBack
If you receive feedback it has the ability to alter your perception, and in this case you don’t want change. So, you better ignore all complaints, dodge every bit of correction, and stubbornly hold on to your personal communication style, even if it isn’t working. And while you’re at it, flat out run from feedback.
5. Wing It
Knowing what you want to say and knowing how to say it are not the same thing. After clear understanding comes practice to create an effective delivery. But if the goal is to muddy up the message, you better leave out the practice and just ramble. Eventually you’ll say something that matters to somebody.
6. Skip Vision Talk
Make it your business to skip vision talk and never share the heart behind your conversation. Letting people know the *why* behind your message can create an emotional connection making it easier to remember and respond favorable to you. And do you really want to connect?
7. Take Forever
Unless it’s a movie or story time, people love short and sweet messages. So, in order to keep communication messy, you better take the long way around the point. Be sure to give an excruciating amount of details and just don’t stop talking until your people have left the room. And that should do it.
If you want to avoid effective communication all together, then use these common pitfalls, and you’ll join a large group of people. Plus, by this time next year you should be…well, worse.
Of course, I’m kidding. Choose effective communication instead and do the opposite of the deadly seven above.